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Superman 322 – what Solomon Grundy wants

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Pasko, Swan and Chiaramonte wind up the Parasite saga in Superman 322 (April 1978).

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Superman survives his power-depleted fall simply by taking his boots off and pointing his feet towards the sun, gaining enough invulnerability to live, if not to be unharmed.  Perry White and Lois Lane get brushed off by the military, who are not very happy about Superman finding out about their laser system, even though he did hold off the invaders.

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Superman and Parasite battle, but in a scene that we do not see, he rushes off at super-speed and gets Solomon Grundy on his side.  Grundy simply wanted to be able to fly, and thinks that Superman’s cape will make that happen.  Parasite is unable to draw energy from the unliving Grundy, and Superman crushes his prism, preventing him from manipulating anyone’s energies.

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Superman takes this Solomon Grundy to another planet with low gravity, where he will be able to fly. This particular version of Solomon Grundy is not seen again.

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While Superman tries to re-ignite his relationship with Lois Lane, now that she and Clark have called it quits, we also meet a one-armed general plotting against Superman.

He will return in a later story, but that will be covered in Babblings about DC Comics 4, cause the media library on this one is too close to full.

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Superman 321 – the Parasite overloads Superman

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Pasko, Swan and Chiaramonte continue with the Parasite storyline in Superman 321 (March 1978).  I have only taken a couple of clips for this one, as the media library is almost full, and besides, the big scene looks much better on the cover than in the issue itself.  As Superman starts to trash the L.D.S. system, angry about not being informed, the military arrive to stop him.  The Parasite has been boosting his powers so much that he is all but out of control.

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It’s Lois Lane who gets him to calm down, and take control of himself.  Love the panels that show his x-ray vision slowly going off.

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Grundy continues to hang around, stuck between the cable cars as the Parasite brags about his plans to Superman.  He is not longer charging the hero up – instead he has been draining his powers.  The villain intends to take control of the laser satellites and use them for blackmail, and leaves a powerless Superman plunging to his death.

Superman 320 – Solomon Grundy, the Parasite and the secret government lighthouse

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Pasko, Swan and Chiaramonte have a lot of irons in the fire in Superman 320 (Feb. 78).

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The Parasite’s plans are not completely clear, but we do learn that his goal is gaining control of the L.D.S. government weapon in the lighthouse.  He revived Grundy to distract Superman, but there is a bit more to it.  Superman gets Grundy out of the picture by trapping him between two cable cars.

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Superman then heads out to the lighthouse, battling the robotic octopus that is attacking it.  News comes over the wire about this to the Daily Planet, and both Lois Lane and Perry White take the helicopter out to see what is happening.

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So they are on the scene as Superman fends off the attack, but then bursts into the place himself, furious with the government for concealing their space laser program from him.  And this is all part of the Parasite’s plan as well.  He has been using his prism to increase Superman’s powers, expecting that this would have an effect on his mind, making him more aggressive and impulsive.

The story continues in the next issue.

Superman 319 – who created Solomon Grundy?

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It’s not obvious in the image, but the gooey guy lifting up the cab on the cover of Superman 319 (Jan. 78) is Solomon Grundy, the Earth-1 version.

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Pasko, Swan and Chiaramonte begin a multi-part story with a few different plot threads in this issue.  There is a lighthouse, the home to a secret government project, L.D.S., but not much is clear about that in this issue.

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Lois and Lana are catching up while riding in a cab when Solomon Grundy emerges from the sewers in a rampage.  Superman is confused.  He left Grundy on the Moon, and this one seems more powerful than the original.

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Lana Lang gets footage of the battle between Superman and Grundy, who escaped at the end of it.  Morgan Edge is delighted, and Clark even snubs Lois when she tries to set up a lunch date, preferring to sped time with Lana instead.  Can’t really blame him.

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Grundy comes back into action as the issue ends, keeping Superman busy while the mysterious lighthouse gets attacked by a robotic octopus.  And the reader discovers that the Parasite is back, having retrieved his prism, he used it to regenerate Grundy from the swamp waste left in the sewers after his previous encounter with Superman, and is boosting his power levels as well.

The story continues in the next issue.

Superman 317 – Metallo wants Superman’s heart

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A great Neal Adams cover on Superman 317 (Nov. 77), for a story by Pasko, Swan and Adkins.

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The pieces of the puzzle come together as we learn that Metallo was transformed into the creature he is by Skull agents, against his will.  Albert Michaels had been looting STAR Labs to supply their tech, including a matter teleporter, which Metallo stole, and has been using to kill Skull members by replacing their hearts with fake kryptonite.

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A casual comment from Lois Lane, and a mistake by Martin Korda, make Clark realize that his new producer is really Metallo in disguise.

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In a complicated switcheroo, Superman replaces a Skull agent with a dead Kandorian, so that Metallo winds up with a useless heart, and collapses.

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Superman confirms that Metallo is Korda, but is not prepared when one of the Skull agents turns out to be Albert Michaels, who use the teleporter to escape.

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As the issue ends we find out that the real Korda was kidnapped, but will be joining WGBS, and Morgan Edge is more than happy to finally reveal Clark Kent’s new co-anchor: Lana Lang.

Superman 314 – the death of Amalak

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The four part plague storyline concludes in Superman 314 (Aug 77), in a story by Pasko, Swan and Adkins.

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Superman gets the alien creature away from Jamie Lombard, as Amalak brings it out of its dormancy state, and it begins a monstrous rampage, tearing up a McTavish’s fast food restaurant.

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Superman does manage to chain up the beast, and pursues Amalak, tracing him to the Justice League satellite, where the space pirate has already taken down the Flash and Green Lantern.  Amalak uses the Key’s weapons, and even Amazo’s inert form against Superman, but really he could have picked a wiser spot for the battle.  Superman defeats him by using Kanjar Ro’s paralysis inducing Gamma Gong.

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Amalak tries to make Superman believe that he has caused Amalak to die by using the gong, but Superman does not fall for this.  Amalak winds up dying at his own hands, having achieved nothing.

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Between Nam-Ek’s healing horn and the removal of the alien creature causing the plague, the journalists get better.  Having come so close to losing each other, both Lois and Clark seem primed to make a commitment to each other, and indeed, Clark proposes to her.

Lois accepts, on one condition.  That Clark admit that he is Superman.

And Clark refuses.  This infuriated me, even as a kid.  Was he really planning to marry her but keep lying to her about his identity?  It makes for a heart-breaking scene, but it’s impossible to believe that there is any future between Superman and Lois after this sequence.

Superman 311 – the worst convention ever

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Pasko, Swan and Frank Springer begin a four part story in Superman 311 (May 1977) that will build to forcing Superman to make decisions that he would rather not deal with.

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Usually I try to post the pics in the same order they appear in the book itself, but in this case I’m changing it up a little to make it easier to summarize this story, which is a bit more complex than usual.  So I’ll start by showing the mysterious alien and his pet, Jevik, whose roles in the tale only become clear in later issues.

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A big journalism convention is being held in Central City – the same location Lois Lane is considering moving to, with her relationships with Superman and Clark Kent both being pretty rocky right now.  Steve Lombard is along as well, having brought his nephew, Jamie, who he has been looking after.  The convention is taking place at a ski resort, which is sort of odd, as Central City is invariably shown as being in the prairies.  Jamie finds a stray dog, and quickly adopts him.

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Iris Allen, the reporter wife of the Flash, shows an uncharacteristic streak of jealousy, and is a real bitch to Lois, who she seems to consider a threat to her marriage.  Barry Allen is none too pleased with Iris’ outburst, but then, the two of them are soon to start having marital troubles in the Flash’s own book.

A mysterious plague breaks out at the ski resort, inspired by the Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak that had occurred the previous year in Philadelphia.  And to the great surprise of Superman, he discovers that Nam-Ek is also there.

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The story briefly recaps the World of Krypton tale that had introduced Nam-Ek, a Kryptonian scientist who had killed a protected animal, the rondor, to get it’s illness-curing horn.  He devised an immortality serum from it, which transformed his body, and also made him survive the destruction of Krypton.  Nam-Ek attacks Superman, and when the Flash tries to help out, sends the speedster shooting into space.

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In his fight with Nam-Ek, Superman dumps a volcano on the guy, only to find that there were traces of kryptonite in the lava.  With no sign of Nam-Ek, Superman believes that he has killed him.  But we do see that at least the Flash is safe, having been rescued by Green Lantern.

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Superman had assumed that Nam-Ek was somehow the source of the plague, but when Lois Lane collapses, he realizes that he was wrong.

The story continues in the next issue.