Binder, Boring and Kaye are the creative team for the Superman story in Action 257 (Oct. 59). Luthor escapes from prison, and builds a machine that will give normal people super-powers. Uncertain of the side effects, he intends to test it on one of his own men, but they are nowhere to be found. Probably because they are tired of being tested on. Clark Kent and Lois Lane happen to be passing by, so Luthor uses the machine on Clark. He cannot tell if the machine really had an effect on him, but notices that it seems to have given powers to a fly. Although this story is not played for comedy, it verges on it. Clark now gets to use his powers in everyday life, with no one being suspicious. Lois and Perry are both puzzled when Clark starts using his powers to acquire wealth, though Luthor is pleased with the news. But when Clark gives his riches away to charity, and acts as if this behaviour is a side effect of the powers, Luthor decides his machine is flowed and destroys it. Binder and Mooney let Supergirl show her stuff in this month’s story. Linda is reading fairy tales to some of the young orphans. One of the boys insists that fairies do not exist, so Linda decides to mess with him. I loved this story as a kid, when I read it as a reprint in an issue of Superman Family, but now it all seems pretty cruel, especially since the boy is right. Supergirl disguises herself as a fairy, and uses her powers to perform feats of magic. Eventually she traumatizes the boy into submission. Good for you, Supergirl, you taught that rotten kid a lesson for insisting that fairy tales are not reality.
March 23, 2015