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"Superman: Friend or Foe?": Superman races the clock to bring an antidote to two dying children while battling emergencies around the globe.


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Perry White

Action Comics #551 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of January, 1984.

Appearing in "Superman: Friend or Foe?"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • H.I.V.E.
    • Three Members (Unnamed) (Single appearance) (attacked Metropolis City Hall)
    • Four Members (Unnamed) (Single appearance) (attacked an unnamed location)
  • Sharks
  • Afghan Terrorists (Unnamed) (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Daily Planet Employees (Unnamed)
  • Rory Stasson (of the Metropolis Eagle) (Mentioned only)
  • Vandal Savage (Mentioned only) (from the events in Action Comics #542 and Action Comics #543)
  • Metropolis General Hospital
    • Doctor (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
    • Nurse (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Jeffrey O'Hara (Single appearance)
  • Jennifer O'Hara (Single appearance)
  • Members of the Press (Unnamed)
  • Citizens of Metropolis (Unnamed)
  • Metropolis Police Department
  • Soviet Military Personnel (Unnamed)
    • Major Andanoff (Single appearance)
    • Corporal Korschev (Single appearance)
  • Sub-Chairman Glaskov (Mentioned only)
  • Glaskov's Wife (Unnamed) (Mentioned only)
  • Red Star (Cameo) (In a vision)
  • Soviet Doctor (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Cruise Ship Passengers (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Jaws (Mentioned only)
  • Citizens of Paris (Unnamed)
    • Child (Unnamed) (saved by Superman)
  • Swiss Alps Skiers (Unnamed)
  • Ugandas (Unnamed)
    • Family of Three (saved by Superman)

Locations:

Items:

  • Metropolis Eagle Newspapers
  • Daily Planet Newspaper
  • H.I.V.E. Ice-Guns (called Star Wars weaponry by Superman)
  • Ski Lift Cable (repaired by Superman)
  • Medicine

Vehicles:

  • Cruise Ship (Unnamed) (In ruins)
  • Soviet Passenger Jetliner

Synopsis for "Superman: Friend or Foe?"

Superman races the clock to bring an antidote to two dying children while battling emergencies around the globe.



Notes

  • Rory Stasson may have been fired from the Metropolis Eagle due to the front page story of the Metropolis Eagle announcing that his column has been cancelled.

Trivia

  • On page 10 panel 2, Superman makes a double reference to two of Steven Spielberg's movies when he said, "...A Jaws encounter of the third kind!" Referencing both Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • Superman mentioned that he hasn't been to the Eiffel Tower "since that bomb problem" a possible reference to the events in Superman II.



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