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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.

 

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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 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 534 – Lord Satanis and Syrene split Superman, and Air Wave encounters an alien

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Wolfman, Swan and Hunt begin a storyline that will run over the next eight issue in Action 534 (Aug. 82), as Lord Satanis and Syrene draw Superman back into their magical marital problems.

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Superman finds himself drawn to a medieval, magical land, and it doesn’t take him too long to figure out this is Lord Satanis’ realm.

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Lord Satanis still wants the power of the runestone, and needs Superman to funnel it.

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Syrene is invisible for much of the story, but doing all she can to mess up Lord Satanis’ plans.

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She succeeds, but not in a way any of the three envisioned, as she splits Superman into two people.  This situation would not be resolved until the following spring.

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Air Wave begins his final solo two-parter, by Rozakis, Saviuk and Sam delaRosa.

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Hal daydreams through a school club meeting about aliens, but is excited to see an actual UFO.  Karen Peterson feeds him the excuse he needs to change costume and get to the ship.

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Air Wave discovers that he can “hear” the aliens thoughts, but that the alien can pick up on his as well.  He also discovers that the alien is one of his teachers, the one who runs the UFO club.

The story concludes in the next issue.

 

Action 527 – Lord Satanis and Syrene debut, and Air Wave needs Aquaman’s help

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Two new supernatural characters are introduced in Action 527 (Jan. 82), Lord Satanis, and Syrene.

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Wolfman, Swan and Chiaramonte waste no time with this tale, as Syrene kidnaps Superman on the first page, recruiting him in her battle against Lord Satanis.    She shows Superman their mystical realm, where Satanis reigns supreme, and gets Superman to help her fight against him.

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Superman does not fare as well as he might, for all that build up.  But Lord Satanis decides he wants Superman on his team, and captures Lois to force him.

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Lord Satanis also appears to kill Syrene, although later we find out he has just “dislocated” her from reality.

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This allows Syrene to show up just in time to save Superman, whose powers Lord Satanis was draining, using Stonehenge as a conduit.

The pair, who we find out are actually a married couple, depart, but return within the year.

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Bob Rozakis, Alex Saviuk and Dennis Jensen begin a storyline that weaves together all three of the back-up features, opening on Air Wave in this story.

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Air Wave is travelling on radio waves, when he is pulled to an underwater lab on a strange world.  He cannot materialize, or he will drown.  But he sees some bad stuff going on.

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Hal returns just as abruptly, and calls up his namesake, Green Lantern, for help.  Green Lantern takes him out to the ocean, and introduces him to Aquaman.  The senior heroes agree that the beam Air Wave rode sounds like Adam Strange’s zeta-beam.

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Green Lantern uses his ring to find the beams transmission, and Air Wave energizes Aquaman, allowing him to travel on it.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

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