Created in 1941 for the 61st issue of Adventure by Gardner Fox and Jack Burnley, Starman was astronomer Ted Knight who found a way to harness the power of faraway stars and invented "The Gravity Rod" with which he could control the force of gravity, allowing him to fly as well as several other tricks.
One trick, seldom if ever seen in the comics, was one which should interest you ladies who struggle every day with the negative effects of gravity. Ted "Starman" Knight demonstrates here as he visits "Ye Olde Drink Hole".
Ah, Rusty was a happy gal that day.
Starman later learned to shoot energy beams from the rod and changed it's name to "The Cosmic Rod". He later, alongside Dr. Mid-Nite (more on him later) replaced Hourman and Green Lantern (again...more to come) in the Justice Society of America.
Very slick art and some genuine dynamic storytelling soon earned Starman the cover spot in Adventure Comics which he wrested away from Hourman who had of course taken it from Sandman. Quite the line-up of heroes each and every month, no matter WHO got the cover.
Here's Starman's story from Adventure Comics #67, which also features the debut appearance of one of the classic golden age villains, "The Mist".
I don't believe this has ever occured in the life of this blog, but a concerned citizen from Lompoc, California registered a complaint about the gag in yesterday's post featuring Hourman. In the interest of fairness and equal time, Jeffy lends an ear to this concerned citizens greivance.