Supergirl's Super-Bizarre Short-Lived Engagement to a Total Jerk!

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Today, we look at Supergirl's bizarre (but luckily short-lived) engagement to a total jerk!

Leo Dorfman was one of the more inventive comic book creators that the Superman titles had in the late 1960s/early 1970s, but Dorfman was also a guy who tended to value a good hook more than he valued whether said hook would actually fit with the characters that he was working with. Remember, this was an era where people figured that comic book collecting was a cyclical thing, so he really didn't have to worry too much about character consistency as the people reading this issue presumably wouldn't still be reading the series as they aged out of reading comic books. So if it worked for the hook of the story, then he would go for it. I get where he was coming from, but it made for a number of stories where you say, "Yeesh, he sure doesn't seem to think all too kindly about these characters, does he?"

This brings us to Action Comics #369-370, a two-parter by Dorfman and artist Kurt Schaffenberger.

The first part is titled, "The Boy Who Broke Supergirl's Heart!"

The concept of the story is that Linda Danvers is going on a double date with a friend of hers who is very proud of her new boyfriend, Gary Sparks, who seems to be dating his way through the female population of Stanhope College. Well, guess what? Gary is a total jerk to Linda's friend on the date, including ditching her to dance with some other girl all night...

Naturally, Linda was irritated at Gary, so she came up with a plan to give him a taste of his own medicine by getting him to date her, at which point she would dump him. She appealed to his vanity by creating a sculpture based on him and sure enough, soon he was asking her out...

However, Gary is such a jerk that he is still caught up in himself, even as Linda notes that the making out part is getting kind of fun...

Still, she follows through on her plan to stand him up at a date. When she checks in on him, though, she sees that he had already dumped her!!!

Oddly enough, this is really getting to Supergirl. She even allows a truck to explode because she was now distracted by how much she was missing Gary...

By the end of the first part of the story, she was now planning on revealing her secret identity to Gary as long as he took her back!

What the what?!?!

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