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The first new comics review of old comics you may not know about, but should definitely give a read to, is of the one and only Rebel in an enslaved World, STARFIRE!
In 1976, DC Comics put out an incredibly large amount of various comics catering to different genre's. Nowadays, DC has been clamoring on and on about the "diversity" in their great new comics, while a lot of newbs forget, they were trying the same thing decades earlier. Case in point: Starfire. The best way to describe this comic is, "Aliens invaded a planet still in it's medieval stages and enslaved it's people in a horrible, tyrannical rule....until the beautiful rebel named Starfire stepped up and lead her people to freedom!" Basically. Nothing totally unique, nothing to cosmically open your mind to a new corner of the universe.
What made a young, bleary eyed kid wanting to be an artist like myself fall in love with this comic was pretty simple....that costume! I'd never seen anything like it as a kid, and honestly haven't since. It was an odd choice for garments in that ragtag world of hers, but Starfire wore the coolest leotards in any slave camp I'd ever heard of.
Starfire was an 8 issue wonder before being cancelled, but, in that short time span, had a plethora of creative people working on it. We were introduced to Starfire in issue #1 written by David Micheline. He's a great writer and was very prolific in the past, but only stayed with his green clad creation for the first 2 issues. Following David was writer Elliot S! Maggin. He was a DC staple in those years and was always capable of producing fun, zany stories....but for Starfire, he only did 3. Issues 6 and 7 gave us the writing wizardry of Smashing Steve Englehart. He was always one of my favorites. One of the few writers I recognized the name of when I was a wee lad. He wrote some great JLA stories for DC that still stick with me to this day. Finally, in ish 8 we get the words of another of my all time fav writers, Tom DeFalco. He was only able to write Starfire's final story, but it was a fun read. Of course, later, Tom went on to write some incredible THOR comics along with his sleeper hit, Spider-Girl! (When you're done with this, go read those comics! You won't regret it!)
Honestly, the only thing consistent throughout the entire 8 issue run was artist Mike Vosburg! Mike was a consummate professional during his run on this series. His women were always a sight to see, and Starfire was a great excuse for him to draw them. Personally, I liked his inker for the first issue best. Inker Robert Smith may have had a rather bland name, but his brush strokes really conveyed Vosburg's great pencil lines. Smith didn't stick with the book and issues 2-8 had Vince Colletta as inker. While nothing against Colletta's inkwork, he just wasn't the right guy for this book. He tended to "clean up" Mike's pencils and gave Starfire's ransacked world a clean, sanitary look that just made one think that the humans in the story weren't so bad off after all...I mean, they looked so....clean.
By the time issue 8 hit the stands, DC had decided to give Starfire a more "traditional" look and lost the sweet leotard and gave her some short shorts and a bikini top. Great costume design there DC!
At any rate. DC's "STARFIRE" is a nice addition to any bronze age collection. Sword and Sorcery mingled with scary aliens and computers. It was different. It was a good stray from the everyday Superman stories and I liked it....enough to give it a recommendation to all of you out there looking for something to add "diversity" to your comics reading experience.
Now go find those back issues!
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