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William "Will" Payton is a hero known as Starman.
In 1988, the Stellaron-5 satellite attempted to capture a fragment of the power of the Totality decades before it would arrive in full, but it proved to be too limited for the task. The satellite's systems backfired one by one, firing a beam of light towards Earth that hit Will Payton, walking in the Rockies, infusing him with a strange energy that gave him superpowers.
Payton became a grassroots superhero, but found himself pursued by the scientists who operated the Stellaron-5, seeking the secrets of the Totality contained in his physiology. During his adventures, he assisted Carter Hall in his search for answers about the origins of Nth Metal.
A present-day Lex Luthor, pursuing his own search for the Totality's secrets, travelled back in time and captured Payton, torturing and experimenting on him, and gaining crucial information from him which Luthor then wiped from his mind. Somehow, Payton eventually managed to escape, finding his way to that era's Justice League.
- Starman (Will Payton) was created by Roger Stern and Tom Lyle, first appearing in Starman #1. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Starman (Will Payton) first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Dark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.
- 24 Appearances of William Payton (Prime Earth)
- 5 Images featuring William Payton (Prime Earth)
- 3 Quotations by or about William Payton (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: William Payton (Prime Earth)
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