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Will Payton was once a normal guy working as a copy editor. When out hiking one night, Payton was accidentally struck with a beam from a satellite intended for the secret agents known as the Power Elite. The beam gave him solar-like powers such a heat and light control, as well as the ability to fly and super strength.

Later retcons in James Robinson's 90's Starman series, implied that the beam that struck Payton was actually the Starman known as Prince Gavyn. Payton was implied to have died and possibly reborn as the essence of Prince Gavyn.


Will Payton was the creation of writer Roger Stern and artist Tom Lyle. Payton made his debut in his own volume Starman (1988).

Major Story Arcs

Payton's Original Costume


Payton learns more about his origins. Rampage reveals to him that his physiology as a result of the blast was no longer human, and that he had in fact become an actual star.

Eclipso: The Darkness Within

Eclipso claimed that it was he who had diverted the satellite beam, though Payton refused to believe him. Eclipso argued that Starman's shape shifting abilities allowed him to possess him without visible signs that would normally occur under others. Thus, Eclipso was able to infiltrate other heroes and steal their powers.

Starman was eventually the one to defeat Eclipso. He sacrificed himself through a massive solar self-destruction, the one force he could hurt Eclipso with, and died a hero's death.


Starman later resurfaced on Throneworld, home of Prince Gavyn. Prince Gavyn reformed himself over Will Payton, implying that the original beam that had given Payton his powers was actually prince Gavyn himself.

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