When I first saw the cover of Action 91 (Dec. 45), I thought it likely a re-drawn image, intended as a World War 2 cover. Just change the men’s garb to uniforms, and that’s what it would be. And though it may have started out that way, it actually turns out to be an image representing a scene in the Superman story!
Shipping problems on the Great Lakes are at the core of this Ira Yarborough story.
Lois and Clark read about ships sinking, and Clark suspects that they may not be accidental. He flies out as Superman, and accompanies as ship as it passes through Lake Huron, and into Lake Michigan. Sadly, the other three lakes are not really a part of the story, and all of the locations mentioned or shown are on the US side.
There is a mysterious “ghost gun,” which the villains use to give the sinking ships a supernatural air. This is the gun pictured on the cover.
Superman raises all of the sunken ships, carrying them to the various cities they were intended for.
Mort Meskin gives the Fiddler one final story, which sees him and Greg Sanders perform together in the same band.
Big Band music was in its heyday, and the Fiddler, although contemptuous of the music itself, joins one of the bands. He uses his outrageous musical antics onstage to communicate with his gang, finally hearkening back to his very first story.
Vigilante and Stuff are on the Fiddler’s trail, but cannot figure out how he keeps vanishing after the crimes. Ultimately, Greg winds up performing alongside the band the Fiddler is in. He even shares the stage with him, and does not recognize the man until thinking back on it later. This is also sort of unforgivable on the Fiddler’s side. After all the times he captured Vigilante, are we supposed to believe he never pulled that handkerchief down and looked at his face. Or better yet, the handkerchief slipping on it’s own in the heat of battle? These two men really ought to have seen each other. I guess they were both too carried away with the music.
Anyway, after the performance, Vigilante figures it out, and the Fiddler is captured. This is, I believe, his final appearance, and the prominence given to the Flash villain of the same name has pretty much ensured he will never return.