Reign of the Supermen #239: Dinosaur-Sized Superman

Source: Superman vol.1 #302 (1976)
Type: TransformationLeaving the Silver Age for the Bronze Age, I'm afraid science and common sense may not suddenly appear. Exhibit A: Elliot S! Maggin and José Luis Garcia Lopez's "Seven-Foot-Two... And Still Growing!" This is the story of Lex Luthor growing Superman's body to the huge size above, while keeping Superman's brain at its normal size. The plot: To force Superman's little brain to sacrifice reasoning just to keep his huge body coordinated. Before you start thinking this could work, let me first say that Luthor does this with a "gland control device". Why am I not 20 feet tall by now? Underachieving glands?

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Superman doesn't become a pea-brained dinosaur overnight. No, overnight, he just gets a little too big for his jam-jams.
As the morning progresses, Supes gets as big as 9 feet tall and he's in danger of not showing up for work on time. Who's he gonna call? Who else? The Atom! If only he can dial Ray's number with his massive pinky!
Imagine doing that on an iphone! The Atom is full of smarts and he helps Clark Kent save his tv career, encouraging the rapidly deteriorating Clark to interview his alter ego at super-speed.
There's a whole thing with him convincing Morgan Edge that he's got the scoop of the century (that oooh, it's not true he's grown in size! Ratings ahoy!), having Steve Lombard deliver the cameras but run away at the sight of a giant Clark Kent (yet blaming some kind of LSD flashback), and the talking to himself on giant chairs despite having great difficulty focusing. And we know his brain is tiny because he looked at himself in a lead-backed mirror with x-ray vision, bouncing the image into the television for Ray Palmer's inspection. I don't even know.

After a fierce battle with Lex Luthor and his amazing helicopter backpack, Superman and the Atom lure the evil genius to an open air "television studio" rigged by the Atom to shrink along with Superman, but leaving Lex full-size. He believes he's been "infected" and fearing for his own mental deterioration, he turns off the gland control machine.
(Lopez makes a rare mistake here by forgetting to show the props that are apparently also shrinking, so the scene's a little mystifying.)

So does this tale make any more sense than those Silver/Stone Age stories? I'll let you decide for yourself.


Martin Gray said...

'LSD flashbacks' indeed. I missed this one as a kid. Technically.

Why would Lex say 'dinosaur' when he could simply say 'giant'?

Siskoid said...

Because giants have proportional brains!

Anonymous said...

The helicopter backpack! That explains the inspiration for the "Superman" Atari cartridge:

Anonymous said...

Read it when I was around 10...Loved it.


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