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"Past Imperfect!": Superman tries to go back to the past via the Atom's Time Pool, but he discovers Satanis has also blocked that access. He also tries the Flash's Cosmic Treadmill t


Quote1 I used to be Superman. I had powers beyond your imagining. Now... I'm helpless. Quote2
-- Superman



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  • Satanis (Flashback and main story)
  • Syrene (Flashback and main story)
  • Ambra (Mentioned only)

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Synopsis for "Past Imperfect!"

Superman tries to go back to the past via the Atom's Time Pool, but he discovers Satanis has also blocked that access. He also tries the Flash's Cosmic Treadmill to not avail.

In the past, the other Superman is still Syrene's prisoner. Syrene starts to filter the Runestone of Merlin's energies through his body and in hers when she notices her husband Satanis storming her castle. Satanis and Syrene begin their magic duel as the latter absorbs the gem's magic. Satanis manages to blow up a hole in her castle's walls and strides in.

In the present, Superman makes it to the Daily Planet, changes clothes and walks in, but he has barely greeted his friends when he passes out. Lois Lane calls the doctor in the staff and doctor Judy Prusha examines Clark Kent before declaring him dead.

In the past, Syrene has just absorbed the sum of the Runestone's powers, killing Superman in the process. She sets to kill Satanis in revenge for her father's death. Feeling the need to show off her powers before killing him painfully, Syrene shatters a faraway planet and tosses the fragments at her husband. Satanis swiftly leapts inside Superman's inert body, which shields him from the avalanche of meteorites. Now possessing Superman's powers as well as his own magic, Satanis is ready to fight his wife.

In the present, Clark Kent's body has been taken to a hospital for an autopsy while the Daily Planet staff mourns him.

Appearing in "Help! I'm a Prisoner in My Own Body!"

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Synopsis for "Help! I'm a Prisoner in My Own Body!"

Even though Aquaman cannot bring himself to hit Mera, he has swordfish swim about them at such a speed it creates a whirlpool, dizzying Mera and enabling him to break her grip. She passes out, and Mera is thus able to override her captor's dominance and send Aquaman telepathic messages.

He learns that the woman in possession of Mera's body now is Vlana, the woman who ruled her dimensional world of Xebel after she left to marry Aquaman. When Mera returned, she found Vlana unwilling to leave the throne, but removed her by force and incurred her wrath. Later, she lured Mera into a trap, and used her enhanced mental powers to take over Mera's body telepathically. After that, she warped into Earth, assumed the Miriam Bridgeman identity, and infiltrated the S.T.A.R. project to learn how to communicate with fish, so that she could use them as “troops” to help her retake Xebel.

Aquaman takes himself and Mera through the warp that admits them to Xebel. When she awakens, Aquaman fears that he will be facing Vlana again, but the crossing has returned Mera's control of her own body to her. Mera leads Aquaman to Vlana, who now has fish-summoning powers and draws an army of octopi, sharks, swordfish, and electric eels through the warp to menace them. Aquaman is stunned by her telepathic strike, and Vlana tells Mera to choose which fish shall kill her.

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  • This book was first published on October 28, 1982.
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