Superman 33 – Superman and Lois head to Mr. Mxyztplk’s world, Lois listens to the woman, and The Compass Points to Murder

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Like Superman could even feel that.

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Mr. Mxyztplk’s world is shown in his third appearance, the story by Cameron, Yarborough and Roussos that opens Superman 33 (March/April 1945).

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Only a couple of months after his last appearance, this story begins with Lois Lane working on an article about the imp’s last time on Earth, and speaks the word Klptzyxm aloud.  This causes her to warp to his dimension, and Superman follows suit to make sure she is ok.

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They arrive in different places, and while Lois immediately gets taken captive, put in a specimen jar to be studied for science, Superman heads to the palace, finding court jester Mxyztplk pretty much in charge of the childlike king.  We also find out that the people call their land Zrfff.

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Mxyztplk tries to take control of Superman’s mind, but we learn that, not being human, Superman is immune to his power, although he plays along to find Lois.

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Superman finds all the people of Zrfff as irritating as Mxyztplk, and at the end of story launches into an insulting diatribe against them, before heading home with Lois.  There is a different magic word, which Mxyztplk gives them, to get back, Qrdmlzf.

Mr. Mxyztplk is back in a couple of months.

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Lois Lane gets her best adventure so far, in this story by Ellsworth and Dobrotka.  The police and some male reporters pass off a phone call from a woman, calling about a stolen piggy bank, to Lois.  The men all think this is just some hysterical woman, but when Lois listens to her story, she discovers that a diamond necklace was in the bank.

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She gets evidence as to who the thief was, tracks him down, and then entraps him, enticing him into helping her with a gem theft.

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At the climax, she even takes down the gang herself, throwing suits of armor at them.

This Lois don’t need no Superman to get a story.

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Usually when a Superman story was a mystery, it would be told centring on Lois and Clark as reporters.  The Compass Points to Murder, by Finger, Yarborough and Roussos, was not only one of the best Superman mysteries from this period, it played out as a Superman mystery, not a Clark Kent one.

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The inset of the compass rose was used on many of the pages, as Superman travels to four different regions of the Earth, to round up suspects implicated by a dead sea captain.

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Superman meets each of the men briefly, and gets into short but dramatic adventures along the way.

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Interesting characters, good locations, and a puzzling mystery.

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The resolution has a good twist, with a safe hidden in a globe, and a solid solution to the crime.

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