Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #266, “The World’s Mightiest Cat!” and #271, “Supergirl’s Fortress of Solitude!”
|December 7, 2013||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
I’ve got couple of Streaky stories for you this week, gang. The first is pretty run-of-the-mill, but the second’s kind of fun, if you’re into plucky orphans thwarting cruel guardians, and I think we’ve established pretty firmly that I am.
First up is “The World’s Mightiest Cat!”
Despite the fun cover, this is sadly not the story of Supergirl and Streaky schooling Superman and Krypto, but a pretty staid little orphanage-based tale. It begins with Superman and Krypto putting on a demonstration for the kids of Midvale Orphanage:
Of course, Streaky immediately wanders over to the X-kryptonite from whence he gets his occasional powers and is suddenly a super-cat again, much to Paul’s delight:
But when Paul runs to tell his friends, the X-kryptonite wears off:
This happens several times. Linda spots the shenanigans and does her best to hide Streaky’s powers, which might get traced back to her, and so Paul’s friends get angrier and angrier with him. Finally they report him to the superintendent and Linda, feeling bad, comes up with something to explain Paul’s “lies”:
And that’s that. So far, Streaky’s basically been more trouble than he’s worth – but that changes when we skip ahead a few issues to “Supergirl’s Fortress of Solitude!”
We begin with Supergirl wishing for the home Superman has arbitrarily denied her:
But you can’t keep Linda down for long. She hits upon the idea of making her own Fortress of Solitude, and digs one out beneath the Arabian desert:
(Don’t worry, kids, we’ll go back and introduce you to that hunk of fish-flesh soon.)
Meanwhile, Streaky has stumbled into the X-kryptonite again and is once more super. He flies off to play with Linda and they frolic for a while:
Later, after Linda and Streaky are gone, a group of explorers stumble upon the Fortress, and jump very quickly to some surprisingly accurate conclusions:
Luckily, the explorers are very ethical. Or, well, two-thirds of them are:
That last panel is so hilariously evil. I laugh every time I see it. “We’ll pretend to love her!” Oh, poor Linda, I’m sorry your misfortunes kind of amuse me.
Anyway, the Brants show up at Midvale Orphanage and Linda tries her usual tricks to avoid being adopted, but of course the Brants know exactly what she’s doing and insist on adopting her no matter what. Equally predictable is Linda’s irrepressible optimism winning out, as she begins to hope that maybe she’s finally found her way into a loving family and that everything will be okay. And that, of course, is when Professor Brant makes his move:
Linda, bless her little heart, wants to help her adoptive father, and so the racket begins:
But even Linda’s patience has its limits, and when she puts her foot down, Brant plays his trump card:
Linda is forced to build a beautiful palace for the Brants, but her troubles don’t end there:
So not only is Linda in the midst of being blackmailed, her cat’s causing havoc, and also some offensive stereotypes of “Arab raiders” are attacking the palace. Luckily, Streaky saves the day, completely by accident!
Who says cats are useless? I mean, besides me.
Anyway, Linda whisks the Brants back home before they can figure out where they are, then destroys the Fortress. Superman’s reaction is pretty much, “Yep, you don’t deserve a home when you work for me!” Superman sucks.
I picked on Streaky a bit in this issue, but honestly I really enjoy this comic. Plucky orphans and their animal sidekicks defeating greedy guardians = basically my favorite genre of story ever. (Have I told you about how Annie is the song of my heart? HAVE I TOLD YOU???) And I like that Linda had some actual villains to contend with and not just obnoxious orphanage kids – there’s some genuine menace and cruelty in this issue, and for once, not just from Superman. (Zing!) It’s pretty great all around.