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There’s a big creative team on Action 548 (Sept. 83).  The script is by Bob Rozakis and Paul Kupperberg, pencils by Curt Swan, and inks by Vince Colletta and Pablo Marcos.  A new villain is introduced, who can either be referred to as Alexander the Great, or the Planeteer.  With all that, you’d think this would be a stand-out issue.

It’s not.

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Alexander sets up a bunch of devices in the atmosphere, altering the natural magnetism of Earth.  He fully expects Superman to destroy these, as he gains power from each one destroyed.

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Superman finds himself getting magnetized, making it harder to destroy the machines, but he prevails.

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The Planeteer only confronts Superman once the last machine has been trashed, at the Sphinx.  They begin a round the world battle, until Superman lures Alexander to the Magnetic North Pole, where his powers have no effect, and takes him down.

I would have skipped this story, except that Alexander returns the following year.

 

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