Bill Finger and Al Plastino split the cover story for Action 282 (Nov. 61) between Superman and one of his robots.
Superman is too busy to be Clark Kent, so he has one of robots fill in for him, working alongside Lois. The robots metallic hands get exposed early on, and he has to resort to a variety of methods to conceal them.
This completely steals the show. Superman’s feats are big and showy, but it’s the robot for whom the stakes are high.
Superman does come to the aid of his creation, fashioning new skin for his hands split seconds before the Clark Kent robot must shake hands.
Supergirl makes another effort to restore her powers in this Siegel and Mooney tale.
Since heading into the past did not work, Superman sends his cousin to the distant future. You have to kind of wonder why he didn’t send her to the time of the Legion of Super-Heroes, so she would have people to hang out with. Lesla-Lar is displeased, as her monitors cannot broadcast from the future.
Supergirl winds up in a totalitarian era, with a tyrant who denies people the freedom to read and be educated, and helps overthrow his regime.
But her trip to the future has no more success than the one to the past. Back in the present, Linda runs into Dick Wilson, now adopted, and with the last name Malverne. They go swimming, and Linda reflects that, even is she had her powers, she would let him win, because men “enjoy” feeling superior to women.
And though Supergirl still has no idea she exists, Lesla-Lar gets arrested for illegal experiments, while Luthor wait and wonders what has happened to Supergirl.
The story ends as Supergirl’s powers miraculously return, as well as an invulnerability to kryptonite. This weird change of events is due to Mr. Mxyzptlk’s magic.
The story continues in the next issue.