When taking photographs in a jungle, always be on the lookout for killer apes. Not that any appear in Action 6 (Nov. 38), aside from the cover.
Siegel and Shuster lead off this issue with a story about Superman merchandise. That doesn’t sound too odd, until one considers that this is only the sixth appearance of the character, and must have been written and drawn before sales of the first issue could have been known. There could not possibly have been any Superman merchandise on the market when this story came out.
A man, introducing himself as Superman’s business manager, is raking in the bucks, selling his endoresements. Clark is furious, but cannot openly do anything. A young, blond boy appears in a couple of panels in this story. Not named, this would retroactively be considered the first appearance of Jimmy Olsen.
Lois and Clark have a severely disfunctional relationship.
The Superman song is a hoot. The story carries itself along for quite a while just riffing on the notion of Superman becoming so popular and widespread. It would all come to pass, more or less, though there was no way Siegel and Shushter could possibly have envisioned it.
The last few pages get down to the action, as the phony business manager hires a phony Superman. Lois calls out the fake, which results in her being tossed out of a window.
From being aggressive with Superman in the last issue, Lois is now pleading and begging. How the mighty have fallen. And Superman is just being coy with his “hands of fate” comment. They see each other every day.
The final panel has Superman wearing his costume backwards, as far as I can tell.
Marco Polo’s story begins to deviate from the source in this chapter. It’s bound to happen. The original is a travelogue, not an adventure novel.
As Marco battles slavers to rescue a sultry looking damsel in distress, I began to wonder if this was based on some other fictionalized version of Marco Polo, or if it was the writer’s creation. There was a Marco Polo film in 1938, with Cary Grant, but it’s plot line does not match that of the comic series.
Bernard Bailey gives Tex Thompson a new enemy in this story, Captain Diablo. He is a rebel in the region of the “Transolian Mountains,” wherever that might be.
Tex is flying over it, and is forced down by Diablo. They turn out to be virtually identical twins.
The next step to the plot is obvious, Tex impersonates Daiblo in order to escape. He then gets shot down by the government forces.
The story ends on a cliffhanger, as Tex in now unable to convince the good guys that he is not Captain Diablo. perhaps he ought to have removed the monocle.
The story concludes in the next issue.
Zatara is preparing to leave Egypt, when he discovers that the Tigress is on her way there, in this Fred Guardineer story.
She is out to steal an emerald from inside a pyramid. Zatara tries to scare her off, using his magic to make her ugly.
The Tigress is too tough to be scared off with a silly trick like that, but is shocked when they come across the living mummy of Cheops.
Once again, Guardineer’s art improves when the story deals with the bizarre and unusual. Zatara and the Tigress defeat Cheops, while the army he is leading wipe out and kill and entire city. Zatara appears no more distressed at the huge loss of life than the Tigress does.