Friday, June 27, 2008

Action Comics #366

Action Comics #366 (On Sale: June 27, 1968) has a cover by Neal Adams over a Carmine Infantino layout. I don't know what it is about this cover that I like so much, but I do really like it.

"Substitute Superman" is by Leo Dorfman, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Continuing from previous issues, Superman, suffering from the deadly Virus X, plunges into the distant sun Flammbron. The living flame creatures inside the sun protect the weakened Man of Steel from destruction. They then show him that he has been cured of the Kryptonian leprosy which was killing him. Superman realizes that the white kryptonite throw at his rocket by the Bizarros killed the virus because it was a form of plant life.

Superman returns to Earth and is surprised that the world is not mourning him. He discovers that someone else has been posing as Superman. His initial attempts to learn this person's identity fail, but he eventually realizes that his Justice League friends are responsible. Superman meets them at the Secret Sanctuary and announces his return.

The Supergirl back-up is "Stanhope -- Off Limits" by Cary Bates and Kurt Schaffenberger. While Supergirl is away from Stanhope on a rescue mission, two costumed women, Alpha and Beta, encircle the school in an energy bubble. The Linda Lee robot that is trapped inside the bubble calls Supergirl for help. When the Girl of Steel arrives on the scene, Alpha and Beta explain that a bomb inside the shield will detonate if Supergirl attempts to break the barrier. Alpha and Beta then enter the school grounds to look for student David Carew.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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