Adventure 390 (Mar/April 1970) is an 80 page giant that reprints 5 stories from her run in Action Comics. I will be talking about those individual stories when I cover Action, but I included this to highlight how much of a romance comic the Supergirl series was in the 60s and 70s.
This issue has stories of two of her main boyfriends from this era, Dick Malverne, who she met while in the orphanage, and later went to high school with. He was essentially her `Lois Lane`, in that many of the tales had him trying to prove she was Supergirl.
Two of the stories in this issue deal with her romance with Comet, the Super-Horse. Somehow the bestiality element never seemed to occur to the writers.
This issue also reprints the tale in which Supergirl finds an alien double of herself, and matchmakes the woman and Superman.
From bestiality to quasi-incest, the path of true love never did run smooth for Supergirl.
In Adventure 364 (Jan 68), Jim Shooter gives the Super-Pets a starring role, with the Legion reduced to supporting players. It’s a silly little story, but enjoyable for what it is.
The Super-Pets are playing around in space one day, and spot some unmanned rockets approaching Earth. They destroy the rockets, but then get bitched at by the Legion for not tracking them back to their source. Yes, seriously.
Feeling unappreciated, the Super-Pets take off, and encounter Rikker Rost, who brings them to his world, Thanl, where people idolize them and build statues to them.
The Legionnaires realize they were being total dicks, and head out to bring the Super-Pets back, but when they refuse to come, it turns into an all-out brawl between the two teams.
Rikker convinces the Super-Pets that Legion has evil plans for them, and so Proty II and Comet (conveniently changed back into human form by a passing comet) infiltrate the League, joining it as Biron the Bowman and Blockade Boy.
Supergirl notices how much Biron resembles Bronco Bill Starr (Comet’s human disguise on Earth), but as usual fails to figure out that her boyfriend is her horse. I’m looking soooo forward to writing about those stories when I reach them.
Anyway, Biron and Blockade Boy are assigned to track the source of the ships, which turns out to be Thanl, and Rikker is exposed as the bad guy behind it all. The two teams join to defeat him, and all is happy again.
Jerry Siegel does double-duty on Adventure 293 (Feb 62), writing both the Superboy and Bizarro World features. Curt Swan draws the Superboy tale, but alas not the Bizarro World one.
Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl show up in Smallville and try to trick Superboy into freeing General Zod and Jax-Ur from the Phantom Zone. Mon-El, still a resident of the Zone at this time, warns Superboy. The Legionnaires then attack Superboy, and are revealed to be under the mental control of the Brain-Globes of Rambat.
When they notice that Krypto is not vulnerable to the Brain-Globes powers, the team decides to form a battle squad of animals, and zip through time, recruiting Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey and a Super-Horse. This is Comet, making his first appearance. He is introduced as an animal that will soon become Supergirl’s pet.
The animals defeat the Brain-Globes, who flee, and are never heard from again. Saturn Girl rewards them by officially creating the Legion of Super-Pets as an auxiliary unit of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
The Legion of Super-Pets will return and have some of my favourite goofy adventures from this era.
Bizarro Luthor gets created in this issue. And as Lex Luthor does bad deeds, Bizarro Luthor of course does good deeds. But when Bizarros try to do good deeds these often turn out badly. So when Bizarro Luthor tries to do good deeds they turn into bad deeds but not really bad deeds, more like…
My brain hurts.
Although this story is really fun, overall the series is beginning to feel repetitious, and the constant inclusion of new Bizarros means that few actually get to do anything significant in the story. While Bizarro Luthor gets the spotlight in this tale, a Bizarro Bottle City of Kandor and Bizarroe Superman Emergency Squad are also created in the tale, but pretty much shoved to the side.