Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Superman #207

Superman #207 (On Sale: April 9, 1968), 80 Page Giant #G-48, has a cover by Curt Swan and Neal Adams.

We begin with "The Superman from Outer Space" from Action Comics #265 by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Stan Kaye. Superman’s secret identity is protected by a look-a-like that substitutes for his Clark Kent persona. The duplicate Superman is Chester King alias Hyper-Man. Hyper-Man was originally from the planet Zoron which paralleled the planet Krypton. When his world was destroyed he was sent to the planet Oceania just as Superman was sent to Earth. The two heroes careers are amazingly similar.

At Superman’s Fortress, Hyper-Man explains that he needs help protecting his identity from Lydia Long, a girl paralleling Earth’s Lois Lane. Superman agrees to help and after consulting his super-computer they leave for Oceania.

On Oceania, Superman intentionally screws up and reveals the identity of Hyper-Man to his entire world. Hyper-Man then loses his powers and is forced to live as Chester King. Chester marries Lydia, but an unknown ailment causes Chester to take ill.

Next is "The Trio of Steel" from Superman #135 by Jerry Siegel and Al Plastino. Superman begins playing nasty tricks on the people of Metropolis, including Perry White and Lois Lane. He is being secretly controlled by the 5th dimensional imp, Mr. Mxyzptlk. Mxyzptlk agrees to leave and stop harassing the Man of Steel for a price. He wants a Superman robot to take home to his girlfriend.

Superman bring the imp, three robots to choose from, a Superman, a Superboy, and a Superbaby. The robots perform for Mxyzptlk so that he can decide which one he wants.

This is followed by "The Captive of the Amazons" from Action Comics #266 by Jerry Siegel, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye. Clark Kent is taken aboard a space ship on the set of a new movie. The ship turns out to be real and piloted by Princess Jena of Adoria. Jena knows Clark is Superman and blackmails him into returning to her world.

On the planet Adoria, Jena wants Superman to marry her. Superman initially refuses, but then Jena gives him a love potion made by the royal wizard. Superman goes crazy and wrecks things in an attempt to prove his love for her. They get married, but Superman continues to act beastly.

Next we have "Superman's New Uniform" from Action Comics #236 by Otto Binder, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye. A disguised Lex Luthor tricks the Man of Steel into handing over his costume for an experiment. Luthor replaces it with a fake which gets destroyed. He then creates a new costume for Superman complete with an Anti-Kryptonite belt. The suit works well for awhile, but Luthor then dons the real super-suit and claims to be the real Superman. The Anti-Kryptonite belt, begins leaking Kryptonite radiation which weakens Superman.

Lastly we have "The Super-Family of Steel" from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #15 by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger. A woman posing as Jane Brown boards a cruise ship. The woman looks like Lois Lane and her cabin-mate suspects that she is undercover. When the woman falls overboard, she is rescued by a man in a Superman costume.

The couple marries and moves to Venus. They have two children, Lyle and Lili. The woman is even granted super powers with a super-serum. However, when she spots her husband kissing Lana Lang back on Earth, she becomes jealous.

They visit the Fortress of Solitude where Superman meets them. The man is Van Zee, a Kandorian who was accidentally enlarged. The woman is Sylvia DeWitt, a rich heiress and Lois Lane look-alike.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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