Edmond Hamilton and Al Plastino explore some variations on Superman’s life in Action 314 (July 1964).
Superman is summoned by the Justice League of America, and meets up with Batman, Aquaman, the Atom, Flash and Green Arrow. Aquaman explains that his octopus sidekick, Topo, discovered a recording by Jor-El on the ocean floor.
The rest of the story is Jor-El’s recording, as he recounts his simulations of what his son’s life would be like, had he sent the boy to various different worlds – and why he ultimately chose Earth. One is a world of giants, where Superman would have been very small, and fought crime as if he were the Atom.
And an underwater world, where he would have been that planet’s Aquaman.
A low-tech planet, under a red sun, which would have seen him become Green Arrow.
A world of eternal night, in which he becomes Batman.
And lastly, a planet on which only his super-speed functioned, making him the Flash. But Jor-El chose Earth, to give his son the maximum amount of powers.
Dorfman and Mooney ramp up the emotions in this month’s Supergirl tale.
Supergirl’s mother, Alura, has fallen deathly ill due to being separated from her daughter. We get some flashbacks to their life on Argo City, when Kara was a baby.
The Davners intercept a message from Kandor, letting Linda know how severely her mother wants her back. They try to make her feel unwanted, so that she will willingly leave them. But Linda is suspicious of their change in behaviour, and finds out the truth.
Zor-El and Alura do not want Supergirl to have to give up her crime-fighting career, so they decide it the Danvers who should make all the sacrifices in this situation. They use the exchange ray to bring one set of parents out of Kandor, and replace them with her other set. And though there is no clear reason why Supergirl has to leave Midvale as a result of this, she nonetheless bids farewell to Dick Malverne and Lena Thorul.
Meanwhile, in Kandor, the Danvers meet a young orphan girl, who looks identical to Linda.
The story continues in the next issue.