Supergirl Sunday: Action Comics #324, “The Black Magic of Supergirl!”
|October 30, 2016||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
Hiya, folks! I know it’s been a while (and it’s not Saturday), but when I realized how thematically appropriate the next Supergirl appearance I had to cover was, I knew I had to get it in by Halloween. I mean, check this out:
Honestly, how cute is demon Supergirl? She’s adorable. I love her.
But how could this have happened? (Warning: 60s-style ethnic stereotypes and racism to follow.)
Well, one day while Supergirl is flying randomly around the globe, as she does, she sees a magician at an “oriental bazaar.”
Linda’s surprisingly impressed by invulnerability, all things considered.
Anyway, a minute later, tragedy strikes:
With his dying breath, Abdul asks Supergirl to ensure that his demonic nature is kept hidden and that he is given the proper funeral rites, including a pyre, and she agrees. After sadly witnessing said pyre, she heads home. Once there, she investigates the box Abdul gave her:
Of course, Linda has superpowers, so she’ll never need to use ring, and that last line doesn’t matter. OR DOES IT???
The next day, she gets a distress call from Superman – he’s trapped in a cave with some kryptonite, which I would say happens in about every third Superfamily story. But it being kryptonite, there’s little she can do unassisted…
Superman’s so out of it from the kryptonite that he doesn’t notice the hands, and Linda doesn’t tell him about them, she’s so dismayed that she’s used black magic. She vows to stop, but later that day, while repairing a bridge that the state governor is currently crossing…
The ghostly hands short out the electric chair and the prisoner’s life is spared just long enough for the governor to make it to the prison on time. But now Linda’s in real trouble. One more use of the ring, and she becomes a demon.
So naturally there’s a horrible explosion at the lab where her adoptive father works:
Linda uses the ring, of course – this is her father – but it takes the promised toll:
So cute! And evil!
The next day, Supergirl helps a bank robber escape with his loot, and then decides to make a witches’ brew, just for the heck of it. Superman happens along, and Linda panics – she’s still mostly good, and she doesn’t want Superman to see her horns. Luckily, she’s got magic on her side now:
Great job, Clark, A+.
Desparate to break the curse, Linda returns to the bazaar, where she sees Abdul, of all people. He’s seemingly none the worse for wear for, uh, dying, but claims to have no idea who she is or what she’s talking about when she asks him what the heck’s going on. However, by immensely fortuitous coincidence:
That is a hardy piece of parchment.
Unfortunately, the volcano isn’t powerful enough to knock black magic out of Kryptonian. Nor is being struck by lightning, or flying into the sun. There’s only one thing to do:
Supergirl comes to drifting through space…and back to her old self. Hurrah! But what were those green flames?
What an entertainingly random conclusion. Comics are weird, you guys. Happy Halloween!