Another story that verges on the occult, Superman faces a murderous spirit in Action 379 (Aug. 69), by Dorfman, Swan and Abel.
Clark Kent is among a group of reporters who go to the funeral of a prominent occultist, Dr. Phantas. As Superman, he defies a curse and opens the coffin, which seems to release his vengeful spirit.
The other reporters begin dying unusual deaths, while Superman finds his dreams haunted by the ghost. Clark does not believe this is all a curse, and discovers that the dead reporters had all travelled together a while earlier, along with one who had not yet been killed.
Clark takes that reporters place, so when the “ghost” comes to kill him, he confronts him. It isn’t a ghost at all. Rather, he is an alien policeman, hunting down fugitives who had taken the place of the reporters. He used the whole curse thing so prevent the public from being afraid of killer aliens on the loose. Killer ghosts on the loose are fine.
Superman kind of gives his ok to all of this, though he points out that the Eliminator (as the alien cop is called) could have captured the men without killing them. But the Eliminator just takes off, and Superman stands around justifying his lack of action.
E. Nelson Bridwell scripts a decent little Legion mystery, with art by Win Mortimer that is taken up a notch by Murphy Anderson’s inks. Ultra Boy is referred to as being the leader again, though he is off on a mission. Mon-El, as deputy leader, is in charge as the Legion’s computer announces that one of the gathered members is an impostor. Lightning Lad, Element Lad, Dream Girl and Shadow Lass have no time to solve this before they have to run off and deal with a villain, Sunburst.
During the fight, each of them either has their powers not work, or something unusual happen, like Lightning Lad’s hair going straight, as if from an electric charge.
Shadow Lass takes down Sunburst, but the group immediately turn on each other, firing off accusations about who is the fake.
Explanations are given for the various power failures, and Shadow Lass is exposed as the phony, not weakened at all by Sunburst’s blasts of light. Mon-El finds the real Shadow Lass, the fake was working with Sunburst, presumably to wreak havoc within the Legion. For some reason.