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    Default The Empty Earth

    In the first issue of the ongoing MAJESTIC, the Eradicator and the Man of Steel have been able to bring Majestros through the Bleed to Earth-50. However, they only have a small window of time to return to their own world.

    They find Earth-50 empty of all fauna.



    But they soon discover the world is patrolled by alien constructs called Vedettes. Flying to Mr. Majestic's "Fortress of Solitude" in Mt. Rushmore, the super trio determine a ship took all the fauna from the Earth and left the Vedettes to guard the empty Earth.



    But time has run out for Superman and the Eradicator as they must go through the Bleed at once or be trapped on this Earth for several decades. Mr. Majestic convinces the Caped Kryptonian to go home.



    Next week: The Replikon Identity
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    This looks great! I love most of the books I’ve read by Abnett and Lanning.

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    Default Identity Politics

    The Replikon Identity

    GREEN LANTERN 108 (September 1978)--1st story, "The Third Identity of Replikon" by Denny O'Neil, Mike Grell and Bruce D. Patterson; cover art by Mike Grell
    GREEN LANTERN 109 (October 1978)--1st story, "Assault on Replikon" by O'Neil, Grell and Colletta; cover art by Mike Grell
    GREEN LANTERN 192 (September 1985)--1st story, "First Star I See Tonight" by Englehart, Staton and Patterson
    GREEN LANTERN 193 (October 1985)--"Dead Ringer" by Englehart, Staton and Patterson
    THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS 212 (May 1987)--"Fun Couples" by Englehart, Staton and Farmer
    THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 627 (June 2004)--"Battery Part 1" by Greg Rucka, Matthew Clark and Nelson Faro DeCastro
    THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 628 (July 2004)--"Battery Part 2" by Rucka, Clark and DeCastro
    THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 629 (August 2004)--"Battery Part 3" by Rucka, Renato Guedes and Eddie Wagner
    THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 630 (September 2004)--"Battery Part 4 [Villain Interruptus]" by Rucka, Clark and DeCastro
    THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 631 (October 2004)--"Battery Part 5" by Rucka, Clark, Guedes and Lanning




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    Default Replikon

    Xum, the lone survivor of an alien species that once inhabited a planet in what is now the asteroid belt, hopes to one day hatch their eggs in a hospitable environment. When a space probe flies through the asteroid belt, Xum hitches a ride to Earth. As they pass by the Justice League satellite, they absorb the abilities and the appearance of Batman, Wonder Woman and the Flash.



    In their new form, Xum encounters first Green Lantern and then later Black Canary and Green Arrow, who call the alien by the name Replikon.



    Intent on changing the conditions on Earth to hatch their offspring, Replikon assumes another identity as Andre, a foreigner who charms Carol Ferris.


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    Carol Ferris becomes serious about Andre, but Andre/Replikon/Xum are intent on their mission to remove Earth's ozone layer, even though that will kill most life on the planet.



    Once Hal realizes that Andre is Replikon, he uses Carol as bait to trap the strange visitor. Taking the alien back to the asteroid belt, the Emerald Crusader has no empathy for Xum's desire to hatch their eggs into a safe environment. Not only has G.L. made an enemy of Replikon, but Hal has hurt the woman he claims to love.


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    In "First Star I See Tonight," John Stewart, Katma Tui and Dolar head to the planet Zamaron, while back on Earth, Hal Jordan sees Carol Ferris and his foe the Predator merge together to become Star Sapphire.

    She then delivers a long villain monologue which flashes back on her history as Carol Ferris--including when Hal forced her to give up "Andre." All of these events in her life led Star Sapphire to split in two--as Carol and as Predator. Having given up his role as Green Lantern to be with Carol, Hal has lost her as she embraces her role as the Zamarons' queen.



    Art note: This tale features a collection of flashbacks from past issues of GREEN LANTERN that Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson do in the styles of previous artists--including Gil Kane, Neal Adams and Mike Grell.

    When Stewart, Tui and Dolar breech the defences of Zamaron, Star Sapphire uses the Zamaron organ to blank the memories of the Lanterns. Back in outer space, they decide to leave that world alone.

    As Dolar says farewell, John and Katma head back to Earth. Stewart is on probation as the new Green Lantern of Earth, with Katma Tui serving as his mentor. Flying through the asteroid belt, Katma uses the opportunity for a training exercise. But as they weave through the asteroids, they are surprised by Replikon.





    Note: Although Katma Tui knows that Hal Jordan was a Green Lantern, John does not yet know that his predecessor was Hal. That flimsy mask hides the truth from others, just like Clark Kent's glasses.

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    Default Xum's Children

    The two Ring Wielders are captured by Xum, who explains the situation with their two unborn eggs and the lack of a suitable habitat.



    John neutralizes Replikon in a suit of green armour. Rather than leave Xum to suffer, without a homeworld and without a family--John and Katma ask the Guardians' permission to rebuild a world.



    Once the new planet is complete, Xum's eggs hatch two offspring called Sachi and Yukinori. Meanwhile, the Guardians are worried about the coming Crisis and Guy Gardner is released from hospital.


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    Default With This Ring

    After John Stewart and Katma Tui are married, they honeymoon on the world they created for Xum, Sachi and Yukinori.


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    Default R.I.P. Replikon

    On a Special Crimes Unit ride-along (in this case a fly-along), Clark switches to Superman when the unit encounter Replikon.





    In the confusion, Xum dies--murdered by person or persons unknown. None of this adds up for Clark--why had Replikon returned to Earth, how did they die?


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    Default Xlim

    In the next issue, Kal-El and John Stewart head to the homeworld of Xum, Sachi and Yukinori and find the corpse of one child. They identify this child as "female"; furthermore, John never mentions that he and Katma Tui were the ones who created this world together.





    In issue 629, another "Replikon" shows up which the Man of Steel calls Xum's "son." When they meet, the alien says they are "Xlim"--neither Sachi nor Yukinori.

    Xlim is being controlled by a mystery villain--the same one that already killed Xlim's sibling and their parent--in hopes of draining Superman of his power (like draining a battery).

    Together, Xlim and anonymous invade a school and take children hostage.


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    Default Replikons's Revenge

    Mr. Mxyzptlk stops time to play with the Man of Tomorrow's mind and hints that a great crisis is on the horizon--or maybe not--before time resumes.



    After being pushed around by the mystery villain--



    ---Xlim seeks revenge by killing the bad guy and the S.C.U. take the Replikon into custody.



    Note: These stories tend to use male and female pronouns for Xum and their children, but given their biology, multiple identities and ability to mimic both male and female, I don't think that is appropriate and I've used third person plural pronouns instead.

    Xum was almost always shown to have difficulty with English. Their offspring may have had similar difficulties and used incorrect words.

    Also, when the younger Replikon says "Xlim" perhaps this is the same as "Xum"--maybe all of their species are called something that sounds like "Xum" or "Xlim" in our language. Or given comic book lettering it can be explained in-story as a transposition error--the same that had many classic writers avoid the use of "FLICK" in their scripts--XUM and XLIM are easily flipped in such lettering.

    The mystery villain is later identified as Ruin--and wasn't actually killed. Ruin's supposed real identity is up for debate. Nothing else seems to have been done with Replikon, Xum or Xlim--as far as I know.

    Ruin takes the view that Superman is a battery which can be drained of power and that power can be transferred to another battery. I find this an overly simplistic and unscientific concept.

    Not just these, but several other choices in the "Battery" story are exasperating. I expect better from Greg Rucka. Of the three major writers in the Replikon saga--O'Neil, Englehart and Rucka--the one who displays the greatest insight, care and compassion is Steve Englehart.

    Next week: Leaving Lois Lane
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    Default Editors' Round Table

    Following Mort Weisinger's departure in 1970, the musical editorial chairs on the Superman books could be hard to track. Here's a refresher.

    Superman Editors' Round Table
    1970 - 1974



    Murray Boltinoff--ACTION COMICS 393 - 418; SUPERBOY 149 - 223; SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 133 - 135, 154 - 163; THE SUPERMAN FAMILY 164 - 181; WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 215 - 242.

    E. Nelson Bridwell--SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE 105 - 120.

    Robert Kanigher--SUPERGIRL 2 - 10; SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE 128 - 137.

    Jack Kirby--SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 135 - 147.



    Joe Orlando--ADVENTURE COMICS 410 - 448; SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN 149 - 153.

    Julius Schwartz--ACTION COMICS 419 - 583; JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 1 - 165; SUPERMAN 233 - 423; THE SUPERMAN FAMILY 164 - 181, 195 - 222; WORLD'S FINEST COMICS 198 - 214.

    Mike Sekowsky--ADVENTURE COMICS 397 - 409.

    Dorothy Woolfolk--SUPERGIRL 1; SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE 121 - 127.


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    Default Leaving Lois Lane

    SUPERMANíS GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 104 [G-75] (September-October 1970)--"Lois Lane's Greatest Scoops"; cover art by Swan and Anderson; on sale July 2nd, 1970:



    Note: The indicia has Mort Weisinger as editor and E. Nelson Bridwell as assistant editor, officially making this the last LOIS LANE credited to Weisinger. Mind you, Bridwell was pretty much in charge of the reprint collections, so he was likely the unofficial editor.

    Stories are reprinted from---

    ACTION COMICS 235 (December 1957)--1st story, "The Super-Prisoner of Amazon Island" by Binder, Boring and Kaye; cover art by Swan and Kaye--See post to follow.



    SUPERMANíS GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE 42 (July 1963)--2nd story, "The Monkeyís Paw" by Siegel and Schaffenberger
    See post #54.

    SUPERMAN 153 (May 1962)--3rd story, "Town of Supermen" by Siegel and Forte
    Phantom Zone criminals take over Drywood Gulch, an Old West ghost town.

    SUPERMANíS GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE 58 (July 1965)--1st story, "Lois Lane's Great Houdini Trick" by Binder and Schaffenberger
    Lois exposes a phoney medium.

    ACTION COMICS 274 (March 1961)--1st story, "The Reversed Super-Powers" by Siegel and Schaffenberger; cover art by Swan and Kaye--See post to follow.



    SUPERMANíS GIRL FRIEND, LOIS LANE 42 (July 1963)--1st story, "The Girl Who Destroyed Atlantis" by Dorfman and Schaffenberger
    Lois travels back in time to the day when Atlantis fell into the sea.

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    Default A Fighting Slave of the Amazons

    "The Super-Prisoner of Amazon Island":



    Lois Lane is the chair of the Super-Sorority, a sisterhood of women who have been rescued by Superman. One day they set out on a cruise but they are marooned on an uncharted island where they meet the legendary Amazons, led by Queen Elsha.

    When the Action Ace arrives in answer to the Super-Sorority's S.O.S, the Queen decrees that he is a slave of the Amazons and has him put in chains. The links are made of Kryptonite, yet they have no effect on the Kryptonian. He believes there is some secret antidote on the island that makes him immune to the green stuff and he pretends to be powerless until he can find this cure for Kryptonite.



    Elsha then decrees that Superman should marry the first woman who gives him a task he is unable to perform. The Man of Tomorrow has no trouble with any of the challenges set for him, until Lois gives him an easy task--telling her what's behind a rock--yet he can't see because there is lead in the rock. By rights he should marry her, but she doesn't want to win him this way.



    Note: Something in the crown of Queen Elsha seems to have an anti-Kryptonite effect; however, when the crown is lost there is no knowing what properties it might have had. Given there is so much Kryptonite on the island, perhaps the crown is made from an alien ore as well.

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    Default The Powerless Man of Steel

    "The Reversed Super-Powers":



    At the Fortress of Solitude, Lois takes part in an experiment to develop an antidote for Kryptonite, but instead it seems to rob Superman of his powers.



    Now that he is powerless, the hero suggests that he could marry Lois, but the Lady Lane doesn't know if that's such a good idea.

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