After a failed attempt years ago, Jim Starlin, creator of his long-running sci-fi comic Dreadstarwould still love to see his hero’s story told in a streaming series, like that of so many other comic book franchises.
“I try to get Dreadstar goes like a serialized story,” Starlin said while celebrating Jim Starlin’s 50th birthday Thursday at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Starlin cited streaming series such as Loki and Wanda Vision on Disney+ as the kind of series that could tell a story with the intricate backstory of its character, Vanth Dreadstar, that a two-hour movie couldn’t.
Starlin said it would take a streaming series “to fully understand the complexity of the character.”
In 2015, a deal was tentatively reached to create a Dreadstar series for television, but the series did not move forward after the death of one of its producers.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, series like Hawk Eye and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier allowed for the expansion of the movies’ character stories – the kind of decompression that Starlin says Vanth Dreadstar’s story would require. Series like moon knight and Ms. Marvel were used as stepping stones to introduce entirely new characters to television. DC franchises such as Titans and Doom Patrol were also adapted into streaming series, but Starlin did not see them as inspiration for a Dreadstar project.
Vanth Dreadstar’s 40 Year Journey
The Vanth Dreadstar character was introduced in 1980 in Marvel’s illustrated epic #3 as part of his serialized cosmic epic “Metamorphosis Odyssey.” As the last survivor of the Milky Way, Dreadstar’s adventures continued in another galaxy in the eponymous film. Marvel graphic novel #3 in 1982, then with his crew of adventurers in the eponymous Dreadstar ongoing series. The series was first published by Marvel’s Epic Comics before moving to First Comics in 1986.
Starlin left the show in 1989 with Peter David and Angel Medina taking over, before it ended in 1991.
The series then enjoyed a brief revival with Malibu Comics, before Starlin funded its latest graphic novel. Return of the Dreadstar, published by Ominous Press. Starlin said he currently has four more volumes in the works.
Starlin added that any potential Dreadstar series would likely begin following the destruction of the Milky Way. “My preference is to start at this point,” Starlin said.
Source: Comic-Con International: San Diego