Edmond Hamilton gave Curt Swan and George Klein an awful lot of work in Action 309 (Feb. 64).
I’m including the splash page of this story to give you some idea of the amount of guest stars who appear. But this is not just trivial packing, it’s also part of the suspense of the story.
JFK, looking awfully shadowy, tricks Superman into going to a location, which is where a “this is your life!” special about him is being broadcast. It’s not that much of a surprise for Superman, Clark Kent received an invitation.
But who will Superman get to be Clark? Lois and Lana have a robot detector, as they are using the special to try to prove Clark is Superman. Lori Lemaris reads their minds, and alerts Superman to the danger. Lex Luthor makes a cameo, watching the show from prison, but he is the only villain really featured in the tale.
The Super-Pets put on an impressive show under Supergirl’s command.
Superboy’s friend Pete Ross makes his first appearance as an adult, and we see a very aged Police Chief Parker from Smallville as well. All the usual friends are there, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White, as well as representatives from Kandor. Among them are the “Lookalike Squad”, the ones who are identical to people in Superman’s life. This includes the Clark Kent lookalike, Van-Zee, and his Lois Lane lookalike wife, Sylvia. Even the Jimmy Olsen Fan Club show up, one of whom is dumb enough to bring a chunk of gold kryptonite as a gift.
But then the Legion of Super-Heroes show up, and Element Lad changes the rock and saves the day. Chameleon Boy is part of the group, eliminating him as the phony Clark Kent.
Batman unmasks in front of Lois, but is wearing a Bizarro face. A nice laugh on snoopy Lois, and a way to work the Bizarro image into the story.
So who is left that could possibly have been Clark Kent?
Why, JFK of course.
Very disturbingly, this issue was released only a couple of weeks after the assassination of JFK.
Dorfman and Mooney add yet another twist to the never-dull life of Supergirl.
Linda is being haunted by dreams of her dead parents, Zor-El and Alura, and can’t even enjoy her dates with Dick Malverne. She wonders if her parents might be trapped in the Phantom Zone, because of their ghostly nature. She checks with Comet, who can telepathically sense them somewhere.
Supergirl can find no trace of them, but does find a remorseful Kryptonian, Jer-Em. He is willing to tell her of them, but Jax-Ur, Zod, Kru-El and Professor Vakox muddle his telepathy.
In Kandor, Supergirl uses a chronoscope to review the events of Argo City, her departure for Earth and the death of her parents. She learns that Jer-Em altered the direction of Argo City’s flight, to take them away from an empowering yellow sun, believing it was evil. But the change in course lead to the meteor shower that ruined the city.
She also discovers that her parents did survive, heading into a place like the Phantom Zone, but without all the yucky criminals, called the Survival Zone.
Supergirl vows to find and free her parents!