An unappealing cover on Action 467 (Jan. 77), and the Superman story inside isn’t great, either.
Superman’s sonic booms are the key element to this story by Conway, Swan and Blaisdel, as two men in an orbiting capsule plan to steal the energy from them.
The best scene in the story has Clark getting an alert while giving a live broadcast, and how he manages to get out of the studio without disrupting the show. There is a mention of Black Lightning battling the 100, a subtle plug for the new book.
When Superman tries to use a sonic boom to weaken a tidal wave, he discovers that they are not “functioning,” and follows the energy trail up to the capsule.
It was all a plot to rule the world. And it must have cost a lot to put into operation, what with the space capsule and all. Millions. Stupid guy probably could have lived happily for the rest of his life on the money he spent trying to conquer the Earth.
The back-up story, by Rozakis, Swan and Blaisdel, which pits Krypto against Mr. Mxyzptlk, is far more entertaining.
With Superman not around, and the 5th dimensional imp erasing Metropolis, it is up to Krypto to stop him. He does this in canine fashion, nipping at Mxyzptlk.
It’s really Mr. Mxyzptlk’s bad choice of a hiding place that does him in – disguising himself as a dog biscuit.