The cover of Action 37 (June 1941) would have been perfectly suitable for last issue’s Superman story. Ah well. There is no Black Pirate story in this issue, but it returns next month. I assume this was because nothing at all happened during the voyage to Spain.
Crime and city corruption are at the core of this story, by Siegel and Cassidy, as the Police Commissioner is drummed out, but every new one appointed gets murdered by the mob.
The mayor is in a panic, and decides to appoint Clark Kent as Police Commissioner. Lois Lane actually backs up the idea, surprisingly, pointing out that, as a reporter, Clark has been a crusader for justice.
The mobsters attempts to kill Clark fail, because, you know, that whole Superman thing. The mob then go after the mayor, trying to burn him alive, but Superman rescues him. The former Police Commissioner is revealed as the leader of the mob. Sergeant Casey has a very small role in this.
The Three Aces head to the Azores, where they are enlisted by a friend, Ingrid, to explore the lost city of Atlantis.
She has found a massive hole in the Earth, a “pit” big enough for the Aces to fly down into – and also big enough for cool looking Atlantean rockets to emerge from. Though aside from flying out to show themselves, the Atlanteans don’t do anything, just fly back down, it seems. The Three Aces fly down into the pit.
The story continues in the next issue.
Congo Bill moves over from More Fun Comics, effectively trading places with Clip Carson. But while Carson would have a short run in his new book, Congo Bill’s run in Action would last almost two decades. Indeed, he would outlast every other series currently running in the book, aside from Superman. The jungle adventurer made a solid home here.
Frank Long and Fred Ray launch his series, which brings Professor Kent along.
They stop off at a military post run by a friend of Kent’s, which has been seriously depleted of men due to plague. They worry about an attack from an enemy post while they are at their weakest, and Congo Bill helpfully leads an attack on the camp, rescuing the major’s daughter and capturing the enemy leader. It’s a World War II story, frankly, although it avoids specifying who the white rival combatants are in Africa.