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Action 520 – Lois Lane goes out with a different guy, and Aquaman battles his mother


The romance between Superman and Lois Lane takes centre stage in the Conway, Swan and Chiaramonte tale in Action 520 (June 1981).


Superman and Lois have dinner plans, but an emergency takes him away.  Millionaire Eric Burton sweeps in to take Lois out for a night on the town in his limousine.


Superman catches up to them at dinner at a posh restaurant, and Lois gives him the cold shoulder, going off to dance with Eric.


Every time Superman makes it back, another emergency is revealed, and calls him away.  And though the emergencies are genuine, Burton has rigged the various media around them to turn on and announce them, to keep Superman at bay, while he steals her woman.


A pointless try.  Lois might get piqued, but Superman is her guy.


Aquaman’s battle against Atlanna concludes in this issue, by deMatteis, Rozakis and Heck.


It’s a real shame that it’s Don Heck doing the art on the big battle.  The line-up of robots is impressive, even of some of the Aquaman foes shown are pretty obscure.


“Poseidon” just sort of vanishes half way through the battle, as does Cal Durham, who never appears again.  In Brightest Day, a new version of Aqualad would be introduced, with a name derived from Cal’s, but I think we can say the original died in the fight.

Atlanna’s sister shows, and makes they make peace with each other.  Atlanna advises Aquaman and Ocean Master to do the same.  Which isn’t really awful, and at least does not contradict continuity as much as the rest of this tale.



Action 519 – Superman doesn’t trust the alien, and Aquaman learns his mother’s plans


Superman deals with an alien beast and its hunter in Action 519 (May 1981).


Conway, Swan and Chiaramonte helm this tale.  Superman gets alerted about signals of approaching aliens.  One has come intentionally, to stop a intergalactic beast that stopped here first.


Superman has his doubts, even when the beast shows up, in the Grand Canyon.


It’s a rare story, in which Superman is wrong.  The hunter is exactly who he claimed to be, simply here to defeat the monster.


Aquaman’s origin, and that of Atlantis, are retold in a different light in this story, by deMatteis, Len Wein and Heck.


Poseidon claims to be Aquaman’s human father, and explains his story to his son and Cal Durham.  Atlanna is given a sister, and her period on land, and the birth of Aquaman, are placed shortly after the city’s sinking, in contravention of every other version of this tale.  Atlanna has used Atlantean tech to turn her supposedly dead husband into Poseidon, as well as creating robots of Aquaman’s various enemies.  She is portrayed as murderously insane.


Ocean Master consistently refers to Atlanna as his mother through this storyline, which is very odd.  He has always, to this point, been the son of Aquaman’s father and a human woman.

The story concludes in the next issue.


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