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Adventure 393 – Supergirl and the crime predictor

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The story in Adventure 393 (May 1970) is not great.  In fact, considering it was written by Robert Kanigher, it’s not even good.  But there are a couple of things that make me include it in this blog.

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First of all, Dick Malverne makes his only appearance during Supergirl’s run in Adventure Comics in this story.  That’s the back of his head there. Had it not been for the text, there would be no way to know it was him.  He next appears in Supergirl’s first, short-lived series a couple years later.

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Professor Miles Morrison comes to Stanhope College to show off his crime predictor.  It accurately foretells an assassination, and a scandal ruining an actress’ career.

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Supergirl does her best to prevent both incidents, but the victims turn on her, and she is prevented from helping them.  Superman shows up to dump on her, and all of Stanhope is against her by the end of the story.

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She figures out the professor is really Mr Mxyzptlk, using a huge guess, really.  And then tricks him into saying his name backwards.  Somehow this makes everything not have happened, even the assassination, which really doesn’t make much sense.

But it has Dick Malverne and Mr Mxyzptlk, so despite its crappiness, it’s in the blog.

Adventure 386 – Supergirl vs Mr Mxyzptlk

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Supergirl deals with a magical monster that almost exposes her identity in this Cary Bates story from Adventure 386 (Nov 69)

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The mysterious beast seems to have a crush on Supergirl, and follows her around.  Only she can get it to obey, and even then only briefly.

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It shows up at a dance at Stanhope College, and tears off Supergirl’s Linda Danvers guise, but as it’s a costume ball, and another student was hiding a Superman outfit under his costume, Linda gets away with the situation – although no one seems to notice that she lost the brown wig she wears as Linda – the blonde hair of Supergirl is clearly her real hair.

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She brings the creature to the Fortress of Solitude, where she causes it to say kltpzyxm, which reveals the creature as Mr Mxyzptlk, and sends him back to his dimension.

Her logic, when she explains her deduction to Superman, leaves much to be desired.  The creature could easily have been a magical creature, there was nothing to prove it HAD to be Mxyzptlk.  But this story clearly didn’t care too strongly about logic gaps, after the wig situation.

Adventure 351 – The Legion, the Subs, the Super-Pets, guest stars, villains and happy endings

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The concluding half of E Nelson Bridwell’s Legion epic brings in not only the entire line-up of the team, and the Substitute Legion, and the Super-Pets, but even former members of the team are a part of this.  In a way, this reads as if the series was being concluded on a high note.  A season finale, so to speak.  Excellent art by Curt Swan helps make this ascend from silliness to a pure delight.

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Invisible Kid is not keen on Ultra Boy using his vision powers to find out the identities of Sir Prize and Miss Terious,and knocks him out.  I believe this is the first time we see someone taking advantage of his limitation of one-power-at-a-time.

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Miss Terious accompanies the team who head to RJ Brande’s private planetoid, where they encounter the Hag, who threatens them with paintings!  No, not art!  This sequence is actually more effective than it seems at first, as Ferro Lad’s painting hints at his death, which happens only a few issues down the road.  Miss Terious refuses to let Cosmic Boy see what future his painting shows.  Nothing awful happens to Cos in the short term, or middle term, so I figure this must show his ultimate fate from End of an Era.

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Miss Terious then puts the Legion to work gathering elements for a magic spell that will conteract the Hag’s hexes.  This proves extremely complex, and both the Substitute Legion and the Super-Pets get involved in its creation.  A lock of Mr Mxyzptlk’s hair is required, so the Legion head to Smallville and Element Lad changes the kryptonite implanted in Superboy, allowing him to remember the team, and aid them.

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Meanwhile, both Chuck Taine and Matter-Eater have been captured by Evillo’s men, but Evillo is none too pleased with Sugyn, and we get to see their nifty powers.  Sugyn can super-spit.  Yup, wow.  That’s a power.  Evillo can grow little horns out of his head, which emits beams that banish Sugyn to “the realm of darkness.”  This is not, in fact, a polite way of saying he is dead, but we do not see the realm of darkness, or Sugyn, or even Evillo for that matter, again until the 90s.

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OK, time to start wrapping things up here.  Sir Prize and Miss Terious are revealed to be Star Boy and Dream Girl, and the spell transforms the Hag into the White Witch, Dream Girl’s missing sister.  Remember her?  She appeared in…umm….well, she was mentioned in….ummm.  Ok, she was missing and just take our word for it.

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And holy crap, wouldn’t you know it EVERYONE is healed and back to the way their way, all thanks to Evillo’s doctor.  Apparently that was the reason to kidnap the three Legionnaires.  To heal them.  Oh, what a nasty nasty man that Evillo is, having people cured.  All right, I concede that Evillo supposedly didn’t know what his doctor was doing, but even still.

But does this actually bother me?  Not at all, it’s such a joyous, all-encompassing ending you just want to cheer out loud for thin Matter-Eater Lad, fat Bouncing Boy and two-armed Lightning Lad.

Even Superboy and Supergirl get to rejoin the team, as Color Kid, now part of the Subs, has used his power to turn the green kryptonite dust into blue, which only kills Bizarros.  And may explain why the Bizarro Legion never appeared again.

Love it, despite its flaws.  A Legion epic.

Adventure 306 – Superboy vs Mr Mxyzptlk, and the debut of the Legion of Substitute Heroes

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The young Mr. Mxyzptlk had been introduced into the Superboy’s world in his own book, and makes his first appearance in the Superboy series in Adventure in issue 306 (March 1963).

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Bored of school in the 5th Dimension, he heads to Smallville where he tricks Lana Lang, and then Superboy, into heading to his dimension while he runs wild in their hometown.

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It’s a fun little tale, which gives the reader more of a view of the 5th Dimension world than is generally seen.

 

 

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At a time when most comics had a supporting cast that could be counted on one hand, the Legion of Super-Heroes just kept adding more and more characters into the mix.  This story introduced not only five new heroes, but even banded them into a supporting team, with the unenviable name of the Legion of Substitute Heroes.

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Polar Boy, Night Girl, Stone Boy, Fire Lad and Chlorophyll Kid are all rejected for Legion membership.  They do get nifty flight belts as parting gifts, though.

Undeterred, they form their own team, and hang out in a cave just outside the city.

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We learn a little of the origin of each hero.  Polar Boy is from a very hot world where everyone has the power to radiate cold, and Stone Boy is from a world where people “hibernate” by turning to stone.  Night Girl lives on a world shrouded in darkness, so was unaware that her powers faded in sunlight until she came to apply for Legion membership.  Fire Lad acquired flame breath after exposure to a meteor.  But the best of these is the origin of Chlorophyll Kid, whose ability to stimulate plant growth came after falling into an experimental solution as a child.

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The Legion really take a back seat to the Subs in this story.  After a few attempts to help the Legion, the Subs discover that some unmanned rockets the team is fighting are really transporting alien plant life as part of an invasion.  They head to the world the ships are coming from, and destroy the floral army.

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The people of Earth, and the Legion of Super-Heroes, are unaware of the achievement of the Subs, but this team of rejects has proved themselves to the readers, and they would remain frequent supporting characters through the Legion’s run in Adventure.

This is also the first of Edmond Hamilton’s stories in this run.  While Jerry Siegel’s Legion tales tended to be very much a part of the Superman universe, Hamilton was more interested in expanding the Legion’s own reality, and is my favourite of the Legion’s scripters during this early period.

 

Adventure 288 – Superboy vs Dev-Em, and Bizarro Lois gains powers

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Dev-Em shows himself to be a far more cruel and manipulative foe than anyone else Superboy has faced.  He projects Superboy into the Phantom Zone, then disguises himself as the hero and does all he can to ruin his name.

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He behaves atrociously to Ma and Pa Kent. and goes on a destructive rampage through Smallville.

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Once he is convinced that everyone has turned against Superboy, he simply frees him from the Phantom Zone, leaving poor Kal to face the repercussions of Dev-Em’s actions, and takes off into the future.

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I’m really of two minds about the resolution to this tale.  Otto Binder seems to find an easy out, as red kryptonite is blamed for Superboy’s behaviour.  On the other hand, perhaps the intended message was that if a person always acts nobly and selflessly, a temporary aberration can be overlooked.

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Jerry Siegel has a lot of fun with the Bizarro tale in this issue, as Kltpzyxm (the Bizarro Myzptlk) gives Bizarro Lois super-powers.  Bizarro then spends the story trying to prove that Bizarro Lois is really Stupor-Woman, in a wacky variation of the standard Superman/Lois Lane plot.

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The real Mr Mxyzptlk shows up at the end of the story, removing Bizarro Lois’ powers and causing everyone on Bizarro World to forget everything.  Cause what’s a story without memory loss, right?  How many issues have ended with this ploy now?  I forget.

Adventure 286 – Bizarro becomes a private eye

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Bizarro decides to become a private detective in Adventure 286 (July 61), and is summoned to the Palace of Junk by the mayor, to figure out who filled it with works of art.

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This one has a fairly coherent plot by Jerry Siegel, while still maintaining the Bizarro lack of logic in his “investigation”

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Ultimately, it turns out that the culprit is a Bizarro Mxyzptlk, accidentally created by Bizarro, Jr.

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