Thursday, May 31, 2007

Action Comics #352

Action Comics #352 (On Sale: May 31, 1967) has a rather pedestrian cover by Curt Swan and George Klein.

Inside we continue last month's story with, "The Victory of Zha-Vam" by Otto Binder and Wayne Boring. Superman puts on a demonstration of his powers for a charity benefit. Zha-Vam interrupts the performance and challenges Superman. Using the magic powers of his belt, Zha-Vam turns Superman to stone. The Man of Steel is eventually able to free himself, but not before being humiliated.

Another challenge of Zha-Vam causes a massive blackout for which Superman is blamed. Finally the Man of Steel tries to attack Zha-Vam's Achilles heel. His foe expected the attack and covered the heel with Kryptonite. Superman is once again defeated, and left to wonder how he will ever defeat Zha-Vam.

Last month Jimmy Olsen married Supergirl and this month "Jimmy Olsen's Two Brides" by Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and Stan Kaye and is again reprinted from Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #57. In this "imaginary tale" Jimmy returns to Midvale Orphanage where he once stayed while he had amnesia. There, he meets Linda Lee while displaying his trophies. Linda becomes exposed to Red Kryptonite, causing her to lose her powers and memories of her life as Supergirl. She and Jimmy then fall in love and get married.

When Linda’s memories return, she reveals the existence of Supergirl to Jimmy. Jimmy keeps the secret, and Supergirl gets Jimmy to fall in love with her. Torn between the two women he loves, Jimmy vows never to see Supergirl again to be faithful in his marriage to Linda. Hmm, same synopsis as last issue...

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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