Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Action Comics #359

Action Comics #359 (On Sale: December 26, 1967) features another dramatic cover by Neal Adams.

Inside "The Case of the People Against Superman" by Leo Dorfman, Curt Swan and George Klein continues from last issue. Superman stands trial for the death of Ron Noble, who was killed during an exhibition boxing match with the Man of Steel. Noble was really a criminal, who swallowed a poison pill to frame Superman. Famed lawyer Earl Barton represents Superman, while district attorney Alonzo Kroll hopes to make a name for himself by getting Superman convicted.

Choosing a jury is difficult because Superman is popular among the citizens of Metropolis. When the trial begins the district attorney makes his case that Superman can't safely control his powers.

For his defense, Superman is able to take the courtroom back in time to view the actual death of Noble.

The back-up Supergirl story is "The Super-Initiation of Supergirl" by Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger. When Supergirl sees a group of sorority girls hazing pledge Joan Bryant with cruel pranks she sets out to stop them. The Girl of Steel pledges the group herself, so the girls come up with pledge stunts that could expose Supergirl's secret identity.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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