The cover story of Action 281 (Oct. 61) is an odd, and unbalanced tale by Bernstein and Plastino.
The story begins on Paul Pratt, a thief who has a device that allows him to travel huge distances instantaneously, which he uses to create unshakable alibis for his thefts.
He even brags to Superman about what he is doing! Clearly, this guy will be the centre of the tale.
Nope. Instead, it swings over to introduce an Earth doctor, who was working on a method of cross-planet communication. He reached Jor-El, and together they devised a way to teleport him to Krypton. Jor-El hoped to work with him to evacuate more Kryptonians to Earth. Where they would presumably rule like gods.
While he was there, baby Kal-El fell and injured his ankle, which the doctor treated.
Then, back in the present, the man explains that he suspects Pratt is using a variation of his teleportation machine. Superman then rounds up Pratt. He likely could have done this anyway, without the doctor and his backstory. The doctor never appears again.
Lesla-Lar’s evil schemes suffer a set-back in this Siegel and Mooney tale.
While Superman is still clueless about Lesla-Lar impersonating his cousin, Krypto figures it out the first time he encounters her – by her different scent. Good dog! Krypto sees that the real Supergirl is in Kandor, where she has been enlisted to play herself in a movie.
Krypto even manages to work a ray that switches the two women back to their proper place. Who’s a good boy?
Superman then takes Supergirl, who once again has no powers, to the past. Her powers do return in a time period before she lost them. For science reasons, I expect. Anyway, Superman leaves her for a while in Salem, where he helpful actions get interpreted as witchcraft.
Superman brings her back to the present, hoping that the recharge would stick. But once again, Supergirl is left powerless.
The story continues in the next issue.