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Action 563 – Ambush Bug loses his suit, Mr. Mxyzptlk wants his own show, and Jimmy Olsen becomes a blob

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Three stories in Action 563 (Jan.85), all represented in Giffen’s great cover.

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Ambush Bug gets the lead story in the issue, by Giffen, Fleming and Oskner.  Clark Kent is around, in his newscaster guise, and as Superman, but Bethany Snow, from New Teen Titans, and Jack Ryder, better known as the Creeper, also cameo on the first page.  Ted Baxter, from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show, almost appears.

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There is some degree of story in this one, as Ambush Bug works on his suit, and shorts it out.

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A running gag with the character is the origin story, which always involves a person named Irwin Schwab, but otherwise is a pastiche of other heroes origins.  Ambush Bug relates one of these absurd stories to Superman.

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Superman dismisses it as nonsense, until he realizes Ambush Bug just told him his own origin.

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E. Nelson Bridwell, Alex Saviuk and Dennis Jensen give Mr. Mxyzptlk a yen for the boob tube in the second story in this issue.  The 5th dimensional imp demands his own television show on WGBS, but Morgan Edge refuses.

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So Mr. Mxyzptlk wreaks havoc with the networks programming.  Although the story posits this as a bad thing, in reality I’m sure the ratings went through the roof, as everyone tuned in to see what crazy shit was going to happen.  Anyway, Mxyzptlk has made saying, or even writing, his name backwards impossible for anyone.

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Superman gets around this by thinking of his Bizarro World counterpart, Kltpzyxm, when setting up his trap.

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The issue is rounded out by a Jimmy Olsen adventure, by Craig Boldman, Howard Bender and Pablo Marcos.

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Hoping to save a falling girl, Jimmy drinks from an old vial of his Elastic Lad serum, but it turns him into a big blob instead.

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He is unable to speak, and is treated as a monster, even by his date for the evening.  Superman figures out what has happened, the serum was corrupted by a radioactive substance it sat next to.  He cures Jimmy in time to still have his planned date, but the girl’s reaction, freaking out just because he metamorphosized, makes it clear this woman is not up to Jimmy Olsen’s speed.

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Action 561 – Toyman’s trivia contest

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The pre-Crisis Toyman gets his last major appearance against Superman in Action 561 (Nov. 84), thanks to Kupperberg, Schaffenberger and Jensen.

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The Toyman gets released from prison, and insists that he has gone straight.  Superman has his doubts, Schott went straight once before, and that didn’t last.  The Toyman has spent millions getting air time for a game show, in which contestants answer questions about the Toyman’s career.

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Superman watches the show, and is amazed at how much the contestants know about the Toyman.

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When none of the finalists can answer the final question, about the first toy Winslow Schott built, but a man in the audience can, Superman gets very suspicious, particularly when the man is carried away by toys.

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It turns out the entire contest was a set-up for Schott to find this guy, a childhood rival, who stole his first toy.  Schott actually expects to get it back, but of course the guy threw it away years ago.

We also learn that the other contestants were just toys that Schott had built.

Toyman makes one further pre-Crisis appearance, in the pages of Blue Devil.

 

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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