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"Superman: "The Fiend in the Fortress of Solitude"": A plane carrying Michael King Andrews crashes in the Arctic Circle next to the Fortress of Solitude. Superman rushes out to assist the pilot who unknown to Superman has already memorized the coordinates and locat


Quote1 You would have let the bomb explode here-- And sacrificed yourself-- As long as I died, too! Luthor, do you hate me that much? Quote2
Superman

Action Comics #407 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1971.

Appearing in Superman: "The Fiend in the Fortress of Solitude"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Lex Luthor/"Mr. Slesar"
  • Michael "King" Andrews (Single appearance) (Dies)
  • Michael Andrews, Jr. (Single appearance)

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Items:

  • Anti-Matter Fusion Bomb
  • Knock-Out Gas
  • Shrinking Ray
  • Silicon
  • Polaris Sub

Vehicles:

  • 1965 Cessna 172G #NC5739
  • Twin Engine Jet Plane

Synopsis for Superman: "The Fiend in the Fortress of Solitude"

A plane carrying Michael King Andrews crashes in the Arctic Circle next to the Fortress of Solitude. Superman rushes out to assist the pilot who unknown to Superman has already memorized the coordinates and location of the Fortress for future use. Two days later, Clark researches the pilot and finds that he has crossed paths with Andrews in the past. In the meantime Andrews has gathered his son and a henchman named Slesar to assist him in a secret project. They kidnap Clark Kent as a deterrent to ward off Superman and fly out to the Fortress of Solitude.

Once inside the Fortress they lock up Clark in a cage while Andrews ransacks the fortress for technology. In the meantime Clark receives a distress call for an emergency in Africa. He distracts his juvenile guard with his ventriloquist skills and tends to the emergency in a matter of minutes. Upon returning back to his cage, Clark receives another distress call for an emergency in Florida. He creates an avalanche which allows him to escape from his cage once more and he rescues a disabled submarine in the Atlantic Ocean.

Back at the Fortress, the henchman Slesar reveals himself to be non other than Lex Luthor in disguise. Luthor reveals his plan to destroy the Fortress with a bomb he has planted. Superman readily stops Lex but not before Luthor shoots Andrews dead. Superman launches the bomb into space where it harmlessly explodes. He then carries Luthor and the son of Michael Andrews back to civilization. The last panel shows a lone gravestone belonging to Michael Andrews next to the Fortress Key.

Appearing in Atom: "The Challenge of the Expanding World (Part II)"

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Antagonists:

  • Atilla-5 (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Arbellice (Single appearance)
  • Larnus (Single appearance)
  • Zarn (Single appearance)
  • Willis Stanton (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Atom: "The Challenge of the Expanding World (Part II)"

This story is reprinted from The Brave and the Bold #53.

A green globe containing a micro world crashes down to Earth into the observatory of Dr Stanton. A tyrant referring to himself as Atilla-5 hypnotizes Stanton into helping him expand their micro world to full size, where it becomes a threat to the Earth. Flash penetrates the planet but he is quickly subdued by Atillas forces. The Atom comes to the Flash's rescue with the assistance of two native members of the micro planet. Once free, Flash compresses the micro planet back to its original size, ending the threat to Earth.

Appearing in Superman: "The Planet of Prey!"

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  • The Prey Planet (Mineral Life Form)

Other Characters:

  • Birds

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Synopsis for Superman: "The Planet of Prey!"

Superman is flying home after a mission in space. He encounters a planet which seems to be following him. Out of curiosity he enters its atmosphere and is immediately attacked by a flock of alien birds. Superman scatters the birds with a burst of his super breath and flies closer to the surface. He then notices that the surface of the planet is changing into an exact duplicate of his home world Krypton. He sees his parents waiving at him as they beckon him to come closer. Knowing that this can’t be real, Superman resists the urge to land and flies higher.

As he flies higher, the planet landscape changes again to resemble the Metropolis skyline. Superman witnesses Jimmy and Lois as they are trapped in a crumbling building resulting from an earthquake. Superman lands on the surface and he is quickly absorbed by the planets matter. Superman vibrates at super speed hoping that this Flash trick will free him but it does not work. He then notices the birds that initially attacked him but this time his vibrations allow him to communicate with them.

The birds explain that the vibrations allow them to communicate with Superman. They free Superman and explain that they had tried to warn him not to land but Superman had mistakingly thought they were attacking. The birds further explain that the planet probes would be space travelers to absorb their bodies and enrich the planet surface. They also mention that Superman’s human body would actually poison their atmosphere if absorbed. They rescued Superman out of their own health interests and not out of kindness.

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