Real Name: Starr Ryder
Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)
formerly circus performer (equestrian)
Group Membership: Dr. Ryder's archaeological team;
formerly Bonham Bros. Circus
Affiliations: Marvel Boy (Bob Grayson), Pete Mason, Pietro (last name unrevealed)
Enemies: Madame La Morte, Marvo, Samson, Soviet saboteurs at Amalgamated Anthracite
Known Relatives: Dr. Ryder (father, first name
unrevealed), uncle (name unrevealed)
Base of Operations: Mobile internationally
First Appearance: Marvel Boy I#2/2 (February,
Powers/Abilities: Starr is a former circus
performer in equestrian tricks and maintains an excellent level of
health. Starr has also learned a few mind-reading techniques from circus
Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
(Marvel Boy I#2/5 (fb) - BTS) - The niece of the late
owner of Bonham Bros. Circus, Starr Ryder worked as an equestrian
performer in in the circus, garnering local fame. She was also
understudy to Marvo, the circus' mind-reader, for a time.
(Marvel Boy I#2/5) - Investigating insurance fraud,
Marvel Boy (as Bob Grayson) infiltrated the circus troupe as a trapeze
performer, where he met Starr. His keen senses alerted him to Starr
reading his mind and she gave him a friendly warning to stay away from
Marvo (who was secretly using insurance fraud to avoid bankruptcy).
Concerned about Grayson's sudden involvement and friendliness with
Starr, the nefarious Marvo had his lackey, the strongman Samson, tie up
Starr, but she escaped with Grayson's stolen pillbox of strength pills
to help the hero. Grayson foiled Marvo's plot and secrets were
revealed. Starr was starstruck that Grayson was the super hero Marvel
Boy and they had dinner together.
Boy I#2/2) - Mason and Starr called for Marvel Boy's help to eliminate
smoldering fires in underground Pennsylvanian coal fields. Seeing that
the fires had escalated to very dangerous levels, Marvel Boy ordered
Starr to get the police while Mason got information on the company
Amalgamated Anthracite, owner of the most dangerously affected mine.
Marvel Boy stopped Soviet saboteurs with the police pulled in by Starr
arresting them. Marvel Boy weakened the underground fires and Starr
(Astonishing#4/1) - Starr visited Marvel Boy in his
New York headquarters to tell him she had quit the circus and was
accompanying her father on an archaeological dig of Sicilian tombs.
Once in Sicily, Starr and her father had trouble keeping local guides
like Pietro, who were too scared to enter the "Screaming Tomb."
Separated in the catacombs and frightened by the dire scream of the
vampiric Madame La Morte, Starr urgently called Marvel Boy, who rushed
over. Starr re-entered the catacombs with Marvel Boy but they were
overpowered and bound by Madame La Morte's zombie-like servants. Marvel
Boy's light blasting gauntlets destroyed the animated cadavers, and
Marvel Boy and Starr pursued the villain, freeing Starr's father and
the expeditionary force along the way. Seemingly having destroyed the
fiend, Marvel Boy chided Starr, telling her to go help her father while
he bricked up Madame La Morte's coffin. The expeditionary force left
the catacombs together.
Comments: Created by Bill Everett.
While Bill Everett was the artist, it's not 100% confirmed he was the writer. However, Everett seems to be the most likely writer; see the Grand Comics Database.
This profile was completed 08/01/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Starr Ryder has no known connections to:
Marvel Boy I#2/2, p4, pan3 (main image)
Marvel Boy I#2/5, p6, pan4 (headshot)
Astonishing#3/5, p5, pan3 (green top)
Marvel Boy I#2/2 (February, 1951) - Bill Everett (writer(?), pencils, inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Boy I#2/5 (February, 1951) - Bill Everett (writer(?), pencils, inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Astonishing#4/1 (June, 1951) - Bill Everett (writer(?), pencils, inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 09/02/2021
Last updated: 08/29/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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