Great cover for Action 440 (Oct. 74), but the story, by Maggin, Swan and Oskner, is not really up to par, and if it weren’t for the back-up story, I probably would have skipped over this issue.
Coram is the villain in this issue, the leader of a think-tank of criminals. More disturbingly, he lures the two kids above, presumably into a life of crime, but who knows? We never see them again.
The story jumps around a little. Some interplay with Steve Lombard, as Clark gets humiliated, and subtly takes revenge. Bruce Wayne has a cameo, as we discover that he is a part owner of Morgan Edge’s Galaxy Communications, which owns both WGBS and the Daily Planet.
Coram creates the illusion seen on the cover, of Superman’s parents expressing disappointment with him. But Superman sees through it right away, and only pretends to follow their wishes to create a new Krypton. He takes Coram and his head scientist to “populate” this new planet, effectively scaring them into a confession.
More entertaining is this first chapter of the Green Arrow story, by Maggin and Mike Grell. Green Arrow is on the trail of some ordinary thugs, and attracts the attention of a lost, white dog.
Oliver brings the dog home with him, to Dinah’s delight. But also some of the unusual tech he found with the hoods, which seems way above their playing level.
The story continues in the next issue.