Binder and Swan are joined by John Forte on inks, as they take another journey into Superman’s old age in Action 270 (Nov. 60).
Clark Kent pays a visit to the Midvale Orphanage, encouraging the children to write. Linda shows him a creative writing piece she has done, envisioning her life as Supergirl. Clark then goes to sleep, so what follows is obviously a dream.
In the dream, Superman’s powers have faded due to repeated kryptonite exposure. His identity is now known to the world, while Superwoman operates in his place. Jimmy Olsen is the editor of the Daily Planet, Perry White having died, and is married to Lucy Lane, making her first appearance in Action.
Linda works at Clark’s old job at the Planet, so her secret identity has even replaced his. Even Lex Luthor has retired.
Superman finds Krypto, also powerless and being taken away by the dog catcher.
After seeing that Lana Lang has married a millionaire, Superman finally seeks out Lois Lane, who has spent her entire life alone.
One heck of a downer dream, there, Clark. Maybe it’s trying to tell you something. Like, don’t base your entire persona on your powers, and take love where you can find it.
Siegel and Mooney put Supergirl through the paces in this guest-star packed story.
Supergirl spends the day rushing from one crisis to another. Lori Lemaris beckons her to Atlantis, where she defeats a destructive merman, Malo. Ronal and Jerri cameo in the scene.
Batman and Robin also call on her for help, when they are trapped in the Batcave by a cave-in.
As it turns out, none of the emergencies were real. It was all a weird “gift” for Supergirl’s 16th birthday, which all the guests show up to attend. A bit nicer is the tribute by the residents of Kandor.