"The Great Supergirl Mirage!": This story is reprinted from Action Comics #256.
The Best of DC #17 is an issue of the series The Best of DC (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1981. It was published on July 9, 1981.
- 1 Synopsis for "The Great Supergirl Mirage!"
- 2 Appearing in "The Great Supergirl Mirage!"
- 3 Synopsis for "The World's Greatest Heroine!"
- 4 Appearing in "The World's Greatest Heroine!"
- 5 Synopsis for "Supergirl Goes to College!"
- 6 Appearing in "Supergirl Goes to College!"
- 7 Synopsis for "Crypt of the Frozen Graves"
- 8 Appearing in "Crypt of the Frozen Graves"
- 9 Synopsis for "Trail of the Madman!"
- 10 Appearing in "Trail of the Madman!"
- 11 Synopsis for "Princess of the Golden Sun!"
- 12 Appearing in "Princess of the Golden Sun!"
- 13 Notes
- 14 See Also
- 15 Recommended Reading
- 16 Links and References
Synopsis for "The Great Supergirl Mirage!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #256.
While secretly flying over Midvale, Supergirl begins to practice using her super-powers in secret so that she can be useful to Superman in the future. Believing that she is high enough to be unseen, she is unaware that fellow orphan Dick Wilson has taken her picture with an "eagle eye" camera lens. After finishing some super-feats she returns to the orphanage unaware that the snooping Wilson had noted that an essay that is due that afternoon is unfinished by Supergirl's civilian identity, Linda Lee. Realizing that the report is due, she uses her super-speed to finish writing the essay, arousing Dick's suspicions about her. Linda dismisses them by suggesting that what he saw was an unfinished draft.
Linda realizes that she now has her own version of Lana Lang. When Dick develops his photograph he realizes that he took a picture of a flying girl (and not a bird as he originally thought.) Suspicious that Linda is really this Supergirl, Dick tries different methods of exposing her secret identity. His first attempt involves using a dummy of himself being thrown off a cliff. It fails when Linda sees through his plot, but when she tries to use her x-ray vision to witness the spectacle, they accidentally set the dummy ablaze. Linda covers her tracks by bringing in a thunder cloud which strikes the dummy with a lightning bolt, eliminating Dick's certainty about Supergirl's identity.
His next trick involves using a set of prop dumbbells and real weights. He hopes to trick Linda into thinking that what is supposed to be a prop is actually a real weight, thereby exposing the fact that she has super strength. Also seeing through this ploy, Linda crushes a chunk of coal into a diamond and uses her super breath to secretly bore out the insides of the weights, making them as light as the props. Thus, she once again throws off Dick's exposé.
Finally, to set matters at ease, Superman (learning of Linda's plight) has a Supergirl robot built to cover for her and explain the existence of a "Supergirl" by having it put on a public show for the kids before departing.
Appearing in "The Great Supergirl Mirage!"
Synopsis for "The World's Greatest Heroine!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #285.
Superman declares it's time to reveal his cousin Supergirl's existence to the world, much to the latter's immense delight. First they have to disclose the truth to Linda's adoptive parents, though. Kal-El says he'll meet her at 9:00 and then they'll tell her parents together. Both cousins part company, and Kara flies back home and changes back into Linda Danvers.
With hours before 9:00, Linda agrees to go with the Danverses to see a movie in Metropolis. However, along the way the bridge they are crossing breaks under the weight of their car. Linda quickly springs out, catches the falling car and flies it to safety. Linda gets upset, thinking she's revealed herself before the appointed time. Her parents leave the car and ask an explanation, surprised, but she doesn't dare to tell them anything.
Right then Superman touches down and says it's all right and she can tell her parents everything. He finished his patrol early and was flying back to Midvale when he saw her rescuing her parents. Although Kara was worried he'd change his mind, Kal states she did the right thing and he's still going ahead with the reveal.
More confused than ever, the Danverses want to know what Superman and their daughter are talking about. Finally, Kal and Kara explain the latter's origins. The Danverses are proud of being Kara's parents and swear to protect her secret. The family goes back to the Danvers household where Supergirl builds a secret tunnel exit out of their house much like what Superman had when he was Superboy in Smallville. While watching his cousin and her adoptive parents hugging each other, Superman can't help missing the Kents.
The next morning, broadcasting from the Fortress of Solitude, Superman reveals Supergirl to the world. The revelation sends cheers all over Earth and the galaxy. After the celebrations are done, Superman heads off on a mission into the 50th Century leaving Supergirl to defend the Earth while he is gone.
Appearing in "The World's Greatest Heroine!"
- Lex Luthor (Cameo)
- John F. Kennedy
- Nikita Krushchev
- Zor-El (Flashback only)
- Allura (Flashback only)
- Jor-El (Mentioned only)
- Jonathan Kent (Mentioned only)
- Martha Kent (Mentioned only)
- Fortress of Solitude
- Krypton (Destroyed in flashback)
- Argo City (Origin) (Destroyed in flashback)
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
- Green Kryptonite (Flashback only)
- Kryptonian Rocket
- 1961 Chevy Impala
Synopsis for "Supergirl Goes to College!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #318.
While there, she is angered by the sadistic tactics of a sorority princess named Donna Storm, who delights in tormenting pledges. Defiantly, Linda pledges the sorority, puts Donna to shame with her covertly-used super-powers, and makes her repent her evil deeds. When accepted, Linda proposes that the sorority discontinue their policy of hazing pledges. They accept the proposal. Donna asks Linda to have Supergirl speak to the sorority, and Linda agrees.
Appearing in "Supergirl Goes to College!"
- Donna Storm (Alpha Lambda Chairperson) (First appearance)
- Various members of the Alpha Lamdba sorority of Stanhope College
- Midvale High School
- Moonlight Grove
- Earth's Moon
- Flags of the World
- Space Rock
- 1960's Cadillac Convertible
Synopsis for "Crypt of the Frozen Graves"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #424.
Linda Danvers has been getting information as Supergirl on the Frisco Syndicate from former gangster Bruce Ryan. Her reporting gains her praise of her boss Geoff, who had been giving her flak at work about her camera operation due to Nasty's machinations. Nasty realizes Linda is after the same promotion she wants and comes up with a way to get her out of the running.
That evening Bruce gets in touch with Supergirl to tell her he is cancelling all further meetings between them, and ask her to not look for him. Then he disappears. Supergirl figures out the Syndicate has found out about their meetings and Bruce has gone into hiding.
Supergirl finds his hideout and decides to pry information out of him as Linda Danvers. However Bruce gets killed by a gunman who appears and disappears as if by magic. Linda blames herself and her wanting information for her death. When Linda learns that Nasty may have been giving information to the mob about Bruce to frustrate her reporting efforts, she physically attacks her and has to be restrained by Johnny and Geoff.
Just then four thugs barge in the premises to kidnap Linda. Linda allows herself to be captured and brought before the boss of the Syndicate. The man thinks Linda may know where Bruce hid a sum of money, and orders his men to torture her. Linda plays along, learning the Syndicate have been using a scientist's teleportation device to send in assassins and to dispose of witnesses by placing them in orbiting space capsules.
Linda intentionally gets the professor mad enough to teleport her. Linda changes into her Supergirl identity, flies back to the warehouse, brings the place down and jails the whole Syndicate.
During the following days she dwells on her life. Someone died because of Nasty's actions and because she was trying to get a promotion in a job she's coming to loathe and compromises her morals. It doesn't that Nasty is Geoff's favorite camera operator.
Her mind set, Linda Danvers goes back to KSF-TV Station and angrily resigns.
Appearing in "Crypt of the Frozen Graves"
- Geoff Anderson (Final appearance)
- Nasthalthia Luthor (Final appearance)
- The Frisco Syndicate (Single appearance)
- Mr. Big (Single appearance)
- Big Mike (Single appearance)
- Theobald (Single appearance)
- Unnamed Professor (Single appearance)
- Johnny Drew (Final appearance)
- Bruce Ryan (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Trail of the Madman!"
This story is reprinted from Supergirl #1.
Linda Danvers has quit her job at KSF-TV and enrolled at Vandyre University to take acting classes. As moving in her new dorm, she finds she has a new roommate: a strange girl called Wanda Five. Her name is weird and she owns sculptures made of alien materials. Linda feels intrigued.
Linda heads to the School of Drama to register, but she she discovers that a theater student named Ron Buxton has been murdered. The police turns up and questions Linda, several students and a drama instructor named Basil Rasloff, a former movie star. No one appears to know anything, but Linda remembers she saw a girl rushing out of the building before.
Linda changes into Supergirl and as investigating the murder of Buxton, Supergirl discovers that mysterious girl is her roommate Wanda. After following a false lead, Supergirl tracks Wanda down and discovers that Wanda is clairvoyant. She knew that Ron was going to be killed, but could not identify his killer. Wanda has another vision wherein she sees two more students being murdered. Supergirl flies off, but she is too late to save Michael Heimes' life.
Soon after, Supergirl deduces that Basil Rasloff, the drama teacher, is responsible for the murders. His victims were students who had agreed to play parts in theatrical remakes of his old movies. Feeling they were tarnishing his tradition, he decided to eliminate them.
Supergirl saves a boy named Frank Morris from becoming Rasloff's next victim and apprehends the murderer.
Afterwards she meets several more students, but she can't help but wonder who is Wanda and where she came from.
Appearing in "Trail of the Madman!"
- Wanda Five (First appearance)
- Basil Rasloff (Single appearance)
- Blackmailer (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
- Aunt Rosie (the Delta-Zan House Mother) (First appearance)
- Dean Madge Madison (First appearance)
- Frank Morris (Single appearance)
- Michael Heimes (Single appearance) (Appears only as a corpse)
- Ron Buxton (Single appearance) (Appears only as a corpse)
- Sheila Wong (First appearance)
- Registration Office Clerk (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
- Terry Blake (First appearance)
- Police Department (Unnamed)
- Four Police Officers (Unnamed)
- Scientist (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
- Stanhope College (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Princess of the Golden Sun!"
This story is reprinted from Superman Family #165.
Linda Danvers/Kara Zor-El has graduated from Vandyre University and she is moving to New Athens Experimental School in Florida to become a student counselor there. Her cousin drops by to help fly her luggage, but Linda states she is travelling by plane. She's getting tired of the pressure of being a heroine and needs to do something like a normal woman. Clark takes her to the airport instead, and says goodbye to her.
Meanwhile, in a hidden Mexican valley, inhabited by a lost Aztek tribe, warrior-princess Tlaca wins a warrior contest thanks to her ability to develop powers as great as her opponents' after spending seven days meditating following each loss. Her father Mixcal entrusts Tlaca with the task to fighting and absorbing Supergirl's power, with which she will restore -and expand all over the world- the Aztec Empire. Tlaca flies away.
The next morning, Linda meets her first troubled student, a girl called Eileen Falco whose mother is in trouble with the law due to a woman named Kerry Berkman who claims to be Eileen's true mother. Right then, Tlaca barges into the building searching for Supergirl. Linda changes clothes quickly and fights Tlaca until Tlaca suddenly yields and adopts a meditation posture. Puzzled, Supergirl takes her to the nearest police station.
For seven days, as Linda Danvers looks into Eileen's case, Tlaca builds power up. Finally she bursts out of prison, and Kara flies after her. But Tlaca spots Eileen and kidnaps her in order to brainwashing her into being her follower. Supergirl tries to stop her, but Tlaca is now more powerful. However, Supergirl deduces that Tlaca's power derives from the magnetic field of the Earth, so she hastily builds an electromagnet with which she nullifies her powers and takes her enemy to prison, where she will be placed in a special electromagnetic jail cell.
Later, Linda ascertains Berkman isn't Eileen's mother but her aunt, who is after Eileen's inheritance, and gets Eileen back with her mother.
Days later, Linda visits her cousin. Clark is happy that his cousinn is happy with her job, and gives her a photogram of her parents.
Appearing in "Princess of the Golden Sun!"
- Supergirl (Flashback and main story)
- Allura (On a TV or computer screen)
- Benjamin Pierce (First appearance)
- Dean Betsy Lyman (First appearance)
- Martin Hamilton (First appearance)
- Superman (Flashback and main story)
- Zor-El (On a TV or computer screen)
- Superior Girl (Single appearance)
- Aztecs (Flashback only)
- Cortez (Flashback only)
- Eileen Falco (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Kerry Berkman (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Mixcal (Tlaca's father) (Single appearance)
- Mrs. Falco (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Poxhuala (Single appearance)
- Atlantic Ocean
- Arctic Circle
- United States of America
- Dick Wilson is the same character as Dick Malverne. He appears next in the second story of Action Comics #282.
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 3)
- Supergirl (Volume 4)
- Supergirl (Volume 5)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 6)
- Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 7)