"1882: Back Stage, Back Then": An entry from the Shade's journal is read by Jack Knight.

Quote1 So am I, my boy. Perhaps little if nothing more, but I am a man of my word. Quote2
Mr. Black

Starman (Volume 2) #6 is an issue of the series Starman (Volume 2) with a cover date of April, 1995. It was published on February 21, 1995.

Appearing in "1882: Back Stage, Back Then"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • The Pepper Troube (Flashback only)
    • Carl Lune (Dies in flashback)
    • Tom (Dies in flashback)

Other Characters:

  • Jack Knight
  • Jason Mayville (Flashback only)
  • Annette Mayville (Flashback only)




Synopsis for "1882: Back Stage, Back Then"

An entry from the Shade's journal is read by Jack Knight.

It is 1882. A boy comes to see the Shade, then known as Mr. Black. He is hired to send away a man named Lune who seems to have mesmerized the rich boy's sister. Mr. Black uses his shadow abilities to kill Lune and his entire entertainment troupe.


  • Reprinted in Starman: Times Past and Starman Omnibus Vol. 1.
  • Shade has a conversation with Oscar Wilde in this issue.
  • Shade was a friend of Charles Dickens and Dickens witnessed how the Shade's got his powers, though he never wrote about this, the Shade noticed, that Dickens' novels became darker afterwards.
  • Dickens introduced the Shade to danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Wilde mentions, that he met another long-living person before the Shade and thought about writing a story inspired by that unnamed person but wasn't sure if he ultimately would care enough, this is of course a reference to his book The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • In the past, Shade helped people with their problems if they could afford his services.
  • In the end the Mayville's are called the Wayville's by the Shade.


  • Though he was married to a woman, Oscar Wilde was a homosexual, this is hinted at in the scene when Wilde is ogling Jason Mayville.

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