"Half a Superman!": Superman takes Lois to her apartment and tells her how he was split by Lord Satanis and Syrene into two halves, one of which is stuck in the past. Right now he lacks his invulnerab
- Primus helped me lift the Fortress key with his psionic powers when the Omega Men were here... but alone, my body can't the strain of moving it... even though I still possess my super-strength! I tend to forget how my super-powers augment each other!
- -- Superman
Appearing in "Half a Superman!"
- Jackhammer (First appearance)
- Satanis (Flashback and main story)
- Syrene (Flashback and main story)
- Mole (In a photograph only)
- Lex Luthor (Mentioned only)
- Brainiac (Mentioned only)
- 20th Century
- United States of America
- Arctic Circle
- 14th Century (Flashback only)
- England (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Half a Superman!"
Superman takes Lois to her apartment and tells her how he was split by Lord Satanis and Syrene into two halves, one of which is stuck in the past. Right now he lacks his invulnerability and heat vision.
Meanwhile, a dock worker steals a machine component.
After heading out of Lois' place Superman attempts to streak into the time-barrier, but he is unable to without his invulnerability and with his speed halved. Superman heads towards his Fortress of Solitude and tries to start a Time Bubble, but it shatters. Then a vision of Satanis appears and warns he's shut down to the past every door to the past Superman knows about. Superman wonders how he can fight back.
Meanwhile, his other self remains trapped in the past. Syrene has dragged him to her infinite castle and gets ready to filter the Runestone of Merlin's magical energy through Superman's invulnerable body and into her. Such an action would kill Superman but Syrene isn't concerned about it. Superman tries to stall for time but she guesses his intent and begins the process.
The morning after his failed attempts on time-travel, present-day Clark Kent heads towards the Daily Planet and finds out the Mole has gotten the word out regarding his invulnerability's loss. Clark gets worried about his enemies mass-attacking him.
Somewhere else, Jackson Hammersmith has read the news and is putting the finishing touches on his gear. Previously he intended to leave the town and start out his criminal career elsewhere, but now he thinks he'll make a name for himself by killing Superman.
Meanwhile, Clark is working in his office. Lois wants to have a private conversation with him, but Clark heads off when when he hears Perry White shouting. Clark finds out some crook who calls himself Jackhammer wanted the Daily Planet to print his challenge to Superman. Perry has no intention of publishing an ad bought with stolen money, but he wants Clark to write the story so Superman finds out.
That night, Jackhammer draws Superman's attention by wrecking a train track. Superman engages him, but Jackhammer throws the first punch. Superman gets nearly knocked out, but he has no time to recover due to an incoming train. Superman prevents it from derailing thanks to a precise use of his super-breath, but he collapses on the train roof afterwards, feeling injured and exhausted.
Appearing in "Something Fishy!"
- V'lana (possessing Mera)
- Todd Carmel
- Admiral Murphy
Synopsis for "Something Fishy!"
Mera tells Aquaman that she is Lt. Miriam Bridgeman, and Adm. Murphy explains that Lt. Bridgeman joined them several weeks ago. Aquaman kisses her to find out if she is really his wife, and is satisfied by the response that she is, though she has no memory of being Mera... and the hard-water around the sea station convinces him further that she is really Mera.
When she is hooked up to the brain-print machine, her readings come out garbled. As a final test, Aquaman has Lt. Bridgeman change into a bikini and leap into the sea with him. She finds out that she can breathe water and has telepathic powers, though she still does not remember her Mera identity. But when she tries summoning other fish, she and Aquaman are beset by attacking dolphins, and she mistakenly encases most of Aquaman's body in hard water.
Appearing in "Fate Is the Killer"
- Power Shield
- The Power Sword
Synopsis for "Fate Is the Killer"
The Sailor of the Solar Winds known as Zodac arrives at the royal palace on the planet, Eternia. He warns the ruling council that the land's most powerful hero must leave Eternia forever or else he risks losing his life. Prince Adam knows that Zodac speaks of his alter ego, He-Man. He leaves the palace and summons the Sorceress in the hopes of gaining clarity as to Zodac's cryptic warning. The Sorceress tells He-Man that his arch-nemesis, Skeletor, is very close to finding the second half of the fabled power-sword. If both halves of the sword are joined, he will have the power to rule all of Eternia.
Meanwhile, Skeletor instructs his henchmen, Mer-Man and Beast-Man to scour the Eternian Sea in search of clues as to the lost sword. He eventually discovers that the sword rests in the oceans of another world in a separate dimension – a world known as Earth.
Skeletor uses the magic at his command to transport the three of them to Earth. They plunge into Earth's oceans and eventually recover one half of the power sword. Meanwhile, the super-hero known as Superman flies out over Metropolis Bay. He fights with a large sea-monster and eventually finds himself trapped in a whirling vortex. The vortex is the dimensional portal used by Skeletor, Beast-Man and Mer-Man for their return trip to Eternia.
Everyone arrives in front of Castle Grayskull. Superman assists in retrieving one of the other missing swords and gives it to He-Man. He-Man and Skeletor fight one another and impale each other upon their respective swords. Skeletor teleports back to his lair to nurse his wounds, leaving He-Man on the ground bleeding. Zodac arrives and uses his power to heal He-Man. He then creates another dimensional tunnel and returns Superman back to Earth.
- This book was first published on August 26, 1982.
- Satanis previoiusly kidnapped Lois in Action Comics #527.
- "Fate Is the Killer" was included as a special insert in the following comics with November 1982 cover dates: Action Comics Vol 1 537, All-Star Squadron #15, Arak #15, Batman #353, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #9, Supergirl (Volume 2) #1, DC Comics Presents #51, Firestorm (Volume 2) #6, Justice League of America #208, Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #293, New Teen Titans #25, Superman #377, Warlord #63 and Wonder Woman #297.
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