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"Menace of the Energy Blackmailers!": When calling Batman up, Superman takes up a request for help in stopping oil smugglers. Traveling to Gotham City, Superman masquerades as Batman who had agreed to M.C. for a concert, while the real Caped

Superman #279 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1974.

Appearing in "Menace of the Energy Blackmailers!"

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Synopsis for "Menace of the Energy Blackmailers!"

When calling Batman up, Superman takes up a request for help in stopping oil smugglers. Traveling to Gotham City, Superman masquerades as Batman who had agreed to M.C. for a concert, while the real Caped Crusader watches out for the smugglers. Unaware that Barbara Gordon is in the audience watching the show, Superman leaves his Clark Kent clothing behind as he responds to Batman's call for aid, allowing Barbara (who sneaks back stage to say hello to Batman) finds Clark Kent's press badge.

Superman comes and helps bring the boat of illegal oil back into Gotham City waters so that Batman and Superman can arrest the smugglers. The report makes the papers, making Barbara wonder why Clark Kent was posing as Batman at the benefit, and decides to go and ask him that on her next business trip to Metropolis.

However, when visiting Clark his explanation is interrupted when a building is about to crumble. Clark manages to ditch Barbara to change to Superman and stop the building from tumbling before the fire team can rescue those inside. Superman is later joined by Batgirl just as somebody threatens to use a sonic device to destroy Metropolis unless they turn over all the cities oil.

Superman and Batgirl trace the signal of the broadcast to the Metropolis twin towers and burst in to find that the threat maker is oil tycoon J. Saul Kerry. They put a stop to him and prevent his oil tanker from flooding Metropolis harbor. That night on the news, Clark Kent reveals to the world that he was asked to pose as Batman while Batman and Superman stopped the energy black mailers.

Appearing in "The Magic Masters of Krypton"

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  • Ca-Rox

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  • Maz-Ma

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Synopsis for "The Magic Masters of Krypton"

On a visit to Kandor, Superman listens to a Kryptonian elder as he talks about a performing magician named Ca-Rox. He was a stage magician from old Krypton who actually had magical powers. His apprentice Maz-Ma would rig his magic tricks such as faces in the clouds or geysers springing up from the ground. Somewhere along the way, Ca-Rox acquired real magical powers but his apprentice keeps it a secret from Ca-Rox due to Ca-Roxs abusive bad temper. The wizard never realizes that his illusions were the real thing. One day Ca-Rox is performing near the Fire Falls of Krypton when a fire dam suddenly bursts. Maz-Ma forces Ca-Rox to use his magic to prevent the flames from engulfing the valley. He snaps his fingers and the flames are transformed into bubbles. Maz-Ma later informs Ca-Rox that he had rigged the flames to appear as bubbles in an effort to conceal Ca-Roxs true powers. The two continued to perform all over Krypton until Ca-Roxs demise. Superman thanks the Elder and leaves. Once alone, the Elder reveals himself to be the original apprentice Maz-Ma.

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  • The Fire Falls of Krypton first appear in Superman 141



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