The name of DC Comics superheroes dating back to the Golden Age. The original Starman was Ted Knight, an astronomer and inventor who created a special rod that harnessed and emitted cosmic energy from the stars. The cosmic rod allowed him to fire energy blasts, fly, and create forcefields. Wearing a garish red, yellow, and green costume, he called himself Starman and patrolled the skies over Opal City.

Years later, his son, Jack Knight, reluctantly took on the Starman name. More comfortable running his antique shop, getting tattoos, and watching old movies, Jack preferred to forego the brightly-colored spandex his dad wore in favor of street clothes, a black leather jacket, blast goggles, and a redesigned cosmic staff.

The current "Starman" comic book is written by James Robinson, who is a damn fine writer.