Superman is busy delivering care packages to soldiers on the cover of Action 60 (May 1943), but that’s ok, as he is not really the lead in his story this month anyway.
Lois Lane gets a chance to shine in the first of many, many, many stories that will see her adopt a Superwoman identity.
Jerry Siegel and George Roussos helm this tale, which opens with Lois getting hit by a car. She is in critical condition, and Superman flies off to get the best surgeon in the world. And maybe delivers care packages to soldiers on the way? It’s really not hard to tell that the story transitions into a dream sequence, with Superman giving Lois a blood transfusion, which results in her gaining super-powers.
No one believes her when she announces she moved a huge filing cabinet on her own, and jumping on a chair at the sight of a mouse just further convinces the men that she is lying. It’s a weird scene, frankly, and out of character for her.
Once Lois discovers that she can fly, she whips herself up a Superwoman outfit and goes out to fight crime.
Who does she happen to run into but Clark Kent. Kent recognizes her, so she flies him around, threatening to drop him if he ever reveals her identity.
Lois finds Superman, and as they now equals, proposes marriage and he accepts. And then, of course, she wakes up.
It’s not a terrible story, and the dream sequence is cued enough to not be a lame cop-out. But there would be far too many variants on this theme.
The Rainbow Man returns to plague the Vigilante in this story by Meskin and Paris.
This time round the Rainbow Man is using models of the city to plan out his gang’s crimes. Among the crimes is stealing the things needed to build models of the city, so it’s a bit of a circular thing.
What really makes this story notable is the deathtrap, worthy of the 60s Batman tv show. The Vigilante and Stuff are tied to toy train tracks, and trains with poisoned needles are approaching them. Vigilante’s escape from the trap is reasonable, and plays out beautifully. Better than the rest of the story.
The Three Aces are in the Philippines for this tale, which also serves as a handy guide to Pidgin English. I had no idea “chop-chop” for “in a hurry” was Pidgin.
The Three Aces are sent out to aid a lieutenant, who turns out to be a woman, Betty Allardyce. Though the men are surprised by her gender, at no point is she made out to be any less of a competent officer because of it.