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Action 298 – Lex Luthor gains super-powers

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Leo Dorfman and Jim Mooney make Lex Luthor’s dreams come true in Action 298 (March 1963).

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Supergirl’s attempts to get Luthor released into her custody, to help her against the Phantom Zone villains, fails.  The warden thinks it is just another of his tricks.  So when the villains offer to give him super-powers, and free Lena from Kandor, as long as he will help them kill Superman, he changes sides in a second.

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Luthor constructs a device for Jax-Ur, General Zod and Kru-El that will draw down a gold kryptonite meteor from space.  The villains plan on using it to remove Superman and Supergirl’s powers, and then kill them.  But they also intend to kill Luthor right after.

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Not realizing that Luthor could hear their plans with his super-hearing, they fall easily into his trap, as he gets Superman and Supergirl to pretend to be weakened by phony gold kryptonite.  The villains then approach them with no fear, and are quickly taken down.

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Luthor, who lost his power belt in the climactic fight, agrees to return to prison, as long as they release Lena from Kandor.

Ironically, considering that this all began with Lesla-Lar, no one else ever really learned what she was up to, or the extent of her actions.

 

Action 297 – Perry White hunts out Superman’s identity, and Lesla-Lar returns

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Leo Dorfman does double duty, scripting both stories in Action 297 (Feb. 63).

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Perry White goes undercover to seek out a jewel thief hiding out among hoboes, with art by Swan and Klein.  He gets recognized, beaten up, and winds up losing his memory.

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And though Perry has no idea who he is, he falls into the hands of a mob boss who does.  He gives Perry a phony identity, and sets him to discover who Superman is.  Perry is quite good at this, quickly getting it down to four suspects, one of whom is Clark.

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Perry even lures and exposes Clark, but only because Superman is not in any way suspicious of Perry.  Superman very cleverly restores Perry’s memory, making a statue of Julius Caesar float and speak.  Yelling “Great Caesar’s Ghost” brings back White’s mind.

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Mooney does the art on the Supergirl story, as Lena Thorul’s deceptions continue.

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Lena is revealed as being controlled by, and later replaced by, Lesla-Lar.

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Lesla passes herself off as Lena even to Supergirl, and also pretends that she has gained super-powers.  Supergirl is not suspicious, but then, she has never even been aware of Lesla’s existence.

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Lesla gets herself a sexy costume, and opens the Phantom Zone, freeing a number of villains to act as her minions, but prevents Mon-El from leaving.  Jax-Ur and General Zod are joined by a newcomer, Kru-El.  They retrieve a box of forbidden Kryptonian weapons (previously seen in the Superboy series).

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But Lesla wasted her money on that outfit, as the villains vaporize her.  She is so dead that her character does not return until the late 70s.

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Supergirl learns of this, and of Lena being trapped in Kandor, from Lori Lemaris, who had been watching the events from the ocean, along with Jerro.  Supergirl winds up having to turn to Lex Luthor for help against the rampaging villains.

The story continues in the next issue.

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