Ok, it’s not called the Death Star in the story, but it so totally is. And that’s what people I knew called the story in Action 528 (Feb.82) at the time it came out, after Empire Strikes Back.
They even use Star Wars style lettering for the title of this story, by Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte.
There is a totally non-Star Wars related plot in the story, as Morgan Edge intends to sell off the Daily Planet, which is losing money for Galaxy Communications. Perry White is not the only one upset, and Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Steve Lombard and Jimmy Olsen spend the story awaiting news on this.
Superman gets far more interesting stuff to do, having been contacted by Brainiac, who warns him of an approaching, all-consuming artificial world. Brainiac did build the thing, before realizing how all-destroying it would be. Oops.
The two heroes work together, Superman penetrating the world, while Brainiac advises him from his ship. This invasion proves fruitless, and Brainiac tries turning the planet “off,” putting it in a dormant state while Superman attacks.
But even “asleep,” the planet takes down Superman.
A really good, suspenseful ending. An injured Superman collapses in front of the waiting Daily Planet staff, while Brainiac observes the destructive effects of the not-Death Star’s approach to Earth.
The story continues in the next chapter.
Aquaman gets a solo chapter as part of Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte’s continuing story arc.
Materializing on the alien world Air Wave had been drawn to, Aquaman finds a race of intelligent sea creatures, who are being exploited and enslaved by land dwellers. Aquaman decides to help them, just as the land dwellers show up.
The story continues in the next issue.