"The Battle of the Super-Pets!": This story is reprinted from Action Comics #277.
Action Comics #373 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1969. It was published on January 7, 1969.
- 1 Appearing in "The Battle of the Super-Pets!"
- 2 Synopsis for "The Battle of the Super-Pets!"
- 3 Appearing in "The Bride of Mr. Mxyzptlk!"
- 4 Synopsis for "The Bride of Mr. Mxyzptlk!"
- 5 Appearing in "Supergirl's Farewell to Earth!"
- 6 Synopsis for "Supergirl's Farewell to Earth!"
- 7 Appearing in "The War Between Supergirl and the Supermen Emergency Squad"
- 8 Synopsis for "The War Between Supergirl and the Supermen Emergency Squad"
- 9 Appearing in "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge!"
- 10 Synopsis for "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge!"
- 11 Notes
- 12 Trivia
- 13 See Also
- 14 Recommended Reading
- 15 Links and References
Appearing in "The Battle of the Super-Pets!"
- The Mayor of Metropolis
- The Interplanetary Multi-Dimensional Practical Jokers Club (Single appearance)
- Mister Mxyzptlk (In a photograph only)
- Mr. & Mrs. Morgan (Single appearance)
- Mr. Galloway (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Battle of the Super-Pets!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #277.
Krypto helps to protect Supergirl's civilian identity of Linda Lee, by preventing a prospective couple from adopting her from the Midvale Orphanage. As such, Supergirl shows favor to Krypto – a gesture that incurs the wrath of her cat, Streaky. Streaky attacks Krypto in a fit of rage. Superman arrives and Supergirl and he have to pull the two animals apart.
To settle the dispute, they decide to hold a series of contests between the two pets. Supergirl takes the animals to a far-distant planet and has them challenge each other to various games. But what Supergirl doesn't realize is that this planet is one of the worlds frequently used by Mister Mxyzptlk for his various pranks. As such, the two animals fall prey to various left-behind toys. Supergirl falls into a Kryptonite trap and Krypto and Streaky help her to escape.
Appearing in "The Bride of Mr. Mxyzptlk!"
- Supergirl (Flashback and main story)
- Fred and Edna Danvers
- Zor-El and Allura (Magical constructs created by Mister Mxyzptlk) (The real Zor-El and Allura appear in Flashback)
- Jor-El and Lara (Mentioned only)
- Metropolis Police Department
- People tranformed into Bizarros (Single appearance)
- United Nations delegates
- Superman (Flashback only)
- Krypton (Destroyed in Flashback)
- Argo City (Flashback only)
- Green Kryptonite (Flashback only)
- Krypton Truth Serum
- Kryptonian Rocket (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "The Bride of Mr. Mxyzptlk!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #291.
Mr. Mxyzptlk plagues Earth with pranks again, such as turning the entire United Nations delegation into Bizarros, and Supergirl is unable to make him say his name backwards. When she denounces him as, among other things, "the greatest creep there ever was!", Mxyzptlk thinks that she is beautiful when she's angry, and proposes marriage to her. She gives him an
unequivocal "No!", but Mxyzptlk proves his love by materializing her dead parents, Zor-El and Allura. Supergirl is overwhelmed, and is torn between affection for her natural parents and the Danverses. Zor-El, for his part, insists that Supergirl marry Mxyzptlk. But, before the wedding can take place, he has Mxyzptlk drink a toast laced with Krypton Truth Serum. Thus, when Zor-El directs him to, he has to say his name backwards, and returns to the 5th Dimension. All his magical effects are canceled, including the existences of Zor-El and Allura. Later, Supergirl wonders if she will ever see her real parents again.
Appearing in "Supergirl's Farewell to Earth!"
- Fortress of Solitude (Mentioned only)
- Metropolis (Mentioned only)
- Smallville (Mentioned only)
- Green Kryptonite (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "Supergirl's Farewell to Earth!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #258.
After secretly saving a pair of children from a falling tree, Supergirl spots Krypto flying by and introduces herself to the super-dog. The two then frolic and play in secret until they are spotted by Superman. Upset that she revealed her existence to even Krypto, Superman decides that Supergirl has broken their pact and tells her that he is exiling her from the Earth. Fashioning a crude ship, Superman tosses her out into space where she lands on a savage planet where she has to build her own home and live off the land.
Missing the planet Earth, she decides to watch it from afar with her x-ray vision, where she witnesses a forest fire. She tosses huge icicles from her planet to Earth where they melt and douse the flames. Given a note from Superman by Krypto, explaining that a deadly Kryptonite cloud is coming to her planet, the note explains that he will allow her to return to Earth as Linda Lee for 24 hours until the danger passes and she has to resume her exile.
In order to explain her disappearance as Linda Lee, Supergirl tells a tale of how she got lost in the woods and found her way back home. When reporters show up to record the story, one in particular has a keen interest in Linda: Clark Kent. When Kent notices that she has no insect bites on her arms, and demands her to reveal herself to be a Supergirl, a fact that Linda does not deny. Disappointed that Linda would so easily give up her identity, Clark is surprised when she explains that she knows he's Superman. Supergirl explains that when Clark grabbed for her arm, she attempted to use her x-ray vision to cloud the glasses to give the illusion of insect bites, however when it had no effect on Clark's glasses (having been made from the glass windscreen of his Kryptonian vessel that brought him to Earth) she deduced his identity.
With all said, the two Kryptonians fly up into the sky in secret, where they meet up with Krypto. Superman reveals that the whole chain of events was a test to see how well Supergirl could protect her secret identity. Convinced that she past the test, Superman allows her to resume her civilian identity and operate in secret as Supergirl until the time is right to reveal her to the world.
Appearing in "The War Between Supergirl and the Supermen Emergency Squad"
- North Pole
Synopsis for "The War Between Supergirl and the Supermen Emergency Squad"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #276.
Clark Kent and Lois Lane are called to the estate of John Kiley, a rich and charitable man who is now on his death bed, he and Clark had been very close for years. Left in private with Kiley, Kiley reveals that he's a huge Superman fan, and that he'd been researching the Man of Steel for years, and suspects that Clark is truly Superman. John asks Kent, as his dying wish, to know if his theory is true or not. Clark reveals himself to be Superman, and Kiley seemingly dies.
After the press leaves, Kiley revives, having drugged himself to a near death state (which they fear might have given him hallucinations.) As it turns out, he's secretly been running the Anti-Superman Gang, and now that he had learned the Man of Steel's true identity, they begin to plot a way to elimination Superman once and for all. Staging a mine collapse to attract the press, Kiely and his gang manage to trap Clark in the cave with a giant chunk of Kryptonite. His attempt to call his Superman robots to his rescue fails because the Anti-Superman Gang has set up jammers to prevent the robots from coming to his aid.
Seeing Superman's plight through a video monitor, a number of men from the bottle city of Kandor go out to Superman's rescue as the Superman Emergency Squad. They seek out Supergirl and ask for her aid in rescuing Superman. With a bunch of lead paint, they smash into the cavern and douse the Kryptonite with it before it can effect either of them. They then set up a trap to capture the Anti-Superman Gang. When the gang opens the cavern to see if Kent is dead, they are shocked to find that he is not. One of the gang members blurts out the possible side effect of the near-death drug, while pulling the bottle out to show all. Clark uses his x-ray vision to make the bottles contents spray out and douse everyone. He then instructs Supergirl to change into Linda Lee and appear before the gang members and change into Supergirl. While this is happening he also instructs the Superman Emergency Squad to appear as well, leaving the crooks to believe that they are hallucinating.
When the crooks all pass out, Supergirl changes back into Linda Lee and Clark into Superman. When they revive, all they see is a little girl and are busted by Superman, who tells them that Clark Kent "told" him about their plot.
Appearing in "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge!"
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- Whizzy (Pre-Zero Hour) (First appearance)
- Positive Man (First appearance; dies)
- Chameleon Men (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #287.
After spending time at her friend Margie's house where her Superman fan-club has Lois Lane over as a guest visitor, Supergirl (as Linda Lee Danvers) returns home. There she is told by Fred Danvers that the sheriff is about to blow up the tree stump which hides the secret exit to their home which Supergirl uses to leave unseen. Supergirl rushes off to prevent the entrance from being seen. Returning home once more she gets a signal from the Legion of Super-Heroes to visit them in the 30th Century.
At first she wonders why the Legion called her because they all appear to be busy doing other things, however she strangely finds them at the Legion's headquarters. The Legion quickly have her board their ship to go out into space to stop the Positive Man. Supergirl succeeds in doing so by attracting a negative creature from space to cause the two to explode.
Returning to Earth, the Legion members find that their super-powers no longer work, and in order to avoid a crime spree, Supergirl with the help of Whizzy (the future descendant of her super-cat Streaky) help make it appear as though the Legion still has their super-powers by helping them out behind the scenes.
However, this is all a trick, and the "Legion" members are really members of the Chameleon men, alien shape changers who are posing as the Legion. With Supergirl's guard down, they use a Phantom Zone projector to shunt both Supergirl and Whizzy into the Phantom Zone. Using Whizzy's telepathic abilities, they gain the aid of the owner of an android factory they had saved earlier to send in an android resembling the Chameleon Men to enter the Legion base and free Supergirl and Whizzy.
Supergirl then quickly defeats the Chameleon Men, trapping them in a transparent dome, and freeing the other Legion members. After she says goodbye to the Legion and Whizzy and returns to her own time and relates to the story to Streaky.
- No special notes.
- No trivia.
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 3)
- Supergirl (Volume 4)
- Supergirl (Volume 5)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 6)
- Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 7)