Name: unnamed poor people
Classification: supporting character
Number of appearances: 1
Note: some impoverished Metropolis citizens
Superman gave a large amount of money he confiscated from a gambling den to poor people. Many of their utterances in reaction to this wwere explicitly religious in nature.
Superman was angry about the effects of illegal gambling in Metropolis. He raided an illegal gambling club and took all of the money from the bank, hoping to shut down their operation permanently and punish the proprietor. Superman certainly didn't intend to keep the money for himself, of course. As the narration describes (panel 6, page 7, Action Comics #16): "Shortly later . . . the inhabitants of a poor section of the city, look up, astonished to see a man's figure hurtling through the sky above . . ."
One man said, "Look! Do'you see what I see?"
Another said, "I must be going nuts!"
A woman shouted, "EE-Ee-ee!"
A young boy recognized, "It's Superman!"
The next panel shows Superman in the sky, dropping all the money while saying, "I guess you folks can make better use of this than anyone else!"
In the next panel a man and two women are shown on their knees picking up money as it falls to the pavement from the sky. A man says, "Pennies from Heaven!"
A woman said, "It's a miracle!"
Another woman, looking at one of the bills, responded, "But this money's real enough!"
This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Action Comics (vol. 1) #16 (Sep. 1939): "Superman and the Numbers Racket" (2-panel cameo)