Superman 62 – Orson Welles on Mars, and Mr. Mxyztplk falls in love

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Orson Welles stars in the lead story in Superman 62 (Jan/Feb. 50), and gets the cover spot as well.

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The story, by Boring and Kaye, begins with Welles on the set of his newest film, “Black Magic,” in which he played Count Cagliostro.  He goes for a drive while on break, and stumbles across a secret project to launch a rocket to Mars.

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So off Orson Welles goes to Mars, which is run by Nazi robots.  The leader even looks like a Hitler robot.  Welles manages to get to a radio, and broadcasts an alert to Earth about the forthcoming Martian invasion.

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Only Superman believes him, because of that whole “War of the Worlds” thing.  Superman flies to Mars and fights the robots.

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Welles gets into the action as well, using his magic skills to divert and defeat some of the robots.  A remarkably good use of Welles as a character.

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Mr. Mxyztplk returns in a tale by Schwartz, Boring and Kaye that has him fall in love with a magazine model.

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Mxyztplk almost drives the poor girl crazy with his magical stalking. She tells him she wants to fall in love with a hero, so he puts on a Superman costume and starts fighting crime.

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He’s enthusiastic, but not that effective, causing stolen money to burn up in the thieves hands, rendering it unreplaceable. At Superman’s suggestion, she gets him to pick a secret identity out of a hat, which is, of course, his backwards name.

Mr. Mxyztplk next appears at the end of the year, in the pages of Action Comics.

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One thought on “Superman 62 – Orson Welles on Mars, and Mr. Mxyztplk falls in love

  1. Georg February 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    What about “The People vs. Superman !” ? (The second story in this issue).

    Love your synopsises !

    Georg

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