Maybe it's less okay when the Editor does this for himself, of course. Rather than working out ensnaring rules for non-human targets in every instance, one could just use a blanket save vs. plot or science (for the pilot, in this case).
Also, 12-inch cannons are hugely dangerous in the hands of a superhero with lifting powers, so be careful putting them out there.
The bad guy looks too non-threatening to be a Fu Manchu villain and is probably a Master Criminal at best.
The spell Zanzibar uses on the blowgun dart -- Protection from Missiles, with the bubbles as flavor text?
2nd edition will be talking about magic-users casting spells and how they can do it with their hands tied.
(Scans courtesy of Digital Comic Museum)