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The Superboy of Earth-116

Profile by John Censullo

» FIRST APPEARANCE: Superboy v.1 #116 (Oct. 1964), "The Ordeal of Chief Parker!"

One day, at police headquarters in Smallville, Chief Parker holds a press conference. The police have captured Phil the Faker, the famous counterfeiter, but must still find the phony $20 plate if Phil is to be convicted. Superboy flies into the room, telling Chief Parker not to bother. Using his x-ray vision, Superboy locates the missing plate under a floorboard in the police station itself, where Phil had hidden it! The reporters laugh, saying the Police Chief goofed. After they leave, Chief Parker tells Superboy he wishes he'd have told him about his discovery in private, instead of embarrassing him in front of the reporters. The Chief is surprised to see that Superboy is amused.

The next morning, Superboy spots Chief Parker driving to work. The Boy of Steel states that he will now take the next step in his master plan to smash the old coot's career. Superboy secretly flies up behind the Chief's car and begins pushing it faster and faster. He then quickly flies ahead of the car, stopping it so that he can charge Chief Parker with driving over 60 mph in a 30 mph zone. Superboy says he feels it's his duty to take the Chief to traffic court to be punished. Superboy silently laughs as the judge scolds Chief Parker and fines him $50. That evening, when Superboy returns home, Pa Kent pulls out the newspaper and asks Superboy why he dragged his old friend to court. Superboy says he cannot cover for someone who does wrong, even if it is a friend. He then tells his father to drop the subject.

The next morning, Superboy arrives at police headquarters, where he finds many FBI agents and reporters. One reporter explains that a bunch of top gangsters have been rounded up, and Chief Parker will personally grill "Big Gus" Diller, the crime syndicate boss. The Chief enters the room and, as he approaches the line-up, states that he must put on his glasses before he can begin. Superboy uses his heat vision to slightly melt the lenses, causing Chief Parker's vision to become distorted. The Chief decides he must go through with the interrogation, but he ends up confronting the wrong man, again embarrassing himself. Superboy suggests that maybe Chief Parker is too old for the job and should resign. Once outside, the reporters mock the Chief themselves, agreeing with Superboy's assessment. Lana Lang tells them to stop, that Chief Parker deserves respect for all his years of service. Superboy responds by saying the Chief deserved his job once, but old age has made him inefficient and incompetent. Superboy continues badgering the Chief to quit.

Later, Chief Parker sits alone in his office, writing a letter of resignation. Suddenly, Superboy and Krypto fly into the room. Superboy says that if Parker signs the paper, he will be making a terrible mistake. In the next moment, a second Superboy flies into the room! He proclaims that they may have stopped the Police Chief from resigning, but they can't protect the Chief from him. The two Superboys begin to fight, but then suddenly the duplicate Superboy stops and remarks that his body is tingling. He now realizes what has happened.

He explains that, a few days earlier, a missile from outer space carrying a hyper-atomic warhead was heading toward Earth. If it were to strike the planet, it would destroy it, so he obliterated it in space. However, the missile contained a red kryptonite rock, probably placed there by a space-foe as a booby trap. For 48 hours, the red k forced him to ruin a good friend. However, he was unaware that the explosion had hurled him into a parallel universe, so he ended up trying to torment this world's Chief Parker. The effect finally wears off, and the duplicate Superboy fades back into his own universe.

Chief Parker is happy that Superboy arrived in time to help him, but Superboy says he has Krypto to thank. Superboy was on a special mission in a distant solar system. Krypto found him and led him back. When asked how Krypto knew that he was being menaced by a Superboy from a parallel universe, Superboy only smiles. Shortly, Superboy and Krypto return to the Kent home. Superboy couldn't tell the Chief that it was Pa Kent who had sent Krypto to bring back his master. Pa Kent was fooled briefly, but he soon caught on. He noticed something that no one else did. The colors of the alternate Superboy's emblem were reversed, a yellow "S" on a red background!

» SEE: Superboy (original)

The Superboy of Earth-117

Written by John Censullo

» FIRST APPEARANCE: "Superboy and the 5 Legion Traitors!" Superboy #117 (Dec. 1964)

In a distant galaxy, Superboy races against time. He must place an inhabited world safely in orbit around a nearby sun before their sun goes nova. After he completes his mission, he can't resist returning for a closer look at the blast. He is caught in a massive explosion which sends him hurtling backward — an into a parallel universe.

When he returns to Earth and changes back into Clark Kent, he soon discovers that the residents of his hometown are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Legion of Super-Heroes from the 30th century. They have even raised the Legion flag in their honor. Minutes later, the Legion's time-globe appears and Ultra Boy, Invisible Kid, Chameleon Boy, Brainiac 5, and Element Lad disembark, thanking everyone for the kind reception. Clark notes that his fellow Legionnaires are being careful not to recognize him openly in his secret identity. Suddenly, three armed robbers run out of the nearby Research Lab carrying the lab's stolen payroll. The Legionnaires easily defeat the thieves. Police Chief Parker offers to show the heroes the town, but they say they'd rather roam around on their own. Later, Clark spots the Legionnaires flying overhead, and observes that they are smiling strangely.

The next morning, Clark reports to school and finds the Legionnaires there, visiting his classroom. They tell the class a little bit about their powers and exploits. When the teacher asks Ultra Boy for a demonstration of his powers, the super-teen surprises everyone by using his penetra-vision to reveal that Clark is secretly Superboy! Thinking fast, Clark tries to find a way out of his dilemma. Using his x-ray vision, he notices that a sign outside is misspelled, saying "Smallvile High vs. Metropolus High". His photographic memory then recalls that the lab sign he saw the previous day also said "Smallvile." He quickly verifies that the city's name is misspelled everywhere in town. Also, recalling the Legion flag causes him to realize that these 30th century lads are villains, not heroes! He realizes that the terrific concussion caused by the exploding star hurled him into another universe, just as a similar accident recently sent another Superboy into his world.

Clark realizes that the villains must have come to this era to expose the secret identity of this universe's Superboy. They had captured the robbers to keep him off guard until they could betray his secret before his classmates. He figures that this world's Superboy must have been away on a mission all this while. Using his super-vision, he verifies that Superboy is now returning from overseas. He knows he must act fast. He'll need his duplicate's aid in order to help protect his duplicate's secret identity. At lightning speed, Clark devises a method of contacting his other self. He etches a message explaining the situation on a medal that he is carrying and tosses it out of an open window, aimed directly at the approaching Superboy.

Clark's thoughts and actions have only taken a few seconds. Ultra Boy proclaims that Clark Kent is Superboy. Suddenly, this world's Superboy flies in the window. He uses an anti-gravity paralysis-disc to disable the super-villains, then flies off with his captives. Clark's classmates have a good laugh at Ultra Boy's "mistake". Later, Clark changes to Superboy and meets with his twin. This world's Superboy asks how he knew that the youths from the future weren't really Legionnaires. The Earth-One Superboy explains that he recalled that when the villains first arrived, they didn't salute the Legion flag, even though the Legion's constitution requires them to salute it at all times. He realized that they didn't salute the flag because they hated it, probably because they were thrown out of the club for conduct unbecoming Legion members. Despising their former super-friends, they traveled back in time to spoil things for Superboy.

Soon, the Earth-One Superboy flies the paralyzed villains through the time-barrier to imprisonment in their own era. He then heads back across the dimensional maze, and then through the time-barrier, to his own world and time.

Post-Script: The following month, in Action Comics #320 (Jan. 1965) "The Three Super-Enemies!", Superman makes reference to the events of Superboy #117.

» SEE: Superboy (original)

Super-Chief

Introduced in the twilight of DC's original run in the Western genre, Super-Chief was the creation of writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino, featured in a mere three issues of ALL-STAR WESTERN in 1960-1961 (117-119) before that title was cancelled.

"In the years before white man set foot on this continent, he was the greatest warrior and mightiest hunter of the Wolf Clan of the Nations. His name, Flying Stag, was honored and revered by his people." When the Royaneh (Supreme Chief) of the Nations died, Flying Stag was dispatched to take part in a contest to name his successor.

With the young Indian's victory a certainty, several of his rivals conspired to trap him in a pit. Unable to escape, Flying Stag prayed to Father Manitou — the Great Spirit — to help him. His selfless plea on his tribe's behalf and his promise to sacrifice his predestined role as Royaneh by not competing in the contest did not go unnoticed.

The voice of the Manitou declared that Flying Stag would serve him. "Your strength shall be a thousand times that of the bear — your speed greater than the swiftest deer — your leaping prowess beyond that of the wolf! ... From this moment on you shall be called Saganowahna — Super-Chief! A chief above all others, even above Royanehs. And yet, so that you may aid your people, you must go to the Council House and enter the contest for Royaneh of the Nations. Yet because you have sacrificed personal glory, you shall not compete as Flying Stag — but as Super-Chief."

At Manitou's command, Super-Chief flew from the pit, found a chunk of a meteor and fashioned an amulet that he wore around his neck. Each time the rock glowed, the hero would be granted his great powers for approximately one hour. "You will soon come to a black buffalo felled by lightning. From its hide, you shall fashion leggings moccasins, and horned mask. This shall be your garb as Super-Chief."

Inevitably, Super-Chief won the contest and saved the tribes from the vengeful trio of clan chiefs that had imprisoned him earlier. Returning to his village, Flying Stag learned that his betrothed, White Fawn, had been forbidden by her father to marry him because of his failure to participate in the tournament. "Instead, " she continued, "Father says he is determined that I marry Super-Chief!"

In the final two episodes, the Native American Superman also got his own version of Jimmy Olsen, White Fawn's "bratty brother Lightfoot." During a temporal crisis, Saganowahna was pulled hundreds of years forward to July of 1985. The sight of a flying Indian and his tribesman rushing towards the space shuttle in Florida was enough to draw similarly time-displaced 1940s heroine Firebrand into action. After an extended battle, Firebrand learned that the true object of Super-Chief's attack was the being inside the shuttle — the Ultra-Humanite (ALL-STAR SQUADRON #54-55). With Ultra's defeat and the cessation of the time disruption, Saganowahna returned to his own time period.

Long-term exposure to the meteorite gave Super-Chief a degree of immortality, allowing him to survive more than three hundred years. When last seen, Super-Chief had succumbed to dementia and was in the custody of Bat Lash. Though no longer capable of rational speech or thoughts, Saganowahna still possessed his full complement of powers for sixty minutes of each day and used that strength to smash a crystalline menace in 1872 (1989's SWAMP THING #85).

More than a century later, the legend of Super-Chief was revisited once more. In 1997, a young Indian came into possession of the meteorite amulet and agreed to force the residents from the town of Dry Gulch to make way for a gambling resort. Superman eventually brought the new Saganowahna to justice but the circumstances behind his acquistion of the amulet and the fate of his successor remained unrevealed (ADVENTURES OF Superman ANNUAL #9).

The first Super-Chief story was reprinted in 1971's Superman #245 and his Who's Who entry appeared in WW '86 #22.

Notes

In the real world, the "Super Chief" was a famed passenger train of the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe Railroad. The name is spoofed in a shot in the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hare Trigger" (Freleng, 1945), with a logo on a train engine showing an Indian in a Superman uniform, and again in "The Big Snooze" (Clampett, 1946), with Bugs and a raft of little Bugses making like a train over a recumbent Elmer Fudd. Injun Joe from "Wagon Heels" (Clampett, 1945) is referred to as The Super Chief ("whoo-whooo!")

The front is labeled 'super Chief" and has a logo of a muscular Indian wearing a big headdress, cape, and on his chest a Superman symbol (or Superman-like symbol).

Thanks to E. O. Costello, who wrote the Companion! Costello's entry for Super Chief came from Spümcø (defunct).

Super-Duper

An artificial being materialized by small-time criminal Joe Parry, who'd gotten hold of an alien machine. S/he was a composite of several JLA members, incorporating Wonder Woman's head, Hawkman's wings, Green Lantern's power ring, and Flash's legs. S/he faded away when the machine was destroyed, only to be revived by T.O. Morrow. S/he was never shown to have any independent existence or consciousness. Created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky.

Super-Hip

The subconsicous, uninhibited alter ego of Tadwallader Jutefruce, a strait-laced genius student at Benedict Arnold High School who was the nephew of comedian Bob Hope (in Hope's licensed DC humor title). Super-Hip's origin I'm not familiar with, but it was probably due to one of Tad's experiments; his powers were vague but seemed to amount mostly to transfiguration and mind-over matter. Created by Arnold Drake and Bob Oksner, and not generally considered part of the DC Universe...even though he did attend the Doom Patrol wedding of Rita Farr and Steve Dayton, also written by Drake.

Superman, Junior

» FIRST APPEARANCE: Action Comics #232, reprinted in Best of DC Digest #25

This character was not a descendant of Superman.

In a scene that would become eerily familiar to him, Superman, using his X-Ray vision, notices a small rocket ship landing outside Metropolis. Superman investigates, and a young, blonde haired boy emerges. The young man is Johnny Kirk.

Years ago, when he was Superboy, Superman met Professor Morton Kirk, an astronomer. Prof. Kirk was convinced that Earth would soon be destroyed by a "wandering planet" that was on a collision course for Earth, so he placed his young son in a rocket and aimed it for space.

Unfortunately, Prof. Kirk hadn't counted on Superboy, who changed the course of the planet and therefore saved Earth. Before dying, Prof. Kirk authored a will that named Superman (the grown up Superboy) as legal guardian of his son, if the son was ever found.

Johnny Kirk's rocket passed through a strange cosmic cloud which greatly amplified his natural abilites; he put his powers to good use growing up on a primitive planet.

Years later, Johnny made his way back to Earth, where he met Superman, who, per the arrangemetns made in Prof Kirk's will, adopted him. Johnny Kirk, with his amazing powers, becames Superman, Junior!

Superman relished his role as foster father, even outfitting Johnny in a modified Superboy outfit.

His joy was offset by a strange occurance — it seemed every time he used one of his super powers, he LOST it. He chalked it up to age; and resolved to train Superman, Jr. to take his place. Disguising himself with gray hair and a mustache, Superman and Superman Junior moved to Smallville and began life as father and son. As more and more of his powers began to fade, Superman grew more determined to fully train Superman Junior before his powers completely faded.

Unfortunately, with all of his powers (save for flight) gone, Superman was totally unprepared for what happened next: Superman Junior spotted a glowing Kryptonite meteor hurtling toward Earth, and sped off to stop it. Superman, worried that the meteor may strip Junior of his powers, uses his last ounce of powers to follow him into space. Once there, he discovered it WASN'T kryptonite, but a strange, rare metal which, "as fate would have" was able to leech all of Junior's powers into Superman. Junior was now a normal boy, and Superman was back to his super-self. Superman bid Johnny a fond farewell to resume his previous life, and Johnny began his as a normal Earth boy.

Solarman

When Superman lost his powers, when dressed as Clark due to the machinations of the alien Xvier?

If I recall correctly, he was an unnamed criminal scientist who attempted to give himself powers on a par with Superman's by wearing a vest covered with solar cells. I believe Superman defeated him by overloading his vest with heat vision.

Super Turtle

Super-Turtle made his debut in 1962's ADVENTURE COMICS #304, a momentous event slightly overshadowed by Lightning Lad's death in the same issue.

His origin wasn't revealed until SILVER AGE 80-PAGE GIANT #1 (July 2000). I don't have the issue open in front of me, but I do recall that Super Turtle was really Tur-Tel of the planet Galapagon. He was sent to Earth (possibly Earth-12, the home of the Inferior Five) as a baby and adopted by human parents. His adoptive name was not revealed.

Perhaps someone here has the resources and time to research his actual first appearance. (Surprisingly, the Grand Comic Database doesn't have the information.) I'd say you'd have to go back to at least Jan 1962 and work your way forward to be sure you hadn't missed anything.

Appearances:

  • Superboy #103 (Mar 1963), but not #92-95, 97-99, 101-102
  • ?? Action Comics #299 (not sure), but not #282-284, 289-298
  • He also wasn't in Superman #153-158, 160

Superwoman

Real Name: Kristin Wells
Occupation: College Professor/Adventurer
Base of operations: Metropolis in the 1980s and the 2860s.

Powers: Decorporealization, teleportation, super-strength, flight, emotion sensing, limited intuition, "hole poking" (ability to create time/space warps) and invulnerability.

First appearance: "The Last Secret Identity," DC Comics Presents Annual #2 (1983)
Other appearances: "Welcome to Luthorcon III," DC Comics Presents Annual #4 (1985)

Superwoman was created by Elliot S! Maggin's during his tenure on the Superman family in the late 1970s. Superwoman's story was seeded by his "The Miracle of Thirsty Thursday," (Superman #293, Nov. 1975) which introduced a time-traveling college history student named Joanne Jaime. This story served as the basis of Maggin's 1981 Superman novel, Miracle Monday.

In the novel, the student's name was changed to Kristin Wells and she traveled from the 29th Century to learn to origins of the "interplanetary holiday" Miracle Monday (celebrated the third Monday in May).

Superman editor Julius Schwartz apparently enjoyed the book, so Maggin pitched a story bringing Wells, now a young professor at Columbia University-Metropolis, into comic book continuity.

DC Comics Presents Annual #2 (by Maggin, Keith Pollard and Mike DeCarlo) is set in September 2862 and shows Wells, an attractive, freckle-faced red-head, teaching class (you know it's the future because she wears a leotard and knee boots to class). She and her students are discussing Superwoman, "quite possibly the greatest heroine of the 20th Century," and the only super-hero whose secret identity has never been unearthed.

Students offer suggestions about how Superwoman performed her feats and a handy chart is displayed showing her powers and the 29th Century tech that could duplicate them. One suggests that Wells travel back to the day Superwoman first appeared and learn her identity. She does, and back in 1983, Wells takes a job as a typist working on Lois Lane's new book (she took the liberty of typing it before she left the future), and gets hit on by Jimmy Olsen.

She discovers Superwoman's costume in a closet. It is red and blue with the familiar S-shield, blue gloves and boots, a blue cap and a blue hood. Wells first suspects Lois, then Lana Lang of being Superwoman, then learns the outfit is for Clark Kent's cousin, Linda (Supergirl) Danvers to wear to Morgan Edge's costume party. Wells deduces that Linda will become Superwoman.

Meanwhile, King Kosmos, a time and space-faring tyrant from an alternative future, arrives and threatens to conquer Earth. Knowing that Superwoman is supposed to aid Superman against Kosmos, Wells tries and fails to enlist the aid of her candidates (Linda, in an effort to see how the other half lives, is flying to Metropolis from Chicago via jet and is unreachable). Kosmos blasts Superman back to the 6th Century, then withdraws to make new plans, but Superman flies back to the present under his own power in time for the party.

At the party, Wells is shocked that Linda chose to wear something that did not conceal her face instead of the Superwoman garb. Kosmos attacks again, incapacitating Superman and the Justice League, leaving Wells no choice but to don the Superwoman costume herself.

Joined by a recovering Superman, Superwoman takes her battle against Kosmos to present-day Dallas, then to Washington, D.C., April 14, 1865, and finally to the timestream. There, Superwoman blasts Kosmos' navigational controller from his hand and when he tries to evade Superman, he tumbles "out of control, in and out of the folds in time and space." He will return, however, Superwoman warns.

Her task completed, Wells returns to the future to reveal that she was Superwoman. First, however, she discourages Jimmy once and for all by kissing Clark. After all, it wouldn"t do for him to fall for the great-great- granddaughter of Jimmy Olsen IV!

In her second appearance, DC Comics Presents Annual #4, three years have passed in the 29th Century. Wells has gained a beau in fellow professor Barry Elkin — and a second career as a beloved interplanetary super-hero. Again her civvies remind us that this is the future; she dresses like an extra from a Billy Idol video.

In this story (by Maggin, Barreto and Ordway), Wells attempts to travel back to 1985, but is caught in a "chrono-synclastic infundibulum" which means her body makes it back to the past, but most of her memories are stuck in the time vortex, only slowly trickling back to her. During the course of the tale, she remembers only her name, that she is Superwoman and that she is from some time in the future.

Confused, Wells is accosted by a boy handing out flyers for Luthorcon III, "a celebration of villainy and the absurd." His irresistible pitch: "Hey, lady, you look flaky ... weird. You should be going to Luthorcon." She dons her Superwoman costume and heads to the convention center.

Meanwhile, Superman rescues actor Gregory Reed from a car accident. Reed suffers a mild concussion, meaning he can't appear as Superman at Luthorcon. Superman decides to take his place. Of course, Lex Luthor has prepared for this and is on hand disguised as a food vendor. He substitutes a chunk of green Kryptonite for the prop the organizers plan to use in a scene with Reed.

When the time comes to play his part, Superman is overcome by the green K, but no one realizes he isn't acting. Spotting Superwoman and recognizing her as the real McCoy, he telepathically (?) begs for help. Remembering she is a hero, Superwoman saves Superman, only to learn that Luthor isn't finished yet.

The bald baddie orders Superman to voluntarily expose himself to Kryptonite or he will teleport Metropolis to "a hostile dimension." However, when Luthor throws the switch, Superwoman shifts the dimensional door so that instead of swallowing the city, it pulls in only Luthor and his hideout.

After that, we learn that Superwoman would spend several years in the 20th Century, fighting next to Superman and the Green Lantern Corps and earning a medal from President Reagan. Finally, she remembers how to get home and returns years after her departure, to find Elkin still waiting.

Curiously, "the greatest heroine of the 20th Century" took no part in battling the greatest threat to the universe, the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Superwoman made a cameo appearance in an imaginary story, "Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow?" from Superman #423 and Action Comics #583 (Sept. 1986). This was the swan song of the pre-Crisis Superman.

Post-Infinite Crisis

In 2006, DC restored its multiverse with the events of Infinite Crisis and 52. After the first Crisis, Superman believed that he was the sole remaining Kryptonian in the universe. But in the revised timeline, his cousin, Kara Zor-El came to Earth (Superman/Batman #8) and became Supergirl. (#12) Then he and his wife Lois Lane adopted a Kryptonian boy, Lor-Zod, son of General Zod and Ursa — prisoners of the Phantom Zone. (Action #844-846, 851, Annual #11)

Another rogue Kryptonian was living on Earth, Karsta Wor-Ul aka "Kristen Wells." (Superman #668) Wor-Ul was a former officer of the Kryptonian Stellar Navy under Dru-Zod's command, hundreds of years before. These outlaws fled Krypton after Dru-Zod lost power and became wanted across the galaxy. Wor-Ul deserted her comrades and spent centuries in space. She found a second career as a mercenary and pirate before settling down with a fellow deserter named Ro-Kul. After he was killed by vengeful former enemies, she fled to Earth (this was after the destruction of Krypton), where she led a quiet life until Superman tracked her down a few years later. She eventually returned to space, where she intended to turn herself over to unspecified interstellar authorities for her past crimes. Instead she fled to Earth to follow the news of a Kryptonian there. Karsta took the guise of Superwoman and helped Superman defeat an alien invasion, but chose to leave Earth. She did not know of any other Kryptonians at large in the universe. (#669-670)

Notes: Wor-Ul had the same powers as Superman's, albeit dimmed somewhat by age (she was well over 100 years old when Superman first met her). Karsta's first appearance was in Adventures of Superman #668 (E. Dec. 2007) and her history was revealed in the following issue. Wor-Ul wouldn't necessarily preclude the (pre-Crisis) 28th Century Superwoman/Kristen Wells from also existing, though Superman did not recognize the name.

Swashbuckler

Michael Carter, a vigilante active in the Houston area, that appeared in DETECTIVE COMICS #493 (Aug 80). He worked with Batman to capture the Riddler. The Swasbuckler is in fact the nephew of the original Vigilante, the "cowboy" crimefighter from the 1940s. Swashbuckler is a superb hand-to-hand combatant, uses a fighting stick and rides a motorcycle. He, too, has only appeared once to my knowledge. Geoff Johns said that he wanted to do something with him in STARS & S.T.R.I.P.E., but since that title was cancelled, thos plans are probably gone for the foreseeable future. (His one adventure was written by Cary Burket, with art by Don Newton and Dan Adkins.)

'swashbuckler" was also a one-time alias for Oliver Queen in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (1st series) #173, as one of the faked identities used by the Justice League when they put Black Lightning to an inducting test. (Black Lightning passed his exam, but turned down the membership offer.)

Swing with Scooter

A teen title somewhat in the Archie mold, distinguished mainly by the fact that the hero was a British teen rock star who enrolled in an American small-town high school. Most of the main characters were a pretty direct parallel to the Archie characters (Scooter, Penny, Cookie, Sylvester, and Kenny corresponded almost exactly to Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and Reggie), and along with Cynthia (Scooter's sister), Malibu (Kenny's trenchcoated chum) and Penny's cross-eyed cat, that was just about the entire cast...

Scooter appeared in SWING WITH SCOOTER #1-35. Reprints can be found in BEST OF DC #39, 45 and 53. Grant Morrison wrote him into an ANIMAL MAN script (with Scooter as a drug dealer) that (fortunately) never saw print.

It just struck me that the supporting cast of SWING WITH SCOOTER seems to be synonymous with the friends of Binky (which is probably why Ghost Who Walks thought they were one and the same). But LEAVE IT TO BINKY debuted in 1948 so most of its supporting cast predates SWING WITH SCOOTER by about 18 years.

The Swordfish and the Barracuda

They appeared briefly in the 1984 run of WORLD'S FINEST in a very protracted story arc involving pirates, Cubans, and aliens. So pay close attention because things are going to get confusing.

Centuries ago, a group of alien explorers visit the Caribbean. One of them, an ambitious first mate called X'ult decides to stay behind and make himself king. His race has the power to "congeal time" into some ice or gel-like substance so he probably thinks it will be a walkover. As the spaceship blasts off, X'ult has an "environmental adaptor" ejected, for his own use. But it burns up in re-entry and turns into a molten rock with some strange markings on its side.

Meanwhile, an English beauty, Abigail Kent has fallen in with some pirates and in order to survive, she becomes one of them. The pirates later capture an unnamed European swordsman who they hold for ransom. But Abigail decides to rescue him and they flee in a boat to a small island.

There, they find the natives worshipping the old rock with the strange markings. The natives force Abigail and the swordsman to put their palms on the mark, branding it on their hands. When the two touch their "tattoos", they are amazingly transformed. Abigail becomes the Barracuda, with whale-like strength and aquatic powers while the guy becomes Swordfish, with the power of flight and mean-looking cutlass.

They fight the pirates of the region but soon are forced to confront X'ult — now calling himself, the Master Pirate. In one encounter, X'ult tries to stop the two from touching their tattoos (and activating their powers) by freezing time. Only he gets caught in the congealed time as well. The frozen trio sink to the bottom of the sea and are lost for ages.

Until Batman and Superman come along. Bats and Supes are on the trail of two gentlemen bandits called Null and Void who got their powers in a similar manner to Swordfish and Barracuda. (Null could nullify a person's senses, Void could teleport objects)

The frozen trio of X'ult, Abigail and the Swordsman have been recovered from the deep and the Worlds Finest team, as well as Null and Void, are interested. As the frozen figures are discovered near Cuba, the Russians and their Cuban friends are also in the game. In the course of the story, X'ult, Swordfish and the Barracuda are all revived. Null and Void have a falling out and X'ult, (who has become entranced with Abigail) takes Void and a hypnotized Barracuda along with him on a giant ship of congealed time in order to conquer the world.

Superman, Batman, Null and Swordfish give chase and battle the baddies (and the hypnotized Barracuda.) Superman uses his superspeed to unravel the "congealed time", causing X'ult, Swordfish and Barracuda to return to their own era. Just before they fade away, Barracuda comes to her senses and recognizes Swordfish, her beloved.

We never find out if Swordish and Barracuda were able to defeat the Master Pirate in their own time. Maybe their likely creator, David Anthony Kraft, had plans for them but it is they are now all probably retconned out of existence.

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