Conway, Swan and Chiaramonte go retro with Action 522 (Aug. 81).
A scientist creates an old-fashioned Clockwork Man, inspired by the tales of Burroughs and Baum.
The mechanical man wants to help his chronically late creator, and so speeds everyone up. It takes Clark a surprisingly long time to notice that everyone around him is moving at super-speed.
The Clockwork Man is simply too determined to “help,” and really capable of reason, so Superman has to trash it.
The Calculator returns to fight the Atom, the first foe he faced, in this story by Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta. It’s the first time the villain had appeared since his introductory arc in Detective Comics in 1978, and those stories are recapped at the start of this tale.
Calculator’s immunity to any hero who had previously beat him holds true in this story, and I was glad that the Atom did not try turning into Ray Palmer, which he had tried and failed in Detective. This time around, he tries increasingly indirect attacks, but with no success.
But the Calculator attacked while he was at Professor Hyatt’s, and the Atom makes his escape by diving into the Time Pool.
The story continues next issue.