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Superman 319 – who created Solomon Grundy?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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 316 – Metallo and Skull


Metall gets a face mask, vastly improving his appearance, in the Pasko, Swan and Adkins story from Superman 316 (Oct. 77).  The story picks up directly from the last issue, as Superman shows Jenet Klyburn that the kryptonite found inside the dead Skull agents is fake.  But she has more bad news for him.  Metallo’s body has disappeared, as has STAR Labs director Albert Michaels.


Metallo is the easier one to find, as he goes out of his way to lure and taunt Superman.


Speaking of taunting, Morgan Edge continues to toy with Clark about the identity of his new co-anchor, but at least introduces him to Martin Korda, his new producer.


Superman winds up finding Metallo back at that troublesome volcano in the West Indies, and their fight gets pretty vicious.  Gotta love Superman impaling Metallo through his kryptonite heart with a stalactite.  But even that fails to stop the villain, who smacks Superman in the face with a bag of kryptonite pebbles, enough to take the hero down.

As the issue ends, we learn that Metallo has plans for a new heart.  Superman’s.

The story continues in the next issue.

Superman 315 – Superman as Blackrock


Pasko, Swan and Adkins have a lot to cover in Superman 315 (Sept. 77), which ties up the previous tale, sets up the next one, and tells its own story as well.


Superman and Supergirl bring Nam-Ek from the ski resort, from the last issue, to the Fortress of Solitude, freeing him from his crystal sheath, but sending him into the Phantom Zone.


Skull operatives head to the volcano with kryptionite in its lava, seen a couple of issues earlier, in their creepy skull-ship.  Superman gets the jump on them, destroying their ship and rounding them up.


Back at WGBS, Clark Kent is told by Morgan Edge that he is going to have a female co-anchor, something fairly new in the late 70s.  Clark is none too keen on the idea, especially as Edge refuses to tell him who is will be.  The one person it won’t be is Lola Barnett, who had defected to UBC.


And when the UBC network is in the story, you can be pretty sure that Blackrock will be as well.  This is the third appearance of the character, and, for that matter, the third Blackrock as well.  Now able to fly on radio waves, he gets into a fight with Superman.


But a chance collision of the Blackrock power beam and Superman’s x-ray vision winds up merging their minds.


The new Blackrock is the nephew of Sam Tanner, the original, but as before, he is unaware of his own alternate identity.  As himself, he is a tv comedian, Les Vegas.


And though the identity confusion actually winds up revealing that Clark is Superman on live tv, the fact that it’s a stand-up comedian who does it makes the viewers, and even those in the studio, think it’s all a gag.  Superman clears things up for Blackrock, even though that puts them back into conflict, until Superman can take the confused comic down.


The story concludes at STAR Labs, with a teaser for the next issue, as Jenet Klyburn shows Superman the captured Skull members, now dead, with kryptonite hearts.

Superman 312 – Superman and Supergirl vs Nam-Ek and Amalak


The picture gets clearer in the second chapter of the plague storyline, by Pasko, Swan and Springer, in Superman 312 (June 1977).


A recap of the events of the first issue is handled by Morgan Edge, chatting with Sam Tanner, the rival television executive who hired Lola Barnett away from WGBS.


Superman builds a wall around the resort, quarantining those within, and only then discovers that Linda Danvers is at the resort as well.  She switches to Sueprgirl, and joins him as he heads to the Justice League satellite to check on the Flash, being tended to by Green Lantern.  Hal informs them that a teleportation beam hit the resort just when Nam-Ek vanished, and they follow the trail to the West Indies.


They find Nam-Ek, as well as Amalak, who had come across the immortal Kryptonian floating around in space and joined forces with him.  Amalak has let his hair grow out, and sprouted some facial hair as well, which makes him look much creepier than in his earlier appearances.


Superman encases Nam-Ek in crystal, leaving the horn exposed, intending to cure the people infected with the plague.  But Amalak has managed to get the drop on Supergirl, temporarily blinding her, and holding her at gunpoint (with a star-cannon that will actually kill her).

Superman leaves, bringing Nam-Ek to the resort as Amalak prepares to kill Supergirl.

The story continues in the next issue.

Superman 310 – the brother of Metallo


A new version of an old villain gets introduced by Pasko, Swan and Blaisdel in Superman 310 (April 1977).


The criminal organization Skull is back in this story, as Superman stops their raid on STAR Labs.  Albert Michaels, the head of that institute, gets saved by Superman, but we see later on that he is actually working with the thieves.


Clark Kent learns that Lois has been considering moving to another city, and she comes over to his apartment to discuss their relationship.  She admits that she does not feel that she is being fair to Clark, as he is her second choice, after Superman.  Their heart-felt, if bizarre, conversation gets interrupted by Morgan Edge, who calls to tell them about Steve Lombard’s kidnapping.  Superman uses his heat vision to lock Lois into the bathroom, where she remains for six hours, to her great displeasure.


Lombard is merely being hung out as bait for Superman, who meets the new Metallo, the brother of the original, transformed by Skull and given a synthetic kryptonite heart.  Nice powers, shame about the face.


The synthetic kryptonite hurts Superman, but not so much that it incapacitates him, and he takes down Metallo, who appears to die simply through force of will. In fact, he is not dead at all, but Superman does not realize that.

This new Metallo comes back in a few months, and will remain a significant foe of Superman until Crisis on Infinite Earths.



Superman 302 – a big, dumb Superman


Lex Luthor has big plans for Superman in issue 302 (Aug. 76).  As the cover implies, Superman wakes to find himself growing larger and larger in this tale by Maggin, Garcia-Lopez and Oskner.


Superman turns to Ray Palmer for help, but though the Atom can warn him of the consequences of his uncontrolled growth – that the neural passages will grow too large, making Superman stupid – he is unable to do anything to counter it.


Morgan Edge demands that Clark Kent get the story on Superman’s growth spurt, but Superman creates a giant set, and by moving at super-speed, gives the impression of both Superman and Clark being of normal height.


As for Luthor, he simply bides his time until Superman is large enough, and then moves in for the kill, with a dangerous looking propeller strapped to his back.


The Atom helps out in the end, as Superman brings Lex to the set built earlier, and cons him into thinking he is growing as well. Lex has the cure, which Superman takes away from him.

Nothing really special here, but a decent enough tale.