Back in 1990, DC editors allowed Howard Chaykin and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez to use some of their beloved 1950 and 1960s Sci-Fi characters to be used in a very mature and violent miniseries.
Twilight is quite an oddity. DC only has a few comics that were released dealing with mature themes up to this point and not many after Twilight.
Chaykin and Garcia-Lopez use zany characters like Tommy Tomorrow, The Star Rovers, Star Harkins (now called Axel Starkins), Ilda and Jon Starkins and put them into a comic that deals with politics, religion, civil liberties and many more mature themes. Some of the characters are totally opposite of their 90s counter part like Tommy Tomorrow.
I don’t know who came up with the concept and pitch but I am glad this comic was made. It is a fresh and different idea for DC at the time and it still holds up re-reading it. This is Jon’s first exposure to it and he really had a good time talking about it.
We also talk about the history of the original characters from the 50s and 60s and how the atomic bomb influenced the creation of these characters and how the cold war impacted the imagination of writers and film makers during that time.
Comics Misremembered Podcast 222