Friday, September 21, 2007

Superman #201

Superman #201 (On Sale: September 21, 1967) sports a nice cover by Curt Swan and George Klein that looks like an Infantino layout.

"Clark Kent Abandons Superman" is by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and George Klein. Clark Kent joins Professor Steele on an archaeological expedition. When a dangerous creature is unearthed, Superman goes into action. However, Professor Steele is killed.

Superman blames himself for Steele's death. Kandorian psychologists are unable to help him overcome his guilt. Later, when a stray bullet fired by crooks bounces off his chest and nearly wounds Lois Lane, Superman fears that he is a danger to those around him.

Superman decides to leave Earth. He goes to the planet Moxia which has a red sun. Superman then becomes ordinary scientist Clarken. However, when the planet is threatened by Kromn, a man threatening to make himself a dictator, Superman fights back without his powers.

The back-up is "The Jolly Jailhouse" reprinted from Superman #139, by Jerry Coleman and Al Plastino. Superman travels to the island republic of Voroda as Clark Kent. He is arrested by the commandant of a political prison who is trying to establish himself as dictator. While in the Voroda jail, Clark secretly uses his powers to embarrass the Colonel. When some government officials arrive at the prison, Clark further humiliates the Colonel, and in so doing, the political prisoners are freed.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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