Star Hunters No. 1 Cover by Rich Buckler and Bob Layton

One of the casualties of the DC Implosion was this science fiction swashbuckler which debuted in DC Super Stars No. 16, and then continued for seven issues of its own magazine between November 1977 and 1978.

If DC’s meltdown had not occurred would we have seen more issues? We’ll never know. But like many other short series which never really caught on, it represents a time when super-heroes weren’t the only thing you could find at a major American comic book company.

Updated packaging and new colour.


Star Hunters #1 published by DC Comics

As published.

Star Hunters #1 cover art by Rich Buckler and Bob Layton

I don’t recall where I came across this low-res four-up of pieces Bucker had pencilled, but it’s the only scan I’ve found of this particular Star Hunters cover.

Comic book art restoration by Scott Dutton

Scaled up and sharpened as best I could. Trade dress and UPC box removed and missing art bits drawn in.

Comic book art colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour version. Rather than the basic red-yellow-blue primaries of the super-hero world, I took my inspiration from EC Comics and science fiction art.

Comic book packaging by Scott Dutton

Rebuilt trade dress added. The original Star Hunters logo was designed by renowned letterer John Workman, then a young member of DC’s production department. The new version uses his design, but has an even distribution of the letters in HUNTERS.


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