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Action 436 – Perry White’s super-cigars, and the Great Frog debuts


Action 436 (June 1974) was the first issue of this book that I read, a beat up copy in a barbershop, but it made a strong impression on me.


It refers back to a story from Superman the previous year, about a mutant “army of tomorrow.”  Perry What has won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the story, and Morgan Edge sends him and Clark on a private jet to accept, to make an even bigger story out of it.  Perry also receives a gift from the two mutant children he had aided, although he does not realize the true nature of the present.


The plane gets into trouble, and Superman ducks out to save it. Perry, smoking on the plane, which seems weird now, punches his way out of the aircraft, without intending to, and finds that he can fly.


It takes Perry quite a while to make the connection between the cigars and his new found powers.  But he does make the most of them, both in fighting crime alongside Superman, and humiliating an obnoxious reporter bullying Clark Kent.


Perry uses his powers to learn the secret behind them, and just in time.  He has only one cigar left, and puts that in his safe.

I waited for years for the return of this cigar.  It took quite a while, but it did happen.


Elliot Maggin and Dick Dillin are joined by Tex Blaisdel as Green Arrow catches up with Speedy.


It happens entirely by chance.  Oliver is walking by a park, at which a new band, the Great Frog, are performing.  He sees Roy playing the drums.

This is the first time the characters have been together since the “Snowbirds Don’t Fly” story from Green Lantern, in which Roy’s heroin addiction was revealed.  This story is also Speedy’s only appearance between the cancellation of Teen Titans, just over a year ago, and the revival of that book, a couple of years down the road.


Green Arrow thinks Roy is undercover, and goes backstage, finding some indications of stolen goods and smuggling.  Roy shows up, and decks Green Arrow, but does leave him a clue as to where he is going.


He was, indeed, undercover, and the manager was using bands for smuggling.  But he really is a drummer now, for the Great Frog.  There is tension and distance between Roy and his former partner, which is painful and unresolved at the end of the story, making it all the more real.

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