Jerry Siegel and Ira Yarborough give the Prankster the cover of Action 104 (Jan. 47), for his latest tricky gambit.
The Prankster convinces a confectioner to create an entire town built of candy, as a way of luring children and promoting their products. It’s so devious, it must be legal. Superman and Lois Lane are just chomping at the bit, trying to catch the Prankster at something.
The Candy Town opens, but Superman immediately demolishes it. The Prankster has a bus handy, and takes the patrons to his rival candy town, which he has just opened. The Prankster had “spiked” the candy of the real town, making it taste awful. Superman rebuilds the town, without the awful flavours.
In a really nice touch, the Prankster discovers that he does not actually own the rival town, the confectioner does. The Prankster refers to buying the company from a man named Wolfingham, obviously a reference to J. Wilbur Wolfingham.
Samachson and Smalle return Congo Bill to Africa, in a curious tale that sees men attack someone in order to steal what appear to be onions.
Bill follows their trail, and winds up in a lush jungle of rare and exotic plants, and realizes that the “onions” were actually bulbs of these expensive flora. The art really makes the most of the jungle setting.