Bates, Swan and Chairamonte begin a four-part story that pits Superman against Amazo, the one-man Justice League in Action 480 (Feb. 78).
The story gets bang into the action, with little build-up. Superman is relaxing on the Justice League satellite, when Amazo suddenly bursts out of his cell and through the floor, getting into a fight with Superman that blasts them out of the satellite and into space.
The Justice League alert goes off, and the whole team show up. This is not such a good thing, as Aquaman, Atom, Batman, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Red Tornado all wind up trapped in the satellite by Amazo, giving him free reign against Superman.
A mysterious “Professor Ives” is also brought in to the story.
With Amazo on the loose, and his own powers waning, Superman needs a way to get Clark out of the way, and leave him free. Morgan Edge is holding a draw to see who goes on a particular assignment out of town, and Clark hypnotizes everyone to think he was chosen. As well as Lois, Jimmy and Steve Lombard, Lana Lang is part of the draw, having recently been hired to WGBS in the pages of Superman.
Professor Ives turns out to be Professor Ivo, who Amazo hates for having created him. Superman desperately fights to save Ivo as his powers fade before Amazo.
Throughout this storyline there is nothing of Ivo’s usual two qualities, his quest for immortality, and disfigurements caused by the quest.