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Action 533 – The H.I.V.E. kidnap Jimmy Olsen, and Air Wave and the Atom to the rescue

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Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte conclude Superman’s two-part battle with the H.I.V.E. in Action 533 (July 1982).

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While Superman follows the fake information fed to Lois Lane, and protects S.T.A.R. Labs, the H.I.V.E. pull off their real plan, capturing Jimmy Olsen by stealing the entire train car he is in.

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Jimmy’s signal watch, which is not used nearly as much as it had been in the 60s, comes in handy in this story, as it gets Superman there just in time.

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Lois is not completely off the hook.  The H.I.V.E.member she impersonated in the previous issue comes looking for trouble.  Superman cannot get to her in time, he is busy rescuing Jimmy.  But Lois proves capable of taking down her would-be killer herself.

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Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte bring Air Wave in for the conclusion of the Atom’s nuclear Curacao vacation. Now that the Atom has stopped the bombers, who have been killed by their leader by remote control, he tracks the signal to Dallas.

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Coincidentally, Jack Jordan was also on the trail of the mastermind, although his attempt to disguise himself was pretty lame, and didn’t work.

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Air Wave really gets to be the hero of this tale, and even gets to fly the Atom back to Curacao.

 

 

Action 532 – Lois Lane infiltrates the H.I.V.E., and the Atom in the parade

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Marv Wolfman, Curt Swan and Dave Hunt bring back the H.I.V.E. in Action 532 (June 1982).

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The H.I.V.E. are out to get Superman, but are not terribly good at it.  The H.I.V.E. that appears in the Superman books never seems quite as impressive as the group appearing at the same time in New Teen Titans.

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Superman heads over to Titans Tower anyway, meeting with Robin, Starfire, Kid Flash, Changeling, Cyborg and Wonder Girl, but gets no real information. Just a cheap cameo to boost sales.  Lois takes more aggressive action, impersonating a captured H.I.V.E. member.

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Lois succeeds at infiltrating the organization, and gets information about their planned attack on S.T.A.R. Labs.  Her cover gets blown, but Superman bursts in and saves her.

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Neither realize that the plans they found were a decoy, which H.I.V.E. intended Lois to find.

The story continues in the next issue.

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There is a lot more action in this second half of the Atom in Curacao story, by Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte, but its’ not a great story.

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The Atom manages to defuse the nuke, and hunts for the terrorists, who hide in the midst of a parade.

This is the last issue with a solo Atom story, although he teams up with Air Wave in the next issue.  In a year, he begins his Sword of the Atom mini-series.

Action 513 – Superman Island returns, and so does the Red Dart

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Marv Wolfman brings Superman Island back, the place where he tried to make a power source out of kryptonite.  Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte provide the art on the story, in Action 513 (Nov. 80).

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Wolfman brings the H.I.V.E. along with him, as the powerful and secretive criminal organization make their first appearance in this book, learning the secret of the island, and out to steal the kryptonite from it.

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But friendly aliens are also on the track of the island, wanting to neutralize kryptonite.  The island is floating around in space, where Superman tossed it at the end of the story it was built in.

The aliens help Superman hold off the H.I.V.E., but nothing further is learned of the group in this story.

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Air Wave has his first team-up, with the Atom, in this story by Rozakis, Tanghal and Kim deMulder.

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Green Arrow was meant to be a guest speaker at the high school Hal Jordan and Karen Peterson attend, but Arrow is not able to make it, and the Atom shows up in his place.  This is fortunate, as the podium was rigged to explode, but the Atom is small enough to ride the blast.

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The villain is one of Green Arrow’s very old foes, the Red Dart, not seen since his debut, back in World’s Finest in 1958.  He had planted the bomb to kill Green Arrow, as he robbed the art gallery.

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Air Wave shorts out mysteriously as he tries to pursue the villain, but the Atom makes short work of him.  In fact, this is the last appearance of this version of the Red Dart.

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As the Atom tries to travel up to the JLA satellite, he shorts out as well.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

 

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