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The cover of Action 275 (April 1961) promises an exciting story, with Brainiac and an intriguing mix of kryptonite.  Sadly, the story, by Jerry Coleman and Wayne Boring, does not live up this promise.

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Brainiac shows up, stealing aluminum.  Superman moves in to stop him, but Brainiac gets into his bubblecar and shoots the red/green kryptonite mix at him.  Brainaic has no idea what the effect will be, and none is apparent.

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Superman steals Lois Lane’s hat, and continues to wear hats over the next few days, as he performs various super-feats.

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We know, from Superman’s conversation with Supergirl, that Brainiac’s ray had some sort of effect on him, but the art gives no hint at all of what it is, despite showing us how hard Clark Kent tries to conceal it.

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Brainiac pops up again at the end of the story, to be defeated.  The kryptonite mix had given Superman a third eye on the back of his head, but the art had never shown that.  The story ends with Superman and Supergirl beating up and humiliating a statue of Brainiac (actually labelled “statue of Brainiac”), which really makes them look ridiculous.

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Siegel and Mooney give Supergirl a dream-adventure in this tale.

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Superman has been telling Supergirl about being raised by the Kents, and that night Linda dreams her life, if she had been in Clark’s place.

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The story begins much the same, as she is taken care of as a baby by the Kents, and grows into her Linda identity.  Lex Luthor, with hair, is her boyfriend, though she dreams of dating the football hero who is Lana Lang’s beau.

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Lex suspects Linda might be Supergirl, and has this confirmed by her talking Kryptonian bird, Skwaky.  Although Lex loves Linda, he knows she cares for the football player instead, so he tells the guy her secret, in hopes that this will make him interested in her.

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The plan backfires, when Linda figures out that he only is interested in Supergirl.  Another downer dream, but also the first of quite a number of tales that make Supergirl and Lex Luthor a couple.

 

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