Superman meets Lois’ niece Susie in this issue, but not inside a Nazi tank, despite the cover for Action 59 (April 1943).
The story itself, by Siegel, Sikela and Dobrotka, bears no resemblance to the style of Susie’s later stories. Susie would come to be known as a “teller of tall tales,” to be polite.
In this story, Lois enlists Clark as an emergency babysitter. We learn that Susie is the daughter of Lois’ sister, although that woman is not named. As Susie’s last name is Tompkins, that at least gives us the father’s name.
Clark starts reading Susie the story of Cinderella, but falls asleep while doing so.
The rest of the story relates the Cinderella story, with Susie aged into the lead role, and Superman standing in for the fairy godmother.
There are some men trying to kill the prince, which gives Superman an opportunity for some action. At the end, Clark wakes, and Susie and Lois are both amused that Clark would dream that he is Superman.
Susie returns next year in this book.
Mort Meskin and Charles Paris introduce a new foe for the Vigilante in this issue, the Fiddler. Although superficially similar, this is quite a different character from the better known one, the Flash villain introduced a few years down the road.
This Fiddler passes himself off as a harmless old street musician, while secretly communicating with his criminal gang through his music.
Even after his gang winds up in a fight with Vigilante and Stuff, they have no idea that the “witness” they question is really the leader of the gang.
Later, as Vigilante and Stuff stop a shipboard robbery, Greg hears the same music, and recognizes the man’s voice. Stuff appears to get shot, but misses the bullet by falling overboard, and swims back in time to save Vigilante.
The Fiddler is captured and sent to prison, but returns in a couple of months anyway.