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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.

 

Action 539 – Superman looks for time travelling help, and Aquaman heads to Xebel

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Giffen and Giordano execute the cover for Action 539 (Jan. 83), as the split Superman storyline moves towards its climax.

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Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane have Superman look for help in trying to travel back to the middle ages, and re-unite with his lost half.  The Atom accompanies Superman into the Time Pool, but find it mired in a time storm.

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The Flash attempts the journey with Superman on the Cosmic Treadmill, but it shorts out.  Superman is weakening further, and, as Clark Kent, collapses at the office.

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At the same time, hundreds of years earlier (I love writing about about comics), Lord Satanis continues to try to disrupt Syrene’s use of the other Superman, to acquire the power of the runestone.

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Lord Satanis uses his magic to merge with Syrene’s Superman.

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The story ends as Clark is pronounced dead, and the autopsy begins.  Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White are all at the hospital, grieving.

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Rozakis, Saviuk and Dan Adkins make things clear in this Aquaman installment. Mera’s body has been taken over by V’lanna, the new queen of Xebel, who brings Aquaman back to her dimension.

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There she and Mera split into themselves again.  V’lanna intends to kill Mera, and keep Aquaman as her consort.

The story concludes in the next issue.

Action 538 – Jackhammer struts, and Mera is possessed

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Barr, Novick and Calnan continue the saga of the half-Superman in Action 538 (Dec.82).

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With Superman too afraid to face him, and the police helpless against his armor, Jackhammer makes the most of being the most dangerous man in Metropolis.

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When Superman does finally confront him again, he is once again overpowered by Jackhammer.  But the crowd is none too pleased, and they step in, hurling anything they can find at the villain. When he turns to attack the crowd, Superman takes his opening, and knocks out Jackhammer.  Still, this should have been a nothing fight for the hero.

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Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta clarify things in this chapter of the Aquaman story.  The woman has a lot of trouble getting control of her hard water powers, but Aquaman still believes this is really Mera.

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And though it does turn out that he is correct, it’s not such a good thing.  It’s Mera’s body all right, but she is under the control of someone else.  Some who Aquaman has just instructed in how to use Mera’s powers.

The story continues in the next issue.

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 536 – the Omega Men rescue Superman, and Aquaman dreams of Mera

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Marv Wolfman is joined by Paul Kupperberg on scripting the concluding half to the Superman/Omega Men team-up in Action 536 (Oct. 82), while Sal Trapani joins doing the inks on Joe Staton pencils.

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The Omega Men make a valiant effort to pummel down into the ground and follow the Mole after he steals the injured and weakened Superman, but have little success.

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The Mole intends to auction off Superman for the privilege of killing him.  Disappointingly, none of the villains seen at the auction are anyone we recognize.

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Lois Lane hunts down Cave Carson, an underground explorer not seen since his last Showcase try-out appearance in the mid-60s.  He is old and cranky now,  but gets persuaded to use his “mighty mole” to follow the Mole’s trail, bringing the Omega Men to the underground auction site.

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The Omega Men rescue Superman, and in exchange he brings them up to the JLA satellite, to help them find a way home.  This gets interrupted by the emergency signal, and Superman retrieves Raven’s soul-self, hovering outside the satellite.  Inside, Raven releases the other New Teen Titans, Robin,Kid Flash, Cyborg, Changeling and Wonder Girl.

The story continues in the next issue of New Teen Titans.

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Aquaman dreams of Mera in this story by Rozakis, Saviuk and McLaughlin.  Mera had vanished back to Xebel, her home dimension, during the battle with Atlanna, and not returned.

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Aquaman wonders if the dreams are actual messages, and has some tests done to try to figure that out.

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The tests don’t really answer his questions, but he does find a Mera lookalike as the issue ends.

The story continues in the next issue.

Action 518 – Superman gets played, and Aquaman faces Poseidon

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The Superman story in Action 518 (April 1981), like many from this period, is not one that I would normally include.  But I want to write about the back-up story, so Conway, Swan and Hunt get an entry for their cover story as well.

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And there is some really nice art in the story.  Happy to include this page.

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The tale itself involves two alien brothers who have come to Earth.  One brother warns Superman about the other, but also sets up a fight between them.

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The fight is pretty brief, before Superman realizes that both of them have been set up by other brother, who wants to take control of their planet.

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And onto the Aquaman story, by deMatteis and Heck.

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Aquaman, Mera, Vulko and Cal Durham discuss recent events.  Attacks by the Scavenger and Black Manta have turned out to be fake, just attacks by robots looking like them.  Ocean Master was who he claimed to be, though, so Aquaman goes in search of him.

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They find Orm, along with the god Poseidon, who claims to be Aquaman’s father.

The story continues in the next issue.

Action 517 – the quest for an alien grayl, and Aquaman begins

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Gerry Conway, Curt Swan and Dave Hunt put Superman into an alien Christmas story in Action 517 (March 1981).

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Superman is attending the Daily Planet Christmas party, and almost winds up under the mistletoe with Lana Lang, but whooshes away when he sees an alien ship approaching.  I love that Perry White gets a shirt that says “Foxy.”

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But aside from that, this is a pretty average tale.  Superman learns that two warring alien races are competing to find the “grayl.”

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They each believe it is the key to victory, although there are prophecies that it will bring disaster.

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Superman is basically an overseer in the tale, as the two peoples lose their power source, and have to learn to work together in peace to survive.

And Clark manages to kiss Lois under the mistletoe.

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Aquaman’s series moves over from Adventure Comics, joining the rotating line-up, by Jean-Marc deMatteis and Don Heck.  Cal Durham is still around as a supporting character, along with Mera and Vulko.

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Aquaman faces off against his evil half-brother, Ocean Master, but he is simply an operative in a bigger battle against Aquaman.

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Orm lets some of this slip, when he refers to their, supposedly dead, mother.

The story continues in the next issue.

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