Vandal Savage, the immortal and ancient villain, has his first run-in with Superman in the Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte story in Action 515 (Jan. 81).


Superman is only mildly puzzled to find himself on an Earth ruled by Vandal Savage.  After a few seconds,he, like everyone else, believes this has always been reality.  Vandal Savage is Emperor, and Superman is his main weapon of control.


Other members of the supporting cast appear as well. Lois Lane works for Savage, as does Perry White, publishing the official newspaper.  On the other side, Jimmy Olsen is leading the rebels, working alongside Jenet Klyburn, normally seen with STAR Labs, Klyburn has been a regular supporting character for a few years, but this is her first appearance in Action.


Lex Luthor is Savage’s main scientist, but is also one of thew few aware that the reality they are in was not always this way.


Savage has altered the past, using a number of “time bombs,” arranging it so that he was the one to raise Superman, not the Kents.  Lois brings Superman to the rebels, where he discovers that both she and Perry White a playing both sides.  They convince Superman that Savage is a threat, but it’s Savage himself who really convinces Superman, when he kills Lois Lane.  Vandal Savage vanishes into the past, and Superman pursues him.

The story concludes next issue.


Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta have Ray Palmer gain Al Pratt’s powers in this Atom story.


The reason for this is a mysterious man, some sort of cosmic overseer, who switches the powers of the Earth-1 and Earth-2 Atoms for his own amusement.


I certainly wouldn’t say this story is fun enough that he did it for the readers amusement.  The story also serves as a set-up for the Earth-2 Atom story in DC Comics Presents, in which Al Pratt gains Ray Palmer’s powers.


Comments on: "Action 515 – Vandal Savage, Emperor of the World, and the Atom trades powers with the Atom" (3)

  1. So many of this that never heard of before I totally need to read them


  2. Richard Thomas said:

    I had this comic (I didn’t have many American ones, I mostly grew up on 2000AD). I was surprised to see Vandal Savage pop up on TV’s The Flash. I thought he was a one-and-done.


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