A really great, if generic, cover for Action 425 (July 1973), the first of two consecutive issues to contain three stories, instead of what had become the normal two.
Cary Bates and Curt Swan are joined by Frank Giacoia on this odd little tale, in which a man finds and kills the last moa on Earth.
The man seeks out and finds the moa’s egg, and brings it back to Metropolis with him. He falls deathly ill, and the egg hatches a super-powered moa, which gives Superman a lot of trouble.
He traces the location of the egg, and finds a contaminated swamp, which gave the moa its powers, and also caused the man’s disease. Though with the knowledge of its source, it can be cured. Superman builds a special reserve for super-moa, which lives out its life in unpublished obscurity.
The Atom’s rotating series begins here, moving from Detective Comics, with a story by Maggin and Dillin.
Jean Loring is defending a client who insists he was framed for a gold theft by the thirteen men from Zurich who secretly rule the world. That is to say, the International Jewish Conspiracy, but the story neatly avoids that racial element. Jean doesn’t quite know what to do with her honest but clearly deluded client. The Atom investigates, and discovers organized crime behind the theft, using the man’s conspiracy theory as a decoy.
The ending is, in retrospect, somewhat cruel, as Ray Palmer denies any sort of rational explanation for his disappearance at a critical moment (when he switched to the Atom). Jean Loring had only recently recovered from a bout with insanity. Toying with her sense of reality was not wise of Ray.
Of the three stories in this issue, the Human Target is the only one to be the opening chapter of a two-parter, by Wein, Neal Adams, and Giordano.
Chance is hired to impersonate a high wire walker, after a series of accidents at the circus. The man absolutely does not want Chance to impersonate him, but his manager insists.
The cliffhanger sees the Human Target facing off against the man he is supposed to be, rather than the one trying to kill him.