Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #308, “The Super-Tot from Nowhere!” and #312, “The Fantastic Menace of the LL’s!”
|April 4, 2015||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
This week we’re rushing through a couple of quick filler stories. There’s not much to them, which is why, as you might have noticed, it’s taken me a while to get to them. Sometimes the Silver Age is boring, sorry, guys!
“What would life be like for Supergirl if she were married and had a child of her own?” I’m a bit troubled by this being the pressing question about a fictional 16-year-old whose fans were…what was the target age for DC again, like 5-9?
Anyway, this puffball of an adventure begins over “a jungle country”:
Linda assumes that the child (who tells Linda her name is Candy) has fallen from a plane, but there’s no plane to be seen, nor Candy’s parents. And there’s another surprise in store:
It’s sad that I have to be relieved that the nonspecific Africans with their made-up idol are at least drawn like human beings and don’t have, like, giant red lips or anything. That’s more of a Golden Age thing, really. Anyway, this is still super racist.
Also Candy has superpowers or whatever. Linda’s not sure what to do with a Kryptonian child, so she “adopts” her and takes her home, where Candy promptly causes havoc:
Linda takes Candy to Kandor in hopes that they’ll be able to help her locate Candy’s parents, but no dice:
(Psst, Linda…Kryptonians aren’t named “Candy.” Just a hint.)
Linda can’t bear to leave Candy crying, so she takes her “daughter” home with her, but later:
So…Kryptonians are basically fairies? If you eat their food, you become one?
Anyway, with that clue, it’s easy enough to find Candy’s real parents:
Aw, a happy ending! As long as we don’t consider that last line in light of the fact that Kara Zor-El will die young and never have children, and her spiritual successor, the post-Crisis Linda Danvers, will have a child only to be ripped painfully from her in a cataclysmic universe-altering event.
…Okay, now I’m sad. Come on, let’s look at this next dumb story instead!
Our story begins with Linda getting a present from space:
Coincidentally, her day turns out to be full of bad luck involving LLs. Like when she dumps a burning building into a swamp only to find out…
Luckily Linda’s able to paint the building collapsing so fast it looks real! Oookay.
Later, she spots a chance to turn her luck around:
Alas, that’s not the real Lady-Killer Kane, it’s a federal agent in disguise as him, trying to get information out of Kane’s gang – and now his cover is blown. Again, Linda’s got a chance to make good on her mistake, this time by going undercover as her friend “Madcap” Marilyn, a famous heiress who proclaims that Linda will be “the belle of the ball” – another set of LLs! Uh-oh!
Luckily Supergirl is able to get rid of the bomb and stop the ship from going over Niagara Falls – another LL!
But that’s not today’s last LL, because she’s off to Space College! Man, I want to go to Space College.
How much do I love that she’s there delivering a lecture? All the much.
The lifeboat test goes fine until she enters Saturn’s rings…and gets trapped in a cluster of kryptonite meteors:
But who is this mysterious savior?
BOOOOO. Get out of here, Comet!
One thing that’s interesting about the Silver Age is how the reasons for men like Superman and Comet to lie to and gaslight the women they care about keep changing. “She’ll think of me as a freak!” Comet, she is a SPACE ALIEN. She has boyfriends who are A MERBOY and THE GREEN-SKINNED DESCENDANT OF A SUPERVILLAIN. I think she’ll cope.
So what was the LL connected to this kryptonite peril? Well, that comet that changed Comet to a human briefly? Halley’s, of course!
okay but seriously can we have something interesting next week