Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #296, “The Girl Who Was Supergirl’s Double!”
|August 23, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
Last week, we met Lena Thorul, Kara’s first real gal pal. But gal pals can be tricky when your writers are sexist! (Sigh.)
Wow, Lena, dramatic much?
Our story begins with Linda, Lena, and some other random girl out for a stroll, when:
Lena’s so helpful and heroic, so unlike her older brother! Also, what’s this about a party?
Why, it’s a costume party, and everyone’s invited! Linda dresses as her hero, Pocahontas, and Dick, her date, dresses as his hero, Superman. And Lena?
Clarissa is wildly entertaining. Can we have more comics about her?
And speaking of Clarissa, remember those jewels from Cartier’s she’s wearing? (Just like the real Cleopatra!) Well, there are some thieves after them. Of course, they didn’t count on Supergirl being on the guest list:
By sheer coincidence, Lena is the first one to wake up from the effects of the gas, so Supergirl quickly changes back to Linda and lets Lena tie up the unconscious thieves. People draw their own conclusions:
Of course, now that Dick suspects Lena is Supergirl, he has absolutely no interest in Linda. She’s inexplicably sad about this:
LINDA. HE IS CLEARLY TRASH. And you know merboys and aliens! Don’t waste a single tear on this piece of crap. I’m side-eyeing Lena pretty hard here too (and laughing at “My boy-friend and my girl-friend!” although I know that’s just a result of linguistic shift).
Anyway that rock in the last panel is obviously kryptonite because literally everyone in the Silver Age had some just lying around.
Lena comes over for a visit and thanks to some truly Three Stoogian antics involving a loose pet bird, a gas pellet, and the kryptonite meteor, she knocks herself out, leading Dick to draw the obvious conclusion:
I would like you all to note that Dick just wears a lab coat around his house for kicks. Dick is the worst.
Anyway, the Malverne’s behavior over the next few days is predictably dickish (GET IT???):
WHY ARE YOU SAD ABOUT THAT, LINDA? HE IS CLEARLY A TERRIBLE PERSON.
HE IS MAKING OUT WITH HIS NEW GIRLFRIEND WHILE HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND IS IN THE BACKSEAT. WHAT A DOUCHE. Not thinking too highly of you either, Lena. Of course, my real scorn is reserved for the writer/editorial/whoever, who gave Linda a friend and immediately made her a romantic rival. Because how else would girls relate to each other?
Mary’s kind of an asshole. Also, Linda, what does that prove? Your pre-adoption last name rearranges to “Eel” but that doesn’t mean you are a legless sea-beast. (Or ARE you???)
Anyway, Lena’s birthday rolls around, and Lex has a favor to ask of Supergirl:
Of course, those diamonds cause dumb old Dick to jump to yet another stupid conclusion:
WHAT??? Could Lena really be evil? I mean, what else could a romantic rival be, right? But no, the answer is WAY AWESOMER THAN THAT and I am so excited to share it with you. Stay tuned!