Story: Jay Morton
Directed: I. Sparber
Animation: Myron Waldman, Graham Place
Based on Superman Comics by Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster
minor noodlings in a museum lead to the corpse of Dr. Jordan,
an expert in hieroglyphics, and a syringe. His assistant, Jane
Hogan, is tried and convicted of murder. Dr. Wilson of the Egyptian
Museum calls Clark Kent with new evidence. Feigning a doctor's
appointment, Clark leaves, but Lois Lane smells a story and follows.
Wilson reads the tablet Jordan had discovered,
containing a secret curse: "He who disturbs the eternal sleep
of King Tush will perish." Among the museum's catacombs of
the XVIIIth and XXth dynasties, Wilson tells Clark Kent the history
of a sickly 12-year-old Egyptian king whose father's guards had
sworn to protect. When the young king died, the guards had drunk
poison in order to accompany and protect him in the afterlife.
Jordan, after rebuilding the discovered catacombs within the museum
and working in "frenzied secrecy," thought he had found
an "ancient and mystic formula" and had duplicated a
"fluid of life." He innoculated the guard mummies, but
when approaching the sarcophagus of King Tush, a poison needle,
booby-trapped within the sarcophagus, was actually the cause Jordan's
Light from the Tush amulet reflects onto the
amulets of the giant guard mummies, who come to life and break
their wraps. When they are about to throw Lois and Wilson into
flames, Superman sends them hurling into stone columns.
Jane Hogan is set free. Kent asks Lois Lane
who told her he was at the museum. She holds up bandaged arms:
"My mummy done told me."
The piece is cursory: lengthy but superficial premise, and a
quick violent resolution. The persistent indecision about whether
the key Egyptological horror is the idea of the wrapped mummy
or a reanimation of the dead (since the guards' wraps fall off)
registers here. The one raise of the brow is occasioned by the
choice of the name King Tush!