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Author Topic: Luma Lynai and the sun of Staryl  (Read 7343 times)
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« on: July 19, 2007, 05:02:46 AM »

There was recently a revision to Supermanica that corrected the color of the sun around the planet Staryl from orange to blue.  Its been years since I had the original comic but my understanding is that the original comic stated the sun was orange and that a re-printing stated it was blue (to avoid questions of Superman's powers).

Does anyone remember how it was originally told?
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007, 01:55:58 PM »

I still haven't even read it (lo after all these years) despite a super-tantalizing cover!  The sun is orange on the cover.

http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=16956&zoom=4
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007, 02:42:41 PM »

The cover makes it even more confusing.  I have a hunch that a reprint may have said blue and the cover wasn't used...

But I'm not sure.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007, 08:19:05 PM »

Or recolored.

Don't the Bizarros lose their powers under a blue sun or am I dreaming?
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007, 09:16:29 PM »

That may have had something to do with it. The internet is about split on the color, and I haven't found a source for the original story.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2007, 10:44:27 PM »

Don't the Bizarros lose their powers under a blue sun or am I dreaming?

No, Bizarro Kryptonite is blue - isn't it? According to the Maggin novel, Superman has reduced powers under a blue sun, but they're still pretty impressive, since he squeezes a lump of coal to form diamonds; I sort of assume that's canonical.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007, 02:58:23 AM »

The story is reprinted in Superman in the Sixties, but it is quite confusing. The sun appears in three panels on page 11, and it is colored orange each time. But in panel 1, Superman thinks, "The second planet revolving around that blue sun is . . . Staryl!" Yet in panel 5, Superman says, "You're a Superwoman due to the solar rays of your orange sun!"
Huh?

Now I have some tangential questions:

(1) Did Luma ever re-appear (I mean for real, not a flashback/cameo/impersonator)?
(2) Does the "S" on Luma's costume stand for Superwoman? Both Superman and Supergirl referred to her as "a Superwoman" in her debut story, but did she call herself that? Or is it just a Starylian symbol that resembles an "S"?

And a tangential observation:
I just noticed that Superman in the Sixties has the picture of Superman catching Luma (page 11 panel 4 of her debut story) reprinted on the title page, but Luma's costume is colored to look like Kara's. Quite strange looking, though, since Luma has gloves and shorts (rather than Kara's skirt) and of course, her "S" symbol is in a circle rather than a pentagon.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2007, 03:35:42 AM »

All these things are truly ODD...

I wonder if there IS an answer.  I'm fairly certain that Luma's S stands for "super" as she was the super woman of Staryl, and no, she never appeared again.
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