"A Very Strange and Special Girl!": Linda Danvers relocates to Chicago, enrolls in Lake Shore University, and gets an apartment. But, while at the campus, she has a chance encounter with Gayle Marsh, a psychic
- I've been Supergirl for such a long time, it seems. Not that I'd give that up for anything... but I feel like I've totally lost hold of the part of me that doesn't scoot around the universe in shorts and a cape! I've forgotten what it feels like to be just a person... Instead of a symbol!
- -- Supergirl
Appearing in "A Very Strange and Special Girl!"
- Psi (First appearance)
- Mr. Wainwright (Single appearance)
- Zor-El (Flashback only)
- Allura (Flashback only)
- Superman (Flashback only)
- Fred Danvers (Flashback only)
- Edna Danvers (Flashback only)
- Mr. Pendergast (First appearance)
- Joan Raymond (First appearance)
- Ida Berkowitz (First appearance)
- Johnny Ostrander (First appearance)
- Hymie Berkowitz (Mentioned only)
- Lake Shore University (First appearance)
- 1537 West Fargo Avenue (First appearance)
- Argo City (Flashback only)
- Midvale Orphanage (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "A Very Strange and Special Girl!"
Linda Danvers relocates to Chicago, enrolls in Lake Shore University, and gets an apartment. But, while at the campus, she has a chance encounter with Gayle Marsh, a psychic
with incredible powers, and both are repulsed by the might they detect in each other. Gayle is being trained by a Svengali-type called Mr. Pendergast to wipe out the "decay" in their midst by destroying Chicago. When she attempts to do this, as the scantily-costumed Psi, she is opposed by Supergirl. She initially defeats Supergirl, but, in a mental argument with Pendergast, is allowed not to kill her--not until she saps Supergirl's powers and adds them to her own.
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 12, 1982.
- "Fate Is the Killer" was included as a special insert in the following comics with November 1982 cover dates: Action Comics #537, All-Star Squadron #15, Arak, Son of Thunder #15, Batman #353, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #9, Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1, DC Comics Presents #51, Fury of Firestorm #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.
- The character John Ostrander, Esquire appears several months before John Ostrander (who lived in Chicago in 1982) writes his first comic for First Comics.
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