Action 146 – Superman vs the Statue of Liberty, Tommy Tomorrow creates rotation, and the Vigilante finds the ship in a desert
It’s really curious that a generic Superman image was chosen for the cover of Action 146 (July 1950), considering the amount of dynamic visuals in the story.
Stone statues begin to come to life throughout Metropolis, in this story by Woolfolk, Boring and Kaye. Luthor is the one behind it.
Luthor brings the Statue of Liberty to life, to battle Superman. He has quite a time with it, not wanting to destroy the monument, and finally manages to bind it to its pedestal.
As a refreshing variation, Luthor brings to life a statue of Lois Lane, and endangers it, distracting Superman as he kidnaps the real woman. The story culminates in Superman battling a giant statue of himself. The ending is far too quick and simple, though.
Tommy Tomorrow works to make uninhabitable worlds safe for settlement in this story by Binder, Swan and Fischetti. It opens showing that there is dire need for this Planteers mission, as colonists have been stuck on worlds where they can barely survive. You have to wonder about why they were settled there in the first place.
The story is fun, and I love Curt Swan’s art, but the scene where they give a planetoid rotation using their space ships is just goofy.
I was struck by this page. The lightning world, and the wold beasts. It’s two different worlds, but the juxtaposition brings to mind Korbal, the planet of the lightning beasts, which appeared much later in Legion of Super-Heroes stories by the same team.
The Vigilante and Stuff are on the trail of another legend in this story by Joe Samachson and Dan Barry.
The mysterious ship int he desert, an actual legend, is called the Donna Louise in this story. An expedition is mounted to find it, and Vigilante rides a special sort of tank-cycle to navigate the desert sands. The Fiddler, not seen in many years, returns in this tale. The ship is a fake, as is the treasure found on it, and the Fiddler is pulling a huge scam.
The story clips along, lots of action and twists, and great art throughout. One of the best Vigilante tales.