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"Superman: "This Hostage Must Die!"": Superman discovers that the red jewel is drawing energy from a red sun, and frees himself by blocking out its light. Then he discovers that Frank Haldane has found the treasure of Montezuma, and is attempting to steal it with a mechani


Quote1 This Atomic Cauldron is fueled by radioactive Kryptonian elements which I got from Kandor! It will dissolve these super-weapons into their molecular components instantly! Quote2
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Action Comics #402 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1971. It was published on May 27, 1971.

Appearing in Superman: "This Hostage Must Die!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Don Hawks
  • Old Snake
  • Moon Flower

Antagonists:

  • Frank Haldane

Synopsis for Superman: "This Hostage Must Die!"

Superman discovers that the red jewel is drawing energy from a red sun, and frees himself by blocking out its light. Then he discovers that Frank Haldane has found the treasure of Montezuma, and is attempting to steal it with a mechanical mole of his own design. Superman captures Haldane and turns the wealth over to the Navarros.

Appearing in Superman and Supergirl: "Feud of the Titans!"

Featured Characters:

Locations:

Items:

  • Atomic Cauldron (First appearance)
  • Jigsaw-Ray Gun
  • Seismotron
  • Vapor bomb
  • Souped-up laser gun which can impenetrable superman's uniform
  • Cryogen freeze wave projector
  • Brainwash bomb

Synopsis for Superman and Supergirl: "Feud of the Titans!"

Superman and Supergirl are made hostile to each other and goaded into a super-feud when fumes from a "brainwash bomb" they are disposing of in the Fortress of Solitude's disintegration pit combine with Kryptonian elements there and make them hate each other. Superman begins to suspect the truth after seeing a two-headed bird's two heads quarrel with each other in the Fortress, and he rescues Supergirl from death when she falls into the disintegration pit. Once outside the Fortress, they regain their senses, and they clean the gas from their headquarters.

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Trivia

  • When Supergirl falls into the Atomic Cauldron on accident, Superman comments that her indestructible costume must be partially protecting her from the full disintegration effect. However, the costume used by Supergirl at this point in time was composed of regular Earth fabrics supplied by Wonder Woman and was explicitly established in Mike Sekowsky's Supergirl features in Adventure Comics not to be indestructible, as Supergirl's original costume was. Also, blinded by hatred, Supergirl accuses Superman of concealing a freeze-ray to later use against her, when such a weapon would both be redundant, due to the freeze-breath power that both of them share, and ineffective, due to Supergirl's invulnerability.



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