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Action 295 – Superman goes berserk, and Lena Thorul debuts

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The Superman Revenge Squad are back in Action 295 (Dec.62), in a story by Bernstein, Swan and Klein.

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As with most plots of the Revenge Squad, it’s kind of dumb, and uses amazing technology.

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They have the ability to take over Superman, and make him do anything they want.  Although having him eat kryptonite is discussed, they opt instead to have him become hated by all those around him.  He goes on a rampage at the Daily Planet, attacking Perry White, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.

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But Superman knew what they were up to, and cued Perry in during his rampage.  They put “Plan P” into action.  “Plan L”, for Lois, had recently been shown in her book, and Jimmy Olsen’s”Plan P” is set up by this tale.  The Superman Emergency Squad wind up taking out the Revenge Squad, while Superman just hangs out, apologizing to everyone.

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Lena Thorul makes her first appearance, in this story by Dorfman and Mooney.

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Lena has recently moved to Midvale, and makes quite an impression on the Danvers when she accurately foresees a bridge collapse.  Linda learns that Lena had long wanted to join the FBI, but was rejected.

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Invetigating why, Supergirl learns a secret that not even Lena, or the FBI, know.  She is really Lex Luthor’s little sister.  Her psychic powers were acquired as a result of one of Lex’s experiments.  After he turned evil, the family left Smallville. Lena’s parents were killed in a car accident, after anagramming their last name.  Lex knows who Lena is, though.  He discovers that she has joined a group of bank robbers, as the FBI don’t want her, and enlists Supergirl’s help to turn away from a life of crime.

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It turns out Lex has nothing to worry about.  Lena had joined the robbers only to infiltrate them, and capture them, in the hopes of proving herself to the FBI.

Supergirl decides to keep Lena’s identity a secret, even from her.

Action 292- Superman defends Luthor, and Supergirl meets Comet, the Super-Horse

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Superman winds up fighting for Luthor’s life and freedom in Al Plastino’s story in Action 292 (Sept. 62).

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Luthor escapes from prison, and Earth, using the statue atop his Luthor’s Lair as a rocketship.  The Superman Emergency Squad cameo, sending out a Superman robot to try to stop him.  Luthor wrecks the robot, but it’s parts stay on the ship.

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Lex winds up landing on the planet Roxar, a world run by robots, with human-looking android servitors.  Not realizing the inverse dynamic on this world, Luthor kills a robot, and winds up imprisoned.

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Superman spends a lot of the story just trying to prove to the robots that human are worthy of being considered sentient beings.  That was the hardest part, as he uses some of the wrecked Superman robot, and the rocket’s energy source, to rebuild the robot Luthor “killed,” negating the need for a trial completely.

But with the rocket no longer functional, Superman leaves Luthor trapped on Roxar.  Luthor returns a couple months down the road.

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Comet, the Super-Horse gets a formal introduction in this Dorfman and Mooney story.  Comet had appeared in the first Super-Pets story, in Adventure Comics, a few months earlier, and a thousand years in the future.

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Much of this story consists of dreams that Linda has.  They will begin normally, with Dick Malverne, or Streaky, but then a flying, white, super-powered horse, Comet, shows up to help her as things go haywire.

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After the second such dream, Linda really begins to fantasize about her hero horse.

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So she heads off to a ranch vacation, where she spots a horse identical to the one in her dreams.  Riding it, she decides that it does have powers, although we don’t see anything that really backs that up.  Nonetheless, she puts a cape on Comet, and he does begin to fly.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

Action 276 – Supergirl vs the Superman Emergency Squad, and Supergirl joins the Legion of Super-Heroes

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Action 276 (May 1961) does deliver on it’s cover, though not quite in the way one might expect.

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Boring and Kaye do the art as Clark Kent shows himself far too trusting, revealing his identity to a dying philanthropist.

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Of course, the man is not actually dying, and while he is a philanthropist, that is a front for his criminal activities.  He not believes Superman to be Clark Kent, though his doctor warns him that the drug he took to simulate his near-death condition did leave him prone to hallucinations.

So it’s obvious how they will “get out” of the revelation, but at least the doctor did set that up near the top of the story.

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The man sets a kryptonite trap for Clark Kent, who calls on the Sueprman Emergency Squad to help him.  This is a small army of Kandorians, who dons Superman masks and costumes when they leave the bottle to help him.

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After saving him, they join with Supergirl in all manner of bizarre behaviour, intended to convince the bad guy that he is having hallucinations, and Clark Kent is not Superman.

Not really a “war” between Supergirl and the Emergency Squad.

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A lot of Legionnaires debut in the Siegel and Mooney Supergirl story in this issue, as she finally gets to join the team.

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Saturn Girl arrives in Supergirl’s time, along with two other members making their debuts, Phantom Girl and Triplicate Girl.  Saturn Girl is wearing a lead mask in a really half-hearted attempt to conceal her identity, as part of the weird games they play with Supergirl.

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They bring her to the 30th century, where she meets some other new applicants for membership, Shrinking Violet, Bouncing Boy, and Sun Boy.

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But the far more important one for this story is Brainiac 5, the descendant of the original Brainiac, shown in flashback as he was in his first appearance, without the cool head things, and with Koko.  At this time, Brainiac was still believed to be an alien.  Brainiac 5’s relationship with him would change after his robotic state was revealed.

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Supergirl completes her initiation, and Brainiac 5 gives her a force-field belt of his creation, based on his ancestor’s force field, which protects her from kryptonite.

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And love blossoms between the temporally distanced couple.

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The ending of the story is not as good.  Returning to Earth, Supergirl heads to Atlantis to retrieve some kryptonite from Lori Lemaris and Jerro, but runs into Krypto, who thinks its fake kryptonite…blah blah, event event which  winds up destroying the force field belt.

But at least Linda has another long-distance boyfriend.

 

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