From page 1 of “Action Comics” #1, scanned from a 1970s reprint.
I love the second panel: The powerful lines of the locomotive. The clean stab of its headlight. The ragged edge between the backlit background and the darkness (proto-Kirby dots?). And most of all, the incredible energy in that running man. Such economy.
I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. So you didn’t need a friend like me. Now you come and say “Don Corleone, give me justice.” But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me “Godfather.” You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder - for money.
"I believe in America." This movie is so perfect. And Part II is just as great.
The Spider-Queen stories are credited to one Elsa Lisau. There seems to be an online consensus (no idea where it came from) that it’s a pseudonym for Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve.
Bear with me for a moment while I backtrack to tell you about Cazeneuve.
In 1940, Fox Publications editor Joe Simon gathered some of his colleagues to moonlight on a project with Martin Goodman’s Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel Comics). Red Raven #1 included an adventure starring the title character—a collaboration between Simon and Louis Cazeneuve—and two stories by Jack Kirby, in his Timely debut.
Red Raven bombed—replaced on the schedule, I believe, by The Human Torch—and months later, Cazeneuve was still working for Fox, where Spider-Woman was published.
But within a few months Simon and Kirby soon delivered a new hero and began working exclusively for Timely/Marvel.