Bates, Swan and Chiaramonte continue with Lex Luthor’s change of sides in Action 511 (Sept. 80).
Luthor sets out to prove himself, curing all manner of diseases,and performing a variety of other good deeds. Morgan Edge is convinced (maybe because he was one a villain himself), and has Lana report on Luthor’s benevolence, but Superman remains suspicious, even after Angela Blake testifies on Luthor’s behalf.
Superman beings Lex to the Fortress of Solitude to perform some tests, and try to assure himself that the change is real. Terra-Man believes that Luthor has reformed, and is none too happy about it. He attacks the Fortress, with an alien helper.
Luthor helps Superman defeat Terra-Man. Or, well, at least he does not help Terra-Man defeat Superman. At any rate, after the battle Superman decides he doesn’t need any further tests, and is now pals with his old friend.
The real DC explosion happens, as the comics all gain an additional eight pages. Air Wave and the Atom have the series here revived, and are joined by Aquaman in a rotation that will run for the next few years.
Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte pick up as if the series had never stopped. Likely because this was written and drawn before the previous run was cancelled.
Karen Peterson discovers Hal’s young cousins playing with his costume, and they tear it. She had already figured out his identity, and decides to fix, and improve, his costume.
Hal and Karen go to a theme park, and when robbers mess up their date, Hal gets into his new costume without even noticing the difference, until he finds handcuffs in a pocket that wasn’t there before. He has no idea where the new costume came from, and still thinks he has fooled Karen about who he is.