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Action 514 – Superman vs the Fortress of Solitude, and Air Wave and Atom battle the Sunspotter

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Brainiac’s presence in the Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte story in Action 514 (Dec. 80) is a surprise.  Shame its revealed on the cover.

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Computers start going out of control all over the world. Superman stops by the JLA satellite, checking to see if it, too, has been infected, and learns from Hawkman than it has.

Superman then heads to his Fortress of Solitude, and finds it fighting back against him.

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Superman has to fight everything from his own trophies to weapons and animals from his Interplanetary Zoo.

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Brainiac is revealed as the source of the problem, having plugged into the Fortress computer to reprogram it.  Superman finds this situation is actually a benefit.

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Superman re-programs the Fortress computer, which also re-programs Brainiac into a friendly ally.  This won’t last.

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Rozakis, Tanghal and deMulder conclude the Air Wave/Atom team-up in this issue.  Both men were intercepted by Sunspotter.

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Air Wave probably could have taken out this bad guy by himself, but he is young, and lacks confidence and experience.  So he does the smart thing, and frees the Atom, who takes down Sunspotter.

 

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.

 

 

Detective 583 – The Ventriloquist debuts

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Alan Grant and John Wagner begin their scripting run on this book with Detective 583 (Feb. 88), joining Norm Breyfogle and Kim deMulder as they introduce the Ventriloquist.

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The story begins with a deadly new drug, fever, becoming popular among the street kids of Gotham.

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As Batman deals with the rampaging teems, we follow the chain of command, up to Scarface.  In this story, the Ventriloquist himself barely seems important.  Scarface makes the dynamic debut.  His devoted muscle, Rhino, also makes his bow in this story.

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Breyfogle’s art is a real boost to the comic, and his Batman is shadowy and menacing.

The story concludes in the next issue.

 

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