Action 261 – Superman gives tours of his Fortress, Congorilla ends, and Streaky the Super-Cat debuts
Great cover for Action 261 (Feb. 61). Sadly, the Superman story, by Siegel, Boring and Kaye, is not nearly as entertaining.
Superman starts giving guided tours of his Fortress of Solitude. He inspects the guests for hidden weapons or devices, but misses a bomb hidden in a lead thermos.
Superman relates stories about his most dangerous foes – none of which are characters we have seen before or since. Some Kandorians become aware of the bomb plot, but are unable to warn Superman because of a rainbow gem. They do alert Superman in time, when the bombers cover the gem with the lead thermos lid.
Congo Bill’s long -running series reaches the end of its run in Action Comics with this story by Robert bernstein and Howard Sherman.
It’s not a great note to go out on. Congo Bill accidentally rubs his ring while giving a performance, and the Golden Gorilla uses his body to run rampant. Janu knows what is going on, and tries to calm the creature, but some hoods dressed as police take the boy down.
It’s a lot of chaos and confusion. Some parts are fun, and it’s a change of pace, but the switch back at the end of the story is the result of a bullet grazing the ring, which really should not have any effect at all.
The Congorilla series is not done, it simply moves to the pages of Adventure Comics. But those stories are not that great, and the series ends within the year.
Streaky, the Super-Cat gets introduced in this story by Siegel and Mooney.
Linda rescues a stray cat, and names him Streaky, due to his markings. Linda had also been experimenting with kryptonite, trying to find a cure. Streaky comes across some residue from her experiment, called x-kryptonite, which endows him with super-powers.
The first thing he does is take vengeance on the dog that had attacked him earlier. Supergirl discovers Streaky, and they play together for a while.
Streaky’s powers vanish as quickly as they came. Supergirl has no idea what caused them, and of course Streaky cannot explain. The story leaves it open to the readers, as to whether Streaky’s powers will return. And the readers clearly responded positively, as the cat will come across more x-kryptonite in the future.