Tuesday, 14 July 2015

DC Spotlight: Superman #299 (1976)

Superman #299 (DC)

Cary Bates & Elliot Maggin (w) Curt Swan & Bob Oksner (a)

A comic that features nine of Superman's deadliest villains has to be worth picking up. The line up includes Lex Luthor, Brainiac, The Parasite, Kryptonite Man and many more. Trouble is they are all a distraction from the real villain of the piece, Clark Kent's next door neighbour!

Superman has been having trouble with his powers of late. When he's Clark Kent he becomes human and only regains his powers when donning his costume. Is this a mental block or something more sinister?

One thing we do know is what Clark's mysterious alien neighbour "Mr Xavier" is up to. A plot that seems to come right out of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Earth needs to be demolished to make way for a "Teleportation Highway". Go figure.

Only Superman stands in the way and the aliens have decided to make Superman the catalyst for destruction by making him the bomb that blows away the Earth.

Hence the sudden teleportation of nine villains into Clark Kent's apartment.

The action begins....

An old fashioned story published when Superman was selling more than a quarter of a million copies a month.


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