Superman helps build an airplane on the cover of Action 55 (Dec. 42), but has a lot more fun inside.
Siegel, Sikela and Dobrotka go for a change of pace with this issue, as Superman deals with characters based on those from the comic strip L’il Abner, as well as an artist based on Al Capp.
Al Hatt is a newspaper cartoonist for the Daily Planet, who has run out of ideas for his strip. He heads out to a cabin in the country, and gets distracted by the romantic antics of a young hillbilly couple – clearly based on L’il Abner and Daisy Mae.
He begins a strip about them in the Planet, which becomes a huge success. The story then plays off the biggest tease in the original series at the time – Daisy Mae’s attempts to marry L’il Abner, and the readership rooting for it.
Just as in the original series, an evil woman is brought to lure the boy away, and other detriments are caused by those who are working against the cartoonist. It’s an incredibly silly tale, but a lot of fun, and really immersed in the source material. Siegel was clearly a big fan.
Green and Baily send Americommando on his first mission in this issue. He arrives in Berlin, and hooks up with the local resistance, and adopts his identity as Gestapo captain Otto Riker.
The disguise proves difficult right from the start, as the resistance leader is arrested, and Tex has to stand by and allow the execution.
He gets into his Americommando garb (which just happens to be exactly the same as his Mr. America garb), and swoops in to rescue the man just before he is killed. It’s a triumph, of sorts. While he hasn’t exactly blown his cover, he has alerted the Germans that an American agent is among them.