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"The Girl with the See-Through Mind!": When genius-level student Jan Thurston exhibits marked ESP abilities in an experiment conducted by psychic Lena Thorul-Colby on a visit to New Athens Experimental School, she rushes away and, against her will, tries to commit



Appearing in "The Girl with the See-Through Mind!"

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Synopsis for "The Girl with the See-Through Mind!"

When genius-level student Jan Thurston exhibits marked ESP abilities in an experiment conducted by psychic Lena Thorul-Colby on a visit to New Athens Experimental School, she rushes away and, against her will, tries to commit suicide. Supergirl rescues her from each attempt. When Supergirl, Lena, and Jan investigate, they discover that Jan is an empath, able to absorb and destroy others' pain. Also, she has been terrified by visions of evil at an old house. Supergirl discovers she has been in psychic contact with Shari Jones, a woman whom sorcerer Don Romero has been trying to induce mystically to commit suicide so that he can steal her life-force and lengthen his own life-span. With the help of Jan's empathic abilities, Supergirl fights and defeats Don Romero, rescues Shari, and sets Jan free of her horrific visions. Later, Shari applies for a job teaching at New Athens, and Linda writes a recommendation for her.

Appearing in "Jimmy's D-Day Adventure"

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Synopsis for "Jimmy's D-Day Adventure"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #86.

Jimmy sees his image on a captured Nazi film with Adolf Hitler, and goes back in time to World War II to learn how he once met Der Fuehrer.

Appearing in "Lois Lane, Super-Telepath"

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Synopsis for "Lois Lane, Super-Telepath"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #56.

Lois Lane poses as "Miss Telepath", a girl with supposed psychic powers, in a plot to trap gang boss "Long Odds" Larkin and his mob. Jimmy Olsen has lent her his Superman signal watch. But unknown to them both, Superman is in space at the time and cannot hear its signal. Captured by Larkin, Lois is forced to "psychically" detect secrets that will aid his robberies...and every one of them comes out correct! Superman finally returns from space and rescues her. When it is determined that neither Supergirl, Lori Lemaris, Comet, or a time-traveling Saturn Girl was helping her, Superman and Lois determine that Lois merely made four lucky guesses in a row...with odds of 326,454,839,047 to 1 against her doing so.

Appearing in "The Fugitive Krypto"

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Synopsis for "The Fugitive Krypto"

This story is reprinted from Superboy #122.

Krypto goes to the dog star Sirius and discovers a planet where dog-people rule and venerate him. But he is also taken for an impostor and jailed, as per the plot of the evil dog-man Astawrk.

Appearing in "The Infernal Imp"

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Synopsis for "The Infernal Imp"

This story is reprinted from Superman #169.

Appearing in "Lana Lang's Mystic Power"

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Synopsis for "Lana Lang's Mystic Power"

This story is reprinted from Superboy #111.

Lana Lang gets a magic crystal ball from a performing mystic, and Superboy must convince her that the scene she saw of Clark Kent changing into Superboy is false.

Appearing in "Brainiac's Super-Revenge"

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Synopsis for "Brainiac's Super-Revenge"

This story is reprinted from Action Comics #280.

Since his last defeat at the hands of Superman, Brainiac has been trapped in suspended animation in Earth's distant past. However as the age of dinosaurs comes to an end and man rises into predominance, Brainiac is revived when cavemen invent the wheel. The first wheel rolls away and smashes into Brainiac's ship cracking it's dome and releasing the gas that has kept him in suspended animation for millions of years. Revived, Brainiac returns to the present and decides to get revenge against Superman. Seeking an ally, Brainiac beams out a message to criminals that have been imprisoned in the intergalactic prison. Unable to find a suitable protege to help him, Brainiac decides to get revenge against Superman on his own.

In Metropolis, Perry White assigned Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen to go to the African Congo to follow reports of a native uprising in the area. Clark manages to wiggle out of going so that he can accompany his friends as Superman. When plane troubles prevent their timely departure, the three reporters and their plane are carried to the Congo by Superman who gets there in record time. When they arrive they spot an explorer watching a herd of gorillas and find his lack of concern about being in their proximity perplexing.

After the group sets up camp they are attacked by Brainiac who uses a special Kryptonite dust solution to weaken Superman. With the Man of Steel immobilized and made vulnerable, Brainiac then uses a shrink ray to shrink Superman, Jimmy, Lois and Perry down to miniature size. Fleeing from Brainiac, the group hides out near a tree when they are approached by a gorilla. Before they can figure out what the Gorilla's intentions are, Brainiac traps them all (including the gorilla) in a gigantic glass bottle which is shrunk down to size.

While Brainiac is distracted by the same explorer, who is now making strange noises, the others are surprised to find that the ape has human-like intelligence and climbs the tree inside the bottle and removes it's cork. Then using a rope that was with them when they were shrunk down to size, helps Superman, Lois, Jimmy and Perry out of the battle trap. Getting to Brainiac's ship, they are all restored to their normal size and Superman's powers return to him. Superman and the ape then track down Brainiac. Superman easily knocks out Brainiac and the secret of the ape that acts like man and the man who acts like an ape is revealed: They had just been rescued by Congo Bill.

Switching his mind back to his own body, Congo Bill tells Superman he secretly noticed Brainiac's arrival and decided to help Superman out by switching his mind with the Congorilla. With Brainiac defeated, Superman turns him over to the intergalatic police. In a twist of irony, Brainiac sends out his thoughts to criminals appealing to them to free him, and is refused rescue on the fact that he is a has-been.

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