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"Superman: "Luthor's First Victory Over Superman!"": Superman continues to goof-up on his missions, due to Luthor and Brainiac, who have used psychological warfare to make Superman have a mental breakdown. And it was a


Quote1 Superman... what you did for Ardora squares us -- for now! But be on guard! The universe won't be big enough to hold the two of us the next time we meet! Quote2
Lex Luthor

Action Comics #335 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1966.

Appearing in Superman: "Luthor's First Victory Over Superman!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Ardora
  • Air Force Brass
  • Army Psychological Warfare Department
  • C.I.A. (Mentioned only)
  • Deliverymen
  • F.B.I. (Mentioned only)
  • General Blade
  • Unnamed President of the United States (Phone call only)
  • Van Benson (Acting Editor/ Daily Planet)

Locations:

Items:

  • Amnesium
  • Brainiac's Weaponry
    • Shrinking Ray
    • Enlarging Ray
    • Invisibility Ray
    • Kryptonite Vibro-Beam
  • Hypno-Machine (Flashback only)
  • Lex-O-Phone Satellite
  • Radioactive Fission Blocks
  • Statue of Lex Luthor
  • Super-Compressed Explosive Globes

Vehicles:

  • Airliner
  • Atomic Material Cubevan
  • Brainiac's Flying Saucer
  • Metropolis Express Bus

Synopsis for Superman: "Luthor's First Victory Over Superman!"

Superman continues to goof-up on his missions, due to Luthor and Brainiac, who have used psychological warfare to make Superman have a mental breakdown. And it was all in revenge for revealing Lex's checkered past to his wife, Ardora.

Senator Perry White sends Superman to the Army Psychological Warfare expert, General Blade, who tests and fails Superman. He tells Perry that Superman "may as well hang up his cape". But after "General Blade" dismisses Superman, he takes off his mask -- he was actually the triumphant Lex Luthor the whole time, and his assistant is Brainiac.

The evil duo hear that Superman is going berserk on a movie set, and go to gloat while secretly miniaturized in the Lex-O-Phone satellite. But Superman only pretends to be rattled to lure the villains, who let their guard -- and their force field -- down. When Superman learns that Luthor's vendetta was caused by Ardora's heartbreak[1] and he lets them go.

Luthor and Brainiac think that they had broken Superman's grasp, and head for Lexor. Superman throws their Lex-O-Phone past them, and it reaches Lexor first and doses Ardora with Amnesium gas which causes her to forget Lex's criminal past. Their relationship reconciled by amnesia, Ardora warmly greets her returning husband, and Luthor admits that Superman has settled their debt for the time being, but ultimately the universe isn't big enough for both of them.

Appearing in Supergirl: "The Prize of Peril"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Jak-Thal

Other Characters:

  • Batman (Mentioned only)
  • Superman (Mentioned only)
  • Beauty Pageant Contestants
  • Dean of Stanhope College
  • The Exiles
    • Zilya
  • Frankie Abalone
  • Stan Wellwood
  • Tommy Sanders
  • Watson (A Photographer)

Locations:

  • Unnamed Distant Planet
  • Earth
  • Stanhope College
  • Miss Universe Headquarters
  • Instellar Probe Data
    • World 16 (Prehistoric)
    • World 88 (Ancient Ruins)
    • World 101 (Undersea Civilization)

Items:

  • Anti-Beauty Mold
  • Diamonds
  • Interstellar Probe
  • Lead Fiber Bandages
  • Miss Universe Crown
  • Miss Cosmos Crown
  • Whale

Vehicles:

  • Dick Malverne's Cadillac Convertible
  • Jak-Thal's Space-craft
  • Limousine Space-Car
  • Gold-Plated Yacht (In dream sequence only)
  • Stan's Convertible

Synopsis for Supergirl: "The Prize of Peril"

Supergirl, as Linda Danvers, uses her super-powers to win the Miss Universe contest after seeing a space-probe which played back a tape of a Miss Cosmos contest. Since the Miss Universe of Earth will be abducted from Earth and chosen to compete in the Miss Cosmos contest, Supergirl wishes to face the unknown herself, instead of letting a normal girl take the heat. She wins the Miss Cosmos contest, but her prize is a phony immortality treatment by the vengeful Jak-Thal, who kills three former Miss Cosmos winners to prevent them from warning her. Since Jak-Thal's face was turned grotesque by radiation from a nebula in space, he gets revenge by giving "ugly treatments" to the winner of the Miss Cosmos contest. And, after Supergirl breaks free and turns him in to a space prison for murder, she does indeed become grotesque.

Notes

  • Perry White became a U.S. Senator in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #62 and has been made the head of the Secret Intelligence Committee.
  • In "Luthor's First Victory Over Superman!", General Blade (Lex Luthor) measures Superman running at "almost the speed of light"; which is not his top speed. Superman can exceed the speed of light, but he does not because that would break the time barrier, as he discovered in Superman #141. He also doesn't need to as the lightning leader that he raced travels at less than 1/1000th the speed of light.

Trivia

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See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

  1. Ardora learned of Lex's crimes in Action Comics #332
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