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Action 549 – Superman joins forces with Zod and Faora


Superman and the Phantom Zone villain team-up against the deadly Vrangs in Action 549 (Nov. 83).


Bates, Saviuk, Colletta and Marcos do not start this issue off like a team-up, though.  Faora begins by kidnapping Lois Lane.


Curiously, that was done not only to attract Superman’s attention, but to convince him that Zod and Faora mean him no harm.  They inform Superman about the Vrangs finding Argo City, and coming for Earth.  In the extremely distant past, as related in a “World of Krypton” tale from the 70s, the Vrangs had been the alien overlords of Krypton, until overthrown by Val-Lor.  The Vrangs have come seeking vengeance.


The piece of jewel kryptonite, able to focus and empower the thoughts of the Phantom Zone villains, turns out to be the perfect bomb.


While Superman is still on the Vrang ship, Zod and Faora set off the kryptonite,even though its destruction will force them back into the Zone.  This way, they can get rid of the Vrangs and Superman at once.   Except Superman sees what they are up to, and gets off the ship on time.

So the villains not only save the day, but re-imprrison themselves.



Action 548 – jewel kryptonite returns


The Phantom Zone villain are back in Action 548 (Oct. 83), in a story by Cary Bates, Alex Saviuk, Vince Colletta and Pablo Marcos.


General Zod, Jax-Ur, Professor Vakox (in this story, rendered Va-Kox), and Faora have been tracking the one piece of jewel kryptonite, and find it.  Concentrating their powers on it, Zod and Faora manage to escape to Earth, along with a couple of no-name villains.  We do not see what happens with Jax-Ur and Va-Kox


At the same time, an alien race finds the remains of Argo City, and enter it to explore.  They lean of the existence of Superman and Supergirl, and decide to head to Earth.


While the Phantom Zone villains prepare to attack Superman, he is busy dealing with some street hoods operating with Kryptonian technology.

The story continues int he next issue.

Action 547 – Alexander the Great debuts


There’s a big creative team on Action 548 (Sept. 83).  The script is by Bob Rozakis and Paul Kupperberg, pencils by Curt Swan, and inks by Vince Colletta and Pablo Marcos.  A new villain is introduced, who can either be referred to as Alexander the Great, or the Planeteer.  With all that, you’d think this would be a stand-out issue.

It’s not.


Alexander sets up a bunch of devices in the atmosphere, altering the natural magnetism of Earth.  He fully expects Superman to destroy these, as he gains power from each one destroyed.


Superman finds himself getting magnetized, making it harder to destroy the machines, but he prevails.


The Planeteer only confronts Superman once the last machine has been trashed, at the Sphinx.  They begin a round the world battle, until Superman lures Alexander to the Magnetic North Pole, where his powers have no effect, and takes him down.

I would have skipped this story, except that Alexander returns the following year.


Action 538 – Jackhammer struts, and Mera is possessed


Barr, Novick and Calnan continue the saga of the half-Superman in Action 538 (Dec.82).


With Superman too afraid to face him, and the police helpless against his armor, Jackhammer makes the most of being the most dangerous man in Metropolis.


When Superman does finally confront him again, he is once again overpowered by Jackhammer.  But the crowd is none too pleased, and they step in, hurling anything they can find at the villain. When he turns to attack the crowd, Superman takes his opening, and knocks out Jackhammer.  Still, this should have been a nothing fight for the hero.


Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta clarify things in this chapter of the Aquaman story.  The woman has a lot of trouble getting control of her hard water powers, but Aquaman still believes this is really Mera.


And though it does turn out that he is correct, it’s not such a good thing.  It’s Mera’s body all right, but she is under the control of someone else.  Some who Aquaman has just instructed in how to use Mera’s powers.

The story continues in the next issue.

Action 531 – ghosts of the Daily Planet, and the Atom comes to Curacao


Wolfman, Staton and McLaughlin take Superman into the supernatural in Action 531 (May 1982).


Morgan Edge leads the prospective buyer of the Daily Planet, Mort Waxman, around the building, showing off the facilities, and introducing him to staff members Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White.  Waxman’s newspapers are sleazy and sensationalist, and the Planet staff are dismayed at his purchase, but not as much as spirits that inhabit the paper, who come to life as they tour.


It seems like Superman might be behind this, he certainly shares the sentiments of the ghosts, but the story makes clear that this is not the case.


The ending is a bit off.  It’s not Waxman who gives up on the paper, it’s Morgan Edge who turns on Maxwell, for being exactly the kind of person he knew he was.


Ray Palmer and Jean Loring head into dock at Curacao in this Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta story.


They’re just looking for a nice tropical island to hang out on, but the Atom almost immediately stumbles across some people with an armed nuke.

The story concludes in the next issue.


Action 526 – Superman vs Neutron, and Air Wave’s new power


Wolfman, Staton and Chiaramonte conclude the Neutron storyline in Action 526 (Dec. 81).


Morgan Ledge gathers the Daily Planet/WGBS staff on the roof for the celebration of the return of the globe.  Lis Lane, Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen, and of course Perry White are there. Meanwhile, Clark is frantically searching the city as Superman.  Neutron has told him that he has placed bombs throughout the city.  The art alone makes it fairly obvious that one of them is in the big glowing globe, surrounded by all his friends.  But it takes Superman until close to the end of the story to figure that out.


Along the way, Superman runs into the H.I.V.E.  They want to get rid of the bombs as well, and could work with Superman on this goal, but prefer to try to kill him.


Superman gets rid of the explosive globe, but replaces it with a safe one.  He captures Neutron far more easily than one might expect, encasing him while he is in his energy form.


Air Wave gets a more series adventure in this issue, by Rozakis, Saviuk and Colletta.


After being struck by lightning, Hal discovers that he has the ability to pick up on people’s thoughts, justas if they were broadcasts.  This comes in useful at school, when quizzed on work he hadn’t read.  But even more useful when his uncle Jack gets kidnapped.


Jack Jordan is a District Attorney, and he has been grabbed by mob goons who want vengeance.  Air Wave’s telepathy vanishes before the end of the story, but helps him find, and save, his uncle.


Action 524 – Superman vs Superman, and Air Wave and the Atom vs the Calculator


Marty Pasko, Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte tie up a loose end from Action 500 in issue 524 (Oct. 81).


Superman wakes up in his Fortress of Solitude, but discovers that he has no powers.  But then we cut to Metropolis, and see Clark there, as himself and Superman, and all is well.


The powerless Superman shows up, and we find out that he is the clone made by Lex Luthor in Action 500.  he lost his powers due to exposure to gold kryptonite during the fight.  Now he wants Superman’s powers, and his life.


Not going to happen, but you do feel a bit bad for the clone, who is simply trying to live the only life he knows.  Superman feels this way as well, and after defeating him, has him undergo plastic surgery and brianwashing, giving him a new, human identity to live out.


Rozakis, Savuik and Colletta bring Atom and Air Wave back together, as the Calculator goes on trial.


He escapes from the courtroom, using some space invaders imagery, which would have looked so much cooler at the time.


Atom calls on Air Wave to help him.  The Calculator has his immunity to the Atom’s attacks, and as this shows, Air Wave is the only other hero who can travel through phone lines with him.


So Air Wave takes down the Calculator, who does not get another appearance, other than occasional cameos, until the shortly after the millenium.

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