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"Superman: "The Secret of the Wheel-Chair Superman!"": In the 1990s man gives a coin to a beggar who is revealed to be Superman. Superman manages to escape the resulting mob (wanting to have his autograph and such) and goes to the slum he now lives in. Someone knocks on the door and Superman i



Appearing in Superman: "The Secret of the Wheel-Chair Superman!"

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Synopsis for Superman: "The Secret of the Wheel-Chair Superman!"

In the 1990s man gives a coin to a beggar who is revealed to be Superman. Superman manages to escape the resulting mob (wanting to have his autograph and such) and goes to the slum he now lives in. Someone knocks on the door and Superman is greeted by Jimmy Olsen. Superman explains that for some reason one day his superpowers started to fade. Eventually Clark Kent is fired from his job and looses his apartment (Superman's robots are damaged beyond repair one by one). Superman reveals that he is begging not for himself but for Dr Carl Reynolds and his wife who have been infected by a virus deadlier then any known disease leaving them with weeks to live. It is figured out that Superman is suffering from mental hysteria brought on by his not being needed thanks to improvements in technology. An accident forces Superman to push through his mental hysteria to save the Reynolds from a fire but the virus has taken its toll and they die anyways. After burying them a mile underground Superman leaves Earth to look for a world that still needs a Superman.

Appearing in Untold Tales of the Fortress: "The Super-Captive of the Sea!"

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Synopsis for Untold Tales of the Fortress: "The Super-Captive of the Sea!"

Two denizens of a water-world force Superman to live underseas as a test by polluting the atmosphere of Earth with power-sapping gases from a red-sun planet.

Notes

  • Leo Dorfman is credited as Geoff Brown in this issue.
  • "The Secret of the Wheel-Chair Superman!" is an "Imaginary Story" and does not take place within standard Earth-One continuity. It follows "The Super-panhandler of Metropolis" (Action Comics #396) which gave some more back story.
  • Unlike the majority of other Imaginary Stories, "The Secret of the Wheel-Chair Superman!"/"The Super-panhandler of Metropolis" was not assigned to an alternate Earth in Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium.

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