"Superman: "The Condemned Superman"": Superman was facing the Lexorian death penalty for the murder of Lex Luthor. The prosecutor, Lar-Than, presented an air-tight case and had Luthor's widow in tears on the stand. Superman's defence


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Supergirl

Action Comics #319 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1964.

Synopsis for Superman: "The Condemned Superman"

Superman was facing the Lexorian death penalty for the murder of Lex Luthor. The prosecutor, Lar-Than, presented an air-tight case and had Luthor's widow in tears on the stand. Superman's defence team, Vel Quenner and Garn Abu, could do little but call Superman to the stand; but the courtroom erupted when Superman testified that, their hero, Luthor was a desperate criminal on Earth; and that he hit Luthor in self-defence.

It was customary on Lexor to move prisoners to Death Row while on trial for capital crimes; and Superman was no exception. He watched from hus cell as convicted criminal Zin Zabo's sentence was carried out, and he was turned to stone.

Even though Superman was losing the trial, his lawyers had become convinced of his innocence and inadvertently helped him sneak out of jail.

Once freed, Superman discovered drugs in Luthor's lab that Lex had used to place himself in a death-like coma during their battle. He revived Luthor with the antidote, and was cleared of the murder charge. The Lexorians celebrated Lex's return and Superman was exiled from Lexor. Ardora was just happy to have her husband Lex back.

Appearing in Superman: "The Condemned Superman"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Lexorians
    • Doctor
    • Garn Abu
    • Lar Than
    • Judge
    • Jungle Hunter (Flashback only)
    • Jury
    • Stenographer
    • Vel Quenner
    • Zin Zabo (Dies)

Locations:

  • Earth (Mentioned only)
  • Red Sun X-156-99F
    • Lexor
      • Capital City
        • Courthouse
        • Prison
          • Maxium Security
          • The Stone Room (Execution Chamber)
        • Luthor's Monument
      • Field of the Gods (Flashback only)
      • Jungle (Flashback only)

Items:

  • Coma Drug
  • Green Kryptonite
  • Jungle Wildlife (Mentioned only) (Flashback only)
    • Madness Flower (Mentioned only) (Flashback only)
    • Truth Beast (Mentioned only) (Flashback only)
  • Shock Restorative Chemical
  • Stone Gods
  • Superman Alarms (Flashback only)

Vehicles:

  • Space Rocket (Flashback only)
  • Superman's Spacecraft (Flashback and main story)


Synopsis for Supergirl: "The Super-Cheat!"

Maddened by her loss of status since Linda Danvers showed her up, Donna Storm began a campaign that would have restored herself as "Miss Big" on Stanhope's campus.

Her schemes included secretly using a computer her father gave her, blackmailing workers at her family's chemical plant to do her chemistry homework, and using radio-receiver earrings as hi-tech cheat-sheets. But Supergirl thwarted her again and again.

Finally, Donna framed Linda for stealing gold and diamonds from a mineral collection in the science building. Linda was expelled. But she got the help of Shrinking Violet, who altered Donna's radio earrings into transmitters that broadcasted Donna's gloating voice through the school's P.A. system. Then Linda proded Donna and she arrogantly confessed. With the evidence heard by the whole college, Linda was reinstated, and Donna was expelled.

Appearing in Supergirl: "The Super-Cheat!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Donna Storm (Final appearance)

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

  • Coal
  • Deep Sea Fish
    • Elasto-Fish
    • Glass Fish
  • Diamond
  • Gold Ore
  • Mini-Recording Device (Early Ear-Bud)

Vehicles:

  • Donna's Cadillac Convertible
  • Time Bomb (Time Travel Device)
  • Time Bubble
  • Undersea Classroom Bubble

Notes

Trivia

  • Though Superman pleaded not guilty to killing Luthor in "The Condemned Superman"; there were three flaws to his argument. 1. Superman did not have jurisdiction on a foreign sovereign planet. 2. Lex Luthor, as a foreign leader, had certain diplomatic rights including immunity from foreign procecution. 3. There was no formal extradition treaty between Earth and Lexor. As such it was a case of false arrest, and Luthor was within his rights to use reasonable force to resist it -- especially within his home jurisdiction.


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