Action 563 – Ambush Bug loses his suit, Mr. Mxyzptlk wants his own show, and Jimmy Olsen becomes a blob
Three stories in Action 563 (Jan.85), all represented in Giffen’s great cover.
Ambush Bug gets the lead story in the issue, by Giffen, Fleming and Oskner. Clark Kent is around, in his newscaster guise, and as Superman, but Bethany Snow, from New Teen Titans, and Jack Ryder, better known as the Creeper, also cameo on the first page. Ted Baxter, from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show, almost appears.
There is some degree of story in this one, as Ambush Bug works on his suit, and shorts it out.
A running gag with the character is the origin story, which always involves a person named Irwin Schwab, but otherwise is a pastiche of other heroes origins. Ambush Bug relates one of these absurd stories to Superman.
Superman dismisses it as nonsense, until he realizes Ambush Bug just told him his own origin.
E. Nelson Bridwell, Alex Saviuk and Dennis Jensen give Mr. Mxyzptlk a yen for the boob tube in the second story in this issue. The 5th dimensional imp demands his own television show on WGBS, but Morgan Edge refuses.
So Mr. Mxyzptlk wreaks havoc with the networks programming. Although the story posits this as a bad thing, in reality I’m sure the ratings went through the roof, as everyone tuned in to see what crazy shit was going to happen. Anyway, Mxyzptlk has made saying, or even writing, his name backwards impossible for anyone.
Superman gets around this by thinking of his Bizarro World counterpart, Kltpzyxm, when setting up his trap.
The issue is rounded out by a Jimmy Olsen adventure, by Craig Boldman, Howard Bender and Pablo Marcos.
Hoping to save a falling girl, Jimmy drinks from an old vial of his Elastic Lad serum, but it turns him into a big blob instead.
He is unable to speak, and is treated as a monster, even by his date for the evening. Superman figures out what has happened, the serum was corrupted by a radioactive substance it sat next to. He cures Jimmy in time to still have his planned date, but the girl’s reaction, freaking out just because he metamorphosized, makes it clear this woman is not up to Jimmy Olsen’s speed.