“SUPERMAN IN THE SLUMS”
There is no better representation of the ideals that Superman represents in the eyes of his creators than this installment in the earliest days of Action Comics. After witnessing a variety of crimes committed by juveniles, Superman redirects his efforts at the society that failed them. He rebuilds their neighborhood, seeking to solve societal ills rather than punish crimes. It’s a surprisingly optimistic and progressive story, especially for its era, and one that highlights Superman’s humanistic approach to vigilantism.
“THE SUPER-DUEL IN SPACE”
The first appearance of Brainiac is a classic outing from the most important Silver Age creators to touch the character. In addition to Al Plastino’s clear storytelling throughout, the issue also features a great cover from Curt Swan. This issue is pure fun with lots of far out and mystifying sci-fi elements pushing the narrative in any direction writer Otto Binder might imagine. Plot and character come second to a sense of fun that enriched the series and its cast of heroes and villains throughout this period.