639 – Elton Craig, Luckiest Villain Alive?

In World’s Finest #87 (January 1957), Elton Craig, a would-be criminal manages to find a kryptonite meteorite, which also happens to contain a box of super-power capsules from Jor-El of Krypton. Craig manages to weaken Superman, forcing Batman to take a capsule and help defeat the villain. I’ve made short shrift of these Jor-El coincidences, […]

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619 – Luthor’s First Power Suit

In Superman #106 (May 1956), Luthor invents a metallic allow that absorbs the energy Superman generates within a 100-mile radius and tricks Superman into performing several impressive super-feats to charge up the suit. Luckily Superman gets wise and fishes out some kryptonite to drain himself, which somehow drains the battle-suit, foiling Luthor’s plans.

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588 – Namor Power-Up

In Sub-Mariner #38 (Nov 1954), Namor is called into the Emperor’s castle underneath Antarctica. In a quick exposition, we are told that the Sub-Mariner used to have incredible powers: super-strength, flight, invulnerability, but that he has lost them over his extended time interacting with land dwellers: Namor is told that their scientists have discovered how […]

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546 – Where’s My Super Suit?

In “Superboy’s Lost Suit!”, Adventure Comics #193 (August 1953), Clark goes swimming … with his glasses on… and places his Superboy suit under a rock. He notices Bob, a meek classmate, walking by: Wouldn’t you know it? Bob finds the super-suit and pretends he is Superboy to impress a girl. Superboy helps Bob gain some […]

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520 – Superman in the Sun

In “Superman’s Blackout!”, a story in World’s Finest #61 (Sept 1952), a kryptonite meteor affects Earth’s sun, causing it to rob Superman of all his powers when exposed to direct sunlight. This eventually fades, but not before Superman has to cleverly use his powers to foil some bad guys and pull the wool over Lois […]

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376 – Not Kryptonite

In Superman #49 (September 1947), “Clark Kent’s Most Dangerous Assignment” has Superman encounter radiation from a missile built by a scientist that weakens him and saps his powers, leaving with him an inability to fly. Superman waits and the dizziness and weakness eventually pass, allowing Superman to once again easily overcome his foe. I guess […]

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364 – Phantom Lady Flashes

Remember when the Phantom Lady’s costume was adjusted to bare more skin? Well, at some point, Quality Comics stopped publishing Phantom Lady stories and somehow Fox Feature Syndicate believed they had the rights to the character. Give her a blue costume redesign, show even more skin, and why not give her a “black flashlight” that […]

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355 – Superman, Distant Suns

Powering-up Superman in service of the plot-of-the-month continues in World’s Finest Comics #29 (May 1947). In this issue, Superman is challenged by Lois Lane to bind different books of a collector with unique materials. In one instance he races to the lost continent of Atlantis, in another he needs to find a unicorn bone, in […]

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344 – Super Mental

Right next to the lackluster comedic story of Lois-as-Superwoman, Superman #45 (January 1947) also featured a pretty cool story in which Superman is actually physically challenged for once! An inter-dimensional being appears on Earth and starts collecting Earthling specimens for his trophy collection. What ensues is a pretty intense battle between Superman and this unnamed […]

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