Leo Dorfman does double duty, scripting both stories in Action 297 (Feb. 63).
Perry White goes undercover to seek out a jewel thief hiding out among hoboes, with art by Swan and Klein. He gets recognized, beaten up, and winds up losing his memory.
And though Perry has no idea who he is, he falls into the hands of a mob boss who does. He gives Perry a phony identity, and sets him to discover who Superman is. Perry is quite good at this, quickly getting it down to four suspects, one of whom is Clark.
Perry even lures and exposes Clark, but only because Superman is not in any way suspicious of Perry. Superman very cleverly restores Perry’s memory, making a statue of Julius Caesar float and speak. Yelling “Great Caesar’s Ghost” brings back White’s mind.
Mooney does the art on the Supergirl story, as Lena Thorul’s deceptions continue.
Lena is revealed as being controlled by, and later replaced by, Lesla-Lar.
Lesla passes herself off as Lena even to Supergirl, and also pretends that she has gained super-powers. Supergirl is not suspicious, but then, she has never even been aware of Lesla’s existence.
Lesla gets herself a sexy costume, and opens the Phantom Zone, freeing a number of villains to act as her minions, but prevents Mon-El from leaving. Jax-Ur and General Zod are joined by a newcomer, Kru-El. They retrieve a box of forbidden Kryptonian weapons (previously seen in the Superboy series).
But Lesla wasted her money on that outfit, as the villains vaporize her. She is so dead that her character does not return until the late 70s.
Supergirl learns of this, and of Lena being trapped in Kandor, from Lori Lemaris, who had been watching the events from the ocean, along with Jerro. Supergirl winds up having to turn to Lex Luthor for help against the rampaging villains.
The story continues in the next issue.