Dorfman, Swan and Roussos conclude their Superman Revenge Squad story in Action 381 (Oct. 69).
Superman’s belief in his criminal activity appears to have driven him insane. He now begins doing the destructive acts himself, defacing a Persian sculpture, adding his head to Mt. Rushmore, and cutting down all the flags at the U.N., making his own super-flag out of them.
Superman allows himself to be put on trial, and offers little in the way of defense. But the flag pole is the giveaway. Superman has figured out the Revenge Squad’s activities, and is preparing his own attack.
A fair amount of members of the Legion of Super-Heroes appear in this story by Shooter, Mortimer and Abel, but it still manages to be small and centred on their everyday lives. It opens after a meeting. Brainiac 5 is left on monitor duty, and Chemical King wants to show off his new sky car, giving lifts to Matter-Eater Lad, Ultra Boy and Phantom Girl. Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl have their own romantic plans. Karate Kid heads off by himself, so likely to work out.
Ultra Boy and Phantom Girl do not get off at the same place, and Jo mentions that he is staying with his parents. They are usually shown, and referred to, as living on Rimbor, so we can assume they are in for a visit, and that it why Tinya did not go with him.
Then we get to see Matter-Eater Lad at home, with his rarely-seen parents. His father is an abusive drunk and gambler, and the mother does not seem much better. Their primary interest is in his paycheque, and he walks out on them.
Coming back to headquarters, he finds Shrinking Violet moping about her long-distance relationship with Duplicate Boy. They had a date scheduled for that night, which he broke. Tenzil decides to invite Violet out for a night on the town, and Princess Projectra helps her prepare.
The date goes well, and there is a genuine bond of friendship that grows between the two in their conversation. The Duplicate Boy barges in and gets all violent and threatening. Tenzil just talks him down, that he has no interest in “stealing” Violet, and that he should spend more time with her.
The conclusion also sees Tenzil get a letter from his parents, insisting that his father will stop gambling. I have my doubts.