Dr. Light, most recently seen taking on the Teen Titans in the revival of their book, decides to go after Superman in his secret identity in this tale by Bates, Schaffenberger and Blaisdel, in Action 484 (Aug. 77).
Johnny Nevada’s show has a special theme for the evening, featuring men who had been publicly suspected, at one time or another, of being Superman. Aside from Nevada, the line-up includes Clark Kent, Jimmy Olsen and Steve Lombard, as well as Gregory Reed, and science fiction author Rock Stirling, a Rod Serling take-off who had appeared in a story in the pages of Superman in the early 60s. Athlete Mike Talbot is the newbie int he group.
Dr. Light is in the audience, in disguise. He has a device that emits light rays, which are harmless and invisible. But the rays will show him which of the men up there, if any, has a denser molecular structure than a normal human. Not a bad way to identify Superman, although the one it highlights is the athlete, Talbot.
So after the taping, Dr. Light makes his move and attacks Talbot. Of course, Superman shows up, because he isn’t Talbot. He recognized Dr. Light in the audience, and guessed at his plan (that’s pretty amazing), and vibrated his molecules to reflect the beam onto Talbot (like, wow).
Talbot does not seem to mind being used as unwitting bait for Dr. Light. So I guess that makes it ok.