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Plastic Man fights an albino assassin called Pinkeye in Adventure 469 (March 1980), but that’s not the story I’m going to talk about.

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Much of this issue’s Starman story by Paul Levitz, Steve Ditko and Roneo Tanghal is told in flashback, as Prince Gavyn unmasks in front of Lady Merria.

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We learn that Gavyn is Clryssa’s brother, both heirs to the crown of Throneworld.  Gavyn was a bit of a playboy, and Merria’s boyfriend, but also had plans for reform.  Primarily, he wanted to get rid of the tradition that, upon the crowning of a new leader, all other heirs are put to death to prevent rebellion.

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When Clryssa is chosen to become Empress, he is distressed to discover that she does not share her views.  Clryssa promises to adopt Merria into the royal family as compensation for Gavyn’s death.  Though this seems callous, in fact it was probably an extremely considerate gesture on her part.  One would expect Merria to be executed or exiled as well in that culture.

Gavyn is taken aboard a spaceship for his execution, and when offered the chance to survive as a pawn, fights for the honour of his sister and Throneworld.  There’s a true hero for ya!

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The story ends with Gavyn being shunted into space, and dying.  Obviously it continues next issue.

 

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