Ok, I know this cover. Action 136 (Sept. 49) is a take-off of something famous. But what is it from? Was this a cover of Life? Vogue? If you recognize it, please let me know!
It’s of more interest to me than the story inside, frankly. Finger, Boring and Kaye tell an early version of a common tale, which felt old the first time it went around. Superman does all sorts of odd things, which appear to be self-aggrandizing.
Lois finds herself getting increasingly disenchanted with the hero, instead of assuming that he probably has some good reason for the unusual things he is doing. He is Superman, after all.
And, in fact, he had a very good reason. He was constructing a very complex device to lure away a meteor shower before it did huge damage to Earth. Gotta learn to trust this guy, Lois.
The Tommy Tomorrow story, by Binder, Swan and Kaye, has the Planeteer colonel out choosing interesting objects as the Seven Wonders of Space. It’s not a great story, and most of what he chooses is, frankly, not that memorable. But two things stand out.
Both appear on the same page. The first is a domed ghost city, floating randomly through space. Its dome was shattered at some point in the past by meteors. This is unquestionably Argo City, where Supergirl was born, despite the fact that it would be a decade before Argo City was thought of. Tommy Tomorrow makes no mention of the kryptonite radiation that killed the inhabitants, but it’s been so many years (or not, he’s still in 1989) that the radiation would have depleted.
The second is a planet of intelligent plant life. This is J586, a planet first “seen” in Green Lantern, and later in Swamp Thing, Starman, and other comics.