Starfinger

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Starfinger
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventure Comics #335 (August 1965)
Created by Edmond Hamilton (script)
John Forte (art)
In-story information
Alter ego Garth Ranzz
Dr. Lars Hanscom
Char Burrane
Molock Hanscom
Abilities Ability to project power rays from the fingers of his hand.

Starfinger is a fictional DC Comics supervillain. He first appeared in Adventure Comics #335 (August 1965) and was an enemy of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Lars Hanscom[edit]

Starfinger was a helmeted figure with five different powers generated by each finger of his right hand. The Legion discovers that Starfinger is actually Lightning Lad, controlled by Dr. Lars Hanscom. Hanscom, under the guise of examining Lightning Lad's robotic arm, had hypnotized the Legionnaire and outfitted him with the Starfinger glove, so that Hanscom could obtain the rare metal rejuvium by threatening to destroy the "Seven Wonders of the 30th Century." Hanscom was brought to justice; after escaping prison, he briefly tried a criminal career on his own.[1] His most notorious crime was the kidnapping of one of Duo Damsel's bodies during her wedding to Bouncing Boy.[2] He later tried as "Doctor Larsh" (Lars H.) to use Lightning Lad again on the eve of the birth of the Legionnaire's twins, but was easily defeated.

Char Burrane[edit]

Young Science Police cadet Gim Allon was on Mars chasing a fugitive just moments prior to the meteor strike that would imbue him with the growth powers he would use to become a Legionnaire. That criminal, Char Burrane would later escape again, and while fleeing across the Martian surface, would stumble upon an a mysterious ring which was capable of generating two super-powered women, identifying themselves as Starlight and Starbright who originated from a micro world contained within the ring itself. With their powers, Burrane then begins building a criminal empire. Years later, he claims the name of Starfinger and has Hanscom killed on Takron-Galtos II to announce his arrival.[3] Displaying an obvious vendetta against Colossal Boy, the new Starfinger battles the Legion and ultimately captures his personal nemesis and an undercover Chameleon Boy (acting on his own as Legion Espionage Leader). Overwhelmed by the subsequent team of rescuing Legionnaires, Starfinger flees to the secret world within his ring. Shrinking Violet discovers the ring, which is then heavily guarded.[4]

Molock Hanscom[edit]

In the fourth volume of the Legion of Super-Heroes series, Molock Hanscom (formerly the leader of the Cosmic Spy League and brother of Lars) takes on the Starfinger role by arranging the assassination of Burrane. He sends killers (including the Persuader) after Char Burrane II to capture his predecessor's ring, and ultimately becomes successful in acquiring the artifact. Starfinger III is killed by the Khunds.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Starfinger's right hand has five star tipped fingers, each of which can project different energy rays. Each ray has a different property:

  • Thumb – projects a neutralizing ray
  • Index finger – projects super-lightning
  • Middle finger – projects a super-thrust ray
  • Ring finger – tuneable and can project any kind of super-radiation (e.g. heat, Green Kryptonite, gamma rays, shrinking rays, etc.)
  • Pinky – projects a freezing ray

Using all the fingers together projects a distorting ray that scambles superpowers and makes them function erratically.

In other media[edit]

The Char Burrane version[citation needed] of Starfinger appears in the Legion of Super-Heroes episode "The Substitutes" where he is voiced by Taylor Negron. He is portrayed as arrogant and narcissistic with a thick, and comically near-incomprehensible, Spanish accent. Starfinger wears a pair of mechanical gloves that have a different power in each finger. One finger has the ability to create small furry creatures which (unknown even to him) grow into monsters that eat the Earth's ionosphere. With the Legion busy trying to save the ionosphere, the Legion of Substitute Heroes are left to fight Starfinger. The "Subs" are able to subdue Starfinger and help the Legion stop the destruction of the ionosphere. In this episode, Brainiac 5 characterizes Starfinger as a "third-rate nuisance".[6] He makes two additional appearances in the companion comic book title, The Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adventure Comics #336
  2. ^ Superboy #200 (February 1974)
  3. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (3rd series) #29 (December 1986)
  4. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (3rd series) ANNUAL #4 (1988)
  5. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (4th series) #57 (May 1994)
  6. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes episode "The Substitutes"