It's been a mammoth journey but at last I've done it. I've reached the end of my reviews of Supergirl's ten issue 1970s run of her own title.
As I'm sure you've guessed, Supergirl issue #10 features not one but two tales of the maid of might. I reviewed the first story last week - and here's where I fling myself headlong into the second.
What happens is this.
A mad scientist decides to make a clone of Supergirl, so he can get it to commit crimes on his behalf.
Clearly he's not as clever as he thinks he is because, when it emerges from his machine, the clone has somehow been created as a somewhat inane male. Think of him as Justin Bieber but not as evil.
Not that our mad scientist cares about that. All he cares about is sending the super clone out to rob a bank.
But, when she confronts him at his lab, the scientist orders the clone to kill her.
Supergirl tells it not to.
Torn between wanting to obey its creator and not wanting to kill Supergirl, the clone comes up with a happy compromise and instead blows his own brains out with a gun.
Well, there's a turn-up for the books. The idea of someone creating a copy of Supergirl to commit crimes with is hardly groundbreaking for the strip but the idea of the tale finishing with a character blowing his own brains out with a gun is totally at odds with the light and frothy feel we've come to associate with the title in its ten issue run. Because of this, I approve wholeheartedly.
Superman Family and Supergirl had to settle for sharing the title with the likes of Jimmy Olsen and Krypto the Superdog.
Despite the general tameness of these ten issues, I do have a soft spot for them. There's a good natured naivete about them that lends them a certain charm and they look nice and Supergirl looks nice.
Therefore, whatever its faults, I declare the 1970s solo Supergirl comic to be a good thing.
Having said that, I'm glad I don't have to read any more of them.
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