The second half of the Superman Revenge Squad story, in Action 287 (April 1962) never quite lives up to the joyous insanity of the first half, though Swan and Klein’s art remains superb.
Superman has one long dream, which sees him become a criminal against his will. He is hunted by the police, and Perry White.
Finally the payoff comes, as the Revenge Squad attack Earth right in front of Superman, and hope that he will think it was just a dream.
Really? That was the plan?
They deserved to lose.
Now, onto a story that I have so much to say about. Siegel and Mooney’s deadly Supergirl tale.
Linda Danvers is invited to join a Superman fan club, and does. Lois Lane has been brought in to give a talk. She proves more insightful than usual, as she pegs Linda as looking identical to Supergirl.
Returning home, Linda sees that her model of the Legion Clubhouse is ringing. That alerts her to look at the Legion figures on her bookshelf, which are flashing, which means they want her to come to help them. You’d think she could do without being alerted to look at the glowing figures on the bookshelf, but apparently not.
She gets to the 30th century just as Legion are performing live on 3D television. It’s being watched in “millions of homes,” but for some reason they chose to show us this family, who cannot say anything interesting.
A positive energy being, who is a transformed scientist, is wreaking havoc in space, as is a negative energy bird. That’s why the Legion called on her. She sets them up to take each other out. In other words, sets them up to kill each other. Pretty much the same as just killing them herself. And the story makes it clear that the positive being still has some degree of the scientist’s sentience in it.
But whatever. Moving on, we get introduced to Whizzy. This super-powered cat wears a collar that proclaims him to be the descendant of Streaky, and he claims to have acquired his ancestor’s powers through evolution. Which is extremely unlikely, given that Streaky’s powers are a temporary effect from exposure to x-kryptonite.
Oh, and we see an android store, where a woman wants an android nanny who looks just like her, so her children will not be able to tell them apart. Yes, because she is clearly as heartless as the android.
Oh, gosh, there’s more. The Legionnaires lose their powers as a result of the positive/negative explosion, and Supergirl uses her powers to make it look like they have not. But they aren’t really the Legionnaires, they are evil impostors, a chameleon race. Which likely means they are also Durlans, from Chameleon Boy’s homeworld.
They reveal themselves to Supergirl, and send her and Whizzy into the Phantom Zone.
But everything works out in the end, as she gets Whizzy to telepathically order a chameleon android, and…
Can I just stop now?
No, because I must point out that this is the one and only appearance of Whizzy.