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Action 278 – Perry White gains super-powers, and Supergirl loses them

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Perry White gets the starring role in Action 278 (July 1961), in a story by Coleman, Swan and Kaye.

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Perry sees an unusual plant outside his house.  Having less common sense than one might expect, he picks a fruit from the plant and eats it, and promptly gains super-powers.

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He adopts the identity of Masterman, but wonders if kryptonite will have any effect on him.  Jimmy Olsen happens to be photographing the four known forms of kryptonite at this time, for a story Lois Lane is doing for the Daily Planet colour supplement.

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Perry does fight crime as Masterman, but has more fun toying with the Planet staff.  Still, the scene as he and Clark both find reasons to get away and change costumes is fun.

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We then discover that Perry White is actually possessed by some alien plant life.  See what happens when you eat random plants?

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Superman and Perry White battle it out, Superman wearing the kryptonite-proof armor he devised against Luthor.  But it’s Supergirl who saves the day, killing the plant possessing Perry by using white kryptonite, which only kills plant life.

There are very few white kryptonite stories, which makes it easy to label this one the best.

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A good day turns very bad for Supergirl in this story by Siegel and Mooney.

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Superman announces to Supergirl that, once he and Krypto return from an outer space mission, he will reveal her identity to the world.  Superman has even made a tape showing her how this will play out – which is enough to tell you that it absolutely will not.

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A cloud of kryptonite dust encircles the Earth, and Supergirl takes refuse underwater, with Lori Lemaris and Jerro.

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After she saves a ship, people assume that it is Superman hiding under the water, and she performs a series of impressive feats, requested of Superman, all without leaving the ocean.

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But as the story reaches its end, and Superman returns, Supergirl discovers that her powers have suddenly and inexplicably vanished.  Superman has no idea what to do to bring them back, so he just sends her back to the orphanage.

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Linda is left, confused, but still wearing her wig to bed.

 

Action 275 – Brainiac uses a red/green kryptonite mix, and Supergirl’s romance with Lex Luthor

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The cover of Action 275 (April 1961) promises an exciting story, with Brainiac and an intriguing mix of kryptonite.  Sadly, the story, by Jerry Coleman and Wayne Boring, does not live up this promise.

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Brainiac shows up, stealing aluminum.  Superman moves in to stop him, but Brainiac gets into his bubblecar and shoots the red/green kryptonite mix at him.  Brainaic has no idea what the effect will be, and none is apparent.

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Superman steals Lois Lane’s hat, and continues to wear hats over the next few days, as he performs various super-feats.

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We know, from Superman’s conversation with Supergirl, that Brainiac’s ray had some sort of effect on him, but the art gives no hint at all of what it is, despite showing us how hard Clark Kent tries to conceal it.

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Brainiac pops up again at the end of the story, to be defeated.  The kryptonite mix had given Superman a third eye on the back of his head, but the art had never shown that.  The story ends with Superman and Supergirl beating up and humiliating a statue of Brainiac (actually labelled “statue of Brainiac”), which really makes them look ridiculous.

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Siegel and Mooney give Supergirl a dream-adventure in this tale.

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Superman has been telling Supergirl about being raised by the Kents, and that night Linda dreams her life, if she had been in Clark’s place.

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The story begins much the same, as she is taken care of as a baby by the Kents, and grows into her Linda identity.  Lex Luthor, with hair, is her boyfriend, though she dreams of dating the football hero who is Lana Lang’s beau.

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Lex suspects Linda might be Supergirl, and has this confirmed by her talking Kryptonian bird, Skwaky.  Although Lex loves Linda, he knows she cares for the football player instead, so he tells the guy her secret, in hopes that this will make him interested in her.

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The plan backfires, when Linda figures out that he only is interested in Supergirl.  Another downer dream, but also the first of quite a number of tales that make Supergirl and Lex Luthor a couple.

 

Action 241 – the Fortress of Solitude debuts

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Jerry Coleman scripts the Superman story in Action 241 (June 1958), with art by Boring and Kaye.  The story introduces the Fortress of Solitude, although it’s called Fort Superman in this story.  It is the hallmarks of the beginning of the Silver Age Superman, and started off a run in the Superman books over the next five or so years that would be among the best stuff ever done with the series.

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The Fortress has its odd directional marker key right from the start, and Superman’s penchant for creating duplicates of his friends is the first thing shown.  As well as rooms dedicated to Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Batman, there is a Clark Kent room, in case anyone should happen to break in.

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Other elements of the Fortress resemble the Batcave, with the trophy and weapons.  But the most distinctive part is the Interplanetary Zoo.  In this story, it is simply a collection for Superman’s own amusement, but in time it would take on more of the character as a prison for alien beasts that Superman does not want to kill.

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The plot of the story has Superman increasingly concerned, as evidence indicates that someone has succeeded in entering the Fortress.  It turns out to be Batman, in a surprise cameo.  The two characters had been regularly teaming up in the pages of World’s Finest for a few years now, but this was one of the first in a Superman book to show them as close friends.

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