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"Superboy: "When the Sorcerer Strikes!"": Superboy helps Prof. Lewis Lang bring the cocoon of an “Undying One” back from China, and finds himself in conflict with his childhood friend Gary the Witch-Boy -- now Garok, a sorcerer.


Quote1 I defeated Martin not through hate--but love! I used super-hypnotism to make myself believe I was playing meteor-catch with Superman as I used to do! So when I punched Prof. Martin, there was no super-hatred within me for him to siphon! Quote2
-- Supergirl



Appearing in Superboy: "When the Sorcerer Strikes!"

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  • A griffin
  • An Undying One

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  • Garok (Gary) (First appearance as Garok)
  • Aged Master
  • Steve Pelner (Mentioned only)

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Synopsis for Superboy: "When the Sorcerer Strikes!"

Superboy helps Prof. Lewis Lang bring the cocoon of an “Undying One” back from China, and finds himself in conflict with his childhood friend Gary the Witch-Boy -- now Garok, a sorcerer.

Appearing in Nightwing and Flamebird: "Showdown"

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Synopsis for Nightwing and Flamebird: "Showdown"

Nightwing and Flamebird discover that the Crime-Lord of Kandor is secretly Jur-Ll, a criminal version of Jor-El from the Krypton of another universe, and that he intends to use the Sun-Stone to enlarge himself and to destroy Kandor.

Appearing in Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane: "Armageddon Arrives Today!"

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  • Adam
  • Clones
    • Justice League Miniature Clones
      • Green Lantern Clone
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      • Flash Clone
      • Wonder Woman Clone
      • Superman Clone
      • Hawkman Clone
      • Green Arrow Clone
  • The Master

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Synopsis for Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane: "Armageddon Arrives Today!"

Superman, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, the Newsboy Legion, Speedy, Tina Ames, the Golden Guardian, Dubbilex, and the DNA Project scientists join forces against Adam, cloned from the cells of the Guardian and Dubbilex, and his clone armies.

Appearing in Supergirl: "Nightmare in New Athens"

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Synopsis for Supergirl: "Nightmare in New Athens"

Supergirl is arriving at New Athens Experimental School and finds a group of students dressed as prison inmates and guardians fighting each other. Supergirl separates both groups and demands an explanation. A student explains they're taking part in Professor Martin's sociology experiment where the campus is turned into a mock prison with all students labeled either "prisoner" or "guard". Martin turns up all of sudden, complaining angrily about Supergirl disrupting her experiment. Supergirl points out those students might have seriously injured each other but she is ignored, so she leaves. Martin notes she is angry with him and feels pleased.

Meanwhile on Midvale, Snapper Carr has managed to rebuild a Superboy Robot, making it pollution-resistant. As Snapper falls asleep, the robot is possessed by a bodiless entity who is plotting revenge against Supergirl and has been previously sending mind-controlled pawns after her.

Back on New Athens, the conflicts caused by Martin's experiment are escalating, so Supergirl decides to put a stop to it. Supergirl goes to confront Martin and she is punched out of his class. It turns out Martin developed some years ago an energy harness to syphon off hatred and turn it into physical power. Then he came up with the idea of getting Supergirl to hate him in order to become as powerful as her.

Supergirl can't apparently overpower him due because of her own contempt fueling his strength, but all of sudden she stands still and smiling, and Martin loses his powers. Supergirl knocks him out easily and destroys his harness. She lands on the campus to check that the students are back to normal, and before putting Martin away she reveals she hypnotized herself into believing she was playing meteor-catch with her cousin. With no hatred to feed on, Martin was rendered powerless.

That night, in S.T.A.R. Labs, the possessed Superboy Robot breaks out of the laboratory.

Notes

  • Wraparound cover.
  • "Showdown": Jur-Ll's home universe is not identified in this story, but it is revealed to be Earth-Three in Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths (2006).
  • "Armageddon Arrives Today!": The shadowed figure who arrives at Project Cadmus in the last panel is The Master (as revealed in Superboy (Volume 2) #49).

Trivia

"Nightmare in New Athens" is a commentary on Stanford prison experiment, conducted seven years before the publication of this issue.



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