Friday, August 29, 2008

Action Comics #368

Action Comics #368 (On Sale: August 29, 1968) has a cover by Carmine Infantino.

"The Unemployed Superman" is by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Jack Abel. Superman returns to Earth after spending time on a replica world built in Krypton's image. He quickly discovers that all crime has ceased while he was away. Every criminal on Earth has reformed. He also discovers that there have been no natural disasters. Even his old foes Mr. Mxyzptlk and Jax-Ur appear to have reformed.

Feeling useless and wanting some action Superman returns to his Fortress. He orders three of his robots to attack him. After doing so, they destroy themselves. Superman is then confronted by an alien crystal creature who identifies itself as a Sentinel. The Sentinel takes credit for making Earth a utopia and convinces Superman to go into exile on a world with a red sun.

The Supergirl back-up, "Supergirl's Stand to Save Stanhope." by Cary Bates and Kurt Schaffenberger, continues from last issue as Supergirl manages to warn Superman before he breaks through a barrier surrounding Stanhope College. He avoids a collision that would destroy the school by accelerating and traveling into the recent past. He soon discovers that Supergirl has exposed herself to Gold Kryptonite and removed her powers.

On campus, Supergirl and David Carew attempt to disarm the bomb planted by Alpha and Beta. They discover the bomb is a fake. Supergirl is then able to snap the students out of their hypnotic trance, but David is captured by the female criminals.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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