First Appearance: Action Comics (vol. 1) #25 (June 1940): "Amnesiac Robbers"
Number of Appearances: 1
Note: mayor of Metropolis
On page 3 of the Superman story in Action Comics #25, the mayor of Metropolis receives a "citizens' delegation" of people irate about a string of robberies in which armored car drivers and payroll messengers are robbed but retain no memory of the crime. Clark Kent published a story about this crime wave. The business community wants action. The narrative caption in panel 5 on page 3 reads, "His Honor, the Mayor, receives a citizens' delegation."
One citizen states, "The city's getting panicky! We demand a solution to this mystery, or a new administration!"
The mayor replies, "Now just leave it to me! You've nothing to fear! The police are quite capable of handling the situation!"
Another citizen says, "They'd better be!"
In the next panel, the mayor is speaking firmly to the police commissioner. The commissioner is saying, But, John--" (So, apparently the mayor's first name is "John" and apparently he and the police commissioner are on a friendly first-name basis with each other.)
The mayor doesn't let the police commissioner protest further. He interrupts him, stating flatly, "It's definite! Either you find out what's behind this mystery, or you're out!"
Oddly enough, the mayor appears to be wearing on page 3 the exact same green suit with verticle stripes that the police commissioner wore on the previous day, as seen on page 2. But the mayor and the police commissioner can be distinguished because the police commissioner has a full head of brown hair and a moustache while the mayor has no moustache and very little hair. They both have a similar build, however. Maybe they borrow each other's clothes.
The mayor and the police commissioner appear again in the last panel of the story, both wearing completely different clothing. The mayor wears a bright yellow suit with bold vertical stripes.
The police commissioner tells the mayor, "Well, I promised you that the mystery of the amnesia-robberies would soon be solved, didn't I?"
The nearly bald mayor replies, "I'm sure the voters will be grateful to me when election time rolls around!"
Next to them are Clark Kent and Lois Lane, who talk with each other about how they and Superman deserve the real credit for breaking the case.