Think You Know Starman? Get Featured in DC Universe Encyclopedia!

This week, we’re asking DC fans to submit their fun trivia facts about a character who was an astronomer, invented a “gravity rod”, later reinvented as a “cosmic rod”, allowing them to fly and manipulate energy, and donned a red and green costume with a distinctive finned helmet. The mantle of this character has been held by many people, most notably Ted Knight and his sons David & Jack; the current holder of the mantle is Stargirl. They are the protector of the idyllic Opal City. Of course, we can only be talking about the one and only Starman!

Let us know all your little-known intel in the comments below, and it could be selected for featuring in our new “Trivia” Encyclopedia section! Anyone whose Fun Facts are selected will receive a rare “Daily Planet Editor” badge!

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—We will be accepting fun facts now through Tuesday, May 26th!

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He tell his sidekick Pat Dungan that he’s not the one to have a Cosmic Staff before he died.:slightly_smiling_face:

Source: Stargirl episode 1.


First appearance of Jack Knight, one panel in Zero Hour #0

Source: Zero Hour #0


Sandra Knight, the Golden Age hero known as the Phantom Lady, was Ted Knight’s cousin.
Source: Starman #44


Jack Knight was the owner of an antique store called Knights Past.

Source Starman #0 (1994)


It was Jack Knight to first tell Jor-El about Earth, giving him the eventual idea to send his son there years later.

Source: Starman #51


He prefers Coke instead Pepsi

Source: Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0


Farris Knight was the Starman of the 853rd century and a member of Justice Legion Alpha. He was created in JLA #23. He is a distant relative of Jack Knight and The Mist’s son. He commands the quarvat which was like a cosmic rod. He was part of the DC One Million Event.


Oh man, where to start…

  • Sylvester Pemberton was never called Starman in the comics. When he finally shed the mantle of the Star-Spangled Kid, he chose to go by the name “Skyman” (Infinity Inc. #31)

  • Sylvester’s adopted sister was Merry Pemberton, AKA “Merry, the Girl of 1,000 Gimmicks!” – she first appeared as a side character in Star-Spangled Comics, but soon completely took over the segment of the comic, completely replacing The Star Spangled Kid and Stripesey’s segment. (1st appearance: Star Spangled Comics #81 – Took over segment in Star-Spangled Comics #87)

  • Sylvester’s sister Merry quit crimefighting to marry the villain Brainwave, with whom she had a son, Brainwave Jr. (Infinity Inc #3)

  • Ted Knight asked Sylvester to take the mantle of Starman, but he declined to take the mantle (Stars and STRIPE #0)

  • David Knight first appeared as Starman when Will Payton was using the name, despite being unconnected to the Knight family/legacy in any way. Manipulated by the Mist into challenging Payton for the title, the two eventually teamed up in a 2-part story to take him down. (Starman v1 #26-27) In his very next appearance, he was immediately killed, setting the stage for his brother jack to take the mantle (Starman v2 #0)

  • Courtney Whitmore started by taking up Sylverter’s mantle as The Star-Spangled Kid (Stars and STRIPE #1) but became Stargirl when Jack Knight bestowed his cosmic staff on her and asked her to take up his mantle (Starman v2 #80)


Sylvester Pemberton was inspired to change his superhero name to Skyman after an encounter with Jack Night, son Ted Knight the original Starman

Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0


Batman operated as Starman in Detective Comics #247 (September, 1947)