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The Vandal Savage storyline is brought to a conclusion by Wolfman, Swan and Schaffenberger in Action 556 (June 1984).

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The story recaps the various attacks Savage has made on Superman, both direct and indirect.  While the hero is still alive and well, Savage’s plan to tarnish his reputation has gone much better.

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Savage uses another of his high tech machines to affect Superman’s hearing, sending him out of control.  He then sends out more of his Superman robots to bring him under control, once again making the hero look bad.

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Superman is not sure what to do against Savage, whose actions have largely been legal, if evil.  He consults with Batman, and meets Jason Todd, the new Robin.

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And as Clark Kent he has a heart-to-heart with Lana Lang, who has become so mature and compassionate that Lois seems like a cold and calculating bitch by comparison.

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In the end, it is brains, not brawn, that decide the battle between them.  Superman goes to confront Savage, who is more than happy to brag about his schemes, and how he has succeeded at turning the people of Metropolis against Superman.  But Superman has been broadcasting the entire meeting.  With his true nature exposed, all of Vandal Savage’s actions become worthless in defaming the hero.

It’s a mild let down after such along running story.

Vandal Savage is next seen in the pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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