The Super-Sons get equal play on the cover of Action 392 (Sept. 70), but inside it’s really Superman and his son that are the focus of this Kanigher/Andru/Esposito tale.
Following up on last issue, Clark Jr no longer has powers, after his father exposed him to gold kryptonite. Despite this, he continues to wear his costume, even though it simply highlights his lack of super-ness.
But you have to wonder why he wears while out on a date, when he doesn’t have the powers to back it up. Public humiliation is rarely a big turn on.
Superman winds up getting attacked by thieves with kryptonite. His son comes to his aid, and because his powers have been removed, his weakness has gone as well, and he succeeds at both rescuing his father, and capturing the villains.
As a reward, Superman brings his son to Kandor, and together they undergo his rite of passage to adulthood. But the boy is unaware that his father has also rigged the ceremonial bracelets, transferring his powers to his son.
Though Superman is left powerless at the end of this story, when the Super-Sons return in a semi-regular series in World’s Finest Comics in a couple of years, Superman has his powers again.
Bates, Mortimer and Abel bring the Legion’s series in Action Comics to a close with this story.
Saturn Girl and Princess Projectra return from a mission, only to find that no one knows who they are. Karate Kid insists that they have never been members of the Legion, and even introduce them to male counterparts of themselves. Saturn Girl wears her new, 70s bikini outfit in this story, which looks much better on her than on Saturn Lad.
The two women are imprisoned, but use their flight rings to burst free of their bubble-cell.
Projectra figures out that the whole thing is a hoax, which Saturn Girl must be in on. And, indeed, it is. All put together by Brainiac 5, to test Projectra’s mettle, after the computer declares that Projectra is likely to have a breakdown. It seems rather insulting, but throughout the 70s Projectra would lapse into a few stress-induced comas, so the computer was not wrong.
The story, and the run, end with Mon-El being sworn in to replace Karate Kid as leader. The “adult advisor” is there, which must be Marla Latham, although the figure is so tiny it might be Ultra Boy, as their costumes are basically identical.
From here, the Legion of Super-Heroes move down to becoming a sporadic back-up in the pages of Superboy. The team all but vanishes, and it was only the avid fan base that brought about their return.