Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #320, “The Man Who Broke Supergirl’s Heart”
|November 28, 2015||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
Having been at college for two whole issues, Kara has basically dropped all concern over her studies so we can concentrate on her love life. That seems about right. The actual boy in question is less creepy than the usual fare, but everything still ends in heartbreak for our girl:
Please note that we have reached a truly incredible milestone here: this is the first Supergirl story EVER that doesn’t end in an exclamation point. I mean, that’s because it’s got terrible computer lettering, BUT STILL!
Our story begins with Supergirl oblivious to the fact that she’s being observed by aliens, even though she’s got super hearing and those speech bubbles are huge:
The aliens watch Supergirl everywhere, even as Linda, recording everything about her – particularly her likes and dislikes:
That android is so bland and jaw-ly. I laugh every time I look at him. But not as hard as I laugh at the revelation of how one brings a sexy mandroid to life:
Great things about these panels:
1. THE LIGHTNING. Advanced alien science = Mary Shelley, I guess.
2. The naked mandroid peeking coyly out from his mold. Truly he is like unto Adam and Eve after eating the apple. Or something.
3. A man in a dress and a man in panties fitting their sexbot with “rugged clothes,” i.e. a shitty maroon jacket. (Note: I am all for men in dresses and/or panties! Men should be able to wear what they want! I’m just questioning their eye for “rugged.” And fashion in general, considering that orange and green combo.)
And thus they bait their sexy trap:
I’m trying to make some sort of dated Austin Powers “Randor” –> randy/fembot –> mandroid joke but it’s not working. Anyway I’m going to start saying “Galloping Galaxies!” at the slightest provocation.
Not long after, Linda runs into this rugged hottie again:
Randor explains that he is an alien prince who observed Linda from afar for some time and has fallen in love with her. Instead of being like “Wow, creepy,” Linda is smitten. But when Randor proposes, she refuses, because to marry him she’d have to leave Earth and be his queen, and she has a responsibility to her adopted planet. (The fact that she’s only 18 doesn’t seem to bother her.)
Nevertheless, she agrees to visit his “home planet,” Calyx:
OH NO! BETRAY’D!
I think “We’re the last of a race of scientific villains” will be harder to work into my everyday conversation than “Galloping galaxies!” but I’m sure as heck going to try. Anyway I’m glad to know that the “seduce them with a sexbot, then make them sit in a chair” plan is applicable to multiple genders, albeit rather heteronormative. (Sidebar: I’m pretty sure there were easier ways to get Supergirl to sit in that chair.)
Luckily for Supergirl, she’s so charming that EVEN ROBOTS LOVE HER:
Turns out that programming a mandroid to be perfect for Supergirl means that he loves her, because duh. Randor sacrifices himself for Supergirl, getting hit with a disintegrating ray in the process, but it works, because her powers are restored:
I love that second panel SO MUCH. Both because it’s hilariously weird and because for once we’ve got a dude dying tragically to further a woman’s pain. SORRY, RANDOR. SHE’LL NEVER FORGET YOU (until next month)!
P.S. Basically every asteroid in the Silver Age had a face or message carved into it. Jeez, Els, quit it with the space vandalism.