Star Boy

+ Starman VIII

Created by Otto Binder and George Papp

NAME + ALIASES:
Thom Kallor of Xanthu, Starman VIII, alias Danny Blaine

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Fryd and Myra Kallor (parents)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice League (Earth-22), Justice Society of America (Earth-0)

FIRST APPEARANCE & JOINED:
As Star Boy: Adventure Comics #282 (March 1961)
As Starman: Kingdom Come #2 (1996)

Star Boy II

NAME + ALIASES:
Thom Kallor of Xanthu

KNOWN RELATIVES:
None

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Uncanny Amazers, Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Legionnaires #0 (October 1994)

JOINED:
Legion of Super Heores v.4 #66 (March 1995)
Rreported for duty:
Legion v.4 #76 (January 1996)

Star Boy III

NAME + ALIASES:
Thom Kallor of Xanthu

KNOWN RELATIVES:
None

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Teen Titans/Legion Special (2004)

History

Parts reprinted from C. Keller's Legion Help File

Earth-0: The 30th Century

Dream Girl and Star Boy return to the Legion.
From Adventure #351 (1966). Art by Curt Swan.

Three Brainiacs construct Star Boy's multiversal uniform.
From Kingdom Come Special:Magog #1 (2009); art by Scott Kolins.

Thom Kallor calls himself the unluckiest Legionnaire. Certainly he's had his share of misfortune, starting with his birth on an astronomical research station orbiting Xanthu. His parents, Fryd and Myra, were doing research on stellar objects' properties, and the data-gathering machines gathered more than just information, they gathered radiations that made baby Thom a mutant, with the ability to draw matter from the stars and add it to the mass of any object, making it heavier. This was first discovered when he used this power on the space station itself, upsetting its orbit, and forcing his family planet-side.

But Thom never saw his power as a gift; to him it was a curse. It made him a freak, a curiosity for every scientist on Xanthu. He was poked, probed and prodded by hundreds of researchers by the time he reached his teens. Finally he decided he had enough, stole his parents' space-speeder and ran away. But he failed to get very far; he was intercepted by a comet's tail and turned back around toward Xanthu. The craft crashed, but fortunately for Thom, the comet imbued him with powers like those of a Daxamite: super-strength, speed, electrical vision, flight and invulnerability, the last of which saved his life. Instead of sticking around for more doctors to figure out what makes him tick this time, he took off for Earth, where, as Star Boy, he joined the Legion of Super-Heroes. (Adventure #282)

He had only been with the Legion a short while when he was assigned to put down a prisoners' revolt on Takron-Galtos, then a police training camp with a small prison attached. He arrived there, faking weakness so that the prisoners would not think he was super-powered... but when he was ready to make his move, he found that his powers had deserted him. In desperation, he used his mass-shifting power to collapse the roof of the prison upon both the prisoners and himself, quelling the uprising and putting himself into intensive care. His powers, it seemed, came and went cyclically; as he recovered, he enlisted the help of Brainiac 5 in channeling the energy of the comet toward better control of his mass-shifting ability. (Legion v.2 #306)

When he was able to rejoin the Legion, he met its newest applicant, the beautiful Nura Nal (Dream Girl) and fell in love instantly. (Adventure #317) He continued to see her even after she left the Legion to hone her powers, and she loved him as well. She was present when a suitor she had jilted in Thom's favor, Kenz Nuhor, approached Thom with murder in his eyes. Thom tried to use his powers to defend himself, but Nuhor, anticipating this, had a special shield which reflected his power back at him. Thom was pinned to the ground, and it looked like he would die... when he spotted a blaster dropped by a previous victim. He saved his life by taking Kenz Nuhor's. But although he acted in self-defense, and was innocent of murder in the eyes of the law, the Legion constitution said that if there were another way for one to save his life, the killing was not justifiable. Brainiac 5 proved that there was another way, and Star Boy was expelled from the Legion. At Dream Girl's urging, he joined the Legion of Substitute Heroes, where their romance grew. (Adventure #342)

Star Boy and Dream Girl soon returned to the Legion disguised as "Sir Prize" and "Miss Terious." When they were unmasked, they were allowed back into the Legion. (Adventure #351) For the next several years, he and Nura enjoyed a successful tenure. But things changed when Nura became the Legion leader in 2984, the couple began seeing less of each other. (Legion v.2 #291) His interest in fun clashed with her responsibilities as the Legion's leader to the point where Thom felt rejected, especially when she decided that she wanted another term as leader.

Becoming Starman: Kingdom Come and the Justice Society

Starman card from Kingdom Come Xtra trading card set (1996); art by Alex Ross.

When the Legion Rejects—calling themselves the Justice League of Earth—took over planet, the Legionnaires were forced into hiding. One group undertook a mission into the 21st century to save the heroes who'd inspired them. (JSA: Kingdom Come Special: Magog) Brainiac 5 refused to give medical clearance to Star Boy. But when he heard that the mission involved an "unsettling" task (to exhume Superboy), Star Boy switched places with Colossal Boy at the last minute. Brainiac 5 fitted them with mental blocks in order to shield the mission from Saturn Girl, and most took up new, secret lives in the past. Somehow Star Boy crossed over to an alternate Earth—Earth-22—where he became known as Starman. (Justice League of America v.2 #8-9, Justice Society of America v.3 #5-6)

On Earth-22, Thom found himself in the middle of a war of heroes. (Kingdom Come #2) When the United Nations detonated a nuclear bomb over its metahumans, Starman's special uniform triggered a trans-universal jump. Both he and Earth-22's Superman were transported to Earth-0 (but at different points in time). Kallor was schizophrenic and 21st century medicine could not treat him adequately. Thus he became incoherent, took up residence in Sunshine Sanitarium in Opal City, and adopted the alias "Danny Blaine." (#4, Action #864, Justice Society of America v.3 #22) Word of this strange "Starman" eventually made its way to the Justice Society, whose Stargirl and Dr. Mid-Nite visited Thom and invited him to join the Justice Society. (Justice Society of America #1) Thom's behavior was often incoherent and he obsessed over indiscernible events. (#2)

At Sunshine Sanitarium. From Justice Society of America v.3 #1 (2007); art by Dale Eaglesham and Art Thibert.

One one of his earliest JSA missions, Starman created a black hole to stop an explosion, and in doing so brought the Superman of Earth-22 to Earth-0. (#9)

When it finally came time to enact the Legionnaires plan, the 21st century Legionnaires were awakened by post-hypnotic suggestion. Thom and the others took up positions across the globe, with lightning rods in their hands, to await a particular lightning strike. All were prepared to sacrifice their lives for the return of the Flash, Wally West. At the last fraction of a second, Karate Kid maneuvered himself out of the lightning's way and evaded its fury. After completing this mission, Starman remained in the past because he had yet another crucial mission to complete. (Justice League of America v.2 #10)

Meanwhile the JSA became embroiled with the godlike Gog, who cured Starman's dementia. (#17) Thom thus remembered his original mission (Justice Society #19) and said goodbye to Sunshine Sanitarium in Opal City to embark upon it. (JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1) When Gog was defeated, Starman and Superman took him to the Source Wall for eternal imprisonment. Starman then opened a portal to send Superman home to Earth-22. (#22)

Leaving the JSA for his final mission. From JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom #1 (2009); art by Fernando Pasarin.

Starman's time with the Justice Society came to an end after applying for a job as a gravedigger in Metropolis. (JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom) This gave him access to Superboy's grave. (#23) He exhumed the body and placed it inside a Kryptonian regeneration chrysalis, which he placed that inside Superman's Fortress of Solitude. The plan was for Brainiac 5 to retrieve this chrysalis in one thousand years, when Superboy was whole again. (Legion of Three Worlds #4)

Home

After his mission was complete, Dream Girl was sent to retrieve her lover. Brainiac 5 immediately set about restoring Thom's sanity by draining multiversal energy from his suit and body. (Legion v.6 #11) Brainiac 5 begins curing Starman by draining the multiversal energy from his suit. (#12) Dream Girl had ominous dreams about Thom, dreams suggesting his imminent demise. (#13-14)

When Dream Girl and Brainy were kidnapped by the Dominion, Legion leader Mon-El refused to sanction a mission to rescue them. (because it would break a treaty). Star Boy was enraged and resigned. (Legion v.7 #9) He managed to find the captive Legionnaires and Dream Girl bade Star Boy to push his powers past all limits to create the gravity of a star. (#12) He returned to Legion duty (#16) right in the midst of a massive galaxy-wide attack from the Fatal Five. Star Boy (as he'd again been called) and other Legionnaires were stranded on Earth when their headquarters began to collapse. As it fell, Brainiac 5 managed to launch a ship, but Star Boy did not make it on-board. (#18) After the Fatal Five were defeated, Dream Girl confirmed that Star Boy had died that day. (#23)

Thom's final fate. From Legion v.7 #23 (2013); art by Scott Kolins.

This timeline may no longer exist after the DC reboot called the "New 52." Legion v.7 was a part of the New 52, but in its last issue, writer Paul Levitz suggested that the events of that series might have happened on a parallel Earth.

Notes

Jim Shooter on Star Boy: A big fullback of a guy, he is slow, steady. faithful, honorable, reliable, loyal, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. And dumb. And probably hung like a horse, which will be the deciding factor in Dream Girl's settling down with him in that isolated observatory. —Interlac (1976)

Tom & Mary Bierbaum on Star Boy: Maybe not as bright or as deep as most of his teammates, but Thom is a good man who really believes in the Legion way. And he's determined and earnest enough to make it work. Initially, he and Dream Girl were a good match, but as Nura matured, she came to overshadow him in virtually all areas except simple strength of character, and that's left a gap in Nura's life since they split. —Interlac (2000)

 

Starman, Red Tornado III, the Hawk-man and Alan Scott with Superman. From Kingdom Come #2 (1996); art by Alex Ross

The idea of Thom Kallor in the 21st century, and his alias "Danny Blaine," was first propagated by Mark Waid in Kingdom Come #2. Notes from the Kingdom Come collected edition confirmed that this was Kallor, displaced from the 30th century.

In the Starman series, James Robinson expanded on Waid's idea of a 21st century Star Boy. Further, Robinson made Thom Kallor the reincarnation of Matt O'Dare (who was himself a reincarnation of Matt Savage, Scalphunter). (Starman v.2 #73)

In Starman v.2 #80, a hooded mystery Starman said to Jack Knight, "For all I know in other possible futures, Thom Kallor died serving in the Legion ... Or ... he doesn't return to the past to become Starman. But in the future that's mine, I did." This is apropos given what happened in DC continuity. At this point in DC's continuity, Jack Knight met the Star Boy of Earth-247. This was the post-Zero Hour timeline. All that changed with Infinite Crisis, which restored the original Legion as the mainstream DCU's future.

Legion 1.5 (Post-Crisis)

thomIn the history that unfolded after the first Crisis (no longer valid), the rift between Thom and Nura became irreparable, and Nura began secretly seeing other men. And so, when Xanthu's champion Atmos disappeared, Star Boy resigned from the Legion and returned home to become Xanthu's protector. (Legion v.3 #28)

After Atmos was freed from his kidnapper, he chose to pursue Legion membership — and Dream Girl's love. (Legion v.3 #43-46) When he finally decided to return, Atmos received all the cheers... and had Nura at his side, though Thom still loved her. Eventually, Nura realized that Atmos had mind-control powers and was forcing her to be with him, and for a moment it seemed to Thom that he would have her back. But he could see in her eyes that his love no longer excited her. And so he told her that he would be seeking companionship elsewhere. (Legion v.3 Annual #4)

Fortunately, Nura wasn't one to hold a grudge. She introduced him to Yvyya Val, owner of the Naltor Dreamers batball team, a sport of which Thom was a great fan. He and Yvyya hit it off, and were eventually married. In 2991, she named him to manage the team despite his lack of batball experience, and the gamble paid off with a pennant for the Dreamers in 2995, despite the illegal interference of racketeer Starfinger. (Legion v.4 #37)

Star Boy: Earth-247 (Legion 2)

Thom Kallor was born with the power to transfer mass from the stars into any object he points at. With this power, he became a member and the leader of the Xanthusian super-hero team the Amazers and entered the competition for the title of Champion of Xanthu, which was interrupted when Kid Quantum, one of the other contestants, was chosen to represent Xanthu in the United Planets's new Legion of Super-Heroes. Quantum was killed in action shortly afterward, and Thom, code-named Star Boy, was selected as his replacement.

starboy l2

Star Boy trains with the Khunds.
From Legion Worlds #4 (2001). Art by Rick Leonardi.

On his way to report to the Legion, Thom's ship was accidentally shot by miners and he was in the miners' hospital for several months. He was pressed into active membership with casts still on his hands at the same time as Gates as a result of political pressure on Cosmic Boy, a fact that had not met with universal approval. Also not receiving enthusiastic response from his teammates has been new powers that he developed as a result of the accident, possibly due to some Space whale meat he was secretly fed by the miners, who shot one for their own safety and did not like his protests over the fact - super-strength, x-ray vision and electrical vision - which are unpredictable and have already caused some injuries to his fellow Legionnaires. He would like to stay with the Legion, especially since Brainiac 5 has pledged to work on the new-powers problem, but the Xanthusian government decided they'd rather have him return home to reap the benefits of the honor of having a Legionnaire amongst them. He, however, preferred to stay with the Legion rather than become a political showpiece, and he won the right to stay with the Legion in a fight against his former team, much to Leviathan's dismay.

When the Legion interviewed applicants for membership following the loss of seven members through time, Star Boy became smitten with the precognitive Dreamer, who he began a romance with, despite her rejection for membership. Some months later, his enhanced powers began to fluctuate wildly, and he was suspended from active duty, giving him much more time to spend with her. However, it wasn't long after that that a stray mystical energy blast from Dragonmage stabilized his powers, leaving him with only his original mass powers, but stronger than before, and with some creative suggestions from Chameleon, he was back to being able to act as a regular Legionnaire... or he would have been, had he not gotten himself suspended for irresponsibly leaving Legion headquarters in Dreamer's hands for a while.

Following the Blight's attack on Earth, Dreamer began having persistent nightmares about them. Star Boy decided that it might help her if she were to get away from Earth, and he quit the Legion to return to Xanthu with the Amazers so he could look after Dreamer there.

Notes

Before the Infinite Crisis, it was suggested that at some point in his future, Thom would travel back to the twenty-first century, assume the alias "Danny Blaine" and operate as that era's Starman. He was supposedly the reincarnation of Opal City's Scalphunter and policeman Matthew O'Dare. All this was seeded in Kingdom Come, which was the first to name Starman as Thom Kallor, aka Danny Blaine. Since the Infinite Crisis, however, it appears that the Earth-0 Starman is the one destined for this role.

Powers: Star Boy was born with the ability to transfer mass from stars onto other objects. When he was traveling to Earth, he also acquired new powers when his cruiser crashed and he ingests Space Whale meat. His additional powers include super-strength, super speed, lightning vision, and x-ray vision. For a time, he had trouble controlling these powers, but has succeeded. (The Space Whale is also the source of Ultra Boy's powers.)

Starboy of Earth-Prime (Legion 3)

Despite his impressive powers over gravity, Thom Kallor was one of this Legion's least competent members. Regardless, he serves faithfully and is pure of heart. The origin of his powers remains untold. Thom gradually learned more about the potential of his powers, thanks to Brainiac 5. When Earth's solar system was jeopardized by the presence of a "guest planet," Brainiac 5 used his and Light Lass's gravitic powers to neutralize its affects. (Legion of Super-Heroes v. #45)

Like all Xanthuans, his body cannot process common dietary sugars.

+ Powers

All incarnations of Star Boy have the ability to draw matter from the stars and add it to the mass of any object, making it heavier.

The L1 Starman also once had an encounter with a comet that left him with powers akin to Superman's: super-strength, speed, electrical vision, flight and invulnerability. These wore off quite soon and never returned. Currently, Thom appears to also be able to reverse the flow of his inborn powers, removing mass from objects, making them lighter.

According to Brainiac 5, the L3 Star Boy has not tapped his full potential. Brainiac 5 used Star Boy's powers more than once to affect objects on a planetary scale.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

» SERIES:

  • Justice Society of America v.3, current (2007-)