"Superman and Batman: "A Matter of Light and Death!"": Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent has been mind-controlled into finding a magic weapon which can destroy Superman and he gives it to some hit-men to finish the job. However, Superman senses recent memory-gaps and enlist
- I'm contracting for the murder of Superman... before he murders me!
Appearing in Superman and Batman: "A Matter of Light and Death!"
- Doctor Light I
- Nicholas Slye (Only appearance; dies)
- Hud (Only appearance; dies)
- Mumbles (Only appearance; dies)
- Zatanna (Cameo)
- Satanstaff (Single appearance)(Destroyed)
Synopsis for Superman and Batman: "A Matter of Light and Death!"
Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent has been mind-controlled into finding a magic weapon which can destroy Superman and he gives it to some hit-men to finish the job. However, Superman senses recent memory-gaps and enlists Batman's help to investigate the mystery.
Batman follows Clark Kent closely on every single activity during the day, but he is not able to find anything suspicious. At night, Batman visits Clark at his aparment, where something finally happens as Clark becomes mindless and attacks Batman. The Dark Knight starts following Clark to an abandoned gym, where he meets the hired killers and gives them the Satanstaff, the magical artifact that will destroy Superman. As Clark leaves the place, Batman attempts to stop the thugs, but they use the magic staff against Batman and manage to overcome him.
After this, the killers attack Superman, who has returned to normal and with the magic from the staff, they manage to apparently kill the man of steel. As proof of their deed, they lock Superman in a gold crystal rock and they take him back to their hideout as a trophy. The thugs are just waiting for Clark to return with their money, but they are shocked to learn that Superman's death and their part on the kill was all part of a plan by Dr. Light, the Justice League enemy. Light explains that he used Superman's alter-ego against him and then he had them hired to eliminate the strongest member of the Justice League with help from the light device he created after being inspired by the powerful magician, Zatanna. Dr. Light proceeds to eliminate the killers, but before he could destroy Superman's corpse, Batman stops him and Light is forced to retreat.
A few moments later, Superman breaks free from his prison and after Batman informs him about Light's plan, the Man of Steel follows the light trail left behind until he reaches Dr. Light's hideout and finally captures the villain and destroys the Satanstaff.
In the aftermath, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent enjoy a magic show by Zatanna.
Appearing in Tarantula: "Galloping Gold"
- Bandana Bardon (Dies) (Final appearance)
- Hungate and various ranchers
Synopsis for Tarantula: "Galloping Gold"
This story is reprinted from Star-Spangled Comics #11.
John Law, better known as the Tarantula, heads to the wild west on news that his nemesis Bardon has headed there after escaping jail. A rash of cattle rustling has struck the local ranchers but there's no clue to where the robbers took them. Tarantula finds the thieves have borrowed a trick from the god Mercury and tied brooms to the stolen cattle's tails so they erase their own tracks. Tarantula is knocked out by one of Bardon's gang, but is saved when one of them tries to be ironic and shoot Tarantula with his own gun, which doesn't fire bullets and only snares Bardon. A group of ranchers arrive at Bardon's hideout having followed a trail of web Tarantula left for them. Outnumbered, Bardon tries to ride away but his horse trips and bucks him to a fatal drop down a waterfall.
Appearing in "The Cosmic Idiots!"
- Bill and Ann Hanley (Single appearance)
- Giant Ants from Outer Space (Single appearance)
- Alien ants' robot slaves
- A spaceship
Synopsis for "The Cosmic Idiots!"
This story is reprinted from Strange Adventures #30.
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