Appearing in "Lois Lane's Super-Dream"
Synopsis for "Lois Lane's Super-Dream"
Superman arrives at the scene of the Metropolis Science Fair where Lois Lane has fallen off a narrow ledge and suffers a head injury. Rushing her to the hospital, he stays by her side while she mumbles about the dream she is having.
The dream is that she really has super powers and that she is a costumed adventurer named Power Girl, who quickly recovers from her injuries and goes into action, helping Superman fix a bridge. When her dream version of Clark Kent is injured, she gives him a blood transfusion which causes him to gain super-powers as well and she convinces the meek Kent to become her partner, Power-Man.
The two have many adventures, and each time Clark, as Power-Man, bungles things up by being too complicated with his rescue plans, or too clumsy. The final screw up happens when he sees danger and makes the mistake of changing in a mirror show room, exposing his identity to everyone looking into the shop from outside. Lois wakes up shortly after, and later she quips to Clark Kent that he'd make a lousy Superman.
Appearing in "Clark Kent's College Days"
- Thaddeus V. Maxwell
Synopsis for "Clark Kent's College Days"
When receiving a letter about a college reunion, Superman reflects on the time that he spent in College between living in Smallville and living in Metropolis. He recalls how he attended Metropolis University, and had to adjust to living in a dorm and how to sneak off as Superboy in order to save people without exposing his secret identity.
When Clark participate in scientist Professor Maxwell's science class, the professor becomes suspicious of one of his students being Superboy, when Clark uses his x-ray vision to fix a crack in one of his robots in plain sight. He tries to learn the true answer by having his students subject to a lie detector test under the guise that he's demonstrating how the device works. However, before it's Clark's turn, the bell rings and classes are dismissed, however the Professor is suspicious of Clark being Superboy.
The professor and Clark (both in his civilian guise and as Superboy) have a series of meetings where the professor is attempting to reveal Superboy's secret identity, each time Clark/Superboy manages to pull off super-feats without being detected or exposing his secret identity. In one attempt, he tries to expose Clark to Kryptonite while they are on a field trip to a cave, but Clark quickly releases a gas pocket that knocks everyone out and Clark covers from himself.
Finally, Clark is stuck taking the lie detector test, and when Professor Maxwell asks him if he's Superboy, Clark tells the Professor that he is not, and the machine agrees. This is because Clark had rationalized that he is no longer Superboy, but Superman, and so technically wasn't lying. Finished his recollection, Superman muses over what Professor Maxwell ultimately wrote in his year book that year "Best Wishes to the one boy I am sure is NOT Superboy!"
Appearing in "Superman's New Power!"
- Superman doppelgänger (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Superman's New Power!"
Detecting a disturbance under Metropolis, Superman goes under ground to quell seismic activity, and uncovers an alien ship. The ship explodes upon it's contact with him, and later when he spots some crooks, he realizes that his conventional powers (except for flight and invulnerability) have been replaced with a new power: rainbow beams that he shoots out of his hands which cause the crooks to instantly surrender. What Superman soon learns is that his hands actually shoot a miniature version of himself that can utilize all his lost powers.
After a series of assists, Superman can't help but feel some resentment towards the "Superman Proxy", as it has his full powers and is getting all the press attention. Later, the Proxy ends up acting on it's own stopping crimes before Superman becomes aware of them. However, when a group of criminals tries to kill Superman with a chunk of Kryptonite, the Proxy ends up sacrificing itself by knocking it into the ocean where it can't harm him. With the Proxy being deceased, Superman gains his original powers back and gathers up the crooks.
- "Lois Lane's Super-Dream" is reprinted in Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane Annual #1, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1 and Showcase Presents: Superman Vol. 1.
- "Clark Kent's College Days" is reprinted in Superman #183, The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1 and Showcase Presents: Superman Vol. 1.
- "Superman's New Power" is reprinted in Superman Annual #7, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1 and Showcase Presents: Superman Vol. 1.
- Superman appeared last in Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #5. He appears next in Action Comics #246.
- Lois Lane appeared last in appeared last in Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #5. She appears next in Action Comics #247.
- Superboy chronologically appeared last in Superman #105. His next chronological appearance takes place in Superman #129.
- This issue begins a series of features titled Untold Tales of Superman.
- "Lois Lane's Super-Dream" is not an Imaginary Story, but Lois Lane's dream in the story is very similar in function to an Imaginary Story, so this story is often considered an "honorary" Imaginary Story.
- In Superman Annual #7, "Superman's New Power" is retitled as "Superman's Mystery Power".
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Links and References
- Superman article at Wikipedia
- Superman article at Supermanica
- Superman (Volume 1) series index at DC Indexes
- Superman (Volume 1) series index at Comicbookdb.com
- Superman (Volume 1) series index at the Grand Comics Database Project