Susie returns in the Ira Yarborough tale in Action 110 (July 1947), although the story does not have her usual theme of telling lies.
Lois tricks Clark into accompanying her and Susie to a Mother Goose show for children. Susie gets bored and wanders off, and you can’t really blame her, the show looks awful.
Hoods are trying to rob the show, dressed in costume. Between Superman’s efforts to stop them, and the fact that the audience thinks the robbery is just part of the show, they fail dismally.
One of the reasons I am including so few Zatara stories is that they have gone from being silly and jokey to preachy.
This story by Samachson and White is a perfect example. Zatara is performing for a group of school children, and all his magic is dedicated to traffic safety.
As a kid I really hated any story that worked so obviously to push its message, and the magic just isn’t dramatic enough to carry it above the spoon-fed authority.
The Vigilante and Stuff are in the west again, at Benton City’s centennial, in this story by George Roussos.
The town elected the great-granddaughter of the founder as sheriff for the centennial year, but she is having a difficult time maintaining her status, as the criminals are trying to discredit her. Although it is clearly unusual to have a female sheriff, she is shown to be fully capable of her duties. Vigilante helps her out, but this is obviously meant to be a special case.
Stuff is looking a little less Chinese now, although he is still called the Chinatown Kid. His odd hat, which was clearly meant to convey some sort of Chinese headgear, is nowhere in sight. The Vigilante’s cycle has almost reached its classic state, although it’s a horrible green in this story.
The most awkward moment in the story comes when Stuff has to pull the badge off the sheriff’s ample chest, to use to cut them free.
The Vigilante serial was advertised in this issue. Greg Sanders is made an actor, rather than a singer, and Stuff is made into a young, white adult. The actor idea would not take hold on the comics, but Stuff’s race change would.