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Brainiac is back, and this time, he knows what he is doing, in a story by Siegel, Swan, and Kaye, in Action 280 (Sept. 61).

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The story opens in the distant past, where Superman left him, in suspended animation, after his red/green kryptonite attack.  Cavemen eventually waken him, and he heads back to the present.

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Perry White has sent Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen to Africa, to write a story on the uprisings taking place.  But they wind up in the jungle, watching some gorillas.

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Brainiac finds them, and shrinks them all down, sealing them in a bottle.  A large gorilla tries to intervene, but winds up bottled as well.

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The gorilla is able to escape from the bottle, which none of the humans can do, and even throws down a line, leading them all to safety.

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Superman has figured out who the gorilla is.  Did you?  It’s Congorilla!  Congo Bill fills in the gaps, how he spotted Brainiac and trailed him.

This is the first appearance of Congo Bill and Congorilla since the series in Adventure Comics ended a few months earlier.  They next appear, a few years down the road, in the pages of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen.

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Lesla-Lar continues with her evil plans in this Siegel and Mooney tale.

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While Linda lives blissfully in Kandor, Lesla-Lar visits Lex Luthor again, convincing him to build a kryptonite gun with which to kill Superman.

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She successfully cons Superman, both that she is really his cousin, but also that him crushing a rock restores her powers.

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Superman agrees that, with her powers back, he will introduce her to the world.  We discover Lesla’s plan.  After Superman introduces her, Lex Luthor will kill him, and then she will kill Lex while capturing him.  Then all the glory and adulation will be hers.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

 

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