One Panel #207-209: Weird Powers

This week, three comics that feature Superman, though only the first of these panels actually does.
From "Luthor's Incense Menace" by Jerry Siegel , Joe Shuster and Wayne Boring, Superman #5 (June 1940)

This issue introduces Superman's total recall, but in a later story, THIS ability to change his facial features! It's not just the glasses then! Of course, the power was never seen again.*

*Except the times kind readers highlighted in the comments.

From Zatara: "The Jagtooth Gold Mine" by Gardner Fox and Fred Guardineer, Actions Comics #26 (July 1940)

Man, Zatara's strip has the weirdest visuals...

From “Johnny Thunderbolt at the World's Fair” by John B. Wentworth and Stan Aschmeier, New York's World Fair Comics #2 (July 1940)

I'm still waiting for Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt to look like a pink genie with lightning prongs on his head. This early in Johnny's career, he's either not seen (at least not as a semi-humanoid figure), or looks a pale yellow, here seen hassling a thief at the World Fair's hot dog stand.


snell said...

"Of course, the power was never seen again."

No so! There was at least one other time Superman pulled out this amazing power (along with other forgotten powers!!)!

Bradley Walker said...

The parody comic Man of Rust featured an Earth-2 version whose head kept changing from panel to panel.

Brendoon said...

Snell pointed out the one I remembered, the bald alien look!
I love that era MOST where "Canon is no obstacle to a good story"!
Room to breathe, I call it.


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