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Action 540 – Rip Hunter aids Superman, and Aquaman ends

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Wolfman and Kane present the penultimate chapter in the split Superman story in Action 540 (Feb. 83).

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Clark recovers, just as knife is going in for the autopsy.  But he can tell his other self is severely weakened, and he will die if the other Superman does.  Perry and Jimmy are happy that Clark is alive, but Lana is hugely affected.  When she thought he had died, she realizes how much Clark had meant to her throughout the years.  Lois, on the other hand, just takes the opportunity to challenge him again about being Superman.

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Back int he past, Syrene and the merged Satanis/Superman continue their battle throughout the issue, the dynamic segments neatly spaced through the tale.

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Lois talks about a series she is doing on Forgotten Heroes.  She references Cave Carson, as well as the Sea Devils and Suicide Squad, Ragman, Bwana Beast and Vigilante.  But the one that grabs Superman’s attention is Rip Hunter, Time Master, and he seeks out Rip and his team, finding them all unusually aged.  This is Rip’s first appearance since appearing in DC Comics Presents a couple of years earlier.

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Perhaps because it is not expected, the magical defenses that have kept Superman and his friends from the past are no barrier to Rip Hunter, and he delivers Superman to his merged double just as Satanis/Superman defeats Syrene.

The story concludes in the next issue.

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Aquaman’s series comes to an end in this story by Bob Rozakis, Alex Saviuk and Joe Giella.

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Ironically, Aquaman himself winds up sidelined, as Mera and V’lanna battle over him.  Mera wins, and V’lanna kills herself, rather than be executed for treason.  Mera is expected to stay in Xebel as queen, but chooses to return to Earth with Aquaman.

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So a nice happy ending for these two, and the final back-up story Aquaman will have.  It takes three more years before he gets his own mini-series, and a few of those before he gains his own book again.

 

Action 539 – Superman looks for time travelling help, and Aquaman heads to Xebel

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Giffen and Giordano execute the cover for Action 539 (Jan. 83), as the split Superman storyline moves towards its climax.

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Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane have Superman look for help in trying to travel back to the middle ages, and re-unite with his lost half.  The Atom accompanies Superman into the Time Pool, but find it mired in a time storm.

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The Flash attempts the journey with Superman on the Cosmic Treadmill, but it shorts out.  Superman is weakening further, and, as Clark Kent, collapses at the office.

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At the same time, hundreds of years earlier (I love writing about about comics), Lord Satanis continues to try to disrupt Syrene’s use of the other Superman, to acquire the power of the runestone.

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Lord Satanis uses his magic to merge with Syrene’s Superman.

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The story ends as Clark is pronounced dead, and the autopsy begins.  Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White are all at the hospital, grieving.

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Rozakis, Saviuk and Dan Adkins make things clear in this Aquaman installment. Mera’s body has been taken over by V’lanna, the new queen of Xebel, who brings Aquaman back to her dimension.

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There she and Mera split into themselves again.  V’lanna intends to kill Mera, and keep Aquaman as her consort.

The story concludes in the next issue.

Action 538 – Jackhammer struts, and Mera is possessed

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Barr, Novick and Calnan continue the saga of the half-Superman in Action 538 (Dec.82).

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With Superman too afraid to face him, and the police helpless against his armor, Jackhammer makes the most of being the most dangerous man in Metropolis.

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When Superman does finally confront him again, he is once again overpowered by Jackhammer.  But the crowd is none too pleased, and they step in, hurling anything they can find at the villain. When he turns to attack the crowd, Superman takes his opening, and knocks out Jackhammer.  Still, this should have been a nothing fight for the hero.

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Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta clarify things in this chapter of the Aquaman story.  The woman has a lot of trouble getting control of her hard water powers, but Aquaman still believes this is really Mera.

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And though it does turn out that he is correct, it’s not such a good thing.  It’s Mera’s body all right, but she is under the control of someone else.  Some who Aquaman has just instructed in how to use Mera’s powers.

The story continues in the next issue.

Action 537 – Superman suffers from his split, and Aquaman tries to restore Mera’s memory

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Mike W. Barr, Irv Novick and John Calnan are the creative team on Action 537 (Nov. 82), as a new villain takes advantage of the weakened Superman.

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Superman attempts to travel into the past, and rejoin with his other half, still trapped in the middle ages.  But Lord Satanis stops this journey, even though the other Superman is in the hands of his enemy Syrene.

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Of all the various stories that see Superman turn into two people, I think this one spends the most time with only one version of the split character.  We briefly see the captive other half, with Syrene.  But the story really deals only with the one in the present.

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Superman’s weakened condition has made the news, and a new villain, Jackhammer, is excited about that, and eager to face the hero.

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And despite being a not very impressive villain, with armored extendy punches, he does beat Superman at the end of the story.

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Rozakis, Saviuk and Giella continue Aquaman’s hunt for Mera, as he questions the woman who looks just like her.  Though she claims to be human, Aquaman is so certain that this is his wife that he convinces her to go swimming with him.

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She agrees, and to her surprise, discovers that she is able to breathe underwater, and even manifest the same hard water powers that Mera has, but still has no memory of being that person.

 

Action 536 – the Omega Men rescue Superman, and Aquaman dreams of Mera

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Marv Wolfman is joined by Paul Kupperberg on scripting the concluding half to the Superman/Omega Men team-up in Action 536 (Oct. 82), while Sal Trapani joins doing the inks on Joe Staton pencils.

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The Omega Men make a valiant effort to pummel down into the ground and follow the Mole after he steals the injured and weakened Superman, but have little success.

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The Mole intends to auction off Superman for the privilege of killing him.  Disappointingly, none of the villains seen at the auction are anyone we recognize.

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Lois Lane hunts down Cave Carson, an underground explorer not seen since his last Showcase try-out appearance in the mid-60s.  He is old and cranky now,  but gets persuaded to use his “mighty mole” to follow the Mole’s trail, bringing the Omega Men to the underground auction site.

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The Omega Men rescue Superman, and in exchange he brings them up to the JLA satellite, to help them find a way home.  This gets interrupted by the emergency signal, and Superman retrieves Raven’s soul-self, hovering outside the satellite.  Inside, Raven releases the other New Teen Titans, Robin,Kid Flash, Cyborg, Changeling and Wonder Girl.

The story continues in the next issue of New Teen Titans.

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Aquaman dreams of Mera in this story by Rozakis, Saviuk and McLaughlin.  Mera had vanished back to Xebel, her home dimension, during the battle with Atlanna, and not returned.

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Aquaman wonders if the dreams are actual messages, and has some tests done to try to figure that out.

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The tests don’t really answer his questions, but he does find a Mera lookalike as the issue ends.

The story continues in the next issue.

Action 535 – Superman meets the Omega Men, and Air Wave ends

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Superman is at half power, having been split into two people in the previous issue, in the Wolfman, Staton and Marcos story in Action 535 (Sept. 82).

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Superman finds himself cast back to Earth abruptly, and runs into the Omega Men, a group of aliens on the run, last seen in their introductory story arc in the pages of Green Lantern the previous year.  Primus, Kalista, Broot, Nimbus and Harpis explain their story to Superman.

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They prove to be some help as a villain called the Mole attacks various buildings in Metropolis from underground, including the Daily Planet.  Superman is not used to his power loss, and overestimates his invulnerability. The Omega Men bring him to a hospital, and Kalista brings Lois Lane, who he has been calling for.

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But the Mole and his men think that even a powered down Superman is a prize to be had, and break into the hospital to steal him.

The story continues in the next issue.

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Air Wave concludes his final solo story, by Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte, as he spies on his high school science teacher, who seems to bean alien.

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Air Wave doesn’t fare too well against the man himself, he manages to escape capture.  But Hal does prevent the man’s bomb from going off, taking it high into space, which neutralizes the explosion.

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In the end, Air Wave is called to the Justice League satellite, where he is lauded by Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Atom, Green Arrow, Black Canary and Hawkman for his quick thinking.  They even tell the boy that one day he might become a member of the Justice League himself.

Sadly, this is really the high point of Air Wave’s career.  He returns in a couple of months in an issue of DC Comics Presents, and will pop up occasionally over the next couple of decades, but never again carry his own series.

 

Action 530 – Brainiac becomes evil again, and the Atom rescues Aquaman

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Wolfman, Swan and Adkins bring the team-up with Brainiac to a conclusion in Action 530 (April 1982).

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Superman once again penetrates the world-ship, finding some massive tunnels in its interior. He finds the core, it’s huge computer brain, but gets sucked into it.

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Brainiac is evil again, now that Superman has re-programmed him.  He is content to let Superman die, and have the artificial world consume everything, and birth a new universe.  Superman picks up the point that this a world-building machine as well.  He super-vibrates, figuring correctly that this will mess up the computer, which fees him.

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Superman strips the armored shell off the world, revealing the idyllic planet underneath.  Brainiac is powerless to stop him, as Superman frees the new world inside, and finds a spare bit of galaxy to put it in.

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Aquaman reveals the traitor as Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte bring this story arc to a close.  The one who attached himself to Air Wave in the first place, he did so as a spy.  Well, that was easy.  And despite Aquaman agonizing over how he can get home, all he has to do is get shocked by an electric creature.

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Ray Palmer and Jean Loring have spent the past three days on a sailboat, waiting for Aquaman to return.  When he does, Ray jumps into the ocean after him.  Umm, why?  Are you afraid he will drown?  All right, I’ll concede maybe you want to see if he is injured.

Anyway, the Atom “rescues” Aquaman, but that’s about all he does in this long story.

 

Action 529 – Superman ignores problems, and Aquaman on an alien world

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Wolfman, Swan and Dan Adkins continue the struggle of Brainiac and Superman against the not-Death Star in Action 529 (March 1982).

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Brainiac finds his ship under attack from the artificial world that he created.

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He uses his shrinking technology to save a city about to be destroyed, and finds the experience rewarding.  But this is the re-programmed Brainiac, made into a good person by Superman.  Superman, by the way, isn’t doing much of anything, even though a volcano has burst through the streets of Metropolis.  An effect of the blast from the ship is that he cannot see the ship now, or any of its effects.

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Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen make him realize the situation, and he carries Jimmy along with him, to point out the disasters he needs to fight.

Superman realizes they need more information about the ship than they have, and that the only way to learn more would be to re-program Brainiac to his original state, in which he created the Death Star type world.

The story concludes in the next issue.

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Bob Rozakis, Alex Saviuk and Pablo Marcos having some surprising twists in this Aquaman chapter of the ongoing back-up story.  Aquaman fights the land invaders, although they manage to knock him out and take him into a desert.

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Aquaman finds out that they are not land based beings at all, but more underwater creatures, disguising themselves.

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Aquaman returns to the war zone, and though they defeat the invaders, he realizes that his own side has a traitor among them.

The story continues next issue.

 

Action 528 – Superman and Brainiac vs the Death Star

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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.

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They even use Star Wars style lettering for the title of this story, by Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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But even “asleep,” the planet takes down Superman.

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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.

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Aquaman gets a solo chapter as part of Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte’s continuing story arc.

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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.

Action 527 – Lord Satanis and Syrene debut, and Air Wave needs Aquaman’s help

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Two new supernatural characters are introduced in Action 527 (Jan. 82), Lord Satanis, and Syrene.

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Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte waste no time with this tale, as Syrene kidnaps Superman on the first page, recruiting him in her battle against Lord Satanis.    She shows Superman their mystical realm, where Satanis reigns supreme, and gets Superman to help her fight against him.

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Superman does not fare as well as he might, for all that build up.  But Lord Satanis decides he wants Superman on his team, and captures Lois to force him.

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Lord Satanis also appears to kill Syrene, although later we find out he has just “dislocated” her from reality.

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This allows Syrene to show up just in time to save Superman, whose powers Lord Satanis was draining, using Stonehenge as a conduit.

The pair, who we find out are actually a married couple, depart, but return within the year.

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Bob Rozakis, Alex Saviuk and Dennis Jensen begin a storyline that weaves together all three of the back-up features, opening on Air Wave in this story.

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Air Wave is travelling on radio waves, when he is pulled to an underwater lab on a strange world.  He cannot materialize, or he will drown.  But he sees some bad stuff going on.

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Hal returns just as abruptly, and calls up his namesake, Green Lantern, for help.  Green Lantern takes him out to the ocean, and introduces him to Aquaman.  The senior heroes agree that the beam Air Wave rode sounds like Adam Strange’s zeta-beam.

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Green Lantern uses his ring to find the beams transmission, and Air Wave energizes Aquaman, allowing him to travel on it.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

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