"Where No Superman Has Gone Before": Superman calculates Supergirl's flight path and flies after her, building up speed to equal the unconscious Kara's, breaking through every barrier he has encountered before.
- I know of many things, Kryptonian... pain... passion... pride... I know the unspoken secrets of your own immortal soul! You are one of the most powerful beings in all of creation -- and yet, in so many ways, you are little more than a child! There is so much you have to learn... perhaps it is time your education began in earnest! Come with me Superman -- on a journey of revelation!
- -- Spectre
Appearing in "Where No Superman Has Gone Before"
- Jimmy Olsen (Flashback only)
- Jor-El (Flashback only)
- Lara Lor-Van (Flashback only)
- Lois Lane (Flashback only)
- Martian Manhunter (Flashback only)
- Pa Kent (Flashback only)
- Steve Lombard (Flashback only)
- The Voice
- "Dark Superman"
- Mongul (Flashback only)
- Warworld (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Where No Superman Has Gone Before"
Then, with Supergirl in sight, Superman is halted by The Spectre, who materializes before him. The Spectre warns Superman that he must stop, that the realm before him is one which no living mortal may enter. Unable to persuade the Spectre to let him by, Superman tries to fight his way past, but his powers are totally ineffectual against those of the Ghostly Guardian. Supergirl has already passed from sight.
The Spectre, to teach Superman his limitations, reruns the explosion of Krypton and the death of Jonathan Kent for him in simulation, two tragedies that, despite his power, Superman was powerless to prevent. Finally, the Spectre conjures up a "dark Superman" to do battle with the Man of Steel. The Spectre calls the doppelganger (who pummels Superman unmercifully) "pure, unadulterated power... without conscience or remorse... power that can ultimately destroy you... if you allow it to run amok!" When Superman realizes the "evil Superman" is just a manifestation of the arrogant and headstrong attitude he has been displaying of late, it fades away.
Superman asks for forgiveness, and The Voice, the Master of the Spectre, tells Superman that he has started on the path to true wisdom. The Spectre then tells Superman that Supergirl has gone beyond the boundaries of the living, into the Afterworld. Superman asks the Voice to restore his cousin to him. The Spectre, saying that all he had to do was ask, materializes an unconscious Supergirl in his arms, hands her to Superman, and departs. Superman admits that power without conscience is meaningless, and thanks the absent Spectre. Supergirl, who has been unconscious during her entire journey into the realms beyond death, wakes up. She asks what has happened to her, and, as they head for Earth, Superman begins to tell her.
Appearing in "Whatever Happened To Dr. Mid-Nite?"
- Alvin Miller
- Officer Janson
- Dr. Gordon Ogilvy
- Lieutenant Burke
- Senator B. J. Potter
- Memorial Hospital
Synopsis for "Whatever Happened To Dr. Mid-Nite?"
While losing his ability to see in the dark, Doctor Mid-Nite has to solve the mystery of his friend's murder.
- "Where No Superman Has Gone Before" was reprinted in Superman in the Eighties, Showcase Presents: The Spectre Vol. 1 and Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents Superman Team-Ups Vol. 2.
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