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Action Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]

"Superman and the Numbers Racket"
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Action Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciler: Joe Shuster
Cover Artist : Fred B. Guardineer
Cover Date : September 1939
On Sale Date: August 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 60 Users Rated: 38
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All-American Comics (v1) #6 [AO Story]
Feature Comics #24 [M Story]
Action Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]
Action Comics (v1) #16 [E Story]
Action Comics (v1) #16 [H Story]
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Superman attempts to shut down the gambling in Metropolis after a man tries to kill himself.
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Main Characters
  Superman last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #15 [A Story]. Superman next appears in Superman (v1) #2 [A Story].

Other Characters
  Commissioner Watson First Appearance
  This is Commissioner Watson's only appearance.

  George Taylor
  George Taylor last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #15 [A Story]. George Taylor next appears in Superman (v1) #2 [A Story].

  Jack O'Leary First Appearance
  This is Jack O'Leary's only appearance.

  Marty Kaye First Appearance
  This is Marty Kaye's only appearance.

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Daily Star
Daily Star last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #1 [A Story]. Daily Star next appears in Superman (v1) #2 [A Story].
Metropolis Police Department
Metropolis Police Department last appeared in Superman (v1) #1 [E Story]. Metropolis Police Department next appears in Superman (v1) #2 [D Story].
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  jemsmck Says:    
  2018-01-04 11:15:21  
  Is this the first time they call the city Metropolis?  

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-14 21:51:33  
  @jemsmck: It's the first reference to Metropolis I've seen. I also think (correct me if I'm wrong) this is the first time I've seen the "S" shield on his cape, and that "S" on his chest is getting progressively clearer with each appearance.

It seems like Superman is determined to get rid of any social ill that costs someone his life, just like he tackled bad driving back in Action #12 when someone he knew was killed by a motorist. Here, he sees someone try to kill himself when he resorts to crime to fund his gambling habit, and it gets him in deeper trouble. Like the prior social ill stories before, this follows pretty much the same formula. One twist to that: inviting the cheated gamblers to wreck the casinos after showing them how the games were rigged. And dumping the casino receipts in the streets was very Robin Hood-like.

One quick aside: Metropolis is slowly learning how to deal with this very powerful guy in their midst. The police still don't fully trust him yet, and he's uncovered some major corruption of the city council here. While Superman is learning how to be a hero and how to best help the people under his care, the citizens of Metropolis (especially those in power) are learning how to deal with him. It's kind of fascinating to see the maturation process of this complicated but overlooked aspect of the Superman story.

3 stars. Again, this is Superman taking care of a problem the only way he knows how at this stage in his career: by brute force.

  blueballs9 Says:    
  2018-02-12 01:45:31  
  Yep further proof that I couldn't be a super hero.
"I stole from my boss"
"Give it back"
"I lost it all gambling"
(Hands rope back)

Also I always wondered why Metropolis was so much nicer than Gotham.
Turns out that Superman just killed all the bad guys he could find.

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-05-02 12:53:03  
  I LOVED the opening, that's the Superman I know and love! However, what followed was just a mess. Much like the issue where he tried to stop reckless driving, and the issue where he tried to help those kids in the slums by destroying their houses, Superman took his powers way too far and was a very close step to becoming a villain here.

Would much rather seen a story where Clark used his journalistic skills to write an investigatory article about how Casinos cheat you out of money and stuff.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-07-01 15:31:10  
  This was a bit preachy for my taste. Stories like this would appear pretty much everywhere and I think Superman's brute force approach was a bit much.

However I'm giving it an extra star for the first use of Metropolis as the name of the city (it was Cleveland originally).

Three stars.

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