Hi Paul, the artist is the superb Mike Noble.This is a great story with the good Captain returning from the dead after being shot by the firing squad. This frightens the Bereznik Minister into seeing sense, and he calls off the World War the Mysterons had engineered.What I noticed was the subtle use of an inverted [and black] Pentagram behind the white star. Maybe suggesting that Bereznik [an allusion to the Communist Soviet Union.] were evil.
I always saw it as a two tone starburst myself. Of course it could also just be an inking mistake given how a few panels later on this page the emblem is pure white. Hard to say really but I do like your theory.
Hi Lance, I never thought of it like that... I can see why the emblem is pure white a few panels along, its probably due to the limitations of printing in greyscale. Although it could also allude to some sort of luminous paint too, the military at the time used all sort of stuff like that. Mike Noble had a Military National Service background, so he'd have encountered that sort of luminous paint. Some of it pretty radioactive as well!
Thanks guys. Fascinating thoughts on the Tanks' Stars.