Adventures of Superman 613 – the Superman Super-Store

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Casey, Aucoin, Marzan and John Stanisci bring back the Funky Flashman for a really fun story the features Lois Lane, in Adventures of Superman 613 (April 2003).

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The Major Victory storyline gets touched on right at the start, as Lois Lane gets the scoop on what little is known about the condition that has rendered him comatose.

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The Funky Flashman, late of Mr. Miracle, has come to Metropolis to open a store selling Superman merchandise. The Superman symbol is in public domain, so the hero can do nothing about this, and Lois is just repulsed by what a shady operator Flashman is.

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This is a Valentine’s Day story, so there is some really beautifully rendered romance between Superman and Lois.

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And she’s the one to triumph over Flashman as well.  She meets with him a second time, and plants the seed in his mind to branch out into super-villain merchandise.  He loves the idea, claims its his own, and very publicly promotes his new line.

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And just as Lois had counted on, the villains are not as tolerant of this as Superman was, and Captain Cold shuts Flashman down.

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