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"Jimmy Olsen: "Crisis in Kandor!"": Superman and Jimmy Olsen take a vacation in Kandor and witness an election for the Science Council. The good times are cut short as separatists, advocating life outside the K


Quote1 Don't you remember? It was then I was having those memory gaps-- I don't remember any of this, but it could have happened! I didn't project Shyla into the Phantom Zone with criminal intent, but I can't prove I'm not a crook! Quote2
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Superman Family #188 is an issue of the series Superman Family (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1978.

Appearing in Jimmy Olsen: "Crisis in Kandor!"

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  • Separatists
    • Sor-El
    • Har-Lo

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  • Enlarging Gas
  • Gravity Shoes
  • Microwave Beamer
  • Molecule Solidifier

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Synopsis for Jimmy Olsen: "Crisis in Kandor!"

Superman and Jimmy Olsen take a vacation in Kandor and witness an election for the Science Council. The good times are cut short as separatists, advocating life outside the Kandor bottle, take Van-Zee's family hostage which forces the new Nightwing and Flamebird to side temporarily with the radicals.

In the midst of the riots, Superman and Jimmy put on their old Nightwing and Flamebird costumes, and battle their replacements until peace is restored. It's short-lived, as separatists used the violence as a cover to find Van-Zee's enlarging gas. Now, giants walk the streets of Kandor.

Appearing in Superman: "The Death Angel from Earth"

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  • Sunworld Guerrilla Force One
    • Argon

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Synopsis for Superman: "The Death Angel from Earth"

An alien revolutionary tricks Superman into carrying a plague culture back to his home planet of Sunworld III.

Appearing in Lois Lane: "The Mutant Menace of Metropolis!"

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  • Wolf Weinman (gambling racketeer) (First appearance)
  • Marv Leonard (corrupt politician) (First appearance)
  • The Exterminator (Mentioned only)

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Synopsis for Lois Lane: "The Mutant Menace of Metropolis!"

Lois Lane goes undercover to try and expose a connection between a gambling czar and a member of the Anti-Crime Commission, meets a new super-hero called the Human Cannonball, and helps him fight a rampaging, ray-altered, super-powered Tina Ames.

Appearing in Krypto: "Ridin' the Rails"

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  • Ed Lacy
  • Tommy Underhill (Ed Lacy's nephew) (Mentioned only)

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  • Otis Cribble (hobo)

Synopsis for Krypto: "Ridin' the Rails"

While Krypto and Ed are hitching a ride aboard a boxcar on a freight train, the Dog of Steel must save the train from wrecking.

Appearing in Nightwing & Flamebird: "Here There Be... Giants!"

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  • Separatists
    • Sor-El
    • Har-Lo

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  • Science Council (Mentioned only)
    • Dara Bel-Ne (On a TV or computer screen)

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  • Enlarging Gas (Mentioned only)
  • Jet Belts
  • Klurkor
  • Molecule Solidifier

Synopsis for Nightwing & Flamebird: "Here There Be... Giants!"

The two pairs of Nightwings and Flamebirds fight the giant Separatists, who have been given great size by enlarging gas, but Van-Zee and Jimmy Olsen are taken captive. Sylvia demonstrates her Klurkor skills and attacks the Separatists holding her, briefly freeing herself and her children. Superman and Ak-Var manage to free their partners and immobilize the giants with an invention of Ak's. Despite his success in battle, Ak-Var does not win the election to the Science Council.

After a few moment's peace, Superman is told that his cousin Supergirl is on trial in Kandor.

Appearing in Supergirl: "Kandor vs. Supergirl!"

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  • Shyla Kor-Onn (Flashback and main story)
  • Lesla-Lar (As a spirit) (Flashback and main story) (Behind the scenes)
  • Lex Luthor (Flashback only)
  • Klax-Ar (Mentioned only)
  • The Visitors (Mentioned only)

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  • Jet Plane

Synopsis for Supergirl: "Kandor vs. Supergirl!"

Supergirl is returning to the Fortress of Solitude after leaving Klax-Ar at Kronis[1] when she is ordered to report to Kandor. Kara enters the Shrunken City via the Micro-wave Tunnel, but she's arrested as soon as she arrives. Kara tries to fight off the police, but she's knocked out and taken to the Kandorian detention center. When she awakens, she finds Superman, Jimmy Olsen, Van-Zee and Ak-var are visiting her in her cell.

Van-Zee explains that, as daughter of Kandorian residents she's subject to Kandor's laws, and someone has brought charges against her. Kara is taken to court, accompanied by her cousins and friends, and discovers it's Shyla Kor-Onn who is accusing her of illegal seizure and unlawful imprisonment within the Phantom Zone, since Supergirl tricked her back into the Zone even though her sentence was up.[2] Shyla claims Supergirl was jealous of her, but Superman counters Kara acted in self-defense when Shyla attempted to steal her powers and kill her. The prosecution declares that he can prove Kara's criminal intent and produces a mento-tape.

Meanwhile, on Midvale, Zor-El is taking Fred Danvers to his office in the new S.T.A.R. Labs facility. Fred still needs an assistant, and he meets with up a candidate for the position.

Back on Kandor, Van-Zee explains that a mento-tape records memories that can be played later. Mento-tapes are considered irrefutable evidence. The prosecutor's mento-tape starts playing and Kara is shocked and then enraged when it shows her consorting with Lex Luthor.[3] However, Kara realizes she was having memory gaps at the time, so she canot prove she is innocent.

Lex Luthor volunteered those memories years ago, but it wasn't until Shyla's release that further criminal evidence against Supergirl came to light. The prosecution contends that Supergirl returned Shyla to the Phantom Zone because Shyla discovered her criminal past. Supergirl decides to not contest the charges, and is sentenced to the Zone for thirty days. Superman insists on defending her innocence but Supergirl assures she knows what she is doing.

As the Phantom Zone Projector sends Supergirl into the Zone, a bodiless entity is watching the proceedings. She knows Supergirl is planning something, but it is sure that Earth will be conquered before Supergirl's sentence is up.

Notes

  • The Jimmy Olsen story continues into the Nightwing & Flamebird story, which then continues into the Supergirl story.
  • Dev-Re states that in each Kandorian year, two candidates with the greatest scientific contribution are selected to vie for a seat on the Science Council. In this issue, Dara Bel-Ne is elected over Ak-Var.
  • "The Mutant Menace of Metropolis!": The names of the two villains, Wolf Weinman and Marv Leonard, were created by mixing up the names of creators Marv Wolfman and Len Wein.
  • "Kandor vs. Supergirl!": The mento-tape flashback that supposedly shows Lex Luthor and Supergirl working together is from the time period where Lesla-Lar was impersonating Supergirl (as seen in Supergirl: The Unknown Supergirl).
  • In the letter column of this issue, editor E. Nelson Bridwell establishes that western hero Lazarus Lane (aka El Diablo) is an ancestor to both Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane and The Shadow's assistant Margo Lane, making Lois and Margo distant cousins. Bridwell also explicitly denies Philip José Farmer's supposition (in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life) that Lois and Margo may be sisters.

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