Posts tagged ‘Chronos’

Action 516 – Superman vs Vandal Savage, and Chronos breaks his pattern

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Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte conclude the Vandal Savage story, as Superman chases the villain backwards through time, in Action 516 (Feb. 81).

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Vandal Savage stops off in different eras as he heads backwards, with Superman in hot pursuit.  Each time Superman acts, it serves to set off one of Savage’s time bombs.  Luthor realizes that if Superman completes his chase of Savage, all he will have achieved is ensuring this reality comes to pass.

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Luthor sends Jimmy Olsen back to warn Superman, but we see that, although Luthor was speaking the truth, he also has his own schemes of taking control.

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But Superman outwits both Savage and Luthor.  He does not intercept the comet which would have set off the last time bomb, instead leaving it to hit Savage.  When he brings Jimmy back to the present, all has returned to normal.

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Chronos returns, but tries to break his normal pattern in this Atom story by Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta.

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It’s actually his extreme avoidance of anything time related that draws the Atom’s suspicions, after his first few thefts.  But by far the best moment is when Chronos sticks the Atom into a blender full of syrup.  The death trap doesn’t work, but it’s certainly inventive, in a practical way.

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But overall, avoiding his time crimes (but keeping the costume) is no help to Chronos.

 

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Action 443 – Superman saves the Justice League

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Maggin, Swan and Blaisdel give Superman a big line up of allies and enemies in Action 443 (Jan. 75).

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The story opens in a very disorienting way, with Superman as a nebbishy newscaster, picked on by Steve Lombard and rejected by Lois Lane.

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While Clark Kent is the one leaping into heroic action against Queen Bee and her drones.

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Queen Bee is leading a host of villains against the Justice League of America.  Most of them are regularly appearing big names – Chronos, Sinestro, Ocean Mchroaster, Grodd and Brainiac.  Matt Hagen makes his first appearance in over a decade as Clayface.  Merlyn and the Harpy are both newcomers. Harpy, the villain assigned to Black Canary, had appeared in Green Lantern, while Merlyn, who would go on to become a regular Green Arrow enemy, had only debuted recently in Justice League of America.

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The assembled villains had already triumphed over the rest of the Justice League, and in flashback we see them taking down Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Aquaman, Atom and Red Tornado.  At this point, Wonder Woman and Hawkman were not members of the JLA.

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Superman has used a Kandorian machine to reverse people’s perceptions of Superman and Clark Kent, simply to puzzle the villains.  They bring him aboard their ship, which is what he wants.  As he struggles with Grodd and Clayface, his heat vision pierces the capsule the Flash is being held in, and the Flash exploits this, and frees himself, and the rest of the League.

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A lot of characters.  The story is fun, but I cannot honestly say it makes the most of its cast.

 

Action 427 – a reverse Back to the Future, and the Atom vs Chronos

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Bates, Swan and Anderson spin a really odd story in Action 427 (Sept. 73).

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It opens in the distant future, with a man trained from childhood as a living weapon for assassination. Not wanting to fulfill this, he sends his mental energies into the past, to contact an ancestor.

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This ancestor is a prisoner, who abruptly turns into a flying goblin, getting into a fight with Superman.

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There is a doctor at the hospital, who was falling in love with the guy…oh oh.  Now I see where this is going.

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The guy from the future has turned his ancestor into this monstrous creature, to repulse the woman who was interested in him.  He wants to prevent them from ever falling in love!

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He succeeds, triumphantly ceasing to exist.  A very disturbing story, and such a weird twist on Back to the Future, it’s hard to believe it preceded it by more than a decade.

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Maggin, Dillin and Giordano provide a less than impressive outing for the Atom.  The news alerts him that David Clinton, Chronos, has escaped from prison.  And then Chronos thoughtfully sends the Atom a message alerting him to his crime.

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So the Atom shows up and stops him.  And that’s about it.  No cool time gadgets.  Ray has a brief scene with Jean Loring, but there is absolutely nothing special here.

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