Action Comics #311: "The Day Super-Horse Became Human!"

Action Comics #311
"The Day Super-Horse Became Human!"
April, 1964

Story: Leo Dorfman
Art: Jim Mooney

Linda Lee Danvers is kissing Bronco Bill, who is the man of her dreams. She intends to reveal her secret identity to him.  Bill is in reality, Super-Horse.  On Valentine's Day at Midvale, Linda Lee Danvers is the recipient of  valentines from Dick Malverne and Sandy Powers. Upon visiting the Daily Planet as the Maid of Might, Perry White shows her the valentines and greetings sent to her from around the world.

At the Fortress of Solitude, Supergirl is carrying a large mailsack over her head. Comet the Super-Horse greets her telepathically. While
there, she receives a telepathic message from Jerro. He bids her to come to Atlantis. Upon arriving in Atlantis, she sees that Jerro has some luminous fish spell out the sentiment in his heart. She is overcome by the living valentine, then gives Jerro a kiss. Comet wishes that he could express her admiration for her, as well. Emerging from the depths, Supergirl decides to take a tour of Oil City. Super-Horse figures that she regards him just as another super-pet. If he were a man, he'd tell her how he'd feel, and it would be worth losing his super-powers, too.

Comet travels at super-speed through the centuries, to arrive in Ancient Greece. He is greeted by Circe, who knew him as the Centaur Biron. The Centaur saved her life from the wizard Malador. The wizard's spell gave her horns ,but her next command made his body twist into knots. As winner of the contest, she received the oracle bowl. With it, she could see into the future. Biron wondered if her sorcery could aid him in becoming human. Malador sought to use a poison in the spring from which she drank from, but an arrow from Biron was able to foil his scheme. Circe rewarded Biron, but the wrong potion was used when Malador switched it. Biron became a horse, instead. To make up for the mistake, Circe endows him with the super-powers of the gods.

Circe asks Comet what happened to him since then. He remembers being exiled to the constellation Sagittarius by Malador. He was trapped until repeller rays from the rocket ship carrying Kara to Earth freed him. Upon arriving on Earth, he made the acquaintance of Supergirl, who named him Comet. He asks Circe for the opportunity to declare his love for the Maid of Might by turning him into a mortal. She has come up with such a potion. She first demonstrates it on a lamb. The lamb is turned into human child, which will be given to a childless couple. Peering into her oracle bowl, Circe sees that Comet will be unhappy as a mortal and will wish to be changed back. For the nonce, he wishes to become human.

The drops from the potion will turn him into a man once he returns to the future. Comet knows that should he wish to be turned back Circe will aid him. Comet also knows that he wishes to be human. Returning to 1964, Comet is dazed by the potion and lands in a subterranean pool of oil. Still befuddled, the Super-Horse emerges covered in oil, and sans his cape.  Circe's potion has given Comet temporary amnesia.

The Hooded Demon, a masked bandit wandering the countryside is eluding the law. As night falls, he sees the flying black horse and takes it to be the legendary devil horse. He makes some flames, which ignites Comet's oily surface and sets him on fire. The amnesiac Super-Horse is unharmed. Comet believes that the Hooded Demon is his friend since he removed the oil.  The Hooded Demon believes that Comet will obey him. Using his gun on Comet, he sees that the Devil Horse is indeed invulnerable.

With his telepathy down, Comet doesn't sense the evil nature of the Hooded Demon, who plans to use the devil horse on his train robbery tomorrow. The next day finds the Hooded Demon riding the devil horse and trailing the train. He orders his steed to stop the train. Comet, who regards him as his friend, obeys. The express car is torn apart, while the Hooded Demon commands his steed to go before the Marshall arrives. Once the posse arrive, they know that only Super-Horse could be that strong to damage a train, but knows that the horse wouldn't do it.

The Marshall and his posse sight the Hooded Demon and the Devil Horse. They open fire upon him, injuring him and Comet.  The Super-Horse is losing his super-powers due to Circe's potion. The Hooded Demon commands Comet to take him to the hideout. He changes clothes and escapes on foot with his loot, intent on finding a doctor. After he leaves, Circe's spell goes into effect, and Comet the Super-Horse becomes human.  Knowing that the transformation only occurs whenever he's in sight of Halley's Comet or another, he remembers Circe's potion and recalls his misdeeds while gripped with amnesia. He changes into some clothes and heads for a doctor.

In the forest, he finds a cabin, and tells the forest ranger that he was injured by a careless hunter. The ranger sees a group of riders, who tell him of The Hooded Demon. By then the human Comet makes his way to the ranger's horse tied behind the cabin, and flees. Passing by the oil pool, he retrieves his super-cape, and places it in the saddlebag. He then pens the white horse some miles away in a box canyon.

On a mountain trail, Comet sees Linda Lee Danvers.  She is with a group of Midvale students on a sightseeing trip of Oil City. He also sees that the ledge she's standing on is crumbling. Before her secret identity can be compromised, Comet grabs the rope from Dick Malverne's shoulder, and lassos her before she can fall far. He introduces himself as Bronco Bill Starr, having used that name when he was last human. Linda doesn't let on that she knows him as Supergirl. She then offers to give him a kiss. As they kiss, she remembers doing this as Supergirl.  Bill remembers that fond time, as well. Knowing the area as Super-Horse, he offers to be their mountain guide. Their hired guide just got sick, and Linda sighs as she takes in how handsome Bill is.

As the day passes, Linda becomes more impressed with Bill.  He saves a bear cub from quicksand. When she believes she's alone, Linda
carves their initials on a tree. Bill sees this from behind a rock. At Sweetheart's Pass, Bill tells her about a legend that when true sweethearts are in love, that a rainbow forms in the west. At the foot of the falls, Linda uses her heat-vision to cause a rainbow to form.  Before the rainbow, Bill and Linda kiss. She wonders if this is the man she'll marry. Bill wonders if Circe was wrong about her prediction? As Bill scouts a mountain trail that afternoon, the posse has arrived. They are searching for him as the Hooded Demon. Bill knows that he can't tell Supergirl the truth, how he went from being a centaur to a horse to a human! (Gee, in a Weisinger comic, that's a bit much to take, isn't it?)

Bill heads to the canyon and mounts the horse, determined to find the real Hooded Demon. The posse meets Linda and her friends, telling them about Bill's description and the Hooded Demon. Separating from her friends, she becomes Supergirl and soars towards Bill. She believes him to be the Hooded Demon and the horse he's riding on to be Comet, not knowing that he is actually Comet.  Unfortunately for Bill, a bit of Super-Horse's cape is sticking out of his saddlebag. The Maid of Might is convinced that he's used magic on Super-Horse. Bill maintains his innocence. Upon passing the gusher, Supergirl is weakened by what she believes to be a spell from Bill. He knows that there's something else which is afflicting her. Knowing that he could get away, Bill now is a fugitive and knows that Circe was right about him having regrets.

In the past, Circe has been watching the proceedings. She hears Bill when he asks to become a Super-Horse again. The two drops are administered. Bill once again becomes Super-Horse. He removes his clothes and puts on his cape before his arms disappear. As Comet, he gives a telepathic thanks to Circe, then heads for Supergirl. She tells him that she's been weakened by some Kryptonite in the oil pool. Comet must have brought it up when he first landed there. He saves her by kicking it away, then listens as she tells him to help in the hunt for the Hooded Demon. As they make their way, the Marshall and the posse tell them that they've found the real Hooded Demon with the loot. Supergirl now knows that Bronco Bill is innocent, accused wrongly by her. She confides in Comet about Bronco Bill, the noble man she met, and now knows that she'll never see him again. The Super-Horse tells her that it's possible that she'll meet him again.

Boy meets Girl.

Boy turns out to be horse who used to be centaur.

Boy becomes human to get Girl.

Girl thinks he's a crook.

Boy must become a horse again.

It's the same old Silver Age story in a Mort Weisinger Super-Title, that is.

Circe turns a sheep into a human baby.

All I can say is, "It hadda be ewe!"

Comet gets amnesia, is doused in oil, burned, and shot at.

Gee, the Animal Rights people woulda loved Mort.

The Hooded Demon wears a purple mask and has a blue shirt and pants.

I don't know what happened to Comet Pre-Crisis or Post-Crisis, but poor Biron deserves a happy ending, and at least he got some super-smooches from Linda Lee Danvers.

Steve Chung
"The Day Super-Horse Became Reviewed!"