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Action 528 – Superman and Brainiac vs the Death Star

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Ok, it’s not called the Death Star in the story, but it so totally is.  And that’s what people I knew called the story in Action 528 (Feb.82) at the time it came out, after Empire Strikes Back.

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They even use Star Wars style lettering for the title of this story, by Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte.

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There is a totally non-Star Wars related plot in the story, as Morgan Edge intends to sell off the Daily Planet, which is losing money for Galaxy Communications.  Perry White is not the only one upset, and Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Steve Lombard and Jimmy Olsen spend the story awaiting news on this.

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Superman gets far more interesting stuff to do, having been contacted by Brainiac, who warns him of an approaching, all-consuming artificial world.  Brainiac did build the thing, before realizing how all-destroying it would be.  Oops.

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The two heroes work together, Superman penetrating the world, while Brainiac advises him from his ship.  This invasion proves fruitless, and Brainiac tries turning the planet “off,” putting it in a dormant state while Superman attacks.

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But even “asleep,” the planet takes down Superman.

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A really good, suspenseful ending.  An injured Superman collapses in front of the waiting Daily Planet staff, while Brainiac observes the destructive effects of the not-Death Star’s approach to Earth.

The story continues in the next chapter.

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Aquaman gets a solo chapter as part of Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte’s continuing story arc.

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Materializing on the alien world Air Wave had been drawn to, Aquaman finds a race of intelligent sea creatures, who are being exploited and enslaved by land dwellers.  Aquaman decides to help them, just as the land dwellers show up.

The story continues in the next issue.

Action 446 – how does Clark Kent summon Superman?, and Canary vs Cherry

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Bates, Swan and Oskner craft a fun tale in Action 446 (April 1975).

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A hostile foreign power is convinced that Clark Kent has a method of contacting Superman.  To find it, they leave him, along with Lois Lane, in a falling helicopter.  Clark saves them, but the incident piques Lois’ curiosity as well.  Just how does Clark summon Superman?

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Lois borrows some heavy duty binoculars from Lola Barret to spy on Clark, unaware that the foreign power has bugged her office, to learn what she learns.

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Superman is on to the whole thing, of course, and rigs the binoculars to back up his secret identity.

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And in an entertaining twist, Lois believes that she actually figures it out, that is has to do with Clark’s hair curl, completely misunderstanding that this is part of his “disguise.”

The ending also sets up a plot line about their being a foreign agent working for Galaxy Communications, but I do not believe this gets followed up on.  If it does, I’ve completely forgotten, and it will be a pleasant surprise.

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Black Canary finally gets into the action in this final part of the Maggin and Grell Green Arrow story.  She uses her canary cry to take down Cherry and her gang, and then gets down and dirty into the fighting.

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Green Arrow helps, and brings the police, but it’s Canary who fights Cherry, sending both into the water.  That doesn’t stop Canary from fighting though.

Action 440 – Superman haunted by his parents, and Green Arrow finds a lost dog

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Great cover for Action 440 (Oct. 74), but the story, by Maggin, Swan and Oskner, is not really up to par, and if it weren’t for the back-up story, I probably would have skipped over this issue.

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Coram is the villain in this issue, the leader of a think-tank of criminals.  More disturbingly, he lures the two kids above, presumably into a life of crime, but who knows?  We never see them again.

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The story jumps around a little.  Some interplay with Steve Lombard, as Clark gets humiliated, and subtly takes revenge.  Bruce Wayne has a cameo, as we discover that he is a part owner of Morgan Edge’s Galaxy Communications, which owns both WGBS and the Daily Planet.

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Coram creates the illusion seen on the cover, of Superman’s parents expressing disappointment with him.  But Superman sees through it right away, and only pretends to follow their wishes to create a new Krypton.  He takes Coram and his head scientist to “populate” this new planet, effectively scaring them into a confession.

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More entertaining is this first chapter of the Green Arrow story, by Maggin and Mike Grell.  Green Arrow is on the trail of some ordinary thugs, and attracts the attention of a lost, white dog.

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Oliver brings the dog home with him, to Dinah’s delight.  But also some of the unusual tech he found with the hoods, which seems way above their playing level.

The story continues in the next issue.

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