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Action 553 – the Forgotten Heroes vs Superman

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Wolfman and Kane conclude the Forgotten Heroes story in Action 553 (March 1984).

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Immortal Man relates his origin, finding a glowing meteor back in caveman times, which endowed him with the ability to reborn with the same consciousness each time he dies, as well as gaining new powers with each body.  This is somewhat similar to the origin of Vandal Savage – who gained immortality back in caveman times after being exposed to a glowing meteor.  This story weaves the two origins together, which would remain the case from now on.

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Superman struggles to destroy the plants that he gives off, a pointless task.  Immortal Man is not so determined to kill Superman as he sounded at the end of the previous issue.  The plan is to send the Forgotten Heroes back to all the different golden temples and destroy them, which will undo Vandal Savage’s spore scheme.

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Savage takes to the air to announce that Superman is behind the situation with the plants, and further blacken his name.

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We follow Animal Man, Dane Dorrance, Rick Flag, Dolphin, Cave Carson and Congo Bill and Congorilla as they each fulfill their part of the plan, and demolish one of the temples.  Immortal Man has psychic powers in this body, and monitors it all.

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Superman joins Rip Hunter as they attack the temple far back in the past.  They succeed, although Superman gets lost in the destruction.

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Vandal Savage loses his great power source with the destruction of the pyramids, but Rip Hunter gets young again.

This was a very popular story, and the Forgotten Heroes return the following year in DC Comics Presents.

 

 

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Action 552 – the Forgotten Heroes gather

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Wolfman and Kane begin a two-part story in Action 552 (Feb. 84) which sees the formation of an unusual grouping, the Forgotten Heroes.  Much of this issue simply re-introduces the various characters.  In case readers had, you know, forgotten them.

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Vandal Savage has had Superman infected with a disease that causes him to emit spores of deadly prehistoric plant life.  It takes Superman a long time to figure this out.

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As he does, we get to meet the members of this new group.  Each one has had an encounter with one of a number of mysterious golden pyramids.  Cave Carson starts off with his story, followed by Animal Man, making his first appearance since showing up in Wonder Woman a couple of years earlier.

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Rick Flagg speaks on behalf of the Suicide Squad, who came across a pyramid while hunting the Yeti. Flagg had not appeared since the early 60s. Dane Dorrance returns, talking about the pyramid the Sea Devils found, and also his encounter with the mysterious Dolphin.  This marks Dolphin’s third appearance, following her introduction in Showcase in the late 60s, and a small role in Showcase 100 in the mid 70s.

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Congo Bill and Congorilla return to the pages of Action as well, as the ape came across a pyramid in Africa.  Both had last been seen a few years earlier in DC Comics Presents.

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Rip Hunter is the last to tell his story, of how he and his crew went in the very distant past, and found a pyramid in the time before even the dinosaurs.

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Superman finally twigs in that he is creating the killer plant life.

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And Immortal Man, not seen since his last story in Strange Adventures in the mid 60s, announces that the only way the Forgotten Heroes can save the world is to kill Superman.

The story concludes in the next issue.

 

 

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