The US was not yet part of World War 2, but Superman seems to have chosen a side on the cover of Action 44 (Jan. 42).
Siegel, Nowak and Dobrotka helm this story, in which a caveman is discovered in the ice, and thawed out and revived.
Lois Lane and Clark Kent are there covering the story when the “dawn man” breaks free. Lois, trying so hard to succeed in a “man’s” profession, has no trouble playing on her gender when it gets her what she wants . “Ladies first!”
The caveman goes on a murderous rampage, but it turns out there are really two of them. A real caveman, but also a fake one, committing intentional murders that are blamed on the neanderthal. Superman figures it all out.
The two Morts pull off another great Vigilante story in this issue, bringing back the Shade.
The Shade is having his men kill horses, for unknown reasons. Vigilante tries to protect the animals,but winds up accused of killing them himself.
Billy Gunn comes to Vigilante’s help when he’s being accused of being the horse killer, and Betty Stuart is also around, but does little.
The Shade gets captured, and is revealed to be a radio announcer, who had been around throughout the last couple of stories. The horses had been used to smuggle in maps of stolen bonds. This Shade never appears again.
Fred Ray brings about some changes in the Congo Bill strip this issue.
Bill continues to work with the British against the Germans in Africa. Professor Kent winds up his research, and heads back to the US, and Sheila Hanlen goes with him. I guess they hit it off between panels. Neither character will appear again, but it’s nice that they were formally written out.
As for Congo Bill, his series shifts from adventure stories to war stories.