Posts tagged ‘Ray Palmer’

Action 438 – Lois Lane – monster, and the Atom and the shrinking scientist

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Lois Lane has a really bad day in Action 438 (Aug. 74), thanks to Bates, Swan and Bob Oskner.

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Clark Kent gives Lois Lane a necklace as a birthday present.  She happens to have a cold, and the necklace he gives her is an alien gemstone.  The combination of the two turns Lois into a rampaging beast woman.

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This story also marks the first appearance of Lola Barnett in Action Comics.  Recently introduced in the pages of Superman, Lola is an entertainment reporter for WGBS, and her name derived from an actual tv reporter from the time, Rona Barret.  She suspects that the monster people are hunting is really Lois Lane.  Clark tries to cover for Lois, but Lola roots out the story and broadcasts it.

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Superman pretends that he, too, has become a monster, believing that this will draw Lois out, which is does.  A simple ray beam is all that it takes to re tore her, and Lois is left with no memory of the event.

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The Atom faces a new enemy in this story, by Marty Pasko, Dick Dillin and Tex Blaisdel.

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Professor Myles Adrian has kidnapped Jean Loring to draw out the Atom.  A short scientist, he had been working off of Ray Palmer’s notes on his size ray, in hopes of making himself bigger.  But his experiment went very wrong, and now he finds himself shrinking, with no end in sight.  He wants the Atom to share his growth tech with him, unaware that the Atom is actually Ray Palmer.

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The Atom defeats the man pretty easily, but as the story closes we see that Adrian is not upset by this at all, and is proceeding with the next part of his scheme, which is detailed in the following issue.

 

Action 427 – a reverse Back to the Future, and the Atom vs Chronos

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Bates, Swan and Anderson spin a really odd story in Action 427 (Sept. 73).

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It opens in the distant future, with a man trained from childhood as a living weapon for assassination. Not wanting to fulfill this, he sends his mental energies into the past, to contact an ancestor.

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This ancestor is a prisoner, who abruptly turns into a flying goblin, getting into a fight with Superman.

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There is a doctor at the hospital, who was falling in love with the guy…oh oh.  Now I see where this is going.

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The guy from the future has turned his ancestor into this monstrous creature, to repulse the woman who was interested in him.  He wants to prevent them from ever falling in love!

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He succeeds, triumphantly ceasing to exist.  A very disturbing story, and such a weird twist on Back to the Future, it’s hard to believe it preceded it by more than a decade.

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Maggin, Dillin and Giordano provide a less than impressive outing for the Atom.  The news alerts him that David Clinton, Chronos, has escaped from prison.  And then Chronos thoughtfully sends the Atom a message alerting him to his crime.

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So the Atom shows up and stops him.  And that’s about it.  No cool time gadgets.  Ray has a brief scene with Jean Loring, but there is absolutely nothing special here.

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