Action 451 (Sept. 75) was the first issue of this book that I bought. I must have liked something about the cover, but the story did not much grab me.
Looking at it now, the tale by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez is really quite charming. A rural hick comes to Metropolis, following the girl he loves, who has been lured into the evils of high fashion modelling. The hick buys the bridge from a con man, but then stuns everyone when he lifts and shrinks it.
Superman learns that the boy is actually an alien, with super-powers, though he has no idea of what he can do. The girlfriend falls for Superman, the first super-powered person she has seen. To win her back, the boy starts manifesting his powers, and attacks Superman.
Superman allows himself to be overcome, and makes the boy out to be the big hero, which wins back the fickle girl’s love. Awww.
Maggin and Grell’s story made much of an impression on me, although being the middle part of a three part story, I wasn’t sure what was going on.
Davy explains to Green Arrow and Black Canary that the people he is killing are part of a global conspiracy, behind wars and assassinations. He claims to have been around for hundreds of years, fighting them.
But he doesn’t prove terribly useful when the bad guys show up. All three heroes are captured, and kept bound next to some nukes.