“Supergirl’s Foster Parents.” Linda Lee’s super-vision detects a military rocket that has lost control. She sneaks off to change into her Supergirl costume, and heads into orbit to put the rocket in its proper path. Back at the orphanage, a couple named the Dales arrives, looking to adopt. Linda uses her heat vision to purposely burn her cooking, hoping they won’t want to adopt a careless girl, but they take a shine to her anyway, and take her home for a trial period as her foster parents. They work at a traveling circus, and they plan to have Linda pretend to be a “strong girl” using props. However, the show is really a scam to trick people into buying a “power tonic,” which the Dales claim will make anyone strong like Supergirl. When a circus elephant stumbles and starts to fall on the Dales, Linda has no choice but to use her super-strength to lift the elephant and save them. Linda tells the astonished Dales that she had some of the “power tonic” to drink — which makes the Dales think that their fraudulent potion really works. The Dales rush to the lab to pay their chemist for the formula, giving him all their money. But in reality, Supergirl has tricked them — using a puppet that looks like the chemist. She takes the money the Dales have given the puppet and returns it to all the people the Dales had bilked. Meanwhile, the Dales discover that the tonic is useless, and end up flat broke. They return Linda to the orphanage.
“The secret of the super-orphan!” Miss Hart, the Headmistress of Midvale Orphanage, announces that they will have a “get acquainted day” with childless parents, in the hopes that some of the orphans will be adopted. Linda Lee helps them get ready as she reflects on how she got to earth after leaving Argo City’s destruction (as seen in the previous issue). As the other kids show off talents on a make-shift stage, Linda notices Timmy crying in the corner because he has no talents. When she learns Timmy is from farm country, she finds out that the Wilsons own a farm and suggests they could adopt him. Unfortunately, they are too poor. She decides to try and help them earn enough money to afford adopting Timmy. She digs underground on their property hoping to find oil or gold, but nothing presents itself. Then she sees a newsreel about how Superman used his powers to punch a hole through a mountain and let people view petrified dinosaur remains. Using this idea, she hurls a rock through the earth at the Wilsons’ farm, and then flies to Pisa where the rock emerges. The Wilsons then sell tickets to let people see the Leaning Tower through the earth from their farm. However, they use the money they earned to buy a house in the suburbs and give a child a better home — but now they don’t think Timmy will be happy there. Linda then suggests that Timmy could do some magic tricks, and she could be his assistant. She uses her super-powers to surreptitiously make the magic act better, and an impressed couple takes Timmy home.
“The Supergirl from Krypton!” Superman he hears a space-rocket coming to earth. His X-ray vision reveals a person inside. He flies to the scene, but arrives too late — the rocket has crashed. Suddenly a fourteen year old blonde girl emerges without a scratch. She says she is from the planet Krypton. Supergirl then explains that a chunk of Krypton survived the explosion intact, including the city street where her father, Zor-El, lived. With access to Kryptonian tech such as a food machine, they could survive indefinitely. But the destroyed chunk of Krypton put out Kryptonite radiation, so Zor-El came up with the idea of paving the entire surface with lead. He then took a wife, and had a baby named Kara. She grew up happy and safe until a meteor shower hit the city and cracked the lead protection. With the poisoning slowly seeping into the air, Zor-El created a rocket to take Kara to another planet. Her mother used a “super space telescope” to look for a suitable planet, and they discovered Earth and Superman. Tuning in to a radio broadcast, they heard that Superman was from Krypton and had super-powers. Thus they chose earth to be Kara’s new home. Her mother sewed a costume like Superman’s so he would know her as a Kryptonian girl. Then Kara left in the rocket while everyone on Argo City died. Superman is amazed by the story, and mentions his father Jor-El. This causes Kara to realize that he is her cousin, since Jor-El was her uncle’s name. Superman tests her to see if she has all his powers, and she does… but she needs training. Until she is ready, Superman places her in Midvale orphanage, with a wig and street clothes to disguise herself. Kara takes the identity of Linda Lee. At night when all the other kids are asleep, she flies around Midvale and decides she likes her new home. She sees a movie showing Superman’s exploits as a young man (Superboy) and decides that she’s proud of the fame and honor he has earned, and wants to be like him some day.
Over the last 23 weeks, I have reviewed all 23 Daring New Adventures of Supergirl issues published between 1982 and 1984 by DC Comics. Having read and reviewed the entire series, this week I will conclude my review of these books with a retrospective.
Looking back over my 23 reviews of what we fans affectionately called “TDNAOS” in those days, several clear patterns emerge. With regard to the story, the strengths were character development and character interaction, and the weaknesses were villain motivation, behavior, and origins. Where the art is concerned, mirroring the story, the “Linda time,” which was usually when character development and interaction happened, was far stronger than the Supergirl fight scenes were. Below, I will discuss each of these things. I will conclude with a critique of how this version of Supergirl was portrayed in general over the years.
Yes, the new direction DC mentioned at the NYCC is happening. Supergirl’s is suppose to leave the Superman Family for good and it turns out it is the Green Lantern Family.
DC is going to make Kara a Red Lantern of RAGE!
What the HELL is DC thinking of turning a symbol of hope into a symbol of rage! Check out the complete article right here.
“The future begins today.” Supergirl battles against the deformed villain known as Future-Man. He uses mental powers against her, and then vanishes. Supergirl helps put out the tanker fire he started, but wonders where he went. Meanwhile, at Supergirl’s apartment, Joan encounters Dick Malverne, an old flame of Linda’s, who is in town and came to look her up. Back in Dr. Metzner’s apartment, we discover that Future-Man is actually Metzner. In flash-back, we see how a brilliant young Metzner experimented on human evolution, and created a machine to “evolve his mind.” He then used it, and turned into “what man will become in a million years.” This being scared himself with his mental powers, and rigged the machine to reverse the process. However, Metzner still felt his future self inside his mind, so he created a tape recording to hypnotize himself into forgetting his ordeal. However, the black-out last issue stopped the recording, letting Future-Man back out. The story concludes with a final battle between Supergirl and Future-Man, during which Supergirl realizes Future-Man is Metzner. Believing Metzner is still in there, and a good person, Supergirl fakes her own death. Metzner’s mind is appalled that he killed her, and takes back over. He reverts back to the psychology professor we have known since issue 1. The police come to take him away. Supergirl changes back into Linda Danvers, and heads home, only to find Dick Malverne waiting to give her a kiss. And that is where the story ends.
“I have seen the future… and it’s me!” Chicago has been plunged into a blackout, and the Girl of Steel flies around the city trying to do her part to help out. The lights come on shortly before dawn, and she returns home to get some sleep before classes. Meanwhile, Dr. Metzner, Linda’s advisor, has been sleeping all night with a tape recorder under his pillow, but because of the blackout, the recorder lost power. He doesn’t even remember why he had the recorder on, but he knows he has slept with it under his pillow for years — apparently conditioning himself to forget something. Without the conditioning, he starts feeling like he is losing his mind. As the morning progresses, Linda gets a call from Phil, who again is coy about where he goes some evenings, and they argue. She storms off to campus, where she spends the morning fuming. She encounters Dr. Metzner in the cafeteria, but he runs away screaming about “loud noises.” Metzner takes a cab home, but starts to seem sick. Then the cab explodes, and a distorted looking creature emerges, claiming to be from the future and possessing mental powers. Linda hears the explosion and flies off to deal with it, coming face to face with a twisted, semi-human creature.
“The Curse of the Kryptonite Man.” After capturing some robbers by removing the tires from their getaway car, Supergirl hears approaching space ships entering the atmoshphere. She follows them across the country to Metropolis, where she finds Superman battling the Kryptonite Man. Kryptonite Man is from an ancient, pre-human race of Kryptonians who were in suspended animation for hundreds of thousands of years. He survived the destruction of Krypton entombed inside a large chunk of mountain. The chunk became radioactive, but instead of killing him, it somehow powered him up, so that he is now infused with Kryptonite, and can shoot Kryptonite radiation beams out of his eyes. He gives Superman and Supergirl one heck of a fight, until the space-ships attack him. Superman and Supergirl K-O Kryptonite Man and then board the ships looking for an explanation. The ships are owned by Seeders, a race that goes around the galaxy seeding life on different planets. They want revenge on the Kryptonite Man for stealing one of their ships. They try to booby-trap the stolen ship to kill Kryptonite Man, but Superman and Supergirl won’t allow murder, so they try to stop them. A three-way battle ensues between the Seeders, the Cousins of Steel, and Kryptonite Man. In the end, Kryptonite Man charges the Seeder ships and there is a huge explosion resulting from their gamma-ray bombardment of him, after which both he and the ships vanish.
“Celebration!” A mysterious man in a trench coat uses his powers to cause a helicopter to fall toward the earth. Supergirl arrives, which is what the mystery man wanted. She saves the chopper, but as she nears the ground with it, suddenly it gets heavy and she almost drops it. She is not sure what to make of this, so she flies off to return to her Linda Danvers identity. Clark Kent calls her up, and asks her to be in Midvale later that day at exactly 12:17, but he won’t tell her why. Linda has a few hours so she goes to class with Joanie, and stops off to argue with Phil about how he lied to her a few issues ago. Phil remains evasive, which angers her, and she storms off. Then the man in the trench coat appears and causes Linda to faint. When she wakes up, she flies off to the Fortress of Solitude to check her vital signs, but everything is normal. Next, she sees a large vault hovering in the sky, and when she investigates, notices the man in the trench coat. He takes it off to reveal that he is Parasite, and then he absorbs her powers. Supergirl tries to fight him anyway, but without super-powers, she has no chance. Parasite carries her into the air and locks her in the vault, saying she will suffocate in a few minutes. Supergirl pulls out her comb, which is made of Kryptonian metal from her rocket-ship, and uses it to cut her way out of the vault. Then her powers return, and she confronts Parasite. He reveals that he is not the real Parasite, however, but just a clone. He stole Supergirl’s powers and then transferred them to the real Parasite, who was in battle with Superman. Then the clone disintegrates. When Supergirl arrives at Midvale, however, she learns that Superman has defeated the real Parasite already. Then he shows her the surprise, which is a life-sized floating statue of her, right on the spot where she arrived on earth years earlier. The whole town of Midvale and the Teen Titans and Justice League all turn out to celebrate with her.
So New York Comic Con might be over, but I won’t be leaving the Big Apple for a few more days. I’ll be recording a video review of the con once I get home, but I wanted to share some of the Supergirl highlights of my first NYCC experience. There were tons of amazing cosplayers, but what made my weekend was meeting such incredible people like Amanda Connor and Josh Ortega for the first time, and saying hello to a few old friends like Jon Hughes who made me an amazing Supergirl commission, and Mahmud Asrar.
Eventhough I’ve cosplayed before as Robin from Arkham City, my Gears of War COG armor that I made and wore for a few days at the con was really special. You’ll see me in a few pics wearing the costume.
I’ve added some pictures below, but you can find the entire photo album on the Facebook page right here. I should have the video review up by the weekend, and will show off some of the incredible statues and artwork I picked up this past weekend. In the meantime, enjoy the pics!