I knew of Truth or Consequences as a tv game show, hosted by Bob Barker, when I was very young. But clearly it goes back much further, as Action 127 (Dec. 48) shows.
The Al Plastino story does not back away from what the cover promises. The whole tale involves Superman competing on the game show, with Ralph Edwards playing a very large role in the story. Superman completes some amazing tasks as consequences, and avoids the pitfalls of giving away his identity, and revealing his feelings for Lois Lane.
Lois Lane even winds up getting to impose a punishment on Edwards, and assigns him to polish a thousand shoes, which he completes only with Superman’s aid, and a loose definition of shoes.
Tommy Tomorrow had originated in the pages of Real Fact Comics, as noted on the splash page of this story. There was no real continuity, particularly of the year, in those stories. So it is no surprise that his series launch changed the continuity again. Otto Binder, Curt Swan and John Fischetti were the creative team that began the regular run of DC’s first major science fiction hero.
The story begins with Tommy Tomorrow graduating from the Space Port, which is also an academy, training pilots and explorers. It is the far off future of 1988. Hmmm. Actually, that is only forty years in the future, from when this story was written. They had a lot of faith in scientific advances!
We don’t see too much of the fantastic world of 1988. Moving sidewalks, and ring phones are the highlights.
Tommy is assigned to raid planets of their aquatic life, for a big aquarium. A radio reporter goes along with him. Apparently tv was a brief late 40s craze, and by 1988 people had returned to watching their radios. Tommy is a bit of a dick to her. When she complains about feeling ill, he dismisses her abruptly as just not being used to space travel.
Can’t say that this is one of the greatest science fiction tales I have ever read. In fact, it’s a bit like Congo Bill in space in this one.
Joe Kubert lends his unmistakable art to the Vigilante story in this issue, as he faces El Boleadoro, while travelling in Argentina.
El Boleadoro is named for his trademark bolas. He is a dangerous thief, who thinks nothing of causing a train wreck in order to loot the gold being transported on it.
Stuff looks pretty definitely white now. Vigilante displays his exceptional skill at shooting, as his bullet splits his enemy’s bolo in half.