Superman finally decides he can’t go around on half-power–but there’s a great butt shot from Swan on the first page for the ladies when he’s leaping instead of flying–at the end of the issue. His sand-double has been sucking his powers away and worse, the sand-double isn’t willing to help as Superman has to save the planet.
It’s kind of a neat way to agitate a situation (it starts as a ransom demand, but then there’s the atom bomb being dropped into the earth’s core) and O’Neil’s of the crisis is excellent. His devices to distract from Superman when Superman’s off page getting his plan together… not so excellent. They’re okay, but basically just standard “Where is Superman?” scenes with the supporting cast.
The back-up Krypton story has nice art from Gray Morrow, but it’s a lame Adam and Eve as sci-fi story.
Menace at 1000 Degrees!; writer, Denny O’Neil; penciller, Curt Swan; inker, Murphy Anderson. A Name Is Born; writer, Cary Bates; artist, Gray Morrow. Editor, Julius Schwartz; publisher, DC Comics.