Bates, Schaffenberger and Chiaramonte bring back Vartox, the hero of a far-off world, in Action 475 (Sept. 77). Vartox had debuted in the pages of Superman a couple of years earlier, this marks his second appearance.
Vartox is operating as the hero of his world, but he finds his powers weakening. He considers asking advice from Superman, and scans Earth, but finds something even more interesting.
Vartox learns of Karb-Brak and his ailment, and speculates that his allergic reaction could recharge Vartox’s failing powers. He heads to Earth, but keeps out of sight. Karb-Brak mistakenly assumes that it is Superman who caused his flare up.
Karb-Brak even attacks a second time, while Clark is giving a live broadcast. Vartox is hovering just outside the building, and caused this allergic reaction on purpose. Not very nice for a hero.
The story concludes in the next issue.
Lori Lemaris gets, I believe, the only solo story she ever got, by Elizabeth Smith, Win Mortimer and Frank Chiaramonte, in this issue. It comes quite out of the blue. The last time Lori Lemaris appeared was in the Virus X storyline, almost ten years earlier.
Lori gets caught by a Russian trawler, illegally fishing. She uses her telepathic powers to turn the crew against each other. We find out that only Aquaman’s city of Poseidonis is recognized by the United Nations. The mermaid city of Tritonis has no legal standing.
Lori also summons a number of sea creatures to help her escape by capsizing the boat, including Aquaman’s “pet” octopus, Topo.
It’s a good outing for a character that has never had a solo story before. And Lori did not have to wait nearly so long for a return, appearing the following month in the Superman Super-Spectacular.