On this world zig-zagging through space populated by troglodytic descendants of its creators, the local sun is red and therefore Supes is S.O.L. He has been declared an evil magic demon by the leader of the tribe whose runaway teenage lovers were returned to the fold by the Man of Steel.
As we begin Part Two, "The Test of the Talisman," we see a refreshing bounce-back by Superman. True, he has no super-powers as he faces this mob of cave-man types. But on the bright side, he doesn't have to pull his punches. To praphrase Larry Niven, this Man of Steel is longer surrounded by Enemies of Kleenex! And, indeed, he cuts loose with some of the voodoo-kung-fu moves he learned from his pal Batman.
But now comes the worst trial of all, the Dorito Challenge.
Actually, although the gleaming yellow triangles LOOK like Frito-Lay snacks, in fact they are radium or some other radioactive substance. Evidently they are ineffective on the natives, but to Superman they are MURDER.
One last thing remains for Superman, and that is vindicating the astronaut whose tale of a careening planet started this adventure. And giving Jimmy back his watch, of course.
Come to think of it ... Recall that Part Two of this tale is, "The Test of the Talisman." Now that you think about it, that phrase, though intended to refer to the yellow radium triangles, also is applicable to Jimmy's good ol' Signal Watch. It played a big part in this adventure, and in every trial, its properties proved it a big help to Superman. I'd say that this talisman (the watch) passed the test!
Well, do you agree with me that this story had its silly moments? See you sometime next week!