...Kryptonian villainess Black Flame escapes from Kandor, recruits several other (non-Kryptonian) super villains, and traps Supergirl using (what else?) Green Kryptonite!
A villain from Supergirl's early days returns, but writer/artist/editor Mike Sekowsky gets a lot wrong, as we pointed out yesterday!
Let's add to the goofs...
The "solid kryptonite" bowling balls are not the usual bright green, nor do they glow.
Non-glowing dark green had been used to show fake or inert Green K in various pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths stories.
Plus, just hitting Supergirl's feet with them (but not keeping the balls in proximity to her) while painful, wouldn't kill her!
One thing Sekowsky did get right...though Kryptonian, Black Flame is unaffected by the Green K, because Gold Kryptonite took away her powers in the previous battle...which leads us to...
Gold K acts instantly, as shown in several stories, including Black Flame's intro in DC's Action Comics #304!
And, it doesn't weaken or knock out Kryptonians, as shown here, just de-powers them permanently!
In future Sekowsky stories, the DC editorial staff does keep him on-track about continuity, probably after fan complaints about this tale!
As to the cover-featured mention that this 400th issue of Adventure Comics was the 35th Anniversary of the title...DC fudged the numbers a bit!
While it was Adventure Comics #400, it wasn't the "35th Anniversary of Adventure Comics"!
The comic started out as New Comics in 1935 (35 years earlier than 1970), retitled New Adventure Comics as of #12 early in 1937, and finally became Adventure Comics in late 1938 with #38!
So the actual 35th Anniversary would've been #425 (1973)...ironically, the issue when Supergirl moved to her own title and Adventure once more became an anthology title!
A never-reprinted, multi-issue epic so big it had to be spread over two blogs: this one and "sister" RetroBlog True Love Comics Tales!
The excitement starts here on Monday!
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