|The problem with Superman was that he was so powerful that it was difficult to come up with situations that were a real threat, which is how the stories degenerated into daft melodramas about Superman protecting his secret identity from the snoopy Lois Lane.||Anothert feature of some of the lazy plotting at DC at the time was the constant use of magic - and it was a magic that had nor apparent rules. So characters were regularly subject to all kinds of strange transformations, usually into animals but sometimes into puppets or robots.||In the end readers ceased to take this sort of thing "seriously", as it became apparent that the hero would be changed back at the end of the ten-page story. And that would account for why this kind of "daft idea" cover disappeared by the late 1960s.|
|Action Comics 282 (1961)
This was a common theme in DC comics of the era, the idea that someone human turns out to be a robot. The threat here revolves around the imminent exposure of Superman's secret identity.
|Flash 133 (1963)
This classically silly cover from the Julius Schwartz stable gives the idea of revealing a human to be a robot more of a Pinocchio-style twist. Nonsense, but endearing anyway.
|Green Lantern 36 (1964)
This cover reveals Green Lantern to be a robot, yet the story inside doesn't bear that plot detail out. "Cheat" covers were quite common at the time, and just ticked the readers off ...
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