The cover of Superman 56 (Jan/Feb. 49) copies that of the Susie/Mr. Mxyztplk cover.
The Prankster looks a bit more “normal” in this story by William Woolfolk and Al Plastino.
The Prankster decides to make Superman his partner, setting the hero up to inadvertently aid him in his crimes. Some of the set-ups are good, but it puts Prankster close to Superman’s grasp repeatedly.
The altered look of the character just emphasizes that this isn’t a great Prankster story, and there have been so many Prankster stories.
The cover story, “Smartypants,” is nothing to put on the cover, though Schwartz, Boring and Kaye take credit for it.
Clark Kent, and later Superman, are ordered to full all the demands of a precocious two-year old, despite the absurdity of them.
The kid has none of Susie’s charm, and there is little to enjoy here. Thanks to a reader of this blog (whose message is below) I discovered that this is somewhat a re-write of a story from the Superman newspaper strip.