World’s Finest 237 – Superman and Batman fight giant bugs

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This was the third issue of World’s Finest that I bought, number 237 (April 1976).  Quite a while after the first two, and I know it was the giant bugs devouring the city that attracted me to the cover.

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Bob Haney, Lee Elias and John Calnan deliver a decent tale, although never as visually exciting as the cover promises.  A metal object containing a deadly sort of alien bird emerges from the ground in Metropolis.  It goes around building a metallic nest, which no one can enter.

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Superman and Batman join the attack on the birds, but Superman switches sides.  He has discovered that these are Kryptonian creatures, sent by Jor-El.  A plague of space locusts arrive on Earth, as Jor-El knew they would.  The birds are their only predator.

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So Superman helps the birds kill the bugs.  There is damage to the city, but nothing much is made of that.

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