Stardust the Super Wizard
|Stardust the Super Wizard|
Stardust feature in Fantastic Comics #14 (April 1941). Art and story by Fletcher Hanks.
|Publisher||Fox Feature Syndicate|
Fantastic Comics #1 (December 1939)
|Created by||Fletcher Hanks|
|Place of origin||Unrevealed|
Stardust the Super Wizard is a fictional superhero from the Golden Age of Comics who originally appeared in American comic books published by Fox Feature Syndicate. The character was created by writer-artist Fletcher Hanks. Stardust the Super Wizard made his first appearance in Fantastic Comics #1 (December 1939).
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 2.1 The Secret Army of Spies and Terrorists
- 2.2 Rip-the-Blood’s World War
- 2.3 The Demon’s Tidal Wave
- 2.4 The Mad Giant’s Volcanoes
- 2.5 Wolf-Eye’s Synthetic Tornadoes
- 2.6 Dr. Martinious’ Disease-Ridden Meteorites
- 2.7 Gyp’s Anti-Solar Ray
- 2.8 The Emerald Men of Asperus
- 2.9 Moloka and Solar Pirates
- 2.10 The Super Fiend
- 2.11 Skullface’s Robbery of New York
- 2.12 Kaos and the Giant Vultures of Venus
- 2.13 Yew Bee and the Fifth Column
- 2.14 De Structo’s Oxygen-Destroying Ray
- 2.15 The Fifth Column and the Sky-Demons
- 2.16 The Fifth Column and the World Invaders
- 2.17 Slant-Eye’s Robbery of Fort Knox
- 2.18 Further adventures
- 3 Resume summary
- 4 Powers and abilities
- 5 The Stardust Sixth Column
- 6 Villainous applications of super science
- 7 Further reading
- 8 Footnotes
- 9 Source material
- 10 External links
Golden Age stories
Stardust the Super Wizard was featured in 16 issues of Fantastic Comics (December 1939–March 1941) and Big 3 Comics #2 (January 1941). All features, with exceptions of Fantastic Comics #6 and #9, were both written and illustrated by Fletcher Hanks.
Reprints and collections
Stardust stories were reprinted in:
- RAW #5 (March 1983)
- Crack #2 (April 1984)
- Men of Mystery Comics (2001–)
- Golden Age Greats Spotlight, vol. 3 (May 2008)
- Stardust the Super Wizard comics/RPG (September 2016)
The complete works of Fletcher Hanks have been collected in the Fantagraphics Books:
- I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets! (2007)
- You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! (2009)
- Turn Loose Our Death Rays and Kill Them All! (2016)
The last volume is a combination of the first two with additional material. The complete collection catalogs all 15 of Fletcher Hanks' classic Stardust stories. In 2008, editor Paul Karasik received an Eisner Award for "Best Archival Collection/Project: Comic Books" for his work on I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets! In 2009, Fantagraphics started to include a Fletcher Hanks mini-comic coloring book titled Color Me or Die!, featuring a cover by Charles Burns, to people who ordered volumes of The Complete Fletcher Hanks.
Fictional character biography
“Stardust, whose vast knowledge of interplanetary science has made him the most remarkable man that ever lived, devotes his abilities to crime-busting.” In later episodes, he changes his focus to racket-busting. In his Golden Age adventures, Stardust patrolled the entire occupied solar system. The stories, however, focused primarily on his dealings with the planet Earth. Absolutely nothing is known of Stardust's past.
The Secret Army of Spies and Terrorists
A distant radio transmission was received in America announcing the imminent arrival to Earth of Stardust the Super Wizard—a man dedicated to “a merciless clean-up of spies and grade-A racketeers.” The message is published by newspapers and broadcast over radio waves, spreading unease throughout the criminal underworld. Upon his arrival, Stardust thwarted the assassination of the President—stunning the snipers and delivering them to the police. When the secret army of spies and terrorists tried to bomb the Capitol, Stardust saved the day by redirecting the bombs back into the planes. The spy leaders retaliated by firing their most deadly weapon, the Atom-Smasher, at Stardust. Stardust easily redirected the weapon’s energy back upon itself, destroying it utterly. Stardust then captured the fleeing spies and held them suspended in the air until the authorities arrived. To keep the spies company while they waited, Stardust summoned the skeletons of all the innocent people that the spies had killed over the years. Stardust then flew to the office of the G-Men and flashed the entire staff to the rooftop over which the spies were suspended. “Above you are the leaders of the spy army, with my compliments! In five minutes, they will drop! Good luck!” Stardust then flew away before anyone was able to thank him.
Rip-the-Blood’s World War
In the aftermath of the spy army's defeat, military profiteer Rip-the-Blood worried that Stardust the Super Wizard will soon be on this trail. He ordered his best traps set in case Stardust tries to interfere with his plans to ignite a world war. Rip ordered a plane to be painted to resemble a Jap bomber and sent it to kidnap the President while he was out on a fishing trip. News of the abduction hit the media, shocking the public. Rip-the-Blood’s gang spread the rumor that the President had been captured by a Jap plane, hoping the United States would respond by declaring war on Capania. Stardust learned of Rip’s plans, found the plane hidden in the clouds, and flashed the President away—returning him safely to the White House. Stardust then attempted to arrest Rip-the-Blood, but was pulled into a wind trap. Stardust escaped the device by fusing it into a massive wreak. He then flashed into Rip’s headquarters where he announced that Rip’s days wer numbered. As Stardust was monologuing, Rip’s body-guard fired blood-drying needle bombs at him. Stardust sensed the attack and reversed the trajectory of the bombs, knocking the men senseless and sending them tumbling down the stairs. Stardust then grabbed Rip-the-Blood by the arm and flew them both to one of Rip’s secretly owned munitions factories. With a brilliant flash, Stardust made the factory disappear. Rip bemoaned the loss of his million-dollar investment. Stardust said that removing the factory will save millions of lives and pledges to do the same to each of Rip-the-Blood's factories. Stardust then whisked the now desperate Rip to a seaside clifftop. Rip’s associates suddenly flashed in as a group to hover over the ocean. Stardust then placed them in the custody of his interplanetary guardian of the peace. When Rip-the-Blood tried to knock Stardust off the high cliff, Stardust grabbed him and tossed him into the ocean. People did not know that they had been saved from a horrible world-war, which Stardust felt was just as well. Stardust the Super Wizard then took off to break up the world war on Mars.
The Demon’s Tidal Wave
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the criminal scientist called the “Demon” had determined that the Earth's population was out of control and was planning to destroy every large city—starting with New York. The Demon had built an undersea pressure disturber that could generate a tidal surge large enough drown the entire city. Once the wave hit New York, he would use vibrating heat waves to trigger earthquakes. The Demon and his associate Max set out to sea on his yacht and activated his tidal device. A massive wave grew and began heading towards shore. Along its path, the wave smashed an ocean liner, killing all 2,000 of its passengers. Stardust flashed onto the Demon’s yacht and destroys the controls to the tidal device. Stardust then grabbed the Demon by the arm, whisked him away. Meanwhile, the people of New York City caught sight of the great wave and started panicking. Stardust flew across the ocean and dropped the Demon into the great wave. The crest of the wave crashed down and killed its creator. Stardust then used his disintegrating ray to destroy the Demon’s body and wipe him from existence. Stardust then halted the momentum of the tidal wave and gradually returned sea levels to normal. To calm the city, Stardust flew over New York displaying a message across the wake of his tubular spacial: “All danger passed. Tidal wave has disappeared.” The super wizard then rocketed back into space.
The Mad Giant’s Volcanoes
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the Mad Giant experimenter of the Gobi Desert wanted to put an end to the civilization that ruined his power over savage slaves. He bored a hole to the center of the Earth into which he planned to pump a powerful chemical that would increase the thermal pressure within the planet and cause volcanic eruptions all over the world. The Mad Giant and his assistant Kamet dropped the powerful chemical through a hose from his private plateau laboratory in the desert. The increased pressure on the Earth's core caused a volcanic crater to rise out of Lake Michigan, close enough to threaten the city of Chicago. The Mad Giant and Kamet pumped in additional chemical, causing the Lake Michigan volcano to violently erupt. Stardust arrived at Lake Michigan and destroyed the rocks that were threatening to rain down on Chicago. In the meantime, the volcano erupted again and continued to grow. Stardust flew to the Gobi Desert via tubular spacial. Detecting Stardust’s approach, the Mad Giant fired anti-ray rockets at him causing him to lose control of his ray belt. In desperation, Stardust threw out a float screen of dust and flew out of range. As the Mad Giant prematurely celebrated, Stardust flashed into the laboratory and ordered the giant to shut off the chemical at once. The Mad Giant then turned his chemical hose on Stardust. Seeing Stardust weakened, the Mad Giant dropped his hose and charged the super wizard. Stardust, who had only feigned weakness, knocks the giant to the ground and proceeds to destroy the deadly chemical outfit. Seeing the giant down, Kamet fired an anti-ray gun at Stardust, once again disabling his radiation belt. Stardust was able to dash out of the range of the anti-ray gun and destroy the device with its own energies. He then proceeded to destroy the entire chemical plant with his fusing ray. The enraged giant charged Stardust only to get knocked through a wall. Stardust arrested the Mad Giant and delivered him to the asteroid headquarters of the Interplanetary Police.
Wolf-Eye’s Synthetic Tornadoes
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that a dangerous group of crime wizards—the so-called “Miracle Men”—planned a wholesale kidnapping of leading Americans using invisible vacuum tubes. If ransoms were not paid, the Miracle Men, led by the nefarious Wolf-Eye, intended to destroy all American business and industry with synthetic tornadoes powerful enough to destroy entire cities. The Miracle Men first kidnapped the motor king Henry Lord and the wealthy financier John Rancab. In rapid succession, they abducted the richest people from New York, Detroit, Palm Beach, Chicago, Hollywood, Washington D.C., and scores of other cities across the United States. The victims were drawn into a great underground vault where they were blindfolded. News of the abductions spread; the G-men were mystified. Wolf-Eye demanded that rich cash ransoms be delivered to the top of the Empire State Building by noon or they would proceed with their plans to destroy America. The G-men, calling the Miracle Men’s bluff, decided not to pay the ransoms. In response, Wolf-Eye ordered his men to turn loose their death-rays and kill all the hostages. Stardust arrived just in time to destroy the death-ray guns and their operators. Wolf-Eye then ordered his men to activate the tornado machine. The machine drew down air from the outer atmosphere creating a violent whirlwind that started blowing towards New York. Stardust arrived in New York, darted into the heart of the tornado, and used his rarifying beam to dispel the storm. A desperate Wolf-Eye then used gland control magic to make himself grow to gigantic size. As Stardust arrived at the Miracle Men's headquarters, he was immediately attacked by the now-massive Wolf-Eye. Stardust knocked Wolf-Eye out and used a ray to reduce him to the size of a toddler. The Miracle Men were subsequently arrested and delivered to the F.B.I. Stardust then used a transporting ray to return the hostages to their places of origin before he flew off into space.
Dr. Martinious’ Disease-Ridden Meteorites
Dr. Martinious, Warlord of Mars, had plans to rule the entire universe by conquering the planets one by one—starting with Earth. He summoned the Brain Men of Mars to determine the quickest means to subdue the Earth. They decided to interbreed poisonous insects to produce a race of gigantic bacteria and cover the planet with millions of disease germs. The Martians sent hordes of meteorites laden with millions of disease germs to bombard the Earth. Martian insects polluted the water systems. Stardust the Super Wizard traveled to Earth and informed scientists that they needed to combat the menace with new chemicals. Stardust then deflected the Sun’s rays and destroyed the inbound meteorites. The scientists followed Stardust’s instructions and spread germicide over every mile of the Earth. Stardust then traveled to Mars and attacked the labs of the Brain Men, smashing everything in sight. The Brain Men and Dr. Martinious retreated and took refuge in their mountain headquarters. The Brain Men used a secret passage, hoping to take Stardust unawares and shoot him with their death-ray guns. But Stardust sensed their approach and knocked them all off a cliff. Stardust then used his concentrator to draw the heat rays of the Sun and burned Dr. Martinious’ stronghold to the ground.
Gyp’s Anti-Solar Ray
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that “Gyp” Clip Gang planned to use an anti-solar ray to stop the Earth from revolving and send the population of the planet flying off into outer space. Once everyone disappeared into space and the Earth's motion was restored, the planet and all its wealth would be theirs. In preparation, the gang first charged the planet with their hydraulic balance ray to keep the Earths water from floating off into space. They then magnetized all the automobiles and ships in place. Gyp released the ant-solar ray and stopped the rotation of the Earth. With gravity "destroyed", people started floating off into space. Seeing this, Stardust launched himself from his observatory and headed to Earth. On his approach to the planet, Stardust sees millions of people drifting in space, either unconscious or gasping for breath. The Gyp Clipp Gang, safely chained to the floor of their headquarters, waited for the population to float out of range so they could restart the motion of the Earth. Stardust transmitted a telepathic suggestion to Gyp via a radiophonic thought-recording ray. Gyp suddenly “realized” that he didn’t need to share the Earth with anyone and shot his associates. Chortling to himself, Gyp then reversed the anti-solar ray and restarted the motion of the Earth. Meanwhile, Stardust encircled the globe, attaching long attractor beams to the millions of floating Earth-people. With tremendous burst of power, Stardust pulled the half a billion people back into the planet’s atmosphere. He then returned each person to his or her rightful place on the globe. Once that task was complete, Stardust flashed to Gyp’s laboratory and destroyed all of its equipment. Stardust then picked up Gyp with one arm and tossed him into outer space. Stardust propelled Gyp to the Realm of Constant Twilight where he was delivered the Floating Prison of Ice where he was placed in an ice chamber to become a frozen spacite. In this condition, Gyp could see and think but never move—sentenced to live forever and think about his crimes.
The Emerald Men of Asperus
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the Emerald Men of the asteroid Asperus had big plans to change the universe. The first step in those plans was to capture the planet Earth and make it part of their own system. The Emerald Men had developed a planetary-control gas that would allow the Earth to break from its orbit around the Sun. They would then use their magnetic varium to draw Earth into their own system. Once the Emerald Men had the planet under control, they planned make the people of Earth their everlasting slaves. When the High Mogul of the Emerald Men gave the command and gas bombs are fired towards Earth. Stardust made it to Earth just in time to destroy the bombs before they reached the inner atmosphere. Detecting the trouble with their bombs, the Emerald Men donned transmitting suits and flew toward Earth to investigate. Stardust flew out to meet them. Recognizing Stardust, the Emerald Men increase their speed. Stardust warned the Emerald Men to turn back, which only antagonized them to greater speeds. In response, Stardust accelerated to a speed of 300,000 miles a minute (18 million miles an hour) and plowed through the onrushing horde of Emerald Men. Stardust eventually drove the Emerald Men into retreat. In desperation, the Emerald Men signaled the launch of anti-star-metal bombs—specially designed to destroy Stardust’s protective suit. Sensing the bombs’ approach, Stardust threw up a screen of acid-proof dust into which the bombs harmlessly detonated. Stardust then encased the Emerald Men in a crystal cell and propelled them back to Asperus. Stardust spared the lives of the astonished Emerald Men. To ensure they did no further harm, Stardust then propelled Asperus into a far distant orbit of uninhabited planets.
Moloka and Solar Pirates
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the nefarious Moloka and his band of solar pirates planned to destroy the solar system and take control of the Sun. Moloka was using his space titans in a savage campaign that had left entire planets burning in his wake. From the safety of his fortress on the planet Pluton, Moloka readied his latest invention, a machine capable of vaporizing entire planets. With this device he planned to eclipse the Sun and bankrupt the power companies. Not a tree would bloom without Moloka’s blessing. He would become the most powerful man the world[s] had ever seen. Stardust arrived in time to warn his neighbors of Moloka’s plans. At his command, entire worlds were evacuated. Meanwhile, Moloka tested his planet destroyer on the defensless planetoid Nemus. Stardust arrived in time to witness the attack. Moloka spied Stardust standing the ruins and jumped to the conclusion that his vaporizer had somehow created a new being. Stardust played along with Moloka’s warped reasoning. “The task you have undertaken is too great for one man! You are a true genius! You have created me to assist and advise you!” Stardust suggested that Moloka attack Earth first to garner riches and establish his power. Moloka agreed and fired his vaporizer toward across millions of miles of space. Stardust then flew into space, telling Moloka that he would inspect the effects of the first attack. In space, Stardust deflected the vaporizer ray away from every planetary body between Pluton and Earth. He then bent the vaporizer ray and sent it back to Pluton. Stardust beat the ray back home, arriving just in time to rescue Moloka before his mountain fortress was destroyed. Moloka's lieutenants arrived to investigate the explosion. They spot Stardust dragging their leader through the air. Moloka saw their approach ordered his entire air force to attack Stardust. The fleet unleashed their self-guiding, perambulating bombs. Stardust used his anti-cosmic relayer to redirect the bombs back to the ships, destroying the entire fleet. Stardust then abandons Moloka on Pluton—the desolate wasteland of his own making.
The Super Fiend
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the Super Fiend from a lost planet of Lepus had plans to destroy civilization. The first step in the Super Fiend's plans was to set the planet Mars afire and send it on a collision course with the planet Earth. The Super Fiend had perfected a thermal ray spore which if planted deep within a planet would cause it to spontaneously combust. The Super Fiend travelled to the planet Mars and deposited his ray spore in the deep crater of an extinct volcano. By the time he returned to his lab, the Mars was ablaze. The entire population of the planet died in flames. The Super Fiend then directed his anti-solar beam at Mars—releasing it from its solar orbit—and sent it on a collision course for the planet Earth. The people of Earth caught sight of Mars approaching and started to panic. Stardust arrived just in time to avert disaster. He released retarding rays to slow the momentum of Mars and then created a massive Stardust flash to deflect the planet away from Earth. Stardust then extinguished Mars and returned it to its regular orbit around the Sun. Stardust then made for the lost planet, seized the Super Fiend by the throat, and whisked him back to the planet Mars. Stardust orbited the devastated planet, forcing the Super Fiend to acknowledge the charred bodies of the millions of people he had killed. They landed on Mars where Stardust used his transforming ray to enlarge the Super Fiend to give him a “fighting chance”. Encouraged by his increased size, the Super Fiend attacked Stardust. Stardust evaded the clumsy attack and proceeded to beat the Super Fiend into submission. Once the Super Fiend was defeated, Stardust restored him to his normal size. Stardust then sentenced the Super Fiend to spend his remaining days among the lifeless ruins of the planet he set on fire. Stardust then left, returning to his private star.
Skullface’s Robbery of New York
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the “Skullface” Kurd Mob were planning to rob the entirety of New York City. The 300-thousand member gang planned to terrorize the city by crippling the subway system and bombing the streets and bridges. Then they planned to massacre the entire police force with super-tommy guns. With the cops out of the picture, they would be free to take over. Stardust set out for Earth, hoping to arrive in time to save the people of New York. Gangsters took out the subway using powerful time-bombs. Bombers swoop out of the sky and drop bombs on the streets and the bridges. Terror-stricken people rushed along streets filled with the dead and dying. The police responding to the crisis are picked off by snipers hidden in nearby buildings. A terrific battle ensued between the police and the gangsters. Tear gas was used by both sides. Just as the police gained the upper hand, Skullface ordered another bombing run. Their number decimated, out of ammunition, and exhausted, the police were forced to retreat. The gangsters drove the police to Central Park where they planned to slaughter them in a final bombing run. Stardust appeared just in time to destroy the bombers. He then scooped up the surviving officers in his tubular spacial and suspended them in the sky beyond the firing range of the gangsters. Stardust flashed down to the park to confront Skullface and his gang. Skullface ordered his men to fire. Stardust used his mental powers to stop them. Stardust then grabbed Skullface around his torso, lifted him off the ground, and ordered him to assemble his gang. The word went out and gangsters from all parts of the city gathered in Central Park. Stardust gathered the entire gang in his tubular spacial and whisked them into the air. As they passed the floating police officers, Stardust released his gravity control and set them gently back on the ground. With a tremendous burst of speed, Stardust launched the gangsters into outer space. In a short while, they arrived at a planet made purely of gold, diamonds, and emeralds. The gangsters’ excitement was short lived. The gravity of the planet was so strong, no one was able to lift anything. Stardust informed them that the air of the planet was so pure and full of vitamins that they were sure to live for a very long time. “Feast your eyes on the gold and precious stones while you can, for night will soon come—a black night that will last for centuries!” Stardust then took off, abandoning the Skullface Kurd Mob to their well-deserved fate.
Kaos and the Giant Vultures of Venus
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that criminal scientist Kaos had developed a strange new plant in his laboratory. With it, he planned to dominate the gigantic vulture birds of Venus and use them to conquer the planet Earth. Kaos used a hypnotic-control ray to attract the birds to his experimental station. Kaos fed them the juice of his super-vitamin vine which rapidly increased both their size and power. Realizing Kaos’ plans, Stardust immediately raced to Earth, hoping to save the planet from destructive conquest. Meanwhile, Kaos launched his assembled army of demonized vultures towards Earth. Kaos followed his war fleet in his super-speed rocket-dart. Stardust watched helplessly as the vultures approached Earth’s atmosphere. A desperate Stardust increased his speed to the point where his tubular spacial left a trail of friction-fire in its wake. The foremost birds arrived at Earth and headed for the battlefields. They crashed warplanes, ripped up fortifications, destroyed military vehicles, and sank ships. Panic-stricken soldiers were then picked off one by one. The majority Kao’s fleet headed for America and started to attack major cities. Kaos orders the vultures to capture a beautiful woman to be his empress. Stardust finally arrived on scene and quickly demolished Kaos’ ship. The birds—no longer under Kaos’ hypnotic control—went wild. Stardust pulled Kaos out of the wreckage and flew them up to confront the birds. Not wanting to use his rays on the victimized birds, Stardust decided instead to beat the flock leaders into submission. The birds are eventually subdued. Flying amongst the birds, Stardust noticed that one held a beautiful girl in its talons. Stardust suspended Kaos in the air and sped towards the bird at terrific speed. Stardust struck the giant bird causing it to drop its captive. Stardust then swept in and rescued the girl. Stardust asked her if she was hurt. She said that she was physically unharmed, but terribly upset and scared. Stardust offered her a ride home. She told him that the birds had wrecked her home and killed her parents. She asked only that Stardust stay with her until she got over her fright. Stardust, saying he had duties to attend, suspended her mid-air and told her not to be frightened: he would be back soon. Stardust used a powerful propelling beam to send all the birds back to their home planet. Stardust then transformed Kaos into a human-sized worm and propelled him back to Venus. Stardust returned to the girl and asked her if she would like to come back to his place to rest for a while. She consented and they travelled together to his private star. When they arrived, Stardust told her she could stay as long as she wished.
Yew Bee and the Fifth Column
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the gigantic Fifth Column was preparing to destroy the American government. The commander of the organization of spies and traitors is scientist Yew Bee. Meeting in a dimly-lit basement in New York City, the vowed to end democracy and civilization forever by using every means of modern science to overthrow the United States government. As Yew Bee finished his speech, a spy delivered a secret message from their European comrades informing them that it was time to strike. Coast Guard officers loyal to the Fifth Column crippled the coastal guns and sent Naval vessels south. All airplanes were grounded and then secretly disabled. All fortifications and strategic points were taken out with high explosives. With all lines of communication at their mercy, the Fifth Column leaders took refuge in their secret bomb-proof bunker. A strange fleet soon appeared off the coast and cruised quietly into port. The ships unload thousands of super-tanks which head for New York. At the same time, thousands of warplanes started to fill the sky. Stardust appear in a flash over New York and moved to intercept the planes. He took control of the planes and made them bombard both the super-tanks and their transports. He then made the planes crash into the ocean at full speed. Stardust flashed into the Fifth Column bunker and informed the leaders that the hour of their punishment had arrived. Stardust transformed the lesser leaders into icicles which quickly melted away. The main leaders Stardust transformed into monster rats. From his flash, Stardust produced a panther that chased the rats through the streets of New York, onto the docks, and into the river. On the dock, the panther disappeared in a flash to be replaced by Stardust. Stardust caused the waters to churn and draw the rats to the bottom of the river. One surviving rat floated to the surface—a rat with the face of Yew Bee. Stardust grabbed Yew Bee by the tail and delivered him to the office of the F.B.I. Stardust then few down the coast, disabling the mines planted by the Fifth Column. Members of the now-leaderless Fifth Column were then relentlessly hunted down by the G-Men. As Stardust flew off into space, he left a luminous message in the wake of his tubular spacial: “America, beware of the Fifth Column.”
De Structo’s Oxygen-Destroying Ray
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that international racketeer De Structo planned to take over the world by suffocating American leaders using an oxygen-destroying ray. De Structo’s troopers planted vials containing the inactive ray in close proximity to every person of power and authority across the U.S.A. Once this had been accomplished, De Structo activated the ray from the safety of his secluded mountain cabin. In a matter of minutes, leaders around the United States started to gasp for air and then pass out from lack of oxygen. Military officers and enlisted men died by the thousands. City and state police work was disrupted. Life is disrupted and Americans began to panic. Stardust arrived in a flash and destroyed De Structo’s radio outfit. Stardust then released his powerful counteracting ray across the country, depowering the oxygen-destroying ray. The surviving leaders gradually revived. De Structo abandoned his cabin and attempted to hide in a hollow pine tree. Stardust appeared over the forest and split the tree in half. The desperate De Structo attacked Stardust, only to be stunned into submission by a superiority beam. Stardust used his transforming ray to enlarge De Structo’s head to an enormous size and then made the head absorb his body. Stardust then picked up De Structo's head and flew off into space. They travelled to the Space Pocket of Living Death. When they arrived, Stardust hurled De Structo’s terrified head into the waiting hands of the Giant Headless Headhunter. The headhunter placed De Structo’s head atop his shoulders where the giant's own head should have been. Stardust then made the giant’s body slowly absorb De Structo's head. Stardust later returned to Earth and rounded up De Structo’s troopers. He drew them all to a central point, fused them into one being, and fired the composite man into space. Stardust then vanished in a flash.
The Fifth Column and the Sky-Demons
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that the strongest Fifth Column in history was preparing the way for ruthless invaders bent on enslaving the Americas. In the U.S., the Fifth Column had agents installed in defense factories and major power plants all across the country. When called upon, they would be able to paralyze industry, transportation, and national defense at a moment's notice. Fearing for America and the future of Democracy, Stardust rocketed to Earth in his tubular spacial. Along his journey, Stardust learned that leaders of the Eastern Hemisphere have allied themselves with the allies from the planet Mars. In fact, a large fleet of Martian Sky-Demons equipped with long-range distantegrating super-bombs were already on their way. Stardust arrived before the Martians and set out to camouflage the Earth. He pulled a cloud of vapor out of the Moon, shaped it into a planet-sized sphere, and projected the image of the Earth onto its surface. Stardust then drew an invisible ray screen across the Earth. Meanwhile, the Fifth Column had launched a blitzkrieg on South America. Nations fell in rapid succession. Soon the southern continent had become an active staging ground for the invading army. As the Sky-Demons signaled their arrival, the Fifth Column prepared to mobilize its forces. However, they suddenly found themselves unable to move. Fifth Column members from all over the country are whisked from their stations and propelled into his camouflaged sphere of vapor. The Martian Sky-Demons arrived and attacked the false Earth, destroying it—and the Fifth Columnists—with their disintegrating bombs. Realizing their mistake and unable to find the real Earth behind its invisible screen, the Sky-Demons headed back to Mars in frustration. Stardust then darted across the United States and gathered a great army of red-blooded American boys who wanted to do something for their country. He told the boys that he had brought them together to combat the work of the nefarious Fifth Column. They were his Sixth Column! Stardust endowed the boys with the power to transmit and equipped them with both fusing and repelling rays. He then sent the boys to attack the armies assembled at the U.S. border. The Sixth Column fused the warplanes into useless wrecks and destroyed the mobile artillery. The panicking army first attempted to retreat, and then to surrender. The Sixth Column accepted neither and drove the invaders all the way back to the Eastern Hemisphere. Later, Stardust praised the boys for a job well done. The boys pledged to continue their fight against the Fifth Column and promised to recruit others to help. Stardust, with a proud smile on his face, then returned to his private star.
The Fifth Column and the World Invaders
Stardust the Super Wizard, determined to stamp out the nefarious Fifth Column, established Sixth Column clubs all across the United States. He equipped each member with a star-metal suit and a thought-recording collar. Stardust then tuned the thought-recorders for the Fifth Column and sent the boys out to gather information. The Sixth Columnists learned that the Fifth Column was allying itself with American racketeers. They planned to help invading forces from Europe conquer the United States and assume control of American business. The Sixth Columnists uncovered secret munitions caches and traced Fifth Column smuggling routes. They learned that world-invaders from the Eastern Hemisphere were preparing to fire enormous shells across the ocean to America. The Fifth Column would then use special magnets to direct the shells to vital targets. The invading army was mustering thousands of transatlantic bombers and troop carriers in preparation. The Sixth Column reported their findings to Stardust. In response to the news, Stardust equipped the boys with metal-repelling radiation belts and sent them back to their stations. The great guns in Europe fired their massive winged shells as the fleet of warplanes took off for America. When the shells became visible on the East Coast, the Sixth Column released their metal-repelling rays. The bombs lost all motion and drifted aimlessly in the sky. One shell drifted out of range and fell on a passing ocean liner, destroying it completely. Stardust took control of the remaining shells and annihilated the fleet of oncoming warplanes. Stardust then confronted the Fifth Column leaders in their observation balloon. Stardust forced the balloon to the ground, chased the leaders down, and beat them into submission. He then tossed their limp forms into the ocean. The Sixth Column found the remaining members of the Fifth Column and reported their locations to Stardust. Stardust pulled them all into the air and gathered them to a particular point above the clouds. He then crashed into group at such tremendous speed that they burst into flame and turned to ash. As Stardust drifted off into space, he sent a final message to his Sixth Column. “Nice work, boys! You helped save your country!”
Slant-Eye’s Robbery of Fort Knox
Stardust the Super Wizard learned that “Slant-Eye” and his gang intended to rob the U.S. Gold Repository at the Fort Knox Military Reservation in Kentucky. With the 20-billion-dollars worth of stolen gold, they planned to fortify their island stronghold, become a formidable sea power, and disrupt merchant shipping around the world. Slant-Eye directed his planes to bombard Fort Knox with stupefying gas. As the gas spread across the fort, mobsters parachuted in and quickly overcame the guards. Slant-Eye’s drillers then bored deep holes in the walls of the depository and blew them up with nitroglycerine. Stardust arrived over the ruins of Fort Knox and paralyzed the gangsters. The surviving soldiers recovered from the gas and arrested the gang. Stardust took personal charge of Slant-Eye. Stardust enlarged his hand, grabbed the gangster by his torso, and vanished in a bright flash. Stardust flew them both to Slant-Eye’s island in the South Seas. Stardust generated a tidal wave that flooded the island. He then ripped the island from the ocean floor and lifted into the air. The terrified Slant-Eye was then dropped into a whirlpool on the island. The whirlpool drew Slant-Eyes into an underground cave. Stardust inverted the entire island and placed it back into the ocean. Slant-Eye was caught in an eruption and tossed onto the newly formed shore. A massive gold octopus then appeared offshore and seized the bewildered Slant-Eye in its giant tentacles. “This is your fate, Slant-Eye! You craved gold, so here it is!” The octopus then pulled Slant-Eye down into its underwater lair. With his job completed, Stardust returned to his star.
- Assassination of the President of the United States
- Bombing of the United States Capitol
- Kidnapping of the President of United States of America
- Embroiling the United States of America in a world war under false pretenses
- Worldwide war on the planet Mars
- Destruction of New York City by tidal wave and seismic events
- Destruction of Chicago through volcanic events
- Wholesale abduction of the richest Americans
- Subsequent murder of the richest Americans
- Destruction of American business and industry via synthetic tornadoes
- Conquest of the planet Earth through infectious disease
- Death of the human race in the vacuum of space
- Abduction of the planet Earth by another planetary system
- Enslavement of the human race
- Destruction of the Solar System
- Enslavement of the Sun
- Bankruptcy of power companies
- Vaporization of the planet Earth
- Destruction of Earth when it collided with the planet Mars
- Robbery of New York City through aerial bombing and acts of terrorism
- Mass killing of the New York City Police Department
- Conquest of Earth using demonized giant vulture birds from Venus
- Total destruction of the American Government
- Permanent end of Democracy
- End of Civilization
- Invasion of the United States of America by the Fifth Column and the Sky-Demons of Mars
- Enslavement of all Americans by Asian and European forces
- Robbery of the United States Gold Depository at Fort Knox
- Disruption of merchant shipping worldwide
- Mass suffocation of American leaders using an oxygen-destroying ray
- Takeover of the United States of America
- Disruption of city and state police work
- Deaths of innocents killed by spies and terrorists
- Deaths of 2000 passengers aboard the ocean liner destroyed by the Demon's tidal wave
- Genocide of the many planets incinerated by Moloka and his Space Pirates
- Devastation of the planetoid Nemus by Vaporizer
- Genocide of the entire population of the planet Mars
- Deaths of hundreds of New York City residents through acts of terrorism
- Sniping deaths of New York City Police officers
- Deaths of military forces in Europe by demonized vulture birds
- Deaths of innumerable residents of major American cities by demonized vulture birds
- Deaths of military forces in the blitzkrieg of South America
- Deaths of all passengers aboard an ocean liner destroyed by a transatlantic winged shell
- Deaths of military personnel during the attack on Fort Knox
- Deaths of thousands of Army and Navy officers by asphyxiation
- Deaths of thousands of enlisted man by asphyxiation
- Deaths of Americans in positions of power and authority by asphyxiation
- American racketeers (arrested)
- The Brain Men of Mars (executed)
- The Demon (executed, his associate Max eluded arrest)
- De Structo (executed, associates dispatched)
- Dr. Martinious (executed)
- The Emerald Men of Asperus (repulsed and exiled to a distant orbit)
- The Fifth Column (dispatched or arrested as they surfaced)
- "Gyp" Clipp (imprisoned, associates dispatched)
- Kaos of Venus (neutralized and returned home)
- The Mad Giant (captured) & Kamet (eluded arrested)
- The Miracle Men (dispatched a few, arrested the rest)
- Moloka the Space Pirate (exiled to the dead planet Pluton, associates dispatched)
- Rip-the-Blood (executed, associates arrested)
- A secret army of spies and terrorists (leaders captured, soldiers dispatched)
- The "Skullface" Kurd Mob (exiled)
- Sky Demons from Mars (repulsed)
- "Slant-Eye" (executed, associates arrested)
- The Super-Fiend of the Lost Planet Lepus (exiled to the dead planet Mars)
- Wolf-Eye (arrested)
- World invaders from the Eastern Hemisphere (dispatched a few, repelled the rest)
- Yew Bee (transformed into a monster rat and arrested)
- The asteroid Asperus
- Outer space
- The planet Earth
- Floating Prison of Ice
- Interplanetary Police Headquarters
- Earth's moon Luna
- The planet Mars
- The planetoid Nemus
- The planet Pluton
- The Realm of Constant Twilight
- The Space Pocket of Living Death
- Unnamed, high-gravity planet composed entirely of gold, diamonds, and emeralds
- The planet Venus (assumed)
Powers and abilities
Stardust is a master of space and planetary forces, possessing a vast knowledge of interplanetary science. He is also a skilled detective specializing in data collection. Although Stardust has never exhibited any formal combat training, his physical size and strength make him a formidable brawler.
Physically, Stardust appears as a clean-cut, blond-haired, blue-eyed, Caucasian human male of heroic proportions. His height has been estimated anywhere between 7'3" and 9'9" tall. His genealogy has never been revealed. Although he has vested interests in Earth, it is unclear if he is of Earthly origin.
Stardust has exhibited a number of powers that are not attributed to his mastery of space and planetary forces. These powers may be attributed to an alien physiognomy, cybernetic augmentation, genetic modification, tetralogical manipulation, or a combination of these factors. The unexplained powers of Stardust include:
- Superhuman strength. He has lifted grown men off the ground one-handed and tossed them out a window with little effort.
- Superhuman speed and accelerated perception. Stardust once delivered a well-timed uppercut while traveling at 300,000 miles per minute (18 million miles an hour).
- Superhuman endurance. Stardust has never been known to tire—or sleep for that matter.
- Superhuman durability. Stardust is immune to extreme heat and cold due to exposure to gas emitted from a star.
- Extrasensory Perception. Stardust has been able to sense danger and perceive events over great distances.
- Artificial lungs. Stardust’s respiratory system has been augmented, enabling him to breathe safely under any condition.
Stardust wears a flexible sky-blue unitard made of star-metal that fits him like a second skin. It is controlled through rays from a distant sun, rendering him invulnerable to chemicals and indestructible by electrical or violent force. Stardust has worn mid-calf boots in both blue and red.
Stardust wears a corset-sized gold radiation belt (aka ray belt) around his midsection. The belt is in a starburst motif and features two rows of red studs. The radiation belt empowers Stardust with a wide array of beams, rays, and arcs. Each ray is represented by its own red stud. Energies from the belt can be used at a local level to affect individual persons or expanded to levels that affect the movement of planetary bodies. The radiation belt does not need to be charged and is not dependent on an outside energy source. It has never overloaded or shown even minor stress despite the great demands that have been made of it. Stardust appears to be limited merely by the breadth of his scientific knowledge and his ability to make good choices.
Energies that Stardust has employed in his adventures include, but should not be limited to:
- Absorbing ray. Makes objects disappear entirely.
- Agitator ray. Stirs up large bodies of water, causing tidal waves and great surges.
- Anti-gravity ray, aka Gravity-control ray. Adjusts the planetary pull on an object.
- Anti-motion ray. Removes all momentum from objects.
- Attractor beam. Connects Stardust with an object and allow him to direct its physical motion.
- Attractor ray. Identified a specific object or substance and pulls it toward Stardust.
- Boomerang ray. Redirects and returns destructive forces back to their points of origin.
- Cleaving ray. Splits objects in half.
- Concentrator ray. Combines many people into one being.
- Counteracting ray. Neutralizes or reverses a harmful effect.
- Disintegrating ray, aka Super-solar disintegrating ray. Causes objects to violently break up into small parts
- Enervating ray, aka a mysterious ray. Drains people of strength and energy, rendering them helpless.
- Extinguishing ray. Puts out fires on a global scale.
- Fusing ray, aka Super-solar fusing ray. Melts materials or objects with intense heat.
- Invisibility ray. Renders objects—even entire planets—invisible.
- Magnetic ray. Physically pulls objects to Stardust.
- Metal-repelling ray. Forces metal away.
- Propelling beam. Imparts momentum to large groups of objects.
- Radiophonic thought-recording ray. Transmits thoughts and suggestions over great distances.
- Rarifying beam. Calms violent wind.
- Reducing ray. Shrinks people or objects.
- Repelling ray. Physically pushes objects and people away.
- Retarding ray. Reduces the momentum of planet-size objects.
- Reverse arc. Changes the direction of a tumbling force, such as a tidal wave.
- Revolving speed ray. Rotates objects at great velocity.
- Secret ray. Summons the skeletons of innocent murder victims.
- Shadow transfer ray. Causes one object to mirror the appearance of another.
- Spectral ray. Makes Stardust invisible or as bright as the sun.
- Sun beam. Destroys the energy of pyroclastic rocks.
- Superiority beam. Endows Stardust with a commanding presence, stunning people into inaction.
- Suspending ray. Hangs and maintains objects in midair.
- Suspension ray. Generates a field to contain a liquid or a gas.
- Television ray. Allows remote observation.
- Thought-recording ray. Allows Stardust to telepathically scan a population to reveal criminal intent.
- Transforming ray. Changes the form and size of an object or person.
- Transmitting ray. Physically lifts and transports identified populations to where Stardust directs them.
- Transmuting ray. Changes gas into hard crystal and back again.
- Transporting ray. Flies large groups of people back to their individual places of origin.
Stardust wears a thought-recording collar that reproduces his internal monologue. The recordings are transmitted via thought-recording rays in order to establish telepathic communication with individuals or groups of people. The collar is gold colored and designed in starburst motif. It features a row of red studs similar to the ones found on Stardust's radiation belt.
The tubular spacial is a luminous forcefield that enables Stardust to travel on accelerated super-solar light waves at tremendous speeds. Stardust has been recorded at speeds of up to 300,000 miles a minute (18 million miles an hour). When pushed to its utmost, the tubular spacial leaves a trail of friction-fire in its wake. It is Stardust's primary mode of interplanetary transportation. He is able to control the speed and direction of the tubular spacial at will. The field is impenetrable and virtually indestructible. The tubular spacial generates a null field that neutralized all forms of energy (kinetic, electrical, magnetic, gamma, gravitational, etc.) and also protects him from the crushing forces of acceleration. The tubular spacial preserves and protects him from the vacuum of space. Stardust can use the field for his own use, extend it to accommodate a passenger, or expand it further to encompass a large group of people.
The tubular spacial can discharge a cloud of acid-proof dust that acts as chaff and a radar countermeasure. Stardust can expand the wake of the tubular spacial and generate luminous skywriting.
Stardust's trademark flash grants him the power of teleportation, allowing near instantaneous transportation between two fixed points. A brilliant flash shaped like a 5-pointed star accompanies each transfer. The flash can range in size from 10 feet wide to thousands of miles in diameter. There does not seem to be a limit to the distance over which an object can be flashed. However, Stardust has never used his flash outside of a planet’s gravity well. His flash can teleport individual objects, people, groups, and even entire facilities. The flash can be further calibrated to target specific individuals, as when Stardust transported the entire staff of the F.B.I. from their offices and left all their office furniture behind. Objects can also be safely transferred into occupied space, as when Stardust instantly outfitted the Sixth Columnists with uniforms. Furthermore, the flash recalibrates and redirects the momentum of the object it transfers. This allows an object to match the relative velocity of its destination.
Stardust's flash is also capable of affecting the momentum and vector of objects in its immediate vicinity. The flash is capable of affecting local objects, but can be expanded to a planetary scale. Stardust uses his flash to launch his tubular spacial. He also uses the flash at the end of his flight to remove momentum—allowing him to calmly walk out of his star. Stardust routinely uses his flash to enter buildings. If he enters a building after a long interplanetary flight, the building will shake just before he appears. Stardust typically announces his arrival before he appears.
Stardust's Astral Observatory
Stardust's headquarters is a crime-detecting laboratory and observation post that is located on what is referred to in early stories as a "private asteroid" and in later stories as his "private star". Stardust's private star has a breathable atmosphere capable of sustaining human and plant life. It features rolling hills, a lush forest, and paved roads. Stardust lives in a massive castle which is a short walk from the observatory. The star has enough mass to sustain a number of small satellites. From his marvelously equipped observatory, Stardust stays apprised of the affairs of the planets. Equipment Stardust has utilized in the Astral Observatory, broken down into categories, include:
- Crime detector. A delicate crime-detecting unit with a needle gauge that vibrates to alert Stardust when a crime has been planned and is about to be executed.
- Crime-detecting scopes. Various devices that indicate the nature, location, extent, and severity of a crime.
- Long-range televisional finder. A scanner equipped with a widescreen monitor and a thought recorder that tunes into the thoughts of criminals to reveal their whereabouts and current plans to Stardust.
- Panoramic concentration unit. Reveals the power and influence of an organization and the extent of the crime being perpetrated, allowing Stardust to see the big picture.
- Dictaphonic view plates. A square monitor that allows Stardust to observe and record criminals from afar.
- Televisional crime-detecting unit. A circular monitor that allows Stardust to remotely observe criminals.
- Interplanetary television set and thought-process unit. A widescreen monitor and speaker system that allows Stardust to remotely observe and translate the thoughts of criminals. One can assume this comes in handy when the criminals are from another planet and speak a different language.
- Super-interplanetary television set. A wall-mounted super-widescreen monitor equipped with an adjustable thought recorder that allows Stardust to observe criminals from afar.
- Crime-detecting ray-phone. A headset with earphones and a view plate that allows Stardust to view criminals from afar.
- Anti-cosmic relayer. A device that reduces the radio frequency of remote controlled missiles and redirect them.
- Concentrator. A handheld wand that draws the heat rays of the Sun and concentrates them into a beam hot enough to melt an entire fortress.
- Panoramic television unit. A tablet-size device that allows Stardust to remotely view multiple sites. Used to observe the actions of the Sixth Column across the world.
- Simplified television unit. A handheld television unit, the size and shape of a smart phone, that allows Stardust to observe criminal activity from afar.
- Super radiophonic sets. Telecommunication devices used by the Sixth Column to contact with Stardust.
- Universal sound plate. A tablet-sized communication device that establishes an audio tele-conference with the operators of his super radiophonic sets.
The Stardust Sixth Column
The Stardust Sixth Column was a national defense club, formed to help combat the underhand work of the Fifth Column. They were a great army composed of loyal, red-blooded American boys who wanted to do something for their country. Clubhouses were located in every American city and town. Each clubhouse is headed by an elected leader.
Stardust gave each member a star-metal suit, a thought-recording collar, and a radiation belt. Their thought-collars were specially tuned to enable the boys to listen in on the schemes and machinations of the Fifth Column. Stardust empowered the Six Columnists with the ability to transmit themselves (aka fly) and equipped them fusing, repelling rays, and metal-repelling rays.
Villainous applications of super science
Stardust's enemies employed a wide variety of super-science technology in their attempts obtain power, riches, and revenge. These included:
- Anti-ray gun
- Anti-ray rockets
- Anti-solar beam
- Anti-solar ray
- Anti-star-metal acid bombs
- Atom smasher
- Black-light bombs
- Blood-drying needle bombs
- Concentrated thought waves
- Death ray guns
- Expanding bullets
- Flash (communication)
- Giant bacteria
- Gigantic guns
- Gland-control magic
- Glue pit
- Hot-X fusing liquid
- Hydraulic balance ray
- Hypnotic control ray
- Inbred poisonous insects
- Invisible fusing fluid
- Liquid-flame bombs
- Long-range automatic finder
- Long-range detector
- Long-range disintegrating super-bombs
- Long-range periscope
- Mad Giant's secret chemical
- Magnetic varium
- Observation balloon
- Oxygen-destroying ray
- Perambulating bombs
- Planetary control gas
- Poison gas
- Protective gas mask
- Shredding guns
- Sight beam
- Sight ray
- Sky-Demons (ships)
- Space cruiser (ship)
- Space leviathans (ships)
- Space titans (ships)
- Star-metal acid bombs
- Stupefying gas bombs
- Super-speed rocket dart (ship)
- Super tanks
- Super-tommy guns
- Super vitamins
- Thermal ray spore (planet killer)
- Thought inductor
- Tornado machine
- Transmitting belt
- Transmitting suits
- Undersea pressure disturber
- Vacuum tubes
- Vaporizer (planet killer)
- Vibrating heat waves
- Weaponized typhoid germs
- Wind trap
- Winged shells (projectiles)
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Stardust the Super Wizard is featured or referenced in the following books on comic book history:
- Superhero Comics of the Golden Age: The Illustrated History by Mike Benton (1992)
- Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book by Gerald Jones (2005)
- Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries, 1900-1969 by Dan Nadel (2006)
- Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 by Greg Sadowski (2009)
- Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels edited by A. David Lewis and Christine Hoff Kraemer (2010)
- Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels: A History of Graphic Narratives by Robert Petersen (2011)
- Comics Versus Art by Bart Beaty (2012)
- The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History by Jon Morris (2015)
- Amazing Heroes Handbook by Christopher Irving (2015)
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard,” RAW #5 (March 1983), Raw Books & Graphics.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust,” Crack #2 (April 1984), Stödföreningen ETC.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust,” Men of Mystery #34 (January 2001), AC Comics.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust,” Men of Mystery #55 (January 2005), AC Comics.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust,” Men of Mystery: Golden Age Grand Slam #1 (January 2007), AC Comics.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard,” Men of Mystery Comics #98 (January 2015), AC Comics.
- Golden Age Greats Spotlight, ed. Mark G. Heike, vol. 3, Fox Features: The First Heroic Wave (Longwood, FL: AC Comics, May 2008).
- Fletcher Hanks (w,a), Steve Miller (w,a). Stardust the Super Wizard (September 2016). NUELOW Games.
- Gwandanaland Comics, ed. [uncredited], No. 9, Stardust the Super Wizard (Seattle: CreateSpace, 2016).
- The Complete Works of Fletcher Hanks, ed. Paul Karasik, vol. 1, I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets! (Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2007).
- The Complete Works of Fletcher Hanks, ed. Paul Karasik, vol. 2, You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! (Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2009).
- Turn Loose Our Death Rays And Kill Them All!: The Complete Works of Fletcher Hanks, ed. Paul Karasik, (Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2016).
- Hanks, Fletcher. Color Me or Die!. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2009.
- Stardust stories were never titled. The features began with either "Stardust the Super Wizard" or "The Super Wizard Stardust", followed by his introduction. The descriptive titles in the following biography were created to help differentiate the stories.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). "The Super Wizard Stardust [The Secret Army of Spies and Terrorists]," Fantastic Comics #1 (December 1939), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [Rip-the-Blood’s World War],” Fantastic Comics #2 (January 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [The Demon’s Tidal Wave],” Fantastic Comics #3 (February 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- The Mad Giant is never named.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [The Mad Giant’s Volcanoes],” Fantastic Comics #4 (March 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [Wolf-Eye’s Synthetic Tornadoes],” Fantastic Comics #5 (April 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- '“Martinious'” is from the Roman name Martinus, which is derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god Mars.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard [Dr. Martinious’ Disease-Ridden Meteorites],” Fantastic Comics #6 (May 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- "Spacite" is a portmanteau word combining “space” + “stalagmite”
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [Gyp’s Anti-Solar Ray],” Fantastic Comics #7 (June 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Asperus is the Latin word for "raw" or "rough".
- Varium is the Latin nominative neuter singular of varius, meaning "diverse, different, various, variegated".
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [The Emerald Men of Asperus],” Fantastic Comics #8 (July 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Nemus is Latin for “forest”.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [Moloka and Solar Pirates],” Fantastic Comics #9 (August 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- In subsequent panels, the Super Fiend is pulled by his ankle and then dragged behind Stardust in the wake of his tubular spacial like an recalcitrant child.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard [The Super Fiend],” Fantastic Comics #10 (September 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [Skullface’s Robbery of New York],” Fantastic Comics #11 (October 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Kaos is an alternate spelling of the word chaos, meaning complete disorder and confusion.
- Kaos states that she is the Earth-woman he was saving for himself. The young lady is never named, merely referred to as “the girl”.
- Stardust states that worms are a vulture-bird delicacy.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard [Kaos and the Giant Vultures of Venus],” Fantastic Comics #12 (November 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [Yew Bee and the Fifth Column],” Fantastic Comics #13 (December 1940), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- De Structo is a frenchified surname derived from “destruction”, the action or process of killing or being killed.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard [De Structo’s Oxygen-Destroying Ray],” Big 3 Comics #2 (Winter 1941), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “The Super Wizard Stardust [The Fifth Column and the Sky-Demons],” Fantastic Comics #14 (January 1941), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard [The Fifth Column and the World Invaders],” Fantastic Comics #15 (February 1941), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- Slant-eye is a disparaging and offensive term for someone of East Asian descent.
- Fletcher Hanks (w,p,i). “Stardust the Super Wizard [Slant-Eye’s Robbery of Fort Knox],” Fantastic Comics #16 (March 1941), Fox Feature Syndicate.
- This accomplishment was not recorded, but can be assumed. After defeating Rip-the-Blood, Stardust said he needed to go and "break up the world war on Mars".
- American leaders were listed as: The President of the United States; U.S. Congressional leaders; U.S. Cabinet members, publishers of newspapers and magazines; members of the F.B.I., Secret Service, and Military Intelligence; big bankers; industrial leaders; doctors; Army and Navy officers and enlisted men.
- Stardust has hovered in the stratosphere (between 5 and 31 miles above the Earth’s surface) and suffered no ill effects.
- Citations are for first appearances.
- This particular ray is never referenced by name in the stories. A descriptive name has been created to differentiate it from the other rays in the list.
- Stardust has transformed criminals into worms, rats, and icicles. He has enlarged his own hands in order to grab criminals by their torsos. Stardust physically enlarged the Super-Fiend to give him a "fighting chance" when they battled. And he caused De Structo's head to enlarge and absorb his own body.
- The transmitting ray is blue, and the only ray to ever be designated a color.
- Stardust once produced a flash large enough to deflect the planet Mars from a collision course with Earth.
- Stardust was able to safely flash the President from a moving plane to the stationary White House in Washington D.C.
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