Up, Up and Away with Superman!

Up, Up and Away with Superman!

The Startling Story of “Cameras in the Clouds.”

ACTION COMICS Vol.1, No.111, August 1947;  Cover Art:  John Sikela;  Penciler:  John Sikela;  Inker:  John Sikela


In a tribute to the cameramen that capture history for newsreels,  this issue finds two former military photographers going into business for themselves with the use of cutting-edge technology:  a disguised blimp!  Lois is suspicious of the deceptive dirigible right away,  and Superman begrudgingly investigates,  only to discover the ace reporter is right.  When the GI reporters are subsequently sabotaged by an evil rival newsreel company,  the Man of Steel races against light and time to ensure they get their timely news footage.

Next,  it’s time to foil the plans of the conniving crooks as they plan to blow up a public monument and create their own devastating news.  Superman “scoops” them, ending their underhanded escapades.  The GIs, finally free to film unopposed,  will soon thrive thanks to the Man of Steel!  Additional features with Congo Bill,  Zatara,  and Vigilante round out the issue.


Kudos to Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg for his expert commentary above and to the talented artists and writers of DC Comics who captivated and inspired millions of readers during this magical Golden Age. 

Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg is an educator,  publisher,  author,  comic book and pop culture historian, and former museum curator.  He is the author or co-author of Zombiemania,  The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book,  and Howe’s Transcendental Toybox.   He was the editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and also wrote for Cinescape,  The International Journal of Comic Art,  Fandom,  and IGN.com.  He holds a doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and teaches courses in everything from comics and superhero mythology to zombies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  You can find him on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead