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Action 24 (May 1940) features another could that could, but doesn’t, reflect the Superman story inside.

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The story, or at least the climax of it, bears some resemblance to the first Superman story.  It begins with Clark being sent out to get the story behind an ad a wealthy man posted in the Daily Planet.

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The man has a wastrel son, and he asks Superman’s help in making the boy straighten out.  Superman uses many of his abilities in this issue.  X-Ray vision is shown a bit more like it was the first time, with the dissolving wall.  Super-hearing is just shown by Superman leaning in towards a wall.

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The boy gets framed for murder, and in investigating to find proof of his innocence, Superman uses microscopic vision, for the first time, to find a second bullet, buried in a wall.  Sadly, this is not given any visual form, and is simply mentioned in the narrative.

The story ends with Superman rushing to the governor to call off the execution, just in the nick of time.

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Pep Morgan heads to Florida for this Guardineer story, as he is given a try-out with a professional baseball team.

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He gets wind of a plot by gamblers to kill the primary pitcher, Fog Bellows, and Pep messes up his tryout to save Fog’s life.  He gets booted, and although at the end he is told he is back on, this must just mean he is allowed to finish the tryout, as Pep is never shown playing for this team.

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Another brief but beautiful Black Pirate story by Moldoff in this issue.

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Jon Valor races Captain Ruff to his treasure horde, and gets there first.  He hides it, so that when the pirate captain arrives, he cannot find it.

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Moldoff’s art also shines in the Clip Carson story in this issue, which continues from the previous one.

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Clip’s plane gets shot down, and he winds up in the hands of the rebels.  He is sentenced to death, but manages to escape and make it back to the region controlled by the government forces.  Clip vows to bring down the rebel general, setting up next issue’s conclusion to this tale.

 

 

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