Power Girl Index

1979

Adventure #461: Jan-Feb. writer: Paul Levitz; artist: Joe Staton; editor: Joe Orlando

#462: Mar-Apr: writer: Levitz; artist: Staton; guest editor: Orlando

#463: May-June: writer: Levitz; penciller: Staton; inker: Dave Hunt; editor: Ross Andru

#464: July-Aug; writer: Levitz; artist: Staton; editor: Andru

#465: Sept-Oct; writer: Levitz; artists: Staton and Hunt; editor: Andru

#466: Nov-Dec; writer: Levitz; artist: Staton; editor: Andru

Justice League of America #171: Oct: writer: Gerry Conway; artists: Dick Dillin & Frank McLaughlin; editor: Andru

#172: Nov.; writer: Conway; artists: Dillin & McLaughlin; editor: Andru

1979 covers



Without warning -- not even Bob Rozakis' explanation of the DC Explosion in the last issue of All-Star -- the JSA transferred to 68-page Adventure Comics, along with Wonder Woman (the Earth-1 version, as opposed to the Earth-2 one which was then appearing in the main title), Flash, Deadman and Aquaman. The stories varied greatly in page length, and the artwork for the most part seemed extremely rushed.

A-S 461: (Note to Donna Troy fans: this issue contained one of the rare pre-Crisis Wonder Girl-Wonder Woman teamups, but unfortunately the story is out of continuity due to blatant writer and editor stupidity. They did their homework on the Amazons, but not on Donna Troy. Even back then, she had a tricky origin.) (Back to Peege:)

An experiment by Flash shows that Green Lantern's will power is stronger than PG's muscles. Wildcat approaches her as a good friend and then when she's gone, declares of women: "Keep 'em in the KITCHEN, where they belong!"

PG tries to talk down a mad bomber who's on Gotham's Twin Towers (a chilling sight in these post-9-11 days), but she's taken down by magical chains.

462: PG's almost invisible as a poorly-concepted story kills off the Earth-2 Batman in front of his daughter, the Huntress. PG attends the funeral of Bruce Wayne.

Huntress463: The staff remembers PG exists again, but she's been getting good cover exposure. Now she flares up that Huntress and Dr. Fate choose to go off on their own mission -- Peege believes in teamwork. Once again, she races the Flash, and then fights a flame creature. Brute force doesn't do the job but the creature falls to Flash's expertise: he uses water to douse it. Duh.

PG's punches work much better against Earth creatures, but she's felled with the rest of the JSA by gas. This has been a plot by Frederic Vaux, an agent of Chaos (there they are again!) gods. Dr. Fate puts an end to him.

464: PG playfully eggs Wiidcat on when she goes out (in civilian ID) with Robin and Huntress: "C'MON, WILDCAT -- you don't want Helena and me to be the MAJORITY, do you?"

Wildcat: "You two gals outnumber a gang of men, so that's a lot of HOGWASH!"

PG appears on page 1 and at the end to witness Wildcat quitting the team since he feels he's trained the new members all he can. (Back in those days a member quit, joined, or was killed almost every issue as a cheap plot device. Who cared? The quitters returned, the dead revived [sometimes], and the joiners eventually quit. Yawn.)

465: PG and Huntress work together. Huntress says, "YOUR problem is no one ever taught you PATIENCE," as they take hours to search for clues to stop a potential mass-murderer.

JLA 171: A joint conference brings the JLA and JSA together as the annual affairs become so boring that DC's staff has to kill Mr. Terrific to try to stir their creative blood.

POWER GIRL GETS THE NAME "KARA" WITH THIS ISSUE!

Editor Ross Andru explains it in a tiny editorial note after Superman thinks about the Earth-2 Kara.

Pretty much the only other thing PG does in this "let's see how many capes we can stuff in each panel" story is to praise Zatanna's organizational savvy.

172: PG's costume and hair suffer panel-to-panel fluctuations due to a hurried art and color job. Other than that, she (and just about everyone else) doesn't do a damned thing. The boring villain is Spirit King.

Adventure 466: Again, PG and Huntress work together, but as a framing device for a flashback story about how the JSA disbanded during the McCarthy Era.

 



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