Action 130 – Superman meets Ann Blyth, Tommy Tomorrow discovers the 10th planet, and Zatara unseats a tyrant
Hollywood actress Ann Blyth appears in Action 130 (March 1949), playing herself, in a story by Al Plastino.
Best known for playing the thankless daughter in “Mildred Pierce,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar, this story ties in to a recent film she made, “Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.”
Ann Blyth is in costume for this, when men in a mechanical octopus try to capture her.
Superman saves her, but Lois insists the entire thing was a publicity stunt. Ann winds up in the bad guys hands a second time. Essentially, she takes Lois Lane’s role in this story, poking around, finding the bad guys, getting captured and getting rescued.
No wonder Lois is so angry throughout this tale.
Binder, Swan and Fischetti advance the year of Tommy Tomorrow’s adventures to 1989 in this story, which deals with the search for the tenth planet. Pluto had only been discovered in the early 1930s, and many people still believed there was another, undiscovered, large planet beyond it.
Tommy Tomorrow does, indeed, find this mysterious planet. Although the surface is largely barren, there is a huge civilization living underground. They turn out to be Atlanteans, who fled Earth when their civilization sunk.
These people are not happy about their hidden world being discovered, and have plans to conquer the Earth. Or so it’s stated. Tommy prevents them from taking any action, sealing off their air supply and threatening to kill them all unless they sign a peace treaty.
Tommy muses at the end on how war has been eliminated. Because sealing off an air supply and threatening to kill everyone is so much better.
Zatara gets an entertaining story in this issue, by Samachson and White. A company hires a former soldier, expecting he will bring his regimented ways to the office, increasing efficiency. In fact, he quickly turns into a micro-managing tyrant, who loves inflicting punishments.
The company’s owner approaches Zatara after one of his charity shows, and gets him to come to the office.
The scene I really like has Zatara bring to life the medals the man wears, which expose him as a coward and impostor.