Superman 415 – the groom of Supergirl

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When I first read Superman 415 (Jan. 86), I was not at all pleased by the story served up by Bates, Swan and Williamson.  It barely seemed to qualify as a Crisis crossover, and just seemed pointless.  Later, as I read more of Supergirl’s original run in Action Comics, and her first, short-lived series, I saw how much of a romance series it had been.  So very many stories toyed with the idea of Kara getting married.  While I still do not consider this a great story, I see the purpose that it served, of finally resolving her romantic life.

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It begins as Superman gets alerted about a break in at the Fortress, and finds an alien, Jasma, who has stolen an object from Supergirl’s room.

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Superman chases Jasma to retrieve the small globe, and Jasma links with Superman’s mind, telling him his story. he had encountered Supergirl a few years earlier, floating in space, near death.

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He brought her back to his planet and nursed her back to health.  She had no memory of who she was, and the two fell in love, and married.  Then a big, scary monster attacked the planet, and Supergirl fought it off, but received a head injury during the battle.

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The next morning Jasma awoke and found her gone, as well as the globe, a gift which recorded all her thoughts.

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There is another nasty machine thing that shows up and needs to be defeated, but that’s really just a distracting bit of filler.  The end tells us what we want to know.  Supergirl regained her original memories, but lost all memory of Jasma.  So I guess she woke up, wondered who she was in bed with, and took off, grabbing the green globe as a memento of her one-night stand?  At any rate, her memory of Jasma was restored during the fight with Blackfire in her own book the year before. She leaves a message for both him and Superman.

So not the greatest, but he really was the groom of Supergirl.

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