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"Supergirl: "The Man with the Explosive Mind!"": Linda Danvers goes to pick her friend Lena up at the train station when a sudden explosion forces her to intervene as Supergirl. Fortunately, there aren't casualties thanks to a delayed train


Quote1 That's my problem! Your problem is whatever's the matter with Greg! Our problem is that you know I'm Linda Danvers... and where does that leave us?! Quote2
Supergirl

Superman Family #211 is an issue of the series Superman Family (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1981.

Appearing in Supergirl: "The Man with the Explosive Mind!"

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  • "Secret Hearts" Script

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  • Mind-Bomber's Car (Destroyed)
  • New York Cab

Synopsis for Supergirl: "The Man with the Explosive Mind!"

Linda Danvers goes to pick her friend Lena up at the train station when a sudden explosion forces her to intervene as Supergirl. Fortunately, there aren't casualties thanks to a delayed train, but Supergirl doesn't find any traces of a bomb. As she repairs the tracks, she's being watched from a distance by the mysterious saboteur. The man also detects another mind with formidable psychic powers near from Supergirl, and after scanning Lena's mind, he decides to use her against Supergirl. As Linda meets up with Lena, the saboteur boosts her telepathic powers, and Lena learns that Linda is Supergirl.

Lena decides to keep her new knowledge to herself. As both friends talk, Lena tells Linda that it's has been tough to raise her son since her husband died and she's grateful to Linda for finding her a job as "Secret Hearts" script-writer's secretary. During the next few days, Linda helps Lena get settled into her new job and find an apartment.

Later, after Linda is done with shooting a scene where her character gets trapped in a burning building, she and Lena are attending a rock concert when the mysterious saboteur telekinetically causes a fire. Supergirl puts out the fire quickly, but the saboteur disappears.

Not long after, Supergirl is officiating over a charity marathon and saves a contestant from drowning when the saboteur blows a bridge up. Supergirl confronts the saboteur, who calls himself the Mind-Bomber, and he escapes again. After seeing his telekinesis in action, Supergirl deduces he was also behind the train station explosion, and realizes his crimes are paralleling her show's latest scripts. It's like Greg Gilbert's scripts are predicting her encounters with the Mind-Bomber, which makes Linda afraid because the tomorrow's script includes a mass shooting, and she is supposed to dedicate a new courthouse tomorrow. Supergirl considers whether to cancel.

The next day, though, Lena. dressed as Supergirl, is taking part in the ceremony. Mind-Bomber gets so mad at his failure to scare Supergirl off that he exposes himself. The real Supergirl then lands, revealing that she knows his plan and his identity, and sent a substitute. Desperate, Mind-Bomber seizes Lena and drags her into an abandoned subway station.

Supergirl gives chase, stating she knows that he couldn't read her mind, so he tapped into Lena's, to learn her secret identity as part of seeking revenge against his own family. Lena then takes her Supergirl mask off and reveals that they figured out his identity after noticing that all of his crimes jeopardized members of the Van Horne family. Lena also figured even though he can't read Supergirl's mind he can influence her into not seeing him. Supergirl finds both of them thanks to her super-hearing and hits Mind-Bomber but he loses control of his own powers and appears to blow himself up.

As they leave the subway, both women comment that they were able to stop the villain because Lena knew Supergirl's identity. Lena has also been ghost-writing for Greg the past week, so Linda deduced that the Mind-Bomber planted the script ideas in Lena's head.

Nonetheless, Kara has several problems to deal with: the possibility of Mind-Bomber surviving, Greg's strange behavior and her old friend knowing her secret.

Appearing in Mr. & Mrs. Superman: "The Kill Kent Contract!"

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  • Unnamed Gothan City criminal
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  • Batarang
  • Bat-Signal (Mentioned only)
  • Green Kryptonite (Mentioned only)
  • Poisoned Ring
  • Speed Airlines (Mentioned only)
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding Invitation (Selina Kyle & Bruce Wayne)

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Synopsis for Mr. & Mrs. Superman: "The Kill Kent Contract!"

At the 1955 wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle on Earth-Two, Lois Lane Kent stumbles onto a plot to kill someone named Kent, who she assumes is her husband Clark (Superman) Kent.

Appearing in Private Life of Clark Kent: "Search for a Secret-Seeker"

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  • Boeuf Bourguignon
  • Clark Kent's Phone Number: 555-0162

Synopsis for Private Life of Clark Kent: "Search for a Secret-Seeker"

The Elongated Man pays a visit to Clark Kent, claiming he was invited over for lunch. Clark, who has no memory of inviting him, thinks it is a ploy of an unknown person to reveal Superman's secret identity, but the truth is a little stranger.

Appearing in Lois Lane: "Lois Lane: Hostage!"

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Synopsis for Lois Lane: "Lois Lane: Hostage!"

Lois Lane gets too close to terrorists looking for a story, and is taken hostage herself.

Appearing in Jimmy Olsen: "Deadlier Than the Sword"

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Synopsis for Jimmy Olsen: "Deadlier Than the Sword"

Jimmy Olsen tries to reason with Shelby Drake while the four Olsen doubles attempt to wreck his life with their impersonations.

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Trivia

  • Supergirl's civilian identity, Linda Danvers, portrays "Secret Hearts" soap-opera character "Margo Hatton".
  • In the "Ask the Answer Man" text column; writer [Bob Rozakis]] states that Superman avoids breaking the time barrier, when travelling galactic distances, by traveling through hyper-space warps.



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