"Superman: "Powerstone"": Criminal mastermind Luthor has discovered a process using electricity to enhance his own strength. But he still lacked one key component that could make him Superman's equal; the Powerstone! To get th
- Your men don't like your looks anymore, Khanny, and I never did!
- -- Congo Bill
Appearing in Superman: "Powerstone"
- Brett Calhoun (Single appearance)
- Digby Masters (Single appearance)
- Von Schmertz (Single appearance)
- Kettering (Single appearance)
- Scarletti (Single appearance)
- Powerstone (First appearance)
Synopsis for Superman: "Powerstone"
Criminal mastermind Luthor has discovered a process using electricity to enhance his own strength. But he still lacked one key component that could make him Superman's equal; the Powerstone! To get that, needs the Man of Steel's help.
A few days later in Metropolis, millionaire Brett Calhoun announces to the city that he would be giving away three million dollars to any man that could prove he was the richest person alive. It is odd enough to get every reporter in the city on the case, including Clark and Lois of the Daily Planet. Police are keeping reporters out, but Lois manages to sneak inside through a window. Inside, she sees Brett with the other millionaires seated at a table, when suddenly, Luthor enters the room! He planned the whole thing, blackmailing Mr. Calhoun top set it up, so he could steal the fortunes of the wealthiest men. His electricity treatment has allowed Luthor to send small surges through the room, paralyzing anyone they touch, including a certain young lady reporter. When Superman smashes through the ceiling, Luthor gives him a choice: Either help him by retrieving the Powerstone from Skull Valley, or watch Lois die.
Into Skull Valley Superman flies. He finds the Powerstone where Luthor said it would be; inside a cavern, encased in the forehead of a large idol. He rips the stone out of its casing, triggering a cave-in. But Superman manages to escape with the stone in time.
Luthor is pleased to have the Powerstone in his hands at last. He reneges on the deal, saying with his new power, he can conquer the world. But Superman has tricked him. It was not the real stone Luthor was holding, but a replica Superman made. The real Powerstone was hidden where Luthor could never find it. Luthor's strength diminishes, the electric hold he had on the millionaires and on Lois fade. Police are called in and Luthor is arrested.
Appearing in Vigilante: "The Green-Cowled Menace"
- The Scorpion (Single appearance) (Apparent Death)
- Shorty (Only appearance; dies)
- Big John (Single appearance)
- Lin Choo (Final appearance)
- Phill (policeman) (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Vigilante: "The Green-Cowled Menace"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in "The Three Aces Go To War"
- Lee Rollins (Only appearance; dies)
- The Aces' Planes
Synopsis for "The Three Aces Go To War"
Fog, Gunner, and Whistler are in a battle with their fellow aviators against a large Japanese fleet.
Appearing in Mr. America: "The Skeletons in Armor"
- Queen Bee
- Scar (Queen Bee's Henchman) (Single appearance)
- "Swenn the Terrible" (Single appearance)
- other dwarf exoskeleton operators
- ordinary thugs
- John (Single appearance)
- Zombie Viking Powered Exoskeletons
- Mr. America's Flying Carpet
Synopsis for Mr. America: "The Skeletons in Armor"
New York Harbor is greeted by a surprising sight. A small fleet of Viking ships row onto land, sailed by skeletal figures resembling Vikings of old. They raid the city, robbing banks and stores. The police shoot at them but their bullets have no effect. As the ghoulish warriors storm the street, Mr. America swoops in on his flying carpet and challenges them. The leader of the undead Viking party, Swenn the Terrible, rushes in. Tex holds his own against Swenn, eventually delivering a blow that literally knocks his head clean off! Amazingly, the Viking leader's body is still moving, searching the ground for its lost head!
In a sedan down the street, a woman was watching the action. Her henchman in the back use a radio to order the Vikings to "regroup for Plan 7". To Tex's surprise, the Vikings retreat from the fight. He gives chase, following them into the Grand Central Terminal.
Meanwhile, Tex's loyal buddy Bob Daley has been watching from his apartment window. He notices the mysterious sedan driving into an alley and decides to investigate. Bob slips into his guise as Fatman, and heads down to the alley where he saw the car. The vehicle is parked next to an old abandoned warehouse. When Bob peers inside, he spots the creepy Viking gang climbing out of a service tunnel in the floor. And standing to the side is their true leader, the villainous Queen Bee! In his excitement, Fatman stumbles over some garbage cans! The noise alerts the gang and they go out and capture him.
Mr. America finds a map of the subway on the wall inside the station and notices that one of the tunnels curves underneath the warehouse in the heart of town. Something tells him that this was where the Vikings had their hideout. Very soon that warehouse has another visitor, as Mr. America comes crashing in through the window. Sure enough, captured Bob is there. The Vikings attack the hero, whose fists don't seem to hurt them at all. But Bob knows their secret, and tells Tex to turn the water hose on them. Tex does so, and the undead figures fall apart. But instead of bones inside the armor, there was a secret bulletproof compartment where a dwarf had been operating. As each "Viking" crumbles under the water pressure, the little man inside ran off. Bob deals with the Queen Bee's henchman, but the woman herself has already made her escape. The police are called to arrest the Viking operators and the henchman. Tex and Bob vow to one day catch the Queen Bee as well.
Appearing in "Congo Bill versus The Red Khan"
- Janet Logan (Final appearance)
- The Red Khan (Single appearance)
- Bula (Single appearance)
- Major Fortney (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Congo Bill versus The Red Khan"
On their return from an adventure in The Interior, on an unnamed river, Janet Logan and Congo Bill's paddlewheel river boat is attacked by a tribe of brigands, who sniper-shoot the captain at the helm, and swarm aboard en masse. Bill is knocked out with a club and his companion Janet Logan is abducted; everybody else is killed; the steamboat's cargo of ivory is stolen. Bill is found by English soldiers who take him to the British outpost of Benzima, commanded by Major Fortney. While recovering, Bill receives a ransom note from the Red Khan, the brigand leader, who is holding Miss Logan for a hostage. Unable to meet the Red Khan's demand for payment, Bill allows himself to be captured. He then challenges the Khan to one-on-one combat. The Khan refuses and has Bill tied up. Bill denounces the Khan as a coward to the other natives. When he finally gets loose, the Khan attempts to flee with Janet as a captive. Bill chases them down and finally rescues the girl; they return to civilization on horseback with the erstwhile Red Khan slung ignominiously across the saddle of a third horse.
Appearing in Zatara: "Nargo, the Ruler of Atlantis"
- Nargo (Only appearance; dies)
- Jim Grogan (Single appearance)
- Ed Farmer (Single appearance)
- Doctor Noonan (Single appearance)
- An underwater city (Destroyed)
Synopsis for Zatara: "Nargo, the Ruler of Atlantis"
Two fishermen are abducted and taken to a city under the sea. Nargo, the city's ruler, is a mental marvel with telepathic powers, but he is dying. He forces one of the fishermen to return to the surface to bring back Doctor Noonan, a physician that can save his life. The other fisherman is held captive to ensure that his friend returns.
The fisherman finds Doctor Noonan along with Zatara. After hearing the man's story, the trio return to the underwater city. Zatara soon finds that his magic is useless against Nargo due to the latter's telepathic ability. Zatara is imprisoned, and Noonan forced to perform the surgery. However, while Nargo is under anesthetic, his mind can no longer neutralize Zatara. The magician escapes and rescues the captive surface men. Nargo regains consciousness and engages Zatara in a mental battle of wills. The battle causes the underwater city to collapse. Nargo is buried in the rubble, but Zatara escapes and makes it back to the surface.
- Luthor acquires the Powerstone again in Superman #17, a sequel to the Superman tale in this issue.
- Powerstone is reprinted in Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 3, Superman #252 and Superman Chronicles Vol. 8.
- On Earth-Two Clark Kent worked at the Daily Star under George Taylor while Perry White remained a reporter and Superman fought a red haired Luthor. However, there was a close hypertime reality (Earth-Two-A) which regularly interacted with Earth-Two resulting in distortions such as (but not limited to) Clark Kent working for the Daily Planet under editor Perry White and/or Superman fighting a bald Luthor.
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