"The Team of Luthor and Brainiac!": Lex Luthor escapes from jail, and immediately attempts revenge on Superman with a Kryptonite missile, which fails, and Luthor realizes that he has to be smarter. To outsmart Superman, Luthor uses his Time-Sp
Appearing in "The Team of Luthor and Brainiac!"
- Brainiac (Origin) (Flashback and main story)
- Lex Luthor
- Phantom Zone Criminals
- Computer Tyrants (First appearance) (Flashback and main story) (Destroyed)
- Master Computer One (Flashback only)
- Jimmy Olsen
- Coluans (First appearance; unnamed)
- Tharla/Ardora (First appearance)
- Lex Luthor's Hall of Heroes
- Lex Luthor Robot
- Living Ships
- Colu (Unnamed)
- Fortress of Solitude
- Kronis (A Prison Planet)
- Krypton (Flashback only)
- Lexor (Unnamed)
- Phantom Zone
- Planetoid 49 B
- Anti-Superman Missile (Destroyed)
- Coma-Ray Ring
- Bottle City of Kandor
- Green Kryptonite Warhead
- Illium 349 (Unnamed)
- Statue of Lex Luthor
- Superman's Costume
- Zak-Kul's Enlarging Ray (Unnamed)
- "Flying Newsroom" Helicopter
- News Van
- Brainiac's Flying Saucer
Synopsis for "The Team of Luthor and Brainiac!"
Lex Luthor escapes from jail, and immediately attempts revenge on Superman with a Kryptonite missile, which fails, and Luthor realizes that he has to be smarter. To outsmart Superman, Luthor uses his Time-Space-Thought-Scanner to learn Brainiac's location and secret origin -- that he is actually a humanoid computer, created by the now-destroyed Computer Tyrants. Armed with this knowledge, Luthor flies to prison planet Kronis, frees Brainiac, and together they shrink, defeat and imprison Superman.
Brainiac uses his coma-ray on Superman, but is stopped from going further by the Superman Emergency Squad who capture the two villains. They shrink Luthor and Brainiac, and put them on trial in Kandor. The trial is prosecuted by Jor-El's old friend Nor-Kann, and Brainiac is defended by Luthor. The verdict: guilty; and the sentence is the Phantom Zone, except that Superman remains in a coma. Brainiac bargains for their freedom in exchange for the cure. Revived, Superman uses Zak-Kul's enlarging ray to restore himself, Luthor, and Brainiac to full size, and sets the latter two free according to their agreement.
Through trickery, Brainiac removes Luthor's knowledge of his technological origin and takes him back to Lexor, where Luthor is embraced by Tharla, a woman who has come to love him.
- The Team of Luthor and Brainiac! is reprinted in Superman #245, Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 2, Superman vs. Brainiac and Showcase Presents: Superman, Volume Four.
- Brainiac II is introduced in this issue, although he barely appears for a panel. He won't be seen again for many years until Invasion! #1 where the character is revamped by Keith Giffen and Todd McFarlane as an adult, a ruthless intellectual who will go on to form the intergalactic police force L.E.G.I.O.N.. He will grow up to be a hero, unlike his predecessor.
- In this issue, Ardora introduces herself to Luthor as "Tharla", but when it is reprinted in Superman #245 she identifies herself by her proper name "Ardora".
- The story featuring John F. Kennedy from Superman #170 was originally scheduled for this issue but it was pulled at the last minute due to his assassination. DC approached the White House and were encouraged to publish the Kennedy story. Some copies of issue #167 with the original story were published.
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)