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Superman may be building a youth centre on the cover of Action 135 (Aug. 49), but inside he is encased in a story by Edmond Hamilton and Al Plastino.

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A scientist has developed a machine that turns people into statues.  He shows off his new device to Lois Lane.  Then a number of people start turning into stone throughout Metropolis.

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Superman discovers Lois made of stone, and notes her pore pattern.  You just know that’s a significant clue.  The scientist appears on live television, turning the mayor into stone.

But it’s all an elaborate hoax, with people being replaced by stone statues.  Superman noticed that they all had the same pore pattern.  He toys with the criminals before taking them in, pretending to be a statue himself.

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George Kashdan and Dan Barry bring the Rainbow Man out west, for another round with the Vigilante and Stuff.

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The colour wheel is used, but as a weapon rather than a crime chooser.  The Rainbow Man is on the trail of a dead goon’s hidden treasure, which turns out to be worthless.

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