Superman fights the Nazis, but only on the cover of Action 53 (Oct. 42).
Inside, Jerry Siegel, John Sikela and George Roussos create a new villain for Superman, Night Owl.
Robberies are being pulled off in complete darkness, although the villains are able to see. The darkness is not just at night, it moves through the city during the day. The art on the cloud of darkness is particularly good.
The man behind it is Night Owl, who keeps control over his gang using a trained and viscous owl. Sergeant Casey captures one of Night Owl’s men, but he is too afraid of his boss to talk.
Superman takes the hood to his mountain fortress, the forerunner of the Fortress of Solitude, this had been introduced a couple of months earlier in the pages of Superman. Superman disguises himself as the bad guy, in order to infiltrate Night Owl’s group. Lois Lane also has her plans to find Night Owl, which involve hiding in the trunk of a car, a place that usually winds up being discovered.
Superman defeats Night Owl, and saves Lois, after discovering that he cannot see in daylight. So Night Owl is basically an evil Dr. Mid-Nite. It’s a shame this was a one-shot villain, as much more could have been done with him later, when it got established that Superman’s powers derive from sunlight.
Meskin and Roussos bring back the Rainbow Man in this Vigilante story. He fakes his death during a prisoner transfer by boat, but starts his new crime wave so quickly, the faked death is kind of pointless.
Possibly because his colour scheme for these crimes is black, the story just doesn’t have much “rainbow” to it, although there is a great page of Vigilante and Stuff suspended over a vat of boiling tar.
Ultimately, the Rainbow Man is done in this time by one of his own men, who is colour-blind, and lights the wrong spotlight. The Rainbow Man kills him for his mistake, but why hire a colour-blind hood for colour themed crimes?