Fletcher Hanks’ “Stardust the Super Wizard” Figurine on Kickstarter
November 25, 2012

This past week I got an email from Jared Z. about a kickstarter figure campaign that will appeal to fans of the Eaglemoss metal figures, the Golden Age of comics and fans of the weird:

This is a figurine of an offbeat Golden Age character called Stardust the Super Wizard, originally created by the infamous Fletcher Hanks. His comics have been described as “Basil Wolverton meets Ed Wood,” to give you an idea of his unique brand of storytelling. Stardust was a sort of psychotic Superman who specialized in administering very odd punishments on evildoers. Hanks’ bizarre body of work has been collected in two excellent books edited by Paul Karasik, I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! and You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!, both published by Fantagraphics.

The goal of the Kickstarter is to raise funds for limited production run of the figure, which will be made of white metal and hand-painted. The figure is sculpted at 1/21 scale, the same scale as the Marvel and DC figurines produced by Eaglemoss of England. The figure stands 4.45″ (11.3 cm) tall including the base; the cost is $25 plus shipping for a single figurine. Backers should receive their figure by March/April 2013. The campaign ends Friday, December 14 at 12:54 am. If the project is successful, it may lead to an ongoing series of figurines of Golden Age comics characters in the public domain.


To support the campaign or to find out more information check out the link below:


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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