Another all-purpose Superman image on the cover of Action 29 (Oct. 40), but it is the first cover of this book to show Lois Lane.
Jerry Siegel scripts this tale, and Jack Burnley is on the art. While in the last issue, Burnley seemed to be trying to make his work look as much like Shuster’s as he could, in this one he shows more of his own style.
The story deals with a life insurance “club,” whose members keep dying in accidents. Lois and Clark and investigating this for the paper.
Sergeant Casey, a recurring friendly police officer from the pages of Superman, makes his first appearance in this book. The scam is not really subtle enough to be effective. Not only do the ones behind it run down their clients, they even poison them! Superman has little trouble with this case.
George Papp takes the reins of the Pep Morgan series with this issue. The story has Pep heading to Cambodia on summer vacation from university. Seems a little odd, considering that he just started up again at school.
But the story gets even weirder, as Pep finds and fights a dinosaur. And after the earlier tales, which aroused my suspicions, I have a feeling that this is yet another of Pep’s tall tales.
Jon Valor is on the run in this issue, wanted for stealing the jewels that he used to purchase his ship. He doesn’t even try to explain or defend himself, but I guess if one is nicknamed the Black Pirate, one is not likely to be believed.
He falls prey to the Red Raiders in this story, who take his ship and toss him into the sea.
The story continues in the next issue.
Tex Thompson and Bob Daley are taking the train back east as this Bernard Baily story begins. On board, they run into Peggy Maloney, who I believe is the same person as the Janice Maloney introduced a few issues earlier.
The story is quite convoluted, with a bomb on the train, attempted murders, and a secret message transferred onto Bob’s skin by a sunlamp. Miss X shows up once again to save Tex. As the story ends, Tex announces that he suspects that he knows who Miss X really is. And as there is only one recurring female in this series, even if her first name is given in a couple of different ways, it shouldn’t be hard for the reader to figure it out as well.