John Sikela does the art on the Prankster’s latest scheme, in Action 109 (June 1947).
The Prankster releases a gas in the mint that wipes out all the printing on the money, leaving everyone with blank notes. Chaos sweeps the US.
The government turns to Superman, who finds some gold meteors, flings them to Earth, and melts them down, turning them into money. I wonder if this story is meant to be some commentary on the gold standard?
What makes the story fun is Superman’s scam on the Prankster. The Prankster is buying all the blank currency for pennies, clearly because he intends to restore the printing on it. Superman pretends to help, bringing him huge amounts of blank paper – but he keeps selling the Prankster the same paper over and over – and it isn’t even the real money, but fake stuff Superman had printed up.
Once the real money is restored, the story doe snot address what happens with the massive gold reserves Superman just created. Are they spread around for the good of humanity? I doubt it.
Congo Bill gets a really solid African adventure in this story by Samachson and Smalle, aiding a tribe that protects the elephants in their territory from poachers.
The tribe gets forced by the poachers to build fake elephant skeletons, creating a phony elephants burial ground, but the more interesting thing is the backstory between Bill and the tribe, who made him a member after he saved their leader.
Some really nice art on the elephants as well.
Billy Gunn. not seen in this strip for years, returns in this story by Don Cameron and George Roussos.
Still in Times Square, Billy meets two former Texas Rangers, and convinces them to get jobs with the police.
Together the Rangers, Vigilante and Billy Gunn stop some thieves. Stuff is nowhere to be seen in this story, but in a previous tale, he was given his own radio show spin-off from Greg’s show, so I assume this is the night he is recording.