Action 456 (Feb. 76) is packed with pop culture references, right from its “Jaws” cover.
Captain Strong, the Superman version of Popeye, has a small role in this story, visiting an aquarium with a couple of children, one of whom gets turned into protoplasm by the Shark, as he steals the boy’s form in order to re-evolve his own.
The Shark had not appeared since the mid-60s, but the success of Jaws saw his return this year. Originally a Green Lantern villain, this was his first outing against a different hero.
The Shark takes some water with him, as he goes flying through Metropolis, seeking out Superman. He often wants to defeat anyone powerful, in an animalistic battle for dominance. Superman wins, and forces the Shark to de-evolve, bringing back the child. But this is a very temporary defeat, as the Shark returns shortly to become a major problem for Aquaman in the pages of Adventure Comics.
Maggin and Grell begin a three-part story about the kidnapping of the “Nutty Kid,” a comedic actor who hosts a charity telethon every year – in other words, Jerry Lewis. Clowns take him captive during the broadcast.
Green Arrow and Black Canary go into action to stop the kidnappers, but split on how to pursue them. Canary winds up following them right onto their helicopter, which is not such a good thing.