Thursday, August 27, 2015

Adventure Comics #398

Adventure Comics #398 (On Sale: August 27, 1970) has a Supergirl cover by Dick Giordano. The news here is the new Supergirl logo which dominates the cover  Also, if you don't count the Johnny Double Showcase cover (and you should not), this is Dick Giordano's first  super-hero artwork for DC.  I find it odd that Mike Sekowsky is not yet branding this book with his own covers, but that will come.

We begin with a reprint for some reason. From Action Comics #306 we have "The Maid of Doom!" by Leo Dorfman and Jim Mooney. To prepare Earth for conquest, the Plasmos of the planet Mutor, who have the power to transform their bodies, send their secret agent Sklor to eliminate Supergirl and Superman. First, imitating Supergirl, Sklor tricks Superman, Krypto, Streaky, Comet, and the Kandorians into going to the 40th Century. Then he imitates Superman, Krypto, Streaky, Comet, and Mr. Mxyzptlk in succession, pretends to die and glow blue when Supergirl touches him, and convinces her she has gained the "touch of death" for super-beings. However, Supergirl deduces the truth when she hears Comet speaking to her instead of using telepathy. She forces the Mutorians to sign a peace treaty and abandon war forever.

The back-up is the new material, "Catcher in the Sky" written and penciled by Mike Sekowsky and inked by Jack Abel. Supergirl, investigating the disappearance of an aircraft carrier, follows two vanishing planes. All of them turn up on the examination table of a gigantic alien child, who has stolen his father's dimensional grappler to bring in objects and tiny people from another dimension. Supergirl gets the attention of the child's father, and, just before they are sent back to their normal dimension, the humans see the child's father giving his son a licking.

Edited by Mike Sekowsky.

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