THE COSMIC ROD:
All of Starman's special abilities stem from his use of the Cosmic Rod, which draws its power from the cosmic rays emitted by the stars. It takes great skill to use the Cosmic Rod, and its abilities include:
Astronomy * Physics * Electronics
The Justice Society of America * Woodley Allen (F.B.I. chief)
Millionaire Ted Knight was an amateur astronomer who designed an advanced model telescope and
discovered an unknown form of cosmic radiation. In spite of these accomplishments, Knight
seemed unwilling to give his life purpose and direction, much to the distress of his girlfriend
Doris Lee and his cousin and confidante Sandra Knight. Ted decided to change his idle ways.
In the spring of 1941 Ted visited his cousin Sandra, who showed him a "gravity rod" invented by Prof. Abraham Davis, who had not discovered a way to power it. Ted used the unknown cosmic radiation he had discovered to power the rod, which enabled its user to defy gravity, and learned it could also be used as a weapon.
Sandra told Ted about her decision to become the costumed heroine Phantom Lady. Ted decided to become a "mystery-man" himself, and took the name Starman. He notified the F.B.I. that they could call on him for help.
Soon afterwards, New York F.B.I. chief Woodley Allen asked Starman to go after the criminal Brotherhood of the Electron, which was draining New York City of its electricity. Starman defeated the Brotherhood and its leader, Dr. Doog, and rescued their captive -- Professor Davis himself -- who gratefully allowed Starman to keep the gravity rod.
Starman joined both the Justice Society of America and the wartime All-Star Squadron. He retired as a super-hero in 1945 when he got married, and did not return to his Starman career until after his wife's death twenty years later. Starman greatly improved the gravity rod and renamed it the cosmic rod. He allowed the Star-Spangled Kid to wield it for a time.