Evil Star

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For other uses, see Evil Star (disambiguation).

Evil Star is the name of two supervillains appearing in DC Comics.[1]

Fictional Character Biography[edit]

Guy Pompton[edit]

Guy Pompton
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The Golden Age Evil Star menaces Hollywood and the Justice Society of America. Art by Irwin Hasen.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Justice Society of America All Stars #44
Created by Gardner Fox
Gil Kane
In-story information
Alter ego Guy Pompton

Guy Pompton, owner of Ace Movie Rental Agency and a crime lord, dons a costumed identity in 1948 to stop a movie studio from completing a film using a script that will expose his criminal activities. He fights the Justice Society of America and is defeated.[2]

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Evil Star
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The first appearance of the Silver Age Evil Star and his Starlings on the cover of Green Lantern vol. 2 #37 (June 1965). Art by Gil Kane.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern vol. 2, #37 (June, 1965)
Created by Gardner Fox
Gil Kane
In-story information
Species Aorans
Place of origin Auron
Abilities Starband prolongs life, generate energy blasts, and form 'light constructs'. Starling minions possess superhuman strength & invulnerability.

A scientist on the planet Auron dedicates himself to cheating death by drawing power from the stars themselves. He invents the Starband, which makes him immortal, but twists his mind toward evil and prematurely ages his fellow Aorans. The people of Auron want him to destroy the Starband, but having tasted immortality he refuses to give it up. The ensuing battle leaves all of Auron lifeless except for the scientist, now known as Evil Star. Evil Star seeks new worlds to conquer and comes into frequent conflict with the Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lanterns, including Hal Jordan.[1]

The Guardians later send Evil Star to the Erral Rehab Facility, where they use a brain wave nullifier in an attempt to cure him. This rehabilitation is only partially successful, as the nullifier stimulates his subconscious mind, recreating the Starlings, who bring him the Starband. Evil Star flees to Earth in a confused state, believing the Starlings are persecuting him. He fights with Ferrin Colos, one of the Darkstars, who floods Evil Star's mind with reminders of the lives he has taken, starting with his homeworld. Evil Star's mind shuts down, and he is returned to the Guardians for re-education.

Evil Star is freed by Neron, with enhanced Starlings, but returned to captivity by the Darkstars and Guy Gardner.[3]

Evil Star was mentioned, seemingly in passing, by Sister Sercy of the Blue Lantern Corps as a menace to her homeworld.[4] It is unknown if the Evil Star she refers to is a past version, or a previously unheard of version of the villain. Evil Star is also cited as the guiding force behind the Kroloteans abducting William Hand, searching Hand's insides for the blackness that would lead to the Blackest Night.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Evil Star's primary weapon is the Starband. The Starband draws the energy of the stars to prolong Evil Star's lifespan, enable him to fly, survive in space, create force blasts or hard light constructs, and powers the Starlings. Starlings are miniature versions of Evil Star that possess superhuman strength and invulnerability, and are under his complete control. Starlings need direct commands from Evil Star to function, and they become directionless if he is unconscious.[1] If Evil Star is kept away from starlight for a prolonged period, his powers fade away. Since starlight is the same as sunlight, the Starband's force blasts and constructs serve to increase Superman's powers.

Other versions[edit]

Evil Star has appeared in some Elseworlds stories:

Batman: In Darkest Knight[edit]

In the Elseworlds tale, Batman: In Darkest Knight, a version of Evil Star exists. Harvey Dent was the Gotham District Attorney and was shown to be more supportive of Green Lantern than Commissioner Gordon. Sinestro, after becoming deranged from absorbing Joe Chill's mind, scarred Dent's face and empowered him along with Selina Kyle (known as Star Sapphire) and sent them out to kill the Green Lantern, with Dent known as Binary Star. Even though they were defeated, the pair managed to escape back to Sinestro.[6]

JLA: Another Nail[edit]

In the Elseworlds tale, JLA: Another Nail, the follow-up to JLA: The Nail, Evil-Star makes an appearance.[7][8]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • In Justice League Unlimited, Evil Star appears in the episode "The Cat and the Canary", at Roulette's Metabrawl and is reported to be a member of the Secret Society led by Gorilla Grodd. The Flash (inhabiting the body of Lex Luthor) once calls him "Evil-Head Guy" in the episode, "The Great Brain Robbery", and in "Destroyer", the final episode of the series, he is one of the few members of the Secret Society that survives the final Apokoliptian assault on Earth. George Newbern was uncredited for his speaking role.
  • Evil Star appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Revenge of the Reach!" voiced by J.K. Simmons. Blue Beetle calls up his friend Paco and asks his advice to defeat Evil Star as Blue Beetle is fighting him at the same time. Paco tells Blue Beetle that Evil Star draws his powers from the stars causing Blue Beetle to create a space cloud to block Evil Star's power source. Before the Blue Beetle Scarab can cause Blue Beetle to finish off Evil Star, Batman intervenes. Batman and Blue Beetle then hand Evil Star over to the Green Lantern Corps.

Video games[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Evil Star was the main antagonist in a Justice League novel.[citation needed] His background is similar to the comics, except that he tries to establish himself Monarch of Ulandira (Auron's capital city Ulandir).
  • Evil Star battles Green Lantern in Beware Our Power! by Scott Sonneborn published by Capstone as part of their DC Super Heroes line of illustrated children's books.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wallace, Dan (2008), "Evil Star", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 117, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017 
  2. ^ All-Star Comics #44 (Dec. 1948/Jan. 1949).
  3. ^ Underworld Unleashed
  4. ^ Green Lantern Vol. 4, #42
  5. ^ Green Lantern #43
  6. ^ Batman: In Darkest Night
  7. ^ JLA: Another Nail #1
  8. ^ JLA: Another Nail #2
  9. ^ "Beware Our Power!". Capstone.