Saturday, October 28, 2017

Super-Spinoffs: Girl Power! Part I: The Silver Age Supergirl!

The original post I was trying to create was too large apparently, so I had to split it up.

THE SUPER-FRIENDS/SCOOBY-DOO TIMELINE: This includes a silver age version of the DC Universe.

c. 1000 B.C.--A centaur named Biron, later called Comet the Super-Horse, is granted super-powers by the sorceress Circe, but Circe's enemy, the sorcerer Malador, transforms Biron into a horse and banishes him to a planet in the constellation Sagittarius, where he remains for almost 3,000 years. 

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(Action #252, May 1959)--Jor-El's brother Zor-El and his wife Alura survive the destruction of Krypton when Argo City is blasted into space by the explosion. They later have a daughter, Kara Zor-El (Supergirl). 

Adventure #293 (Feb. 1962)--When the Brain Globes of Rambat mentally enslave Superboy and the Legion and threaten to take over the Earth, Krypto, Streaky the Super-Cat, Comet the Super-Horse, and Beppo the Super-Monkey join forces as the Legion of Super-Pets to save the day. NOTES: Both Streaky and Comet are from Supergirl's era, not Superboy's. Streaky's first appearance was in Action # #261 (Feb. 1960). This was the first appearance of Comet the Super-Horse. His first appearance in the Supergirl strip was Action #292 (Sept. 1962). An editorial note in this story describes this as "a preview glimpse of a super-pet Supergirl will own some day in the future!"

Action #252 (May 1959--Argo City is wiped out by Kryptonite poisoning. Zor-El and Alura send their daughter Kara to Earth, where she becomes Supergirl. Superman places her in the Midvale Orphanage under the name Linda Lee and keeps her existence a secret. NOTES: This was the first appearance of Kara Zor-El, but she was preceded by another "Super-Girl," a magical construct created by Jimmy Olsen in Superman #123 (Aug. 1958).

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Action #267 (Aug. 1960)--The three founding Legionnaires visit Supergirl in Midvale and invite her to try out for the Legion. She is disqualified after Red Kryptonite temporarily transforms her into an adult. First appearances of Chameleon BoyColossal Boy, and Invisible KidNOTES: The Legionnaires tell Supergirl that they are the children of the Legionnaires Superboy knew. This revelation was later ignored, and was edited out of some reprints of this story.

Action #276 (May 1961)--A year after her first encounter with the Legionnaires, Supergirl is given a second chance to apply for membership. She is admitted after recovering the King Arthur's legendary sword, Excalibur, and meets Brainiac 5, Bouncing BoyPhantom GirlShrinking VioletSun Boy, and Triplicate Girl. Brainiac 5 gives her a duplicate of his force-field belt, but it breaks down shortly after her return to the 20th century.

Action #285 (Feb. 1962)--Superman announces Supergirl's existence to the world and reveals her secret identity to her adoptive parents, Fred and Edna Danvers. The Legion helps Supergirl on her first "public" mission.

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In CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE SUPERGIRL, Gary Gerani plays Dr. Elias Thorne opposite Katie Norris' Girl of Steel. Gary Gerani wrote this fan-film a few years ago for an extremely talented young filmmaker named Dan Nastro, the son of a good friend of his. Thorne is the character Gary Gerani created (and "played") in the DINOSAURS ATTACK! trading cards, so what we have is an unofficial DC/Topps crossover!

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Action #318 (Nov. 1964)--As Linda Lee Danvers, Supergirl graduates from Midvale High School and enrolls in Stanhope College. She continues her activities with the Legion.

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BLOODWULF # 2--From Matt Hickman: In issue 2 of BloodWulf, a comic book about a pretty blatant Lobo rip off form the 90's. After accidentally exposing Ogo to the vacuum of space and blowing him up in the process in issue one, Bloodwulf has to make a pit stop at the Pleasure Plaza, which is a space brothel or get what is left of Ogo (his head grafted onto a new body) Why does this matter? Well, the Pleasure Plaza is filled with cameos: Mr. Fantastic, Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Adam Strange, Mr. Mxyzptlk, a Wookie, Supergirl in her pre crisis outfit, Gleek the Space Monkey, the Wonder Twins, William Riker, a Ferengi bartender, the Phantom, Space Ghost, Spawn, Violator, Cruella de Vil, Groo, Cerebus, Stimpy, Lobo, Megaton Man, Maxx, Glinda the Good Witch of the South, Martian Manhunter, Impossible Man, Hammer of God, a Hutt, Jambi the Genie, John Carter Style Green Martian, Lex Luthor in his Superfriends outfit, and Humpty Dumpty all show up in the background. At the end, Bloodwulf and friends have to fight off an army of aliens who look just like the the Jabberwocky. One of the rules of Pleasure Plaza is no Tribbles. A few Federation Starships show up docked at the Pleasure Plaza and the ship the Bloodwulf passes at the start of the issue is clearly a Galaxy class Starship named the the U.S. S. Intercourse. This is also the ship the Jabberwockys come from after they burst out of the Captain's belly as his shuttle lands at the Pleasure Plaza. And finally the Pleasure Plaza is the same type of Space Station as DS9. [From Rob:  Though it may seem as though it would make more sense to place this in the 24th century, from what I gathered, the series takes place in a contemporary period in outer space.  Perhaps this station is at some nexus of time and space?]

Super Friends #37--"Bad Weather for Supergirl"--Reprinted In:  Super Friends:Truth, Justice and Peace TPB (2003)

SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP # 6--Super Friends

  • This is the original version of the Super Friends.  Not the new DC Super Friends comic version.
  • Nice reference to what became of Marvin and Wendy, but what became of Zan and Jayna?
  • Shaggy and Scooby controlling Sinestro’s ring.  Also, the fear controlling the ring is a post crisis element.
  • Supergirl appearing in the costume from her one-time appearance in the Super Friends comic book.
  • Brainiac’s monkey is shown in flashback to Brainiac’s first silver age appearance.
  • Wonder Woman references the previous issue she was in.

Wonder Woman v.1 #291-293 (May–July 1982)--Wonder Woman calls on the JLA to assist against the Adjudicator and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. NOTES: This tale included Supergirl and the Earth-Two Huntress and Power Girl. For our purposes, Earth-Two equals Rotwang's pocket reality.

(Superman v.1 #415, Jan. 1986)--On a mission in deep space, Supergirl develops temporary amnesia after being knocked unconscious by a Kryptonite meteor. She subsequently falls in love with and marries Salkor, the super-powered hero of the planet Makkor, who dubs her "Jasma." Regaining her memory after a subsequent injury, Supergirl returns to Earth, having completely forgotten everything that transpired during her period of amnesia, including her brief marriage. She does not regain her memory of Salkor until more than a year later and never sees him again. NOTES: The chronological placement of these events is speculative. Salkor later tells Superman that he met Supergirl two years before her death, although whether that was terrestrial or Makkorian years is unclear. She's said to have regained her memory shortly after the conclusion of her fight with Blackstarr in Supergirl v.2 #15 (Jan. 1984).

A team of the most powerful heroes, including Superman, Supergirl, Mon-El, and Wildfire, takes the battle to the Antimatter Universe. Supergirl dies fighting the Anti-Monitor. Crisis #7 (Oct. 1985)

Superman v.1 #423 (Sept. 1986)--Imaginary Story: "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" A group of Legionnaires, accompanied by Supergirl (years before her death), gives Superman a trophy of his final and greatest victory. NOTES: This Imaginary Story is not technically part of pre-Crisis continuity.

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2973--Jul--(Action #267, Aug. 1960)--The three founding Legionnaires invite Supergirl to the 30th century try out for the Legion, but she is disqualified when Red Kryptonite temporarily turns her into an adult. Supergirl digs the first tunnel of the Earth's subterranean core tube transit system. First appearances of Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, and Invisible Kid. NOTES: Cosmic Boy dons a new, permanent costume in this story. Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, and Invisible Kid are shown to have already joined the Legion. This story shows the Legion clubhouse to be located in Metropolis, rather than in Smallville, as was shown in the Legion's first appearance in Adventure Comics #247 (Apr. 1958).

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Sep 5--(Action #276, May 1961)--Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, and Triplicate Girl travel to the 20th century to give Supergirl a second chance to try for Legion membership. Bouncing Boy (Chuck Taine), Shrinking Violet (Salu Digby), and Sun Boy also apply, but are rejected. Supergirl and Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) are admitted. Supergirl unearths Excalibur, legendary sword of King Arthur. NOTES:6th Legion app. in print. Supergirl's place in the membership order does not coincide with her first LSH appearance. Phantom Girl and Triplicate Girl are shown to have already joined the Legion. In this story, Brainiac 5 describes the final fate of the original Brainiac (who is described as his great-great-great-great-grandfather): being shrunk out of existence after trying to turn his shrinking ray on the Earth. This did indeed happen to Brainiac in Superman#338 (Aug. 1979), but the villain subsequently returned several times, beginning in Action Comics #514 (Dec. 1980).

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2978--Early February--Superboy and Supergirl are forced to leave the Legion when the Earth is surrounded by a cloud of green Kryptonite. They ask the Legion to accept two masked heroes, "Sir Prize" and "Miss Terious," as their replacements. The Legion battles Prince Evillo of Tartarus and his Devil's Dozen (Apollo, Tal Obrin of Geeqou; the HagSugyn; and the Wild Huntsman, Jake Kafkranus of Tartarus), who kidnap Lightning Lad. First appearance of the Legion's financier, R.J. BrandeNOTES: R.J. Brande was not actually named until Adventure Comics #350 (Dec. 1966).

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Mar 31--Adventure #351 (Dec. 1966)--The Hag, Xola Aq, is restored to her true form: the White Witch, younger sister of Dream Girl. With her help, the Legionnaires defeat Evillo and the Devil's Dozen. Evillo's doctor, Zan Orbal, re-grows Lightning Lad's arm and restores Bouncing Boy's powers. "Sir Prize" and "Miss Terious" are revealed as Star Boy and Dream Girl. Color Kid, now a member of the Substitute Heroes, changes the green Kryptonite cloud to blue, allowing Superboy and Supergirl to return to the 30th century. Bouncing Boy, Dream Girl, Star Boy, Superboy, and Supergirl rejoin the Legion. The White Witch predicts the fates of four Legionnaires, including Ferro Lad, who she predicts will die, and Cosmic Boy, whose fate is "too dreadful" to reveal. 

mid-2979--Action #387 (Apr. 1970)--The U.P. informs the Legion that they face ruinous taxation if they have more than 25 members. Superboy resigns to maintain the limit. Supergirl also considers resigning, but the Legion of Super-Pets threatens to quit if she leaves. NOTES: This story was the final appearance of the Legion of Super-Pets.

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2981--Jun--Superboy v.1 #204 (Sept./Oct. 1974)--The Legion discovers clues to the existence of a mysterious Legionnaire called Anti-Lad, who apparently joined at the same time as Superboy. Brainiac 5 becomes obsessed with Supergirl, building a robot duplicate of her in his sleep. Supergirl tells him that she is leaving the Legion.

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2984--Jan--Legion v.2 #290 (Aug. 1982)--THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA--Darkseid's Servants of Darkness steal mystic artifacts from Earth and Talok VIII: the Wand of Mentachem, the sword Excalibur, and the Orb of Oranthax. Chameleon Boy is arrested and charged with starting a war with the Khunds. Lightning Lad is hospitalized. Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl get new costumes. First appearances of Antonio Stefanacci (curator of California's Museum of Mystic Arts) and Metropolis tour guide Oli-3 Queen (a descendant of Green Arrow). NOTES: The Wand of Mentachem, created by the villainous Matter Master, first appeared in Brave and the Bold #35 (May 1961). Supergirl unearthed the sword Excalibur in Action Comics #276 (May 1961). In this issue only, Invisible Kid appears in a white costume (instead of yellow).

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Feb 3--Legion v.2 #294 (Dec. 1982)--Darkseid's Daxamite army is unleashed on the United Planets. The Legion calls on their reserve members, Supergirl, the Substitute Heroes, the Heroes of Lallor, the Wanderers, and Dev-Em for help. On Takron-Galtos, Chameleon Boy is stalked by Ol-Vir. The mysterious child magically matures into Highfather (first 30th century appearance), who restores the Orion-clone to his true form. Darkseid destroys Orion, but loses control of the population of Daxam and is forced to retreat. White Witch joins the Legion. Light Lass decides to leave the Legion, and Supergirl departs to return to her own time.  NOTES: Highfather and Orion first appeared in New Gods v.1 #1 (2-3.71).


30th/31st centuries--LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES--In STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, the TVCU Star Trek crew encounter the Legion as they were on their way back from dropping of Superboy in Smallville. Later, when they tell Kirk and crew who they are, a flashback shows Superboy and Supergirl in the Legion. So this Legion came from the Super-Friends/SDTU Universe.

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Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #315 (Sept. 1984)--Supergirl, Brainiac 5, and Sun Boy battle the Dark Circle. S.P. Chief Zendak kills Ontiir when he refuses to surrender. Supergirl decides to leave the Legion again to return to the 20th century. On Earth, Blok continues learning about the White Witch's past. 

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Feb--Legion v.3 #15 (Oct. 1985)--Timber Wolf and the Sensei leave Lythyl after fulfilling Karate Kid's last request, taking Myg with them. They pay their respects to Karate Kid on Shanghalla. The Legion battles Dr. Regulus. Brainiac 5 notes that the next day is the 1,000-year anniversary of Supergirl's death. 

Feb--Legion v.3 #16 (Nov. 1985)--While the Legion attends the baptism of Graym Ranzz, Rond Vidar and Circadia Senius comfort Brainiac 5 on the anniversary of Supergirl's death. Brainy laments the inevitable paradoxes that would result if he were to try to change history to save her. 

Feb--Crisis #7 (Oct. 1985)--A team of the most powerful heroes, including Superman, Supergirl, Mon-El, and Wildfire, takes the battle to the Anti-Matter Universe. Supergirl dies fighting the Anti-Monitor. 

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Oct--Legion v.3 #31 (Feb. 1987)--Sensor Girl relates an old adventure she had with Ferro Lad and Karate Kid. NOTES: A statue of Supergirl is seen among the Legion memorials. This is the last specific mention of Supergirl in the post-Crisis Legion stories and is basically an anomaly. In post-Crisis continuity, Kara Zor-El never existed and Supergirl (Matrix) was not a member of the Legion.

OTHER ALTERNATE REALITIES: Time travelers, when they jump through time, mess things up. Nature abhors time travel and tries to right itself. This must be what is going on in the D.C. television universe. But the time stream is muddied.

DC Super Hero Girls--I'd like to think this fits in the same universe as Teen Titans Go, but it's inconsistent with Supergirl's timeline in the Scooby-Doo Team-Up Universe.

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Earth-12--DC Animated Universe--Here, Kara is not from Krypton, but is found the last survivor of a sister colony to Krypton. However, Superman begins calling her his cousin by the time she joins the Justice League. Power Girl is created as a more "mature" but evil clone of Supergirl.

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INJUSTICE--An alternate world seen in video games and comics, crossover over with other DC worlds in Convergence. Features an alternate Power Girl.

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