Action 45 – Superman builds an ark, the Vigilante meets Stuff, the Chinatown Kid, and the Three Aces find survivors of Lemuria
Another generic Superman image on the cover of Action 45 (Feb. 42).
The Superman story, by Siegel, Nowak and Dobrotka, begins with Lois and Clark taking a trip to the zoo, only to discover that there are very few animals there. The zoo has not been able to afford to buy any. And apparently is not very good at keeping the ones they have alive and reproducing. Superman builds a giant ark and flies to Africa to restock the zoo.
Once there, he runs into Count Von Henzel, and the story suddenly weaves into the Most Dangerous Game. Despite the fact that they make the count German, the story avoids anything about the war. And it still winds up showing Superman beating up animals and carting them back to the zoo. You’d think they might have been aware of the parallel between the count imprisoning and hunting people, and the zoo imprisoning, if not hunting, the animals, but they weren’t.
More amazing art on the Vigilante story, as George Roussos takes the inks on Meskin’s pencils for Weisinger’s story.
The villain of the story is the Head, who sometimes appears as a giant head. The story seems be a “yellow peril” one, set in Chinatown, although it deals with silk thefts rather than opium or white slavery.
Betty Stuart makes her final appearance. Can’t blame her, she has been sidelined in every story so far. Stuff, later to gain the nickname the Chinatown Kid, enlists the aid of the Vigilante when his grandfather is framed for the thefts. He also rescues the Vigilante after he is captured by the Head and subjected to Chinese water torture.
Ironically, despite the water torture and the Chinatown location, the Head is actually Japanese. He is a foreign agent, sent to try to stir up a gang war.
The Three Aces find a golden city high in the California mountains, and discover it populated by survivors of Lemuria, an Atlantis-like sunken ancient city.
With humans continuing to encroach upon them, the Lemurians have decided to use their advanced weaponry to destroy mankind. The Three Aces win by blasting everything to bits. Many of their stories see them triumph by destruction.