Binder and Plastino are the creative team on the Superman story in Action 271 (Dec. 60), as Electro (not named in this issue) makes his first of two cover appearances.
In this story the odd character is simply referred to as one of the “light tube people,” who uses his odd little spaceship to perform some helpful acts, before enlisting Superman’s aid. His planet is in deadly danger, and he requests Superman’s help. Superman gets into the tiny sphere.
It’s really all a hoax, and a trap, designed by Lex Luthor.
The lead-lined sphere is attached to a bomb which will blow up Metropolis if Superman breaks out.
Luthor then sends a Superman impersonator to the United Nations, where he makes a pleading case that everyone turn over their nuclear weapons, so that he can use them to save the world of the light tube people. Oddly, everyone agrees. This is clearly a much more compassionate world than the Earth in our reality.
Superman’s escape is pretty clever, as he heats the air within the sphere to make it float like a balloon, and waits for lightning to short out the bomb.
Now you may be wondering, if Electro did not really exist in this story, how does he make a second cover appearance?
Wait and find out!
Siegel and Mooney have Supergirl adopted yet again in this story.
It begins as she builds her own, underground, Fortress of Solitude, complete with models of herself and her friends. For some reason, she feels it necessary to label the Linda Lee statue as her secret identity. In case she forgets?
No matter what the reason, it was a very bad idea, as archaeologists break into the Fortress. The leader of the team hypnotizes everyone else to forget what they have seen.
He and his wife then adopt Linda, and are very nice to her, but use her to get rich. It’s not long before she figures out what is going on. They then reveal that they know her identity.
Streaky the Super-Cat saves the day, accidentally lobotomizing the corrupt couple with his x-ray vision. They lose all memory of Supergirl’s identity, and make a lame excuse to return Linda to the orphanage.