Dollar Bin Digging 47




JSA: All Stars #4

So, you won’t find Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 in dollar bins anymore. Still keep an eye out for it, but your chances of finding it are slim. 

That book is Courtney Whitmore’s 1st appearance, and in it she took up the mantle as the second Star Spangled Kid along with her giant armored sidekick Stripsey.

But in this issue of JSA: All Stars, she takes up the name Stargirl after receiving the Cosmic Staff from Jack Knight’s Starman. So, it’s this issue that she fully realizes herself as the character we know today, carrying on two legacies.

Recent Sales Data:

CGC 9.8 Census – None
Raw – $11.75 on 7/26/19

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Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #1

Speaking of Jack Knight’s Starman, this issue of Zero Hour was his first appearance before James Robinson took him on that classic run in his own title. Remember this title was counting down so this was technically the 4th issue of the series.

No idea if he will come into play at all in the DC Streaming Stargirl series, as there has been no casting announcement. Perhaps hey will just consolidate it all with Joel McHale’s Sylvester Pemberton role. 

Or maybe it’ll be a surprise at the end of the end of the 1st series where Jack Knight shows up and hands her the Cosmic Staff. I suppose we will find out in 2020.

Recent Sales Data:

CGC 9.8 #1 Census – 7
CGC 9.8 #1 – none
Raw #1 – $3.25 on 7/21/19
Raw Set (4-0) – $12.25 shipped on 7/27/19

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So until next time, while you are out there digging, remember…

“It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.” – Jimmy Dugan




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    • Peter Renna

      Thanks bud. Figured I could wait to closer to Stargirl’s release to be topical, but this stuff is out there so might as well snatch it up now if you find it.

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    James Robinson’s Starman is one of the best. A reluctant hero, deep dives into characters both hero and villain and all fitting nicely into DC’s history and the whole Starman legacy from the Golden Age on through to the present day. If you haven’t read this series, put it on your list.

    • Peter Renna

      That run has been on my to do list forever. I was just debating picking up the run or tpb reading. I see enough single issues in Dollar Bins that I think I am gonna start picking them up and run filling. Could be a nice project to collect the rest of the summer

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        Definitely go for it. I’m still surprised it’s not too hard to find the majority of the issues in Dollar Bins but then again, it’s under most people’s radars and I’m a biased fan. Also, DC and other creators hold James Robinson in such high esteem that no one else has written stories with the Jack Knight incarnation of Starman so maybe he’s not as well known as I think he should be.

        If you’re going completest here’s what you should be after:

        Starman #0 is actually the first issue published as it was released during DC’s Zero month in October 1994 so at least the ordering is convenient. The series ended with #80 in 2001 but then #81 was published nine years later as a part of the Blackest Night Crossover event where DC released several one issue revivals of long canceled titles. There is also a #1,000,000 issue that was a part of DC One Million Crossover event.

        Then there are a smattering of One-Shots and Mini Series and all are written by James Robinson. They are:

        Showcase ’95 #12(Shade story)
        Showcase ’96 #3, #4 & #5(Shade story) (NOTE: #3 can be pricey as it has a Birds of Prey Prototype team)
        Starman Annual #1(1996) & #2(1997)
        The Shade(vI) #1-4 (1997)
        Starman Secret Files & Origins #1(1998)
        Starman: The Mist #1 (1998) (part of the Girlfrenzy! Crossover event)
        Starman 80-Page Giant(1999)
        Batman/Hellboy/Starman #1 & #2(1999)
        The Shade(vII) #1-12 (2011) (NOTE: each issue has a Variant Cover)
        Staman/Congorilla #1 (2011)

        And, of course, you could always go back and aim to collect earlier incarnations of Starman from the 1970s (First Issue Special) and the mid-1980s Series, or venture even further back in time and deeper into your wallet and go for the Golden Age Starman.

        Good luck and enjoy. I wish I could read the whole series again for the first time. Between the core stories and all of the guest appearances, it’s just top notch.

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          I just want to chime in that you really should pick up all that side stuff… and DC One Million. A lot of the side stuff actually winds up being important to the main plot. DC One Million is one of the best crossovers of all time, and it’s tie-in to Starman is strong. Under World Unleashed is super important to the plot, but I think you only need the tie-in issue, and it’s not as good as One Million.

  • Peter Renna

    Thanks for the suggestions. Now you have me all hype to start picking them up when I see them. I know I’ve grabbed the first couple issues a while back in dollar bins but I need to reconcile what I already have and hit the long boxes hard this weekend.

    Again I really appreciate the suggestions and hope other folks are reading the comments and making use of this info too.

    While I maintain your biggest tool in dollar bin hunting is your own memory, I still have an excel spreadsheet on my phone filled with lists of runs I am trying to fill on the cheap. Can’t remember it all so when I see a stack of Master of Kung Fu, I bust out the list on the phone to avoid double buying issues. but these Starman suggestions are going on my spreadsheet. Thanks again for the info.

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      Glad to hear it.

      I too keep my wantlist on my phone as a backup and it’s always available to me when I unexpectedly come across comics for sale. For planned comic buying excursions I use a hard copy. Nothing worse than killing your battery, having the phone fall to the ground or in the comic bins or forgetting it altogether after some heavy digging and hauling. It’s also somewhat rewarding manually crossing off issues.

      Enjoy the hunt!

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