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Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte conclude the Vandal Savage story, as Superman chases the villain backwards through time, in Action 516 (Feb. 81).

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Vandal Savage stops off in different eras as he heads backwards, with Superman in hot pursuit.  Each time Superman acts, it serves to set off one of Savage’s time bombs.  Luthor realizes that if Superman completes his chase of Savage, all he will have achieved is ensuring this reality comes to pass.

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Luthor sends Jimmy Olsen back to warn Superman, but we see that, although Luthor was speaking the truth, he also has his own schemes of taking control.

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But Superman outwits both Savage and Luthor.  He does not intercept the comet which would have set off the last time bomb, instead leaving it to hit Savage.  When he brings Jimmy back to the present, all has returned to normal.

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Chronos returns, but tries to break his normal pattern in this Atom story by Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta.

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It’s actually his extreme avoidance of anything time related that draws the Atom’s suspicions, after his first few thefts.  But by far the best moment is when Chronos sticks the Atom into a blender full of syrup.  The death trap doesn’t work, but it’s certainly inventive, in a practical way.

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But overall, avoiding his time crimes (but keeping the costume) is no help to Chronos.

 

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