Mayfairstivus Day 7 – Starman (Will Payton)
Welcome back for the seventh day of Mayfairstivus, the nine day celebration of Mayfair Games’ DC Heroes Role-Playing Game! Today we’ll be looking at the 1989 character card for Starman (Will Payton)!
The Will Payton Starman series holds a special place in my heart. While the Jack Knight Starman was the best-written, Will Payton’s adventures were the most fun. Will Payton was an upbeat, straightforward superhero that came along during a time when most superheroes were dark and gritty. Personally I was reading lots of these darker superhero comics, along with nearly all of DC’s mature readers proto-Vertigo books (i.e. Sandman, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Animal Man, Shade the Changing Man, etc). Reading these types of titles was seriously starting to affect me. I found all the “extreme” superheroes and mind-trippin’ proto-Vertigo books were weighing heavily on my shoulders. While I was interested in the books I was reading, I wasn’t necessarily having fun anymore. When I stumbled across Starman #26 in 1990 it was like a breath of fresh air! Here was a superhero that was big on action and fun! This book rejuvenated my love for superhero comics! I immediately picked up all the back issues and stayed with the series until the end. Whenever I feel bogged down by too much drama in my monthly comics, I remind myself to seek out fun books like Starman.
DC HEROES ROLE-PLAYING GAME – SECOND EDITION – 1989
As I mentioned, my first issue of Starman was #26. This was the debut of Starman’s new costume. Maybe it’s because I started reading Starman when he was wearing a different costume, but for whatever reason I’ve never cared for the costume shown above. The colors always make me think of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In fact, I preferred the newer costume so much, at some point I re-drew the card front and used my own sketch below in place of the card above. Clearly my own personal Mayfair DC Heroes stats would not include the Skill “Artist”.
Don’t forget, the Mayfairstivus celebration continues at the following blogs! Be sure to check them out throughout the Mayfairstivus celebration (Dec. 1-9).
- The Anti-Didio League of America
- The Aquaman Shrine
- Booster Gold: BOO$TERRIFIC
- Comics Make Me Happy!
- The Continuity Blog
- DC Bloodlines
- Diana Prince as The New Wonder Woman
- Doom Patrol: My Greatest Adventure #80
- Firestorm Fan
- Flash: Speed Force
- Girls Gone Geek
- Green Lantern: The Indigo Tribe
- Hawkman: Being Carter Hall
- Justice League Detroit
- Martian Manhunter: The Idol-Head of Diabolu
- Power of the Atom
- Subject: The Suicide Squad (Task Force X)
- Supergirl Comic Box Commentary
Come back tomorrow when we look at some of my favorite modules and sourcebooks from the Mayfair DC Heroes RPG!