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"Luthor's Hammer of Hate!": After 40 straight hours of thought, Lex Luthor has an epiphany, which sets off the Mento-Graph; coincidentally while Clark Kent is watching it record the brainwaves of Metropolis. Luthor finds a means of transferring his hatred for [[


Quote1 ...so the vile Lex Luthor thwarted Superman today with his trickery and escaped capture. No citizen is safe until that warped criminal genius is apprehended. In fact, that skin-headed wretch should be put away for a hundred years... and even then he'd be getting off easy. Luthor's a blight on the human race... a stomach-churning disgrace to all of us. Quote2
Clark Kent

Action Comics #423 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1973.

Appearing in "Luthor's Hammer of Hate!"

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Other Characters:

  • Anton Falenni
  • Bank Tellers
  • Doctor Morton Thames

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Items:

  • Artillery
  • Deadly Brass Knuckles
  • Luthor Mask
  • Machine Gun
  • Psyche-Sonic Hammer/Hammer of Hate
  • Superman Statue (Destroyed)

Vehicles:

  • Luthor's War Tractor (Destroyed)
  • Teleportation Chair (Destroyed)

Synopsis for "Luthor's Hammer of Hate!"

After 40 straight hours of thought, Lex Luthor has an epiphany, which sets off the Mento-Graph; coincidentally while Clark Kent is watching it record the brainwaves of Metropolis. Luthor finds a means of transferring his hatred for Superman — and a loss of control and judgment — into Superman himself via an energized hammer. Superman and his alter-ego Clark Kent are insane with anger at Luthor.

A News report states that Superman has murdered the maker of the Mento-Graph; but it is a ruse to lure out Luthor, who is quickly subdued. The Man of Steel is back in control because Superman transferred his anger to the Mento-Graph, which prompty burned itself out with rage.

Appearing in "The Deadly Dancer Contract!"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Hyram Walsh

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Other Characters:

  • Street Punks
    • Jeff

Locations:

  • Boston
    • Walsh's Apartment Building
      • Basement
    • Wilmer Theater

Items:

  • Automatic Pistol
  • Knife
  • Revolver

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Synopsis for "The Deadly Dancer Contract!"

Christopher Chance poses as a man named Hyram Walsh, an accountant informing on the mob, to draw out a hitman named Dancer who killed his father. He takes out two thugs who try to collect the price on his head and leaves them both knocked out in an alleyway.

Tracking the killer down to an abandoned movie theater, he confronts Dancer and the two men fight against each other. It is an intensely physical struggle, with a single gun between them, and after a number of blows are exchanged, Chance grabs the weapon. He points the gun at his assassin and reveals his true identity. Before he can kill him, Chance watches decades of mental illness finally catch up with Dancer. The man descends into madness before his very eyes, begs and pleads for his life to be spared, having completely snapped and begun hallucinating. Christopher takes pity on the villain, and stays to comfort him until an ambulance arrives to take him away.

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