"Make Me A Super-Hero!": In order to boost his network's ratings, UBC president Samuel Tanner orders Dr. Peter Silverstone to create a new super-hero for them to feature, and is rewarded with Blackrock, who becomes a foe of Superman.


Quote1.png The following hero is brought to you in living color-- *Oof!* Superman, you idiot... You're messing up my premiere! I was here first-- So I get to stop that bank-looting machine! I'm the hero in this scene, Supes, baby... And you're dragging the plot! Quote2.png
Blackrock

Action Comics #458 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1976.

Synopsis for "Make Me A Super-Hero!"

In order to boost his network's ratings, UBC president Samuel Tanner orders Dr. Peter Silverstone to create a new super-hero for them to feature, and is rewarded with Blackrock, who becomes a foe of Superman.

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Synopsis for "Masquerade of the Nutty Kid!"

Lex Luthor fires a hypno-beam at Black Canary, inducing her to want to kill Green Arrow. But she hypnotizes herself into believing Lex Luthor is Green Arrow, and attacks him. Luthor teleports away, and the desire to kill leaves Black Canary. Green Arrow turns up moments later, and, after a reunion, he and Black Canary find Danny Harris in the cargo section of Luthor's helicopter.

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Notes

  • Superman Secret Files and Origins 2005 confirms that events paralleling those in "Make Me A Super-Hero!" had occurred also in the New Earth universe, with necessary revisions of the details for Post-Crisis canonicity.
  • Morgan Edge tells Clark Kent that Clark objected when Edge first assigned him from the Daily Planet to duties as a TV-newsman on WGBS-TV. However, it was not this Morgan Edge, but the Evil Factory's clone of him who originally made that decision. However, since Jimmy Olsen filled Edge in on the details of his clone's business management decisions in his absence, and also given that Superman suggested to Jimmy and Edge that they should keep under wraps that Edge had been impersonated by an evil clone, this can be justified as a white lie perpetuated by Edge to avoid revealing information of what happened in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #152. Also, it can be assumed given that Edge and his clone shared the same basic personality traits that the real Morgan Edge would have made the same decision himself anyway, especially considering how Clark was not transferred back to the Planet after the real Morgan Edge resumed control of his life from the clone.
  • Clark Kent is promoted by Morgan Edge to associate producer of all WGBS programming, in a bid to retain the edge that GBS has over UBC and guarantee increased employee loyalty to the company.
  • Lola Barnett is mentioned as having abandoned WGBS for WUBC alongside 2 other former WGBS newscasters and appears in this issue as a WUBC newswoman.



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