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Part III: Stardust Crusaders
Volume 28
Japanese Name
Alternate Names
Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Years Released
(JP 17 volumes, Vol. 12 - 28)
(NA 16 volumes, Vol. 1 - 16)
152 chapters, Ch. 114 - 265
Anime Episodes
OVA / Episode 27 -
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For the Anime, see JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.

Stardust Crusaders (スターダストクルセイダース Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu?) is the third part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump between 1989 and 1992.

The story follows Jotaro Kujo and his band as they journey from Tokyo to Cairo to save his mother's life by defeating his family's resurrected archenemy, Dio.

Plot SummaryEdit

A Man Possessed; The Magician of FireEdit

Part III follows Jotaro Kujo (空条 承太郎 Kūjō Jōtarō), the grandson of Joseph Joestar. Jotaro is a troublesome student given to getting into fights at school and antagonizing his teachers.

He is put in prison after beating up three armed men and a trained boxer, but he refuses to leave, claiming he's possessed by an evil spirit. To demonstrate, he takes a gun and shoots himself in the head, but the bullet is stopped by an arm shooting from his hand that only he and his mother Holy can see.

Joseph Joestar soon arrives with his friend Muhammad Avdol. A battle ensues between Avdol and Jotaro in which Avdol manifests his own evil spirit, using it to provoke Jotaro out of the cell.

The Spirit's Identity; The Man with the StarEdit

Joseph reveals that Jotaro's "evil spirit" is actually a Stand, a manifestation of psychic power. Jotaro's Stand, named Star Platinum, possesses incredible precision and strength; Avdol's, known as Magician's Red, can control fire; Joseph's Stand, Hermit Purple, manifests as thorny vines that allow him to manipulate cameras and other mediums, capturing images from a great distance.

Joseph reveals that Jotaro's and his own Stand, having both manifested recently, appeared because of the reemergence of Dio Brando. When he sank to the bottom of the sea, Dio attached his severed head to Jonathan Joestar's body, using his new body's energy to remain alive. However, Dio's Joestar blood linked him to the rest of the family, and thus when Dio began to develop a Stand, Joseph and Jotaro did as well.

The Terrible Invader; Who Shall Judge?!Edit

Dio vows to destroy the Joestar family and sends a student, Noriaki Kakyoin, to dispose of Jotaro. Kakyoin's Stand, Hierophant Green, possesses a nurse and attacks Jotaro with its Emerald Splash maneuver, but Jotaro defeats him soundly.

Dio's Curse; The Stand WarriorsEdit

It is soon discovered, however, that Holy has developed a Stand. Her Stand appears as ivy growing from her body, but because she lacks the fighting spirit to control it, the strain of its activity begins to slowly kill her.

Joseph and Avdol determine that unless they kill Dio within fifty days and thus break his Stand's influence, Holy will die.

Jotaro analyses Joseph's photograph with Star Platinum's keen eyesight, helping the three determine that Dio is somewhere in Egypt. Kakyoin, freed by Jotaro from Dio's mind control, comes along to help the group.

The Thing on the Plane; Insect Attack!Edit

On a jetliner the group is ambushed by an insectoid stand Tower of Gray, forcing Kakyoin to prove his worth.

Silver ChariotEdit

Jean Pierre Polnareff, user of the swordsman Stand Silver Chariot, challenges Avdol in Hong Kong but is eventually freed from Dio's control, joining the group to avenge his sister.

Dark Blue MoonEdit

The heroes take a ship to Singapore but are forced to battle the aquatic Stand Dark Blue Moon, controlled by an assassin who has murdered and impersonated Captain Tennille, who sinks their ship.


Accompanied by a stowaway girl, the group boards an abandoned freighter but discover that the entire ship is a Stand called Strength, controlled by an orangutan.

The DevilEdit

Devo the Cursed (Soul Sacrifice in the American version) uses his Stand, Ebony Devil, to accost Polnareff in Singapore.

Yellow TemperanceEdit

Rubber Soul and his Yellow Temperance impersonate Kakyoin before attempting to consume Jotaro.

Emperor and Hanged ManEdit

In Calcutta they encounter the team of Hol Horse, user of a gun Stand called the Emperor, and J. Geil, the man with two right hands and the user of Hanged Man, a Stand of light that attacks from mirrors.

Polnareff avenges his sister by slaying her murderer, J. Geil, but Avdol is apparently killed by Hol Horse, who flees the scene.


Joseph is infected with a boil that turns out to be Empress, a stand controlled by Nena, but outsmarts the cancerous foe.

Wheel of FortuneEdit

En route to Pakistan the party battles Wheel of Fortune, a car Stand controlled by ZZ.


Enya Gail, mother of J. Geil, attempts to use her stand Justice in an attempt to avenge her son, sending an army of animated dead after Polnareff and Jotaro.


In Karachi, Steely Dan (Rubber Soul in the American version) uses Lovers to hold Joseph hostage, forcing Jotaro into the role of personal manservant.

The SunEdit

Arabia Fats, user of Sun, attempts to thwart the group in the Arabian desert but is discovered and easily defeated.

Death 13Edit

The group is soon saddled with the baby Mannish Boy, who uses his Stand, Death Thirteen, to attack in dreams. Only through Kakyoin's quick thinking does the group survive Death Thirteen's dreamworld.


On an island in the Red Sea Polnareff is accosted by the genie Stand Judgement, but Avdol returns and saves the day.

High PriestessEdit

Avdol appropriates a submarine, but the vehicle is infiltrated by High Priestess, a Stand controlled by Midler that can take the form of anything metallic; however, Star Platinum's power proves a simple but effective counter.

'The Fool' Iggy and 'Geb' N'DoulEdit

Upon arriving in Abu Simbel the heroes are joined by Iggy, a Boston Terrier and the user of The Fool, a simple but powerful Stand of sand.

They are immediately attacked by the blind Stand user N'Doul, who attacks with Geb, a Stand of water and the first of the nine Egyptian god Stands; he is able to slash through Kakyoin's eyes before he is defeated by Jotaro and Iggy.

'Khnum' Oingo and 'Tohth' BoingoEdit

Oingo and Boingo (Zenyatta and Mondatta in the American version, respectively), users of the face-altering Stand Khnum and the future-predicting comic book Tohth respectively, attempt to defeat the heroes, but Oingo is incapacitated without the heroes even knowing he was there.


Anubis, a sword inhabited by a Stand, possesses a farmer named Chaka, a barber named Khan, and then Polnareff, nearly killing Jotaro.

'Bastet' MariahEdit

Mariah, the sultry user of Bastet, magnetizes Joseph and Avdol and leads them on a wild goose chase.

'Sethan' AlessiEdit

Polnareff and Silver Chariot are reduced to children by Sethan, the Stand of the child-abuser Alessi.

Shooting DIO?!Edit

Hol Horse reports to Dio. When Hol Horse attempts to shoot him, Dio reveals a sense of the nature of his Stand.

D'Arby the GamblerEdit

Later, the group encounters Daniel J. D'Arby, who offers information if they gamble with him, but when Polnareff and Joseph lose, D'Arby's Stand, Osiris, transforms their souls into poker chips. Only by laying everything on the line can Jotaro hope to defeat the gambler.

Hol Horse and BoingoEdit

In Cairo the group meets Hol Horse again, who has partnered himself with Boingo, resulting in one memorable chapter revolving on the concept of a "prophecy going awry without contradicting itself".

The Pet Shop at the Gates of HellEdit

Later, Iggy battles Pet Shop, Dio's pet falcon and the user of the ice-slinging Stand Horus. Kakyoin returns soon afterward, his eyesight mostly recovered.

D'Arby the GamerEdit

The doorway to Dio's mansion is guarded by Telence T. D'Arby, younger brother of D'Arby the Gambler. His Stand, Atum, steals Kakyoin's soul after a round of video games, but despite D'Arby's mind games Jotaro is able to outwit him.

Meanwhile, Polnareff, Iggy, and Avdol easily dispose of Kenny G., whose Tenore Sax Stand creates an illusory maze.

The Spirit of Emptiness, Vanilla IceEdit

Avdol is then killed by an invisible force that is revealed as Dio's henchman, Vanilla Ice, whose Stand, Cream, swallows itself into another dimension and instantly obliterates anything its sphere of destruction touches.

Ice, who killed himself for Dio but was revived by Dio's blood, kills Avdol and is able to nearly eliminate Polnareff, but a valiant maneuver by Iggy allows Polnareff to ultimately win. Unfortunately, this results in Iggy's death.

Suzie Q Visits Her DaughterEdit

Suzi Q arrives in Tokyo from New York City to visit Holy and wish for her husband and grandson's success.

DIO's WorldEdit

Meanwhile, Jotaro, Joseph, and Kakyoin encounter Nukesaku, but easily defeat him.

Though wounded and alone, Polnareff confronts Dio but is confounded by the vampire's powers. When the four surviving heroes are reunited they climb to Dio's tower with Nukesaku in tow, but when he opens the casket he inexplicably ends up mutilated inside it.

Dio chases Joseph and Kakyoin across Cairo until Kakyoin, at the price of his life, discovers that Dio's Stand, The World, is able to stop time.

With most of his friends dead or injured, Jotaro confronts Dio. Though The World has a huge advantage in the ability to stop time, Jotaro nearly defeats Dio, but the vampire restores himself by draining Joseph's blood, becoming even stronger.

Finally Dio attempts to finish off Jotaro by crushing him with a steamroller, after which Jotaro reveals the ability to also stop time.

The Long Journey EndsEdit

After Dio is defeated, Jotaro oversees a blood transfusion from his remains and the newly deceased Joseph. As a result, Joseph is resurrected. Afterwards, Jotaro and Joseph lay Dio's body out in the desert at dawn, where the Egyptian sun disintegrates the vampire's body completely.

Some time later, Jotaro, Joseph and Polnareff say their goodbyes to one another and promise to fly over and lend assistance to each other should they call for it before going their separate ways, while Holly finally awakens back in Japan and eagerly awaits her son and her father's return.


Character Name Stand Name Relationship
Jotaro Kujo Star Platinum Protagonist
Holy Kujo Holy's Stand Ally
Joseph Joestar Hermit Purple Ally
Muhammad Avdol Magician's Red Ally
Noriaki Kakyoin Hierophant Green Ally (Previously Villain)
Jean Pierre Polnareff Silver Chariot Ally (Previously Villain)
Iggy The Fool Ally
Runaway Girl (Ann) N/A Ally
Gray Fly Tower of Gray Villain
Imposter Captain Tennille Dark Blue Moon Villain
Forever Strength Villain
Devo Ebony Devil Villain
Rubber Soul Yellow Temperance Villain
Hol Horse Emperor Villain
J. Geil Hanged Man Villain
Nena Empress Villain
ZZ Wheel of Fortune Villain
Enya Gail Justice Villain
Steely Dan Lovers Villain
Arabia Fats Sun Villain
Mannish Boy Death Thirteen Villain
Cameo Judgement Villain
Midler High Priestess Villain
N'Doul Geb Villain
Oingo Khnum Villain
Boingo Tohth Villain
Caravan Serai
Jean Pierre Polnareff
Anubis Villain
Mariah Bastet Villain
Alessi Sethan Villain
Daniel J. D'Arby Osiris Villain
Pet Shop Horus Villain
Telence Trent D'Arby Atum Villain
Kenny G. Tenore Sax Villain
Vanilla Ice Cream Villain
Nukesaku N/A Villain
Wilson Phillips N/A Neutral
Dio Brando The World Main Antagonist

Major BattlesEdit

Jotaro Kujo vs. Muhammad Avdol

Jotaro Kujo vs. Noriaki Kakyoin

Jotaro Kujo vs. Gray Fly

Noriaki Kakyoin vs. Gray Fly

Muhammad Avdol vs. Jean Pierre Polnareff

Jotaro Kujo vs. Imposter Captain Tennille

Jotaro Kujo vs. Forever

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Devo

Jotaro Kujo vs. Rubber Soul

Jean Pierre Polnareff & Muhammad Avdol vs. Hol Horse & J. Geil

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. J. Geil

Joseph Joestar vs. Nena

Jotaro Kujo vs. Wheel of Fortune

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs Enya Gail

Jotaro Kujo vs. Enya Gail

Jean Pierre Polnareff & Noriaki Kakyoin vs. Lovers / Jotaro Kujo vs. Steely Dan

Jotaro Kujo vs. Arabia Fats

Noriaki Kakyoin vs. Death Thirteen

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Cameo

Muhammad Avdol vs. Cameo

Jotaro Kujo vs. High Priestess

Jotaro Kujo & Iggy vs. N'Doul

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Chaka

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Khan

Jotaro Kujo vs. Jean Pierre Polnareff

Joseph Joestar & Muhammad Avdol vs. Mariah

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Alessi

Jotaro Kujo vs. Alessi

Hol Horse vs. Dio Brando

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Daniel J. D'Arby

Joseph Joestar vs. Daniel J. D'Arby

Jotaro Kujo vs. Daniel J. D'Arby

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Hol Horse

Iggy vs. Pet Shop

Noriaki Kakyoin vs. Telence T. D'Arby

Jotaro Kujo & Joseph Joestar vs. Telence T. D'Arby

Iggy vs. Kenny G.

Jean Pierre Polnareff & Iggy vs. Vanilla Ice

Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Vanilla Ice

Jotaro Kujo vs. Nukesaku

Noriaki Kakyoin vs. Dio Brando

Joseph Joestar vs. Dio Brando

Jotaro Kujo & Jean Pierre Polnareff vs. Dio Brando

Jotaro Kujo vs. Dio Brando


Stardust Crusaders begins in the last chapter of Volume 12 (Chapter 114) of the series, continuing to Volume 28 (Chapter 265).

Chapters Release Date ISBN Cover
Volume 12: Birth of the Ultimate Being!
(超生物の誕生! Chō Seibutsu no Tanjō!)
(JP) October 9, 1989[1] (JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851068-2 Volume 12
Volume 13: DIO's Curse (JP)
(DIO の呪縛 DIO no Jubaku)
Volume 1: The Evil Spirit (US)
(JP) December 5, 1989[2]
(US) November 8, 2005[3]
(JP) ISBN 4-08-851069-0
(US) ISBN 978-1-59116-754-9
Volume 13
Volume 14: The Empty Ship and the Ape (JP)
(無人船と猿 Mujinsen to Saru)
Volume 2: Silver Chariot (US)
(JP) February 9, 1990[4]
(US) January 3, 2006[5]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851070-5
(US) ISBN 978-1-59116-850-8
Volume 14
Volume 15: The Gun Is Mightier than the Sword (JP)
(銃は剣よりも強し Jū wa Ken yori mo Tsuyoshi)
Volume 3: The Emperor and the Hanged Man (US)
(JP) April 10, 1990[6]
(US) March 7, 2006[7]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851215-0
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-0336-3
Volume 15
Volume 16: Battle Apprentice! (JP)
(戦いの年季! Tatakai no Nenki!)
Volume 4: Terror in India (US)
(JP) June 8, 1990[8]
(US) June 6, 2006[9]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851216-7
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-0653-1
Volume 16
Volume 17: The Terrifying Lovers (JP)
(恐ろしき恋人 Osoroshiki Rabāzu)
Volume 5: City of Death (US)
(JP) August 8, 1990[10]
(US) September 5, 2006[11]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851217-4
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-0654-8
Volume 17
Volume 18: A Dream of Death 13 (JP)
(夢のDEATH13 Yume no Death 13)
Volume 6: The Arabian Nightmare (US)
(JP) October 8, 1990[12]
(US) December 5, 2006[13]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851218-1
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-0655-5
Volume 18
Volume 19: The Magic Lamp (JP)
(魔法のランプ Mahō no Ranpu)
Volume 7: The Three Wishes (US)
(JP) December 4, 1990[14]
(US) April 3, 2007[15]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851219-8
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-1078-1
Volume 19
Volume 20: The Exploding Orange (JP)
(爆弾仕かけのオレンジ Bakudan Shikake no Orenji)
Volume 8: Iggy the Fool and the Great God Geb (US)
(JP) February 8, 1991[16]
(US) August 7, 2007[17]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851220-4
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-1079-8
Volume 20
Volume 21: The Woman's Legs Are Her Weapons (JP)
(脚がグンバツの女 Ashi ga Gunbatsu no Onna)
Volume 9: The Deadly Sword (US)
  • 192. 'Khnum' Oingo and 'Tohth' Boingo (4) (「クヌム神」のオインゴ「トト神」のボインゴ その④ 'Kunumushin' no Oingo to 'Totoshin' no Boingo Sono 4?)
  • 193. 'Anubis' (1) (「アヌビス神」その① 'Anubisushin' Sono 1?)
  • 194. 'Anubis' (2) (「アヌビス神」その② 'Anubisushin' Sono 2?)
  • 195. 'Anubis' (3) (「アヌビス神」その③ 'Anubisushin' Sono 3?)
  • 196. 'Anubis' (4) (「アヌビス神」その④ 'Anubisushin' Sono 4?)
  • 197. 'Anubis' (5) (「アヌビス神」その⑤ 'Anubisushin' Sono 5?)
  • 198. 'Anubis' (6) (「アヌビス神」その⑥ 'Anubisushin' Sono 6?)
  • 199. 'Bastet' Mariah (1) (「バステト女神」のマライア その① 'Basuteto Joshin' no Maraia Sono 1?)
  • 200. 'Bastet' Mariah (2) (「バステト女神」のマライア その② 'Basuteto Joshin' no Maraia Sono 2?)
  • 201. 'Bastet' Mariah (3) (「バステト女神」のマライア その③ 'Basuteto Joshin' no Maraia Sono 3?)
(JP) May 10, 1991[18]
(US) December 4, 2007[19]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851564-9
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-1080-4
Volume 21
Volume 22: Disappearance in a Locked Room (JP)
(密室で消失 Misshitsu de Shōshitsu)
Volume 10: The Shadow of Set (US)
  • 202. 'Bastet' Mariah (4) (「バステト女神」のマライア その④ 'Basuteto Joshin' no Maraia Sono 4?)
  • 203. 'Bastet' Mariah (5) (「バステト女神」のマライア その⑤ 'Basuteto Joshin' no Maraia Sono 5?)
  • 204. 'Bastet' Mariah (6) (「バステト女神」のマライア その⑥ 'Basuteto Joshin' no Maraia Sono 6?)
  • 205. 'Sethan' Alessi (1) (「セト神」のアレッシー その① 'Setoshin' no Aresshī Sono 1?)
  • 206. 'Sethan' Alessi (2) (「セト神」のアレッシー その② 'Setoshin' no Aresshī Sono 2?)
  • 207. 'Sethan' Alessi (3) (「セト神」のアレッシー その③ 'Setoshin' no Aresshī Sono 3?)
  • 208. 'Sethan' Alessi (4) (「セト神」のアレッシー その④ 'Setoshin' no Aresshī Sono 4?)
  • 209. 'Sethan' Alessi (5) (「セト神」のアレッシー その⑤ 'Setoshin' no Aresshī Sono 5?)
  • 210. Shooting DIO?! (DIOを撃つ!? Dio o Utsu!??)
(JP) July 10, 1991[20]
(US) April 1, 2008[21]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851565-6
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-1081-1
Volume 22
Volume 23: D'Arby's Collection (JP)
(ダービーズコレクション Dābīzu Korekushon)
Volume 11: D'Arby the Gambler (US)
(JP) September 10, 1991[22]
(US) April 7, 2009[23]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851566-3
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-1632-5
Volume 23
Volume 24: The Pet Shop at the Gates of Hell (JP)
(地獄の門番ペット·ショップ Jigoku no Monban Petto Shoppu)
Volume 12: The Claws of Horus (US)
(JP) November 8, 1991[24]
(US) August 4, 2009[25]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851567-0
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-1633-2
Volume 24
Volume 25: D'Arby the Player (JP)
(ダービー·ザ·プレイヤーDābī za Pureiyā)
Volume 13: D'Arby the Player (US)
(JP) February 10, 1992[26]
(US) December 1, 2009[27]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851568-7
(US) ISBN 978-1-4215-2406-1
Volume 25
Volume 26: The Spirit of Emptiness, Vanilla Ice (JP)
(亜空の瘴気 ヴァニラ·アイス Akū no Shōki Vanira Aisu)
Volume 14: Showdown (US)
(JP) April 10, 1992[28]
(US) April 6, 2010[29]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851569-4
(US) ISBN 1-4215-2407-4
Volume 26
Volume 27: DIO's World (JP)
(DIOの世界 Dio no Sekai)
Volume 15: Dio's World (US)
(JP) June 10, 1992[30]
(US) August 3, 2010[31]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851570-0
(US) ISBN 1-4215-2408-2
Volume 27
Volume 28: The Long Journey Ends, Goodbye My Friends (JP)
(遥かなる旅路 さらば友よ Haruka naru Tabiji Saraba Tomo yo)
Volume 16: Journey's End (US)
(JP) August 4, 1992[32]
(US) December 7, 2010[33]
(JP) ISBN 978-4-08-851634-9
(US) ISBN 1-42-153084-8
Volume 28


Volumes are published in English by VIZ Media, and in Italian by Star Comics (Italy).

English Language EditionEdit

Stardust Crusaders was the first part to be officially released in English. The series is edited by Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide.

Some names were altered for the English release, presumably for copyright reasons. Additionally, the character Devo was changed entirely.[citation needed]

Minor edits were made to artwork where certain scenes of animal violence were redrawn by Hirohiko Araki for the English release. Japanese volume 15 (English volume 3) featured a single panel of a dog being decapitated which was redrawn from an alternate angle, and Japanese volume 18 (English volume 6) has several redrawn panels where a mutilated dog was changed into a large rat.

Due to a controversy regarding one scene involving Dio apparently reading the Qur'an in the OVA, Viz Media and Shueisha paused publication for a year, even though the manga did not feature that specific scene. However, Shueisha had Araki (or his assistants) redraw scenes that depicted characters fighting on top of or destroying buildings resembling mosques. Viz resumed publication on April 7, 2009 with Volume 11.



Video GamesEdit




  • This story was initially titled "Dai San Bu Kūjō Jōtarō: Mirai e no Isan" / "第三部 空条承太郎 ―未来への遺産" / (lit.) "Part 3 Kūjō Jōtarō: Heritage for the Future".
  • With Part III, chapters began to be formally separated into "Part"s.
  • Stardust Crusaders contains the most popularly known characters and episodes of the series; introducing JoJo's distinctive Stand phenomenon, and the emblematic protagonist Jotaro Kujo.
  • Many characters were not named until the release of additional materials like the artbooks.
  • Araki describes the basis for Part III as like a board game, travelling between a series of stops; and further inspiration from the film Around the World in 80 Days.[1]
  • While he began plotting for this part, Araki first pitched it as a modern retelling of Dracula. There was only one person in the room who thought it was a good idea; the rest were utterly confused. His editors told him to have at least one Japanese character/story arc prior to this part, as they felt the story had too many foreign characters and settings for the comic's target audience.[2]
  • Clamp in Wonderland represents a popular, classic tribute/doujinshi to Part III.


  2. 2007 Eureka issue

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