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Thanks, Richard.

They also used an approach where a resolution might be out of nowhere from the standpoint of the story, but within the continuity of the Superman Family titles, e.g. the Satan Girl story in Adventure Comics #313. Sometimes the stories excluded possible solutions before getting to the real one e.g. the Miss Telepath story from Lois Lane #56.

The Fantastic Four #40 solution was similarly from outside the immediate story, but within the feature's continuity. There are other climaxes like this from the Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four run e.g. the defeat of the robot in Fantastic Four #71.

The defeat of the of Mordru in Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes #245 depends on a weakness which had been previously established. In that case the writing artificially creates a situation where the solution is hard to apply when it's brought up - they can't imprison him underground because there's no ground in space, but they're only in space because they headed for space when the big fight started - and their victory seems earned because one of them comes up with a way of applying it.(1)

The twist ending of Captain America #107 depends on a suppressed fact: the reader thinks he's been following the story from Captain America's perspective, but at the end he learns that that ceased to be the case before the climax.

(1) Which wouldn't work, because there wouldn't be enough hydrogen atoms in space.

Marvel and DC might simply have more atoms out there than we do here.

Does that one site with the Marvel and DC heroes interacting on covers still exist?

Ronald Morgan said:

Does that one site with the Marvel and DC heroes interacting on covers still exist?

Do you mean "Super-Team Family ... The Lost Issues!" (The Greatest Team-Ups That Never Happened ... But Should Have!)? If that's the one you mean, then yes!

That's it. Thanks!

Wow, those are great!

Q.Why did the Question never battle the Blank?

A.They never met face to face!

Luke Blanchard said:

The defeat of the of Mordru in Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes #245 depends on a weakness which had been previously established. In that case the writing artificially creates a situation where the solution is hard to apply when it's brought up - they can't imprison him underground because there's no ground in space, but they're only in space because they headed for space when the big fight started - and their victory seems earned because one of them comes up with a way of applying it.

The Legionnaires, in that story, wouldn't have had as tough a time defeating Mordru if writer Paul Levitz had actually done his homework and re-read the first Mordru story. There, he would have learnt that Mordru's weakness was not being buried underground.

To be fair to Levitz, Cary Bates made the same error six years earlier, in Superboy # 188.

It was that kind of sloppiness that knocked me out of most DC series during the 1970's.

I hold what was in #188 was in continuity for #245, even if a mistake. But in airless space, Mordru should be helpless! I never thought of that.

Even in the Silver Age the idea that Superman loses most of his powers but not his strength under a red sun gave way to the idea that he loses them all. The earlier idea made a surprising late appearance in Action Comics #545.

Q. If DC made films about all the members of the JLA, and they were all flops, which would be the biggest flop of all?

A. The Atom bomb!

Q. What would you get if you crossed Mordu with Queen Zazzala?

A. A spelling bee!

Marvel admits they made a mistake with exactly when the Spider-Man takes place and will probably make a do over scene in the future. Apparently they got mixed up exactly when the story takes place.

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