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Superman 60 – Perry White is Superman, and Toyman’s super-brain

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Things are not likely to turn out well on the cover of Superman 60 (Sept/Oct. 49).

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Superman takes on the identity of Perry White in the first story in the issue, by Boring and Kaye.

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Gangsters are trying to kill Perry White, because of his editorials against them.  Superman kidnaps Perry and seals him into a mountain cave.  He could have taken Perry to his mountain citadel, but chose a cave instead.

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Superman disguises himself as Perry, but his identity gets exposed.  He continues the masquerade, pretending that he always was Perry White.  The Toyman, Prankster and a glasses wearing Luthor cameo, reacting to the news.

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Then Perry White gets out of the cave, and decides to pretend to be Superman, bluffing some criminals until they see through his game. All ends well, of course, but this story is also more typical of what is to come for the next few years, stories that centre on members of the supporting cast.

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The Toyman makes a second appearance in this issue, starring in the closing story, by Cameron, Boring and Kaye.

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The Toyman has built a computer that plays out simulations and suggests improvements on his head-shaped screen.  The Toyman perfects his crimes this way.

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This story also contains one of the rare times that Superman really uses a phone booth for changing costume.

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While the story itself is pretty good, and the tricks Superman has to figure out show some real cleverness, it just doesn’t feel particularly Toyman.

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Superman 50 – The Prankster tells the truth

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Feeling sorry for the lion on the cover of Superman 50 (Jan/Feb. 48).

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The Prankster is back, for a story that plays on the outrageous promises in advertising, by Cameron, Win Mortimer and Kaye.

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The set up offers a nice glimpse of advertising from the late 1940s.

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The Prankster sets up his own booths, giving away drugged perfume, drugged drinks and such, robbing his patrons.

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Superman sets up a billboard of his own, promoting an energy drink that would turn someone into Superman.  He knows the Prankster will take the bait.  Superman turns the tables on him with the drink, and takes the Prankster down.

Superman 49 – the Toyman pleads innocence, and Lois travels the world

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Lois Lane’s story get the cover spot, although Superman is clearly the focus on the cover of issue 40 (Nov/Dec. 47).

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The Toyman opens the issue, in a story by Cameron, Sikela and Roussos.

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The Toyman escapes from prison, vowing vengeance on those who testified against him in his trial.  They promptly begin to get killed off, using practical joke toys.

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He contacts Superman, and insists that he is innocent of the murders.  Despite being guilty of escaping prison, Superman leaves the Toyman on his own, while pursuing the case, to find the real killer.

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This gives the Toyman ample time to kidnap Lois Lane again.  Superman does find the real murderer, but has to free Lois and capture the Toyman on his flying hobby horse as well.

Should have just tossed the Toyman into prison when he had the chance halfway through the story.

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Cameron, Sikela and Roussos close the issue with a story dealing with Lois Lane.  A rival paper, the Examiner, has been pulling a lot of successful publicity stunts.  Lois Lane suggest she travel the world,like Nelly Bly, but use local forms of transportation, changing daily – even though that is incredibly impractical.

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Perry White thinks its a great idea, and ships her out.  Superman tags along throughout the tale, but Lois is never aware of the actions he takes to speed her along, and protect her from the deadly machinations of the Examiner staff, who do all they can to stop her journey.

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Superman is so successful at keeping her safe that Lois has no idea anyone is after her.  Mind you, she also believes she is riding a real flying carpet at one point.

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And in her ineffable Lois Lane way, she roller skates into the man responsible for the Examiner’s plots against her, winding up stopping the criminal on her own.

Superman 47 – the Toyman’s castle, and Susie speaks the truth

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Perhaps he is juggling in his sleep on the cover of Superman 47 (July/Aug. 47).

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The Toyman is back, in a Cameron, Yarborough and Kaye story that jumps around a lot, but works because of the great visuals.

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It begins with the Toyman in prison, making functioning models, promoted as “crime does not pay,” but in reality giving instructions to robberies.

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The the Toyman breaks out of prison, and promptly sets up a phony fortune telling booth, using handwriting samples he can re-use for forgery.

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But as soon as Superman gets on his case, he kidnaps Lois Lane and sets her up in a pretty cool death-trap in his personal castle.

Superman frees Lois and defeats the Toyman, of course, but that’s not the fun part.

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Susie returns, with stories in both this book and Action Comics this month.  Here, Cameron, Yarborough and Kaye have Susie get in trouble for not lying.

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Lois Lane makes her niece promise to only tell the truth on this visit, and lets her explore the zoo on her own.

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But what does Susie see but some elephants rising to vanish into the sky.

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So Susie just gets disbelieved and scolded when she relates this.  Lois is furious, but Clark believes the girl, although puzzled about what occurred.  But the elephants disappearance is confirmed, and Lois has to admit Susie was right.

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The rest of the story deals with the thefts, which were done by blimp.  Not bad, but it played it cards too soon.

Superman 44 – The Toyman’s philanthropic toys

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The Toyman makes the cover of Superman 44 (Jan/Feb.47).

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Cameron, Yarborough and Roussos helm this tale, in which the Toyman takes advantage of the greed of businessmen who want to be considered generous.

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The Toyman builds elaborate children’s toys, which he gives to the men, for them to present as presents.  He guarantees free repairs as well – and the toys all promptly break.  But they were really spy devices, which get monitored when brought in to be fixed.

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Superman not only goes after the Toyman, but also the businessmen, publicly humiliating them with parade balloons.

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This is also a trap for the egotistical Toyman, who attacks the balloon representing him, putting him right in Superman’s hands.

The Toyman returns in a couple of issues.

Superman 43 – Luthor’s Worm-car

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It’s a slow day in Metropolis on the cover of Superman 43 (Nov/Dec. 46).

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Luthor looks crazed again in this story, by Cameron, Sikela and Roussos.

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Luthor has developed a heat resistant metal, which he calls Luthorite.  He has also constructed a boring vehicle, which he intends to cover with Luthorite, making it invulnerable.  To heat at least.

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This leads to a big chase, as Superman pursues Luthor through the centre of the Earth.  The story is all really just a set-up for the big chase scene.

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A bit thin, but the art makes it work.

 

Superman 42 – Wolfingham and the amazingly stupid businessmen, Lois Lane ends, and Clark Kent dies

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You can tell that Lois is totally faking enjoying Superman’s performance on the cover of issue 42 (Sept/Oct. 46).

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J. Wilbur Wolfingham returns in a story I do not care for, by Cameron, Yarborough and Kaye.  He convinces three self-made millionaires to pay him huge amounts of money in order to start from scratch again.

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It’s really absurd to think that anyone would fall for this, particularly successful and shrewd businessmen.  But they allow him to set their contracts, and force large penalties.

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Some fun art as Superman puts everything right.  Not one of Wolfingham’s better stories.  He returns in a couple of months in Action Comics.

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Lois Lane’s series comes to an end with a story by Ellsworth, Citron and Kaye.  She is walking with her rival reporter, Steve Bard, and they see an odd confrontation in front of a house with a moving van.  Steve has no interest, but Lois does.

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Lois uncovers a furniture theft ring, follows the thieves to a bowling alley, lacquered the balls so the get their fingers stuck, and then throws pins at the rest.

She gets a front page story, but Steve still disses her.

Lois Lane’s series ends as a result of a page reduction.  Steve Bard is part of the inspiration for the 70s character Steve Lombard, and makes an actual return in a Mrs. and Mrs. Superman story in Superman Family in the 80s.

Lois will begin taking leading roles in some Superman stories, sort of continuing her own series, until it eventually spun out into her own book in the late 50s.

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Alvin Schwartz joins Yarborough and Kaye for a classic tale, in which Clark Kent gets buried.

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Clark was off covering an arctic expedition.  When he supposedly sailed off, he flew back to Metropolis as Superman.  He changed back to Clark, only to be spotted by Lois Lane as an explosion erupts from below him.  No way to pretend to survive that, he flees.

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So Clark gets buried without a body.  Superman takes on a new identity, becoming a reporter, but loses the job because of his actions as Superman.

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The story continues to play out that way, as Clark tries out new jobs, but being Superman gets in the way, and he stops a lot of small crimes along the way.

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Superman is clearly relieved when Lois Lane provides a way out of the story, with Clark not possibly have been able to get back to Metropolis in a day.

A nice way to play out Superman in a variety of other occupations.