Action 15 – Superman raises money, Pep returns to the US, Clip Carson enters a pyramid, and Tex gains a second sidekick
It’s a submarine with a porthole on the cover of Action 15 (Aug. 39). Unfortunately this amazing sci-fi watercraft does not appear in the Superman story in this, or any other, issue.
George Taylor sends Clark Kent out to do a story for the Daily Star on Kidtown, a centre for juvenile delinquents, clearly meant to be Boys Town, in this Siegel and Shuster tale.
Clark discovers that the youth centre is running dangerously low on funding, and decides to raise $100,000 to help them out. And give him something to do that shows off his powers.
Among his deeds is searching for sunken treasure. This story states that he can hold his breath for hours, and the underwater fight with the shark is probably the high point of the story.
Pep Morgan finally makes it back to the US in this issue, thanks to Guardineer. The pilot he rescued turns out to be a wealthy businessman, who hires Pep to find out why his night watchmen keep disappearing. Are they all part of the gang of thieves they are meant to be stopping? Or are they all being murdered? Clearly Pep Morgan is the wisest choice of person to solve this mystery. Because. Just, because.
To be fair, Pep does figure things out, and disguises himself as a policeman to round up the crooks who are also passing themselves off as cops. Apparently athletes are much better at solving these sorts of cases than policemen.
Bob Kane continues Clip Carson’s adventures in Egypt.
They reach the “pyramid of Cheops,” which is almost certainly the Great Pyramid, and find a really convenient entrance door halfway up.
This chapter ends as Clip and the archaeologist come face to face with the living mummy of Cheops.
Baily’s art has improved dramatically, and should make for far more enjoyable storytelling in the Tex Thompson series. And the story starts out ok, another strange mystery for Tex to solve.
But then we meet Gargantua T Potts, who will become Tex’s second sidekick. A black man, but not really drawn to look like a black man. Honestly, I was really confused as to why black characters looked like this in the 30s and 40s, until I had it explained to me that they were meant to resemble monkeys, not humans. And oh my gosh, it’s true.
It’s a sickening shame that as the Tex Thompson series becomes visually much more interesting, it also becomes so much more appalling.