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"Superman's First Exploit": This story is reprinted from Superman #106.



Appearing in "Superman's First Exploit"

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Synopsis for "Superman's First Exploit"

This story is reprinted from Superman #106.

Dr. Reese Kearns, once discredited for panicking Metropolis with a meteor “hoax”, gets the Daily Planet to run a contest in search of Superman’s earliest super-feat. When pressed for the answer, Superman uses his super-memory to recall an incident in which, as baby Kal-El, he briefly emerged from Jor-El’s rocket, fought a crystalline insect on a meteor, and then pushed off from the meteor to return to his rocket. The push-off sent the meteor off course and caused it to miss Metropolis, thus invalidating Kearns’s claim. With that revelation, which Kearns had suspected, his reputation is repaired.

Appearing in "The Witch of Metropolis"

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  • Mrs. Jameson (Single appearance)
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Synopsis for "The Witch of Metropolis"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #1.

A scientist named Professor Jason experiments with some chemicals, which create extremely noxious fumes. Lois Lane finds herself exposed to these chemicals and begins to transform into a hideous-looking old woman. She comes to believe that she is in fact a witch. Superman learns that the effects of Professor Jason’s experiments are only temporary and decides to humor Lois by secretly mimicking supernatural abilities. Lois begins to believe that she is a genuine witch, until such time as the effects wear off. Superman confronts her and admits to simulating Lois' perceived powers. Although frustrated by the Man of Steel, she is grateful to have resumed her normal form once again.

Appearing in "The Supergirl from Krypton!"

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Synopsis for "The Supergirl from Krypton!"

This story is reprinted from Action Comics #252.

Clark Kent is working alone in his office one afternoon when he catches something out of the corner of his eye. Using his x-ray vision, he witnesses a purple colored rocket ship crash landing several miles away. Switching into his Superman costume, he flies off to investigate. When he arrives, he is shocked to discover that the rocket’s sole occupant is another Kryptonian – a young blonde-haired girl named Kara.

Kara tells Superman that her home town, Argo City was blasted free of Krypton's destruction in a bubble of compressed air. The island soared through space as free-floating planetoid. Her father was a scientist named Zor-El who created a force field bubble around the city to contain the atmosphere and also coated the ground with sheets of lead to prevent traces of Kryptonite in the ground from poisoning the populace. Years later, when Kara was a teenager, a meteor shower in space penetrated the air bubble and tore through the lead shielding. In order to save his daughter from Kryptonite poisoning, Zor-El designed a space ship to rocket her away from the city. His wife learned of the existence of Earth, and its Kryptonian hero, Superman. They chose to send Kara to Earth so that she can be with one of her own.

Superman realizes that Kara's father, Zor-El, was the brother of his own father, making the two of them cousins. He is elated to find another Kryptonian but remorseful for the fact that like he, Kara is now an orphan.

Superman cannot take charge of Kara because he needs to protect his own secret identity. However, he flies her to the nearby town of Midvale and registers her at the Midvale Orphanage. He provides her with a brown pig-tailed wig, and Kara chooses the name Linda Lee as her new Earth name. Superman promises to train Kara in her new super-powers, stating that this Supergirl will become his new secret weapon against fighting crime.

After Superman leaves, Kara settles in at the orphanage. She begins testing her new powers by cleaning her room with super-breath and fixing a bent iron bed leg with super-strength. She cannot wait for her first official adventure as Supergirl.

Appearing in "A Visit from Superman's Pal"

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Synopsis for "A Visit from Superman's Pal"

This story is reprinted from Superboy #55.

Jimmy Olsen is accidentally hurled through time by the backwash of one of Superman’s super-spins to the era of Superboy.

Appearing in "The Girl in Superman's Past"

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Synopsis for "The Girl in Superman's Past"

This story is reprinted from Superman #129.

While out at a College football game with Lois Lane, Clark muses about Lori Lemaris when Lois reminds him of her of his college sweetheart by wearing a blanket around her legs. He thinks back to his college days when he met Lori, whom he originally believed was a disabled girl in a wheelchair. In spite of this, Clark grew fond of the girl after he secretly used his super-powers to save her when her wheelchair was out of control.

He would later save her again, this time as Superman, while at an aquarium, the glass displays end up breaking and knocking Lori and others into the water and putting them at the mercy of a giant octopus. After a number of dates with her as Clark Kent, Superman realizes that he is falling in love with Lori and decides that he wants to marry her and reveal to her his secret identity. However, as fate would have it Lori reveals to Clark that their next date would be their last as she is supposed to return home.

Following her to the ocean, Clark proposes to her, and Lori reveals that she knew all along that he was really Superman but declines to give him an explanation. Spying on her trailer, he sees that she is radioing someone to pick her up. As Superman, Clark goes in to investigate and learns that Lori is really a mermaid from Atlantis. After helping Superman save people from a broken dam, she reveals her origins and that she learned his identity by reading his mind because all Atlantians communicate by telepathy. She also explains that every 100 years one of their number is sent to the surface world to check on humanities progress, and that it was her that was chosen this last time. With her mission accomplished he has to report back to Atlantis with her findings. Afterwards they have a parting kiss before she returns home.

Appearing in "The Execution of Krypto"

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  • Gadget Gaines (Single appearance)
  • Univac Smith (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Execution of Krypto"

This story is reprinted from Superboy #67.

In order to trap a gangleader, Superboy has Krypto appear to cause Clark Kent’s death and be “executed” with phony Kryptonite.

Appearing in "The Fattest Girl in Metropolis"

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  • Swags Swanson (Single appearance)

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  • Professor Colby (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Fattest Girl in Metropolis"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #5.

Lois Lane investigates an unsolved murder, and peruses a series of mug shots. However, she is unable to successfully identify the culprit from the pictures in her possession. Later, she visits a local scientist named Professor Colby. Colby possesses a device which exposes Lois to a wave of energy, altering her size. She is now the fattest girl in all of Metropolis.

The murderer, Swags Swanson, tracks Lois down and prepares to shoot her, but Superman arrives and apprehends the criminal. He then tells Lois that he secretly conspired with Professor Colby to expose her to the growth ray in the hopes of disguising her features. Fortunately, the effects of Professor Colby's machine are only temporary.

Appearing in "The Super-Brain of Jimmy Olsen"

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Synopsis for "The Super-Brain of Jimmy Olsen"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #22.

Professor Potter comes by the Daily Planet with his latest invention, a device that would speed up a humans evolution to the point it would be in the year 1,000,000 A.D. and Jimmy -- once more figuring this is yet another crackpot scientist -- agrees to be a test subject for the machine. To everyone's surprise, it manages to hyper-evolve Jimmy into a future human, complete with a large brain and vast mental powers. Professor Potter's device would effect Jimmy for only 12 hours before reverting him back to normal.

The usually kind and outgoing Jimmy has been replaced by an arrogant and superior minded being who begins using his mental powers to strong arm Perry White into allowing him to work on a secret project. When Superman arrives, the future-Jimmy usese his mental powers to learn Superman's secret identity and orders him to do as he says otherwise he will reveal Superman's secret identity.

Having him go about the Earth and dig craters and fill them with other items, Superman eventually gets tired of these tasks with no explanation but is forced to continue when it turns out this future-Jimmy has Kryptonite vision. Upon returning from his last mission for Jimmy, Superman finds a note explaining to him that the future-Jimmy had determined that the Earth was unbalanced and if weren't corrected the Earth would have exploded, his forceful demands helped save the Earth from a fate similar to that of Krypton.

When Jimmy returns, having changed back to normal, he has no memory of what he did when he was hyper-evolved. Later, Superman learns that Potter has scrapped his device when he is unable to find the same elements that were in a meteor that he used to power it the first time.

Appearing in "The Super-Key to Fort Superman"

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Synopsis for "The Super-Key to Fort Superman"

This story is reprinted from Action Comics #241.

Whenever he needs to get away from the day-to-day acts of heroism, Superman retreats to his hidden Arctic, Fortress of Solitude. Access to the Fortress is gained by way of a giant metal key – a key so heavy, that only Superman could ever hope to lift it. Inside his fortress are vaults and trophy rooms devoted to his various exploits. He has a room in honor of Jimmy Olsen, one in honor of Lois Lane, one in honor of his close friend, Batman, and even a room dedicated to star reporter, Clark Kent.

One day, Superman visits a scientist named Professor Welkins who asks the Man of Steel to test out the durability of a new metal compound he has been developing. Superman takes the compound back to his fortress and tests its breaking point. While there, he finds an ominous message written on the wall. Someone has managed to break into the Fortress of Solitude. The message taunts Superman, daring him to discover the intruder's true identity. In order to secure the Fortress from future break-ins, Superman welds the keyhole shut with a blast of heat vision.

Superman flies off to put out a fire in Metropolis, but when he returns he finds a second mysterious message. Someone has found yet another way to invade his sanctum. Unable to piece the puzzle together any further, Superman retires to one of his fortress's laboratories where (enclosed with lead) he begins experimenting on a piece of Kryptonite.

The intruder is still present however and soon makes his appearances known. It is Batman! As Batman leaps out and admits to leaving the vague messages, a cave-in erupts sealing the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight Detective inside of an enclosed cavern. Trapped inside with them is a deadly piece of Kryptonite. Superman is too weak to burst through the cave walls. As Batman begins to panic, Superman stands up, revealing that the cave-in (as well as the Kryptonite) was actually a carefully staged ruse designed to flush him out. Batman tells Superman that in honor of the anniversary of Superman’s arrival on Earth, he wanted to provide him with a fun challenging game. He reveals that he managed to break into the Fortress by creating a secret stowaway panel inside the pointed tip of the giant key.

The two go to the Batcave in Gotham City, where Batman has personally cooked a giant Anniversary cake for Superman. The cake is decorated with extra-large candles molded in the shape of Superman and Batman.

Notes

  • This book was first published on June 23, 1960.
  • This issue includes a two-page map of the planet, Krypton.

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Reprints

  • "Superman's First Exploit" was originally printed in Superman #106.
  • "A Visit from Superman's Pal" was originally printed in Superboy #55.
  • "The Girl in Superman's Past" was originally printed in Superman #129.
  • "The Execution of Krypto" was originally printed in Superboy #67.


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