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Action 562 – Queen Bee meets King Alexander

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Alexander the Great, aka the Planeteer returns, now calling himself King Alexander, in the Rozakis, Schaffenberger and Hunt story in Action 562 (Dec. 84).

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The story has a subplot about Steve Lombard,who was fired from WGBS by Morgan Edge in the pages of Superman.  He is starring in a production of Damn Yankees, and has sent opening night tickets to Clark, Lana, Jimmy and Perry White.  Perry actually winds up stopping a pair of robbers during the show, and his wife Alice gets a small role.

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Queen Bee gets most of the attention in the story.  She has been causing magnetic anomalies throughout Metropolis.  She has found an immortality serum that needs a constant recharge of magnetic energy to allow her to stay mobile.

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And who should also be back in Metropolis but the magnetically powered Alexander?

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They hit it off, and Alexander thinks its true love and world conquest, unaware that he is being drugged, and his power drained, by Zazzala.

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Mind you, even when Superman explains to him what is going on, he just chooses not to believe it.  He has fallen hard.  Superman uses the couple’s magnetism against them.

This is the final appearance of Alexander the Great aka Planeteer aka King Alexander, and the Queen Bee is next seen in the pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

And Steve Lombard’s revival of Damn Yankees closes after one night.

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Action 547 – Alexander the Great debuts

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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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