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March 25, 2008

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Captain Average

You know, I just noticed a little flaw in the giant key idea I never thought of before. That keyhole is big enough to walk through! And yes, it's interesting Supes thinks a huge directonal arrow is normal.I wonder if he sees those little dashed lines between countries as he flies over.
BTW-Thanks for the Doc Sampson info.Heard of him, knew a little info, but never read any of his stories, so that will be my next library exploration.

Nimbus

I was going to say the exact same thing! The door to the Fortress has a great big hole in it - the keyhole! Anyone can simply walk through it.

Also, in that last sequence of panels, Superman cuts a hole in the door but doesn't appear to add any locking mechanism.

So we have a big, gleaming, gold door with a huge hole and no lock. Conspicuous and not very secure.

BTW, I didn't think the arrow-key was actually pointing to his Fortress of Solitude. I thought it was simply used to "guide pilots safely through the desolate wilderness". Thus it could be pointing anywhere (and probably away from the Fortress). But Action Comics #411 kinda ruined that idea.

Rich

Cap, note that it's Doc Savage rather than Sampson. The latter will just get you to the Incredible Hulk books. :)

I'm curious how Supes convinced Pearson and his men that their discovery was a bust. I mean, it's an unmarked golden door on an Arctic mountain. For all they know it was built by aliens. I guess it was, really.

Mark Engblom

"You know, I just noticed a little flaw in the giant key idea I never thought of before. That keyhole is big enough to walk through!"

Good point, Cap...thanks for bringing it up (since I forgot to). Rest assured, the keyhole was rigged with multiple levels of security (such as ultra-sonic alarms and bomb-defusing radon mist), so nobody would be able to sneak through the keyhole (unless you count the guy who did sneak through in Action Comics #405).

"I'm curious how Supes convinced Pearson and his men that their discovery was a bust. I mean, it's an unmarked golden door on an Arctic mountain. For all they know it was built by aliens. I guess it was, really."

Rich- Superman created a "false front" using a look-alike golden door, so that when the fake one was removed, there was an alien plaque mounted on the ice wall that urged the people of Earth to live in peace. Once the expedition wandered off in dismay, Superman revealed his ruse to Supergirl, explaining that he really didn't lie since he was an alien who wished peace for the people of Earth. Clever guy, that Superman!

John Nowak

When the door was standing in the park, did people rub it in hopes of evolving?

Mark Engblom

LOL...no, but they threw a few bones at it.

Actually, there was alot of shooting, flame throwing and an attempted crane lifting before the puny humans of Metropolis gave up.

You wonder sometimes if Superman just likes messing with the human race.

googum

I know there were lasers in the keyhole, which seems kind of hardcore for old Supes there. (I remember him having to sneak through while depowered, using his still-invulnerable cape as a shield. Don't ask me where...)

Thanks to that key, as a kid I thought airplane markers were all over the place...

ShadowWing Tronix

The Animated version (also used in JLU), with the secret entrance that goes through freezing water, makes more sense. Although it still didn't stop Mongul from finding it.

John Nowak

I'm kind of surprised that when a huge golden monolith appeared in Metropolis Park, the first reaction of the locals was to try to poke holes it in.

I mean, wouldn't your first reaction be to call Superman and say, "Hey, we know you're busy, but there's this huge monolith in the park and we can't figure out how it got there. You've been to other planets -- you ever see anything like this? Mind giving it an X-Ray scan and tell us what you see?"

Kyle

Back to Action #411, I loved the fact that in one panel Supes passes the helicopter, which is following the "arrow marker to guide planes over this lonely region." Yet in the very next panel, we discover that Pearson's chopper arrived at the Fortress before the Man of Steel, and with enough lead time for the entire party of explorers to descend a ladder to stand at the entrance. You'd think he might have used some of that super-speed of his to arrive there first and cover the golden door with snow or something...

PAUL SAETHER

THERE ARE UMPTEEN ALIEN BEASTS IN THAT FORTRESS, A NUMBER OF ALMOST HUMAN ROBOTS, FREQUENT VISITS FROM DOZENS OF DASTARDLY PHANTOM ZONE PRISONERS AND THE WHOLE POPULATION OF THE ONE-TIME CAPITAL OF KRYPTON (GREATER THAN NEW YORK'S POPULATION I BELIEVE - 20 MILLION OR 200 MILLION I SEEM TO RECALL READING AT SOME TIME)...

...NOT A GREAT DEAL OF SOLITURE REALLY.

PAUL SAETHER

Or solituDe, even.

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