There’s a Mountie on the cover of Action 4 (Sept.38), so that must mean all the stories inside take place in Canada. Or at least one takes place in Canada. Or a Mountie is on vacation in the US? Nope. Just a Mountie on the cover.
Once again, Superman is not in his costume for the bulk of the story, by Siegel and Shuster. He is at the beginning, as he prevents a train crash.
Superman overhears a football coach hire professional thugs as ringers for a big game. But he does not use his super-hearing for this. That is still in the future. Superman ducks down behind a couch to listen in. He decides the best course of action is to take the place of one of the players on the opposing team, and take down the thugs during the game itself. Instead of just standing up and stopping them immediately after hearing their plan.
So Superman disguises himself as one of the players, drugging him and keeping him sedated in his room for “a few days.” Wow.
He plays exceptionally well, better than the person he is pretending to be, and his actions win the love of a girl the player liked. Superman takes down the thugs, and exposes the coach, but not as himself.
At the last minute, he switches places with the real player, who fumbles and gets mercilessly tackled. But his new girlfriend demands he give up the game, and the fakery never gets known.
The embrace in the final panel is so very very similar to Bart and Sally’s embrace in the final panel in most of the first 24 installments of Spy.
Tex Thompson and Bob Daley finish their first story arc with the Gorrahs in this issue, by Bernard Bailey.
Although the fake Gorrah is supposedly dead, and the real Gorrah on the throne again, there are enough people confused about this that chaos is breaking out. Tex basically wins by scaring the crap out of everyone, telling them to shut up and obey the guy on the throne. He does this by pretending to be a Gorrah spirit, which not only looks nothing like either Gorrah, but just really goofy in and of itself.
Of all the Gorrahs in this storyline, only the fake, dead one would return repeatedly. So who’s the real Gorrah, when it comes right down to it?
Inspector Donald and Bobby have their second and final outing in this issue. A mob is running a protection scam, and the police apparently know nothing about this. Bobby informs his father, after hearing about it from one of his friends.
Bobby thinks the shop owners should stand up for themselves. Since they will not, he writes a letter, claiming to represent a union of the shop keepers. This gets interpreted to mean one of the mob is out to take over from the big guy, and turns into a huge shoot out. Inspector Donald shows up after most of the mob is dead, with his son in tow, and the boy winds up in the middle of a shoot out in the street.
The story ends with the father gently suggesting that Bobby should not have written the letter, but certain that everything will be fine. Because the mob has no connections, and is not known to take any sort of reprisals after many of their members have been killed.
Inspector Donald and Bobby never appear again. Their bodies remain undiscovered to this day.