Starfinger
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAdventure Comics #335 (August 1965)
Created byEdmond Hamilton (script)
John Forte (art)
In-story information
Alter egoGarth Ranzz
Dr. Lars Hanscom
Char Burrane
Molock Hanscom
AbilitiesAbility to project power rays from the fingers of his hand.

Starfinger is a DC Comics supervillain who first appeared in Adventure Comics #335 (August 1965) created by Edmond Hamilton and John Forte and was an enemy of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Fictional character biography

Lars Hanscom

Starfinger was a helmeted figure with five different powers generated by each finger of his right hand. The Legion discovers that Starfinger is actually Lightning Lad, controlled by Dr. Lars Hanscom. Hanscom, under the guise of examining Lightning Lad's robotic arm, had hypnotized the Legionnaire and outfitted him with the Starfinger glove, so that Hanscom could obtain the rare metal rejuvium by threatening to destroy the "Seven Wonders of the 30th Century". Hanscom was brought to justice; after escaping prison, he briefly tried a criminal career on his own.[1] His most notorious crime was the kidnapping of one of Duo Damsel's bodies during her wedding to Bouncing Boy.[2][3] He later tried as "Doctor Larsh" (Lars H.) to use Lightning Lad again on the eve of the birth of the Legionnaire's twins, but was easily defeated.

Char Burrane

Young Science Police cadet Gim Allon was on Mars chasing a fugitive just moments prior to the meteor strike that would imbue him with the growth powers he would use to become a Legionnaire. That criminal, Char Burrane would later escape again, and while fleeing across the Martian surface, would stumble upon a mysterious ring which was capable of generating two super-powered women, identifying themselves as Starlight and Starbright who originated from a micro world contained within the ring itself. With their powers, Burrane then begins building a criminal empire. Years later, he claims the name of Starfinger and has Hanscom killed on Takron-Galtos II to announce his arrival.[4] Displaying an obvious vendetta against Colossal Boy, the new Starfinger battles the Legion and ultimately captures his personal nemesis and an undercover Chameleon Boy (acting on his own as Legion Espionage Leader). Overwhelmed by the subsequent team of rescuing Legionnaires, Starfinger flees to the secret world within his ring. Shrinking Violet discovers the ring, which is then heavily guarded.[5]

Molock Hanscom

In the fourth volume of the Legion of Super-Heroes series, Molock Hanscom (formerly the leader of the Cosmic Spy League and brother of Lars) takes on the Starfinger role by arranging the assassination of Burrane. He sends killers (including the Persuader) after Char Burrane II to capture his predecessor's ring, and ultimately becomes successful in acquiring the artifact. Starfinger III is killed by the Khunds.[6]

Powers and abilities

Starfinger's right hand has five star tipped fingers, each of which can project different energy rays. Each ray has a different property:

Using all the fingers together projects a distorting ray that scrambles superpowers and makes them function erratically.

In other media

References

  1. ^ Adventure Comics #336
  2. ^ Superboy #200 (February 1974)
  3. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
  4. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (3rd series) #29 (December 1986)
  5. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (3rd series) ANNUAL #4 (1988)
  6. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (4th series) #57 (May 1994)
  7. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes episode "The Substitutes"