Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #313, “The End of Superman’s Secret Identity!’ and “Lena Thorul, Jungle Princess!”
|April 18, 2015||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
Well, we got through some boringness last time, but it paid off, because today’s installment is sublimely ridiculous. But before we get to the kookiness of Supergirl’s story in this issue, we’ve got to cover her appearance in the lead story.
She even made the cover! ha ha take that clark
And the cover doesn’t lie, because sure enough, our story begins with Supergirl revealing Clark’s secret to Perry:
As you might imagine, Clark is pissed:
“Why? WHY? ” I dunno. Probably has nothing to do with sticking her in an orphanage for three years, right?
Unfortunately for Clark, Supergirl isn’t the only one of his allies to experience a strange compulsion today, and Perry isn’t the only one of his coworkers to learn his secret:
Interesting how Lois is the only one Clark thinks might not be trustworthy. Screw you, Clark.
Despite their promises, the Daily Planet gang suddenly turns around and demands compensation for keeping Clark’s secret: Perry wants a cool million bucks, Lois wants Lana marooned on a distant planet, and Jimmy, hilariously, wants to be king of Bardonia. In a rage, Clark throws them all into the ocean, where they’re scooped up by a flying saucer:
The Android Master: not one of DC’s better villains. Also, Android Supergirl’s line in that last panel is hella creepy.
Anyway, Superman quickly finds his friends in suspended animation and revives them, none the worse for his adventure. More’s the pity.
Meanwhile, in Supergirlland, we are having CRAZY ADVENTURES. And as usual, the high drama is brought to us by one Miss Lena Thorul:
This is basically just Wednesday for Lena, really.
The last time we saw Lena, she’d applied to work at the FBI and was waiting to hear back – and Supergirl had discovered that Lena was the long-lost sister of Lex Luthor, but assured the FBI that Lena was completely innocent. Today’s story begins when the FBI sends Lena to interview Lex, as a final test:
Well, that’s no good.
Too distraught to listen to Lex any further, Lena wanders out into the street, where she’s nearly hit by a car. She’s rescued by Supergirl in the nick of time, but there’s a side effect:
lololol “a mild amnesia.” Supergirl might be a terrible friend, or maybe she just has no scale for what’s a big deal and what isn’t.
Ah, the good old days, when you could show up at the airport confused and babbling with a wad of cash and get a ticket instead of arrested.
Upon arriving, Lena wanders off into the jungle, accidentally taking a suitcase belonging to the studio instead of her own:
Oof. Whatever movie that studio was making, it was definitely at B-picture.
Naturally, Lena’s powers allow her to instantly tame the lion, and not just him:
Supergirl heads out in search of Lena. Meanwhile, Lena has essentially become a jungle-based superhero:
Did you know that GETTING SHOT cures amnesia? Apparently? This comic is so silly I LOVE IT. (Uh, aside from the effed-up racial politics of the Jungle Girl trope.)
Anyway, Lena’s adventures suddenly take a turn for the EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS:
I love the idea – proven accurate over and over again – that in the Silver Age, if someone changes their appearance even slightly, they become completely unrecognizable to everyone they know.
Supergirl stumbles upon all this nonsense and:
I’ll say one thing: this comic is very useful for giving you the proper tools to respond when your friend tells you that the circus is their world and the animals their only friends. So there’s that.
As you might imagine from someone upset enough to make a string of decisions like she has, the stress of performing in front of a crowd is too much for Lena:
This is ridiculous, but BRING BACK LENA THORUL ANYWAY. I’d love to see a modern take on her. (She’s in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, and she’s adorable.)
Meanwhile, back in jail:
Kara’s resigned face as the lion gnaws on her head is endlessly hilarious to me.
Meanwhile Lex arrives, and begs to be allowed to see Lena:
Hmm, what could this strange effect be?
There’s nothing more heroic or kind than forcibly removing someone’s memories without their consent! Gross. Also Lena’s employers knowing her secret when she doesn’t creeps me out.
BUT STILL. We got lots of mistaken identity and swooning, terrified poachers, animal hijinks, and Luthor escaping from jail on a giant vine. THIS IS A PRETTY GREAT COMIC.