After the fire at Stone House, Elsie Beacham and her dad, Professor Beacham, race toward the airport with plans to return the emerald to the Incan priests. The prof only wanted it so he could decode the writings engraved on it.
Meanwhile, Superman flies to where he caused the wreckage of the autogyro. As Clark Kent, he knocks at a lighthouse door. The keeper tells him about the people that were picked up, and that they left for the airport. There’s bad weather blowing in, but that won’t stop superman from flying to the airport as fast as he can.
As Elsie and her dad arrive at the airport, they just miss a sea plane taking off. Can’t anybody stop them? Certainly. Superman intercepts the seaplane in the middle of the sky as thunder roars. At least he tries to, Before Superman can reach the plane, it’s struck by lightening and it falls into the sea with it’s passengers.
Back on shore Clark arrives to tell how all the passengers were saved, except the pilot who was struck by the lightening. He could only save the passengers, but had to let the baggage containing the emerald sink to the bottom.
The Incan Priests are grateful to be saved, and are understanding at the loss of the emerald. The priests are also grateful to have their amulet back and to know that the professor only wants to decode the writing. They say they know the writing from memory, and will share the message with the doc. As they cooperate in helping each other, Clark leaves to write his newspaper story.
Note: Here’s a condensed summary of what James Lantz has to say about our latest storyline in the Superman series.
In a discussion in the forum located at SupermanHomePage.com the comments were made:
Steve’s point of view was one about the fact that Clark Kent seems to be just a fixture, for lack of a better term, in the Superman mythos from time to time, and the other fellow’s opinion was about the fact that children listening would want more Superman in their radio serials.
Clark helps Superman get closer to humanity. He also helps Superman maintain his sanity. Without Clark Kent, Superman might risk having a God complex. Clark keeps the Man of Steel grounded. Many comic book stories, like “The Death of Clark Kent” and “Superman Rex,” have shown Superman try to abandon Clark Kent in some way, shape or form. Superman discovered that he needs Clark Kent, and also the reverse is true. Clark Kent needs Superman.
Many stories have shown what Superman would be like if someone besides the Kents had found him. Both Superman and Clark Kent need each other.
Do I prefer more Clark or more Superman? If the story is written well. I tend to get thrown into the story. A badly written arc like “For Tomorrow” tends to make me wonder if the writer has any idea of what the characters of Clark Kent and Superman are really like. Is “The Emerald of the Incas” written well? I recently became re-introduced to the Superman radio serials shortly before starting these reviews for the Superman Homepage. As I said before these characters are essential to Superman and Clark Kent. As I said in a previous review, this Superman is more intense than most incarnations. I’d like to believe Clark Kent and Superman would find another solution to keep his identity secret. As Clark Kent, he doesn’t hear the creaking floor before Elsie Beecham. There are some great action scenes with Superman. Superman saves lives – even the lives of the ones that have harmed others. The fact that the guest characters work together after their conflict gives one hope for humanity, and this is something every Superman story should do.
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