Name: unnamed studio chief
First Appearance: Action Comics (vol. 1) #20 (Jan. 1940): "Superman and the Screen Siren"
Number of Appearances: 1
Employer: Colossal Films Studio
An unnamed studio chief (identified in the story as the "studio-manager") was featured throughout page 7 in the Superman story in Action Comics #20 (Jan. 1940). The man was the head of Colossal Films Studio, which had employed famed actress Dolores Winters until she seemingly flipped out, retired from acting, and kidnapped a yacht full of celebrities. Nobody yet realized that Ms. Winters' body had been taken over by Superman's arch-enemy, the Ultra-Humanite.
Superman wanted to get to the bottom of why Ms. Winters had kidnapped people and taken them out to sea on her own personal yacht. Superman spied on the studio chief's office until the ransom note appeared. The studio manager, while waiting, said to himself, "I wish that ransom message would hurry and come! I'm rapidly going daffy!"
When the note finally appeared (materializing out of thin air, thanks to one of the Ultra-Humanite's technological marvels), the studio manager read it and made arrangements for the ransom to be paid. He did not know that Superman was hanging outside the building, using his X-ray vision to read the note as well.