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Vandal Savage returns, as do Curt Swan and Dave Hunt for Marv Wolfman’s story in Action 542 (April 1983).

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Lois is growing jealous of Lana Lang and Clark Kent’s new relationship, and demands a commitment from Superman, one that he is not willing to give.  He uses his usual reasons, which does not impress Lois in the slightest. She calls for a time out between them, which he agrees to, but is not happy about.

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Vandal Savage has come back to Metropolis, and is running the Abraxas Corporation.  He has created a small army of Superman robots, which function much as the real thing does.

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This is a great page of art, and deserves to be included.  Superman responds to this disaster, as do the robots. He can tell they are not his own, and is not sure what to make of them, but they act in a helpful manner, so he leaves them be.

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Vandal Savage had planned for people to assume the robots belonged to Superman, so they would accept them.  Then he announces that in fact they are from the Abraxas Corporation, instantly building his own good will.

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Superman interrupts a press conference that Savage holds, destroying the robots, and making all manner of accusations against him. But Vandal Savage is only known on Earth-2, and there is no proof of anything wrong.  He had a permit for the conference, and Inspector Henderson informs Superman that, if Savage wanted to, he could sue Superman for destroying the robots.

Superman is left looking like a hot-headed fool in front of the crowd.

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