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Adventures of Superman 571 – Atomic Skull – the movie

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Joe Morgan has regained his sanity and his body, and sold the rights to his story for an Atomic Skull movie in the excellent story by Simonson, Michael Collins and Rodier in Adventures of Superman 571 (Oct. 98).

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Joe is in set during the shooting, and none too happy with the way his story is being altered by the director.

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He voices his frustrations to Clark Kent, who is sympathetic, but not able to do anything.  When accidents start taking place, suspicion immediately falls on Morgan.

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But when a stunt goes dangerously wrong, Morgan allows himself to become the Atomic Skull again, knowing this violates his parole.  He saves the actor, but loses his mind and kidnaps Lois once again.  Superman helps expose the director as the one behind the accidents.  He needed the insurance money to pay off gambling debts.  The film gets cancelled, and Joe Morgan is taken back to jail.

Probably my favourite Atomic Skull story since the re-introduction of the character.

Adventures of Superman 569 – recruits for the SCU

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Simonson, Morgan and Rodier introduce some new, super-powered members for the Special Crimes Unit in Adventures of Superman 569 (July 1999).

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Riot makes a brief appearance right at the start of this issue.

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The new members are not very impressive, even though the rest of the issue is devoted to introducing them.  Both Maggie Sawyer and Dan Turpin are not happy about the idea of super-powered policemen.

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To be honest, I have no recollection of them ever appearing again.  But I have not read all the issues from this period yet. I didn’t care for it when it was coming out, and this issue I only read today for the first time.  So I suspect we will see Freight Train, Fireworks, Badmouth and the Roo again.

Adventures of Superman 568 – Lois Lane defends Superman

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Superman – King of the World is over but the repercussions are felt in Adventures of Superman 568 (June 199), by Louise Simonson,, Tom Morgan and Denis Rodier.

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Luthor gets Lois Lane to arrange a live tv interview with Superman, so that he can explain his actions.  Lois wonders what Luthor is really up to.  We see that he had Metallo’s head stolen from Stryker’s Island, and plans to turn the interview into his own anti-Superman show.

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Metallo is released at the airport, and when Superman finds out, rushes off to deal with him.  Outburst shows up to help as well.  With no Superman, Lois takes to speech making, presenting a much better defense of Superman than the hero likely would have made himself.

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Superman removes Metallo’s head, encasing it in fused sand-glass, while Luthor fumes that his poorly thought out plot failed.

 

Adventures of Superman 500 – back from the dead

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After a break of a few months, Adventures of Superman returns with issue 500 (Early June 1993), the bulk of which is by Ordway, Grummett and Hazelwood.

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Although the issue had a pretty good 3D cover, I always think of it as pictured above, in the white plastic bag it came in.

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The final issue of Funeral for a Friend saw Jonathan Kent die of a heart attack, and this story sees him find his son in the afterlife.

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The comic intercuts a lot of scenes with the supporting cast, as Pa Kent fights to bring his son back from the dead.  We see Gangbuster fighting drug dealers and fleeing from the police.

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Cat Grant is upset about Jose’s activities, which have driven them apart.  Vinnie Edge sees this as an opportunity to make the move on Cat.

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There is also an entertaining sequence with the Prankster killing his cell mate, although this does not tie in to the larger storyline in any way.

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Pa Kent gets separated from Clark, and winds up being tempted by Blaze, although he has no interest in her deal.

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Kismet also encounters Pa Kent, and leads him to where he can find Superman.

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Superman is being carted into a weird afterlife by demons who appear to be Kryptonians.  Pa Kent helps him see through the illusions, and together they enter a tunnel that will bring them back to the real world.

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We see Pa Kent revive, to the delight of Lois Lane and Ma Kent, and he announces that Clark is alive as well.

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Lois Lane convinces Inspector Henderson to open the tomb, and the find the body gone.

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This is followed by four very brief stories, each one introducing a possible resurrected Superman.  Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke introduce the villainous White Rabbit just before John Henry Irons pulls himself out of the wreckage left by Doomsday.

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Roger Stern, Jackson Guice and Denis Rodier show us the vicious Last Son of Krypton, who is pretty obviously the Eradicator.

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Karl Kesel, Grummet and Hazelwood take us to Cadmus, where the Newsboy Legion have helped Superboy escape, despite the Guardian’s efforts.

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And Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding go the high tech route with the Cyborg Superman.

Each of these four continue to appear in one of the four ongoing Superman titles, which all return later in the month.

Adventures of Superman Annual 3 – Superman loves Maxima

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Of the four Armageddon 2001 crossovers that featured Superman, Adventures of Superman Annual 3, by Louise Simonson, with pencils by Brian Hitch and inks by Jim Sanders III, Joseph Rubenstein, Ray McCarthy, Nick Napolitano, Jerry Acerno and Dick Giordano.

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Since Superman negated the possible future Waverider saw the last time he made contact with the hero, he decides to try again, this time approaching Clark Kent as he banters with Lois Lane.

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Perhaps because of that, this future follows them as they get married.  All is well and the young couple are joyously happy.  Lois discovers that she is pregnant.

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But then the baby kicks.  And that’s it for Lois.

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Distraught, Superman exiles himself into space, and nearly dies when attacked by an alien warship.  Maxima rescues him, feeling somewhat guilty as they attackers thought he was from Almerac.  Sazu, who still does not care for Superman, tells Maxima that to win him over she will have to play demure and weak, going against all her instincts.  We learn in this story that the forces behind the throne of Almerac are pressuring her to marry, and have chosen the monstrous but powerful De’Cine as her mate, if she cannot find one on her own.

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Things are going well between Superman and Maxima, but not quite fast enough.  Sazu tells De’Cine to destroy Earth in order to lower Superman’s status in Maxima’s eyes. But really, she is doing this to give Superman no reason to ever leave, thinking that this will make him decide to marry her mistress.

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Maxima continues to have outbursts and rages, but Superman tries to convince her there is another way.  He makes a wager with, promising a kiss if he loses, that she should ask her gardener politely for a fruit, and use her telepathy to determine if he respects her more for being polite.  Maxima does this, barely, but is astounded at how diligent and appreciative the gardener becomes.

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She concedes that Superman was right, and that she has lost the bet.  But in losing so gracefully, and learning from it, she has won him over.

There is some action towards the end, as Superman prevents De’Cine from destroying Earth, but it’s the romance plot, and the happy ending this couple gets, that makes the story stand out.

A shame this possible future never came close to happening.