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"Superman": This excerpt was originally printed in Action Comics #1.



Appearing in "Superman"

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  • Jor-L (First appearance; unnamed) (Behind the scenes)

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Synopsis for "Superman"

This excerpt was originally printed in Action Comics #1.

Appearing in "Legend: The Batman and How He Came to Be"

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Synopsis for "Legend: The Batman and How He Came to Be"

This excerpt was originally printed in Detective Comics #33.

Fifteen years ago, Bruce Wayne is walking home from a movie with his father Thomas Wayne and his mother. They are approached by a mugger who tries to grab his mother's necklace. Thomas Wayne shouts for the mugger to leave her alone, and menaces him. The mugger shoots Thomas Wayne dead, saying that he asked for it. Bruce's mother is horrified and calls for the police. The mugger shoots and kills her also so she'll stop screaming. The young Bruce is horrified. Several days later, he kneels next to his bed by candlelight and makes a solemn vow. He swears by the spirit of his parents to avenge their deaths, by spending the rest of his life warring on all criminals. Years pass and Bruce Wayne prepares for this career. He becomes a master scientist, and trains his body to physical perfection. Finally, one night he is sitting in his father's mansion thinking about his future. His father's estate left him wealthy, but he needs a disguise. He knows that criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot, so his disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. He must become a black, terrible, creature of the night. Just then a huge bat flies through the open window, like an answer to his question. Bruce Wayne declares that this is an omen, and he shall become a bat. Thus was born this weird figure of the dark... this avenger of evil... The Batman.

Appearing in "The Ghost"

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Synopsis for "The Ghost"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #88.

Johnny receives a pie, out of which flies a black canary. He chases it for two hours and when he asks two men if they saw a black canary, they attack him. He is brought to their hideout, and sees the Black Canary, bound and gagged. He is tied up and asked if he knows where the map is. He asks if that was in the pie. The crooks say Black Canary ran into a bakery while being chased, and they take Johnny's wallet to find his address. Johnny and the Canary are put in a cage, which is hung beneath a helicopter. The Black Canary reveals the bird was especially trained, and she hoped when he saw it he would know the pie came from her and hold onto it. The crooks stole charity funds but she stole their map of the loot's location. The crooks drop the cage but Johnny summons the Thunderbolt, who breaks open the cage and flies them to Johnny's house. Johnny accidentally knocks out the two crooks. It turns out the pie has been eaten, but it is then revealed that the canary has the map.

Appearing in "Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt"

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Synopsis for "Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt"

This story is reprinted from Showcase #4.

The story introduces readers to Barry Allen, a police scientist who is doused with chemicals that are struck by lightning. Barry soon finds that he has been endowed with super-speed and creates a costume which contracts and hides in his ring). He takes on the name of his favorite comic book character: The Flash.

In his first mission as the Flash, Barry goes after the criminal known as the Turtle Man, dubbed the world's slowest man. The Turtle Man tries to rob a bank. However, he is ultimately thwarted by the Flash, despite the fact that his super-speed often worked against him going after the plodding Turtle Man. Ultimately, the Flash captures his opponent and turns him over to the police.

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  • The full title for this series is Secret Origins of Super-Heroes and Super-Villains.

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