There is little point in repeating my flying comment in relation to the cover of Action 28 (Sept. 40). Just give in and admit Superman can fly.
Jack Burnley does the art on this Jerry Siegel story, and would be one of the major Superman artists from this era.
George Taylor is looking mighty old now, as the editor of the Daily Planet. He sends Lois Lane and Clark Kent out on a story about a number of thefts committed by a someone dressed as a circus strongman.
They see a poster for a circus with a similarly dressed strongman, Herculo, and go to check it out. Superman confronts Herculo in the ring, humiliating him. Superman then does a page or two of circus tricks. Just cause.
And poor Herculo isn’t even the guilty party. He has been set up by the clown. Nothing spectacular, but at least the bad guy was not as obvious as he night have been.
Jon Valor is being pursued in this Moldoff story, assumed to have stolen the jewels he purchased his ship with. And, you know, he did steal them. Just from a pirate who had stolen them first.
The Black Pirate eludes his pursuers, and sends a note to Jeanne explaining the situation, and telling her he will return. But we never see Jeanne again. Love’em and leave’em.
The Three Aces stories have, up to now, been really kind of dull. They completely ignore the war in Europe, which feels odd for a series about war pilots. But this issue sparks up a bit, as they head to Easter Island.
TI’m not sure the artist ever saw any pictures of what the stone heads actually look like, but the story doesn’t really feature them much anyway. The Three Aces discover an ancient city under the island, and discover that the original islanders were giants who became fossilized after a comet passed close to the earth thousands of years ago, and the mysterious heads on the island are the actual heads of the giants who lived there.
Tex Thompson and Bob Daley come to the aid of a blackmailed heiress in this Bernard Baily story.
They track down the Dawson gang, who are working for a mysterious leader known as the Eye. Unsurprisingly, this turns out to be the Gorrah. This must be the most roundabout revenge scheme possible, as there was really no way for the Gorrah to know that Tex would even be called in on this case.