I really love the cover of Action 96 (May 1946), just for the unusual visuals.
The Superman story in the issue, by Sam Citron, is not nearly as interesting. It happens in a flashback, as Mr Twister relates his criminal career to his barber during a haircut.
This is not Brom Stikk, from the origin of the Teen Titans. This man just adopts the name as he adds twists to normal capers. He begins by jumping off a roof to divert Superman from catching three thieves, and later joins their gang. Why not? Even if all he is willing to do is jump off buildings to ensure their getaways, what has the gang got to lose?
Mr Twister is also willing to put innocents lives at risk to keep Superman at bay -but you know Superman is not going to put up with that kind of crap for long, and catches Mr Twister and his gang. The barber he was talking to was the prison barber.
Congo Bill has an unusually tense little tale in this issue, courtesy of Alvin Schwartz and Edwin Smalle. He wakes on a park bench in Hollywood, with no memory of who he is. Some men are tracking him, but we do not know why.
He winds up at a film studio, and gets hired as a extra, winding up on the lot of a jungle picture, with his trackers close behind. When they try to kill him, the jungle setting brings his memory back, and he defeats the men. Although the story does not say it, I like to think it was all caught on camera and used in a feature. There is an explanation about a hidden map in his shoe to a sunken ship, and the men’s previous attack which caused the amnesia, just to round things out.
The Dummy makes his final appearance in the Vigilante series in Action Comics in this Meskin story.
While on the run from the Vigilante and Stuff, the Dummy runs into a troupe of midgets, who work as dancers. They know who he is, but he manages to convince them that he has been unjustly persecuted, simply for being a midget. They take him in and hide him. It’s not long before the Dummy is up to his old tricks, robbing patrons during a performance, and then stealing the box office.
He uses the other midgets as long as they trust him, but has no problem tossing one into a deathtrap, along with Vigilante and Stuff, after he gets exposed.
The Vigilante captures the Dummy, and it’s many years till the character returns. He comes back in the Vigilante series in World’s Finest in the late 70s, and gets his best story to date.