Action Comics #6
Cover Artist: Leo O’Mealia
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artwork: Joe Shuster
Mr White introduces Clark to the Personal Manager of, you guessed it – Superman! Mr White is convinced, as he is offered an exclusive deal whereby the businessman receives lump sum payments in exchange for the hero’s frequent whereabouts. Clark of course, is very sceptical man says and asks for proof as he is invited to see the hero up close and personal. Lois catches wind of the event and invites Clark to dinner, knowing that he will jump at the chance, but she has something else in store for the hopeless romantic. In the hope to get another meeting with Superman, she tricks Clark and takes his place, where she meets a phoney Superman. As usual an unconvinced Lois finds herself in a trouble as the con-artists plan to tie all loose ends of the unsuccessful plot as the real Superman pays them a visit, just in the nick of time.
This story is light hearted and actually quite comical, as Superman tricks the bad guys into hurting and turning on themselves before he takes them down to the local Police station. Unlike a lot of the other issues there isn’t any depth within the story, and its very simplistic, yet has a great and charming tone. I can easily imagine this issue being a scene in Superman Returns or something. Superman’s witty and heroic character shines yet again as he battles his way through the con-artists to save the love of his life. You also see another side to Clark, when he plays Lois Lane at her own game – quite deceptively I must add. But again, Lois is very facetious towards Clark and it seems that her character is only used to put him down and act as a damsel in distress – or so far anyway.
The artwork perfectly matches the storyline, with bright, fun and engrossing comic panels that enhance the tone of the plot. While the unsuited pair are at dinner you see how Superman has influenced and captured the hearts of the public of Metropolis, which I feel hasn’t really been shown yet in the series. It does also show aspects fear that some of them have too, as the criminals turn on themselves in fear of his capabilities and power. This to me is very relevant to the recent films featuring Superman, whereby the public fear what the hero can do and what this means for the world. Although this issue is simplistic, and it seems as though it’s just thrown in there for a bit of light humour, it has proven to be one of my favourite issues so far.