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Action 435 – Superman vs Dr Xadu

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Bates, Swan and Colletta conclude the Dr. Xadu story in Action 435 (May 1974).

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Superman creates a giant tuning fork, and flies through it to create a sonic boom, and thus an earthquake.  Only then does his awareness kick in, horrified at what he has done.  Superman spends much of the story fighting against the destructive impulses that Dr. Xadu and Zeda send him.

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Superman makes a lot of amazingly accurate guesses in this second half.  He figures out that Dr. Xadu and Zeda are behind this, even though he did not recognize them last issue, and hasn’t seen them since his youth.  He also deduces, from another painful bite of candy, that there is a transmitter on his tooth which sends his super-energy to the couple every time he struggles against their commands.

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When Dr. Xadu and Zeda use their deadly power-grip on Superman, it’s hardly a surprise that he accurately guesses that a magnetically charged rock will take them down.

Dr. Xadu is relegated to comprehensive flashbacks for the rest of the decade, returning only shortly before Crisis on Infinite Earths, in the final issue of DC Comics Presents.

Action 434 – Superman’s toothache, and Zatanna kisses Green Arrow

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Cary Bates and Curt Swan are joined by Vince Colletta as they bring back a villain not seen in over a decade.

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Candy is left as a present for Clark Kent, but he is amazed to experience pain when he bites into a piece. Lois Lane thinks he is being weak and whiny, not realizing how impossible the toothache is.

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Lois drags Clark to a new dentist’s office next door to the Planet, but is shocked to see that the receptionist is the same woman who dropped off the candy.  That earns her a memory wipe.

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The dentist is really Dr. Xadu, one of the first Phantom Zone villains, who fought Clark as Superboy many years earlier.

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Clark remains unaware of the dentist’s true identity, or that the filling process was actually a brainwashing, programming Superman to go on a destructive rampage.

The story concludes next issue.

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Zatanna causes a lot of problems for Green Arrow in this story by Maggin, Dillin and Frank McLaughlin, as she bursts in, calls him by name and plants a big kiss on him, right in front of Dinah.

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Black Canary is furious, and storms out.  Green Arrow is left with Zatanna, who doesn’t seem to notice anything amiss.  But the more time they spend together, the more Oliver realizes that Zatanna believes that she is Black Canary.  When they run into hoods, she uses martial arts, until the situation gets dire, and she instinctively spouts dome backwards magic.  This breaks the “spell”

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Zatanna explains that she had used her magic to give herself Canary’s fighting skills earlier in the day, and it must have also given her Dinah’s personality.  All is cleared up between the two, although Zatanna plants another kiss before she leaves.

Oliver is left having to try to explain this.

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