The strip of the century!

"A Goof Named Tiny Rufe" - Action Comics #55

Jerry Siegel sends up fellow cartoonist Al Capp, creator of “Li’l Abner,” as well as his and Joe Shuster’s success with Superman!

Historical note: Just one days after the release of this issue, the second Superman cartoon produced by Famous Studios was released, having taken over production from Fleischer Studios. It was the 11th short overall in the series. The short, titled “Showdown,” is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive. The same day, the first short in Terrytoons’ Superman spoof “Super Mouse” was released. The short, titled “Mouse of Tomorrow,” would change its name to “Mighty Mouse” in early 1944.

Superman gets mixed up in everything!

Flesicher cartoons promo - Action Comics #54

This ad from Action Comics (1938) #54 again uses the Jack Burnley-drawn cover to Superman (1939) #19 to promote the “Superman, Matinee Idol” story from that issue and it’s tie to the Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons. Figures likely drawn by Whitney Ellsworth.

(“-How much did she see?-“)

"The Pirate of Pleasure Island" - Action Comics #54

Historical note: Just three days after the release of this issue, the first Superman cartoon produced by Famous Studios was released, having taken over production from Fleischer Studios. It was the 10th short overall in the series. The short, titled “Japoteurs,” is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.