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Action 540 – Rip Hunter aids Superman, and Aquaman ends

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Wolfman and Kane present the penultimate chapter in the split Superman story in Action 540 (Feb. 83).

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Clark recovers, just as knife is going in for the autopsy.  But he can tell his other self is severely weakened, and he will die if the other Superman does.  Perry and Jimmy are happy that Clark is alive, but Lana is hugely affected.  When she thought he had died, she realizes how much Clark had meant to her throughout the years.  Lois, on the other hand, just takes the opportunity to challenge him again about being Superman.

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Back int he past, Syrene and the merged Satanis/Superman continue their battle throughout the issue, the dynamic segments neatly spaced through the tale.

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Lois talks about a series she is doing on Forgotten Heroes.  She references Cave Carson, as well as the Sea Devils and Suicide Squad, Ragman, Bwana Beast and Vigilante.  But the one that grabs Superman’s attention is Rip Hunter, Time Master, and he seeks out Rip and his team, finding them all unusually aged.  This is Rip’s first appearance since appearing in DC Comics Presents a couple of years earlier.

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Perhaps because it is not expected, the magical defenses that have kept Superman and his friends from the past are no barrier to Rip Hunter, and he delivers Superman to his merged double just as Satanis/Superman defeats Syrene.

The story concludes in the next issue.

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Aquaman’s series comes to an end in this story by Bob Rozakis, Alex Saviuk and Joe Giella.

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Ironically, Aquaman himself winds up sidelined, as Mera and V’lanna battle over him.  Mera wins, and V’lanna kills herself, rather than be executed for treason.  Mera is expected to stay in Xebel as queen, but chooses to return to Earth with Aquaman.

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So a nice happy ending for these two, and the final back-up story Aquaman will have.  It takes three more years before he gets his own mini-series, and a few of those before he gains his own book again.

 

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Action 537 – Superman suffers from his split, and Aquaman tries to restore Mera’s memory

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Mike W. Barr, Irv Novick and John Calnan are the creative team on Action 537 (Nov. 82), as a new villain takes advantage of the weakened Superman.

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Superman attempts to travel into the past, and rejoin with his other half, still trapped in the middle ages.  But Lord Satanis stops this journey, even though the other Superman is in the hands of his enemy Syrene.

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Of all the various stories that see Superman turn into two people, I think this one spends the most time with only one version of the split character.  We briefly see the captive other half, with Syrene.  But the story really deals only with the one in the present.

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Superman’s weakened condition has made the news, and a new villain, Jackhammer, is excited about that, and eager to face the hero.

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And despite being a not very impressive villain, with armored extendy punches, he does beat Superman at the end of the story.

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Rozakis, Saviuk and Giella continue Aquaman’s hunt for Mera, as he questions the woman who looks just like her.  Though she claims to be human, Aquaman is so certain that this is his wife that he convinces her to go swimming with him.

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She agrees, and to her surprise, discovers that she is able to breathe underwater, and even manifest the same hard water powers that Mera has, but still has no memory of being that person.

 

Action 501 – the mild-mannered Superman

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The Superman Revenge Squad return in the Bates, Schaffenberger and Giella story in Action 5011 (Nov. 79).

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Clark Kent has a session with the WGBS psychiatrist, who feels that he needs to become more outgoing and dynamic.  Edge gets Clark to start wearing a Superman suit, supposedly to mock the doctor, but actually at his suggestion.

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Lois and Lana have a lot of fun dressing Clark up as Superman, and commenting on their former beliefs that the one was the other.

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The Superman Revenge Squad show up and shoot a beam at Superman, which makes his meek and cowardly, acting like Clark even when he is Superman.  Superman overcomes this by focussing on how he acts while delivering the news, how “on” he is then, and uses it to trash the eternally losing Revenge Squad.

The Revenge Squad don’t give up, though, and return in a couple of years.

Action 484 – Superman marries Lois Lane

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Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Joe Giella craft a true landmark story as Clark Kent and Lois Lane get married in Action 484 (June 1978).

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I bought this issue, and ran home all excited to read it when I was 12 years old. I was quite stunned when I started the tale, and saw that it was set on Earth-2.  Flipping back to the cover, I noticed only then that the Daily Star was featured, cluing in any experienced reader to which earth the story was set on.

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The story has two villains. Colonel Future, who had fought Superman back in the 40s, calls on the Wizard, a Justice Society of America foe, for aid against Superman.  The Colonel provides the Wizard with a rare and powerful wand, strong enough to permanently affect the man of steel.

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The effect of the Wizard’s spell is not to kill Superman, but rather to remove Clark Kent’s memory of ever being such a person.  The side effect of this is that Clark now begins acting more forceful and aggressive, drawing the attention of Lois Lane.

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Close to a year after Superman disappears, Lois and Clark get married.  In attendance are Lois’ sister Lucille, as well as her daughter Susie.  George Taylor is also featured in this story, as editor of the Daily Star.

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Superman has lost his memory, but not his powers, and Lois is shocked when she sees Clark get machine gunned from behind, and is both uninjured, and unaware of the attack.  She tests him as he sleeps, and realizes he is Superman.  Lois seeks out the Wizard, now a powerless bum.  No one believes he really is responsible for Superman disappearing, but Lois takes his story seriously.  She agonizes for a while, knowing that once he recalls being Superman, their relationship will change for good.  But she feels the world needs him more than she does, and arranges for a public press conference.

The Wizard reverses his spell, in front of a big crowd, and Superman returns.  The Wizard is thrilled that people believe him, less thrilled when Superman carts him off to jail.

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With his memory back, Superman takes Lois to his fortress in the hills outside Metropolis.

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There, they undergo a Kryptonian wedding ceremony.

This version of Superman and Lois Lane (now Lois Kent) continue to appear, in the Mr. and Mrs. Superman series, which begins in the pages of Superman in a couple of months.

 

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