Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #255, “Supergirl Visits the 21st Century!” and Action Comics #259, “The Cave-Girl of Steel!”
|August 24, 2013||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
We’ve got a double-header today, foks: two stories in which Supergirl travels through time. Since, uh, neither is very interesting, I’m combining them into one post.
First up, Supergirl visits the 21st century! I am pretty stoked to see what things are gonna look like in 46 years.
It all begins when Superman sends Supergirl a message in what seems like an unnecessary complicated fashion, considering they both have super-ventriloquism and super-hearing and could probably just carry on a normal conversation from anywhere on Earth:
Linda flies through the time barrier, which was just a thing Kryptonians could do because why not, and arrives in 2059, where humans have populated other planets and asteroids under giant plastic domes. But uh oh! The dome over the space orphanage has been holed by a falling piece of space debris from 1959! Linda patches the hole with her heat vision, but:
Linda decides to hide herself and watch the proceedings, but she accidentally flies past a kryptonite meteor and falls to the ground. Luckily:
Tommy may be smart, but considering that he spotted the tiny missile but not the flying girl, and now a green rock against green grass but not shapely gams in red boots, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he’s not very observant.
Linda starts flying after Tommy and Jik, hoping to save Tommy’s life somehow and repay him, but for every peril the boys run across – giant alien monster, space quicksand – Tommy has an invention to save them. Side note: maybe orphanage grounds shouldn’t have carnivorous monsters and quicksand beds.
Bummed, Linda does what Els do best and gets to spying:
“A scientist and his wife asked to adopt the boy with the best scientific mind! Naturally, you win!” So, uh, I guess the adoption process is even more fucked up in 2059 than in 1959. Adopting teenagers sight unseen because of their engineering prowess? “Winning” parents like it’s a game? The future is bleak, y’all.
This would be really exciting if anyone cared about Tommy Tomorrow! But they don’t, so it’s not. No, seriously, I actually love the way shared universes like DC’s are interwoven like this, but I hope we get to the 60s soon, because the crossover possibilities of the 50s were slim pickings.
Also, note to self: the language is “Kryptonese,” not “Kryptonian.”
So yeah, this issue is actually really a Tommy Tomorrow story and not a Supergirl one, which is annoying, and it’s also basically just a space version of the story where Linda helps Timmy get adopted from Action Comics #253. But it does give us an unsettling moment of realizing that we are closer to this weird future than the year this comic was written, and that’s the greatest gift of all. I guess.
Skipping forward a few issues, we come to Action Comics #259:
After using her powers to save a baby that’s about to be suffocated by a plastic bag, Linda mopes that she doesn’t ever get to do anything particularly exciting with her powers. But wait! Why not journey to the past? It won’t matter if cave-people see her! And so:
Linda saves the baby and then finds a new way to get her kicks:
Finally, she fights an extremely historically accurate opponent:
That done, she teaches the cavemen how to stoke up fires and cook food before journeying back to her home time. But she’s changed history a little…
…but not enough to be a problem. Phew!
Finally, have the letter column from #255, responding to Supergirl’s first appearance:
Of note: David Mitchell, I like your style. Herbert Linsey, you can shut right up. Neal Flomenbaum, you make an excellent point that Weisinger is willfully ignoring, and also, BROOKLYN REPRESENT. Also, Weisinger making up shit on the spot in response to Russell Kridel is hilarious.