Another military cover on Action 66 (Nov. 43).
Cameron, Dobrotka and Roussos share a heart-warming Superman tale in this issue.
The story begins with a blind millionaire, whose grandson falls into a river and vanishes. He wants to believe the boy is still alive, and offers a huge reward for his return. The Daily Planet runs a story about this, and Clark immediately suspects that criminals will take advantage of the situation. As, indeed, they do, fobbing off another boy as the missing child. Superman is onto the scheme, but the old man is so happy to have the boy back, that Superman doesn’t want to break his heart, and isn’t sure what to do.
Surprisingly, this does not end with the revelation that the boy really is the missing child. The boy is a fake, and the old man even knows that, but is content to adopt him and raise him anyway. Superman scoops up the hoods and throws them in jail.
But what happened to the missing boy anyway? His body was never found, and Superman discovered a way the boy could have survived. Poor kid is still out there, broke and starving, and his grandfather doesn’t even care anymore.
Greene and Baily send Americommando east with this issue, heading to Burma.
I find the story uncomfortably awkward. It contrasts how much better the Burmese were under British subjugation than under Japanese subjugation. No one seems to think the Burmese should just be left to run their country on their own.