ACW #606 – Superman
Action Comics Weekly #606 (Superman)
“The True Believer”
Writer – Roger Stern
Pencils – Curt Swan
Inks – John Beatty
Letters – Bill Oakley
Colors – Tom Ziuko
Editor – Mike Carlin
It almost feels unfair that I’m looking at these two-page strips with an analytical eye. Though, I’m not sure if I’m being unfair to the story… or myself!
Picking up where we left off… that one guy is bowing at Superman’s feet. The Officer dismisses him as a looney-toon, which kind of gets under his skin. The fella introduces himself as Bob Galt, one of many who look at Superman as kind of a savior.
Superman kinda brushes the dude off… he’s flattered, and all that, but doesn’t consider himself a God. Bob’s steadfast in his belief, and gives Superman the quick and dirty on his own origin story. Well, that wastes a few panels, dunnit?
We wrap up with Superman unconvinced of his God-status… and perhaps Bob Galt being taken into custody?
Okay, look at the cover to this issue of Action Comics Weekly… we basically got all the information right there, didn’t we? Heck, seeing all of those cloaked “followers” and worshipers… we might’ve gotten more information on the cover!
The story takes like a half-step forward… and, I really can’t imagine how folks received this one the first time around. Just so dull… such a non-entity. We literally move less than five minutes forward here… and, we spend a third of the strip retelling Superman’s origin?!
Tomorrow: Wild Dog… on the inside!