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"The Three Tough Teen-Agers!": On his way to the Daily Planet, Perry White happens upon his old high school and is mortified when he sees that it is populated by a group of juvenile delinquents. At the Planet, Perry assigns Lois Lane to pose as a new teacher named Miss Tracey in order to get a s



Appearing in "The Three Tough Teen-Agers!"

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  • Maxie Kargan, Louie Mapes, and Artie

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Synopsis for "The Three Tough Teen-Agers!"

On his way to the Daily Planet, Perry White happens upon his old high school and is mortified when he sees that it is populated by a group of juvenile delinquents. At the Planet, Perry assigns Lois Lane to pose as a new teacher named Miss Tracey in order to get a story on juvenile delinquency for the paper. Overhearing this, Clark Kent decides to keep an eye on Lois as Superman.

Sure enough, Lois cannot control the class and Superman has to step in an lend her a helping hand. Superman offers the three most troublesome children a chance to fulfill their fondest wishes. The first is a kid named Maxie who wants to be a "Big Shot", and Superman complies: Taking Maxie to a military base he has the boy put into a test rocket that is launched into orbit. The ordeal is so frightening to the boy he begs Superman to bring him back to Earth.

The next kid is a boy named Louie who wants to be an emperor of his own world, so Superman flies the boy out into space to a distant planet where he installs Louie as a king. To Louie's horror, the people of this world are gigantic sentient vegetables, and he begs to be returned to Earth.

Last is Artie, who wants to be a big movie star. Superman takes him to his Fortress of Solitude and uses a special crystal's radiation to mutate Artie into a hideous beast which lands him a role in a monster movie. Although he lands the job, Artie is upset at being trapped in the body of a freak, and begs Superman to change him back to normal and return him to class.

Later, when the principal comes in to check on things, he finds that the three boys have learned their lessons and have decided to reform and stop being juvenile delinquents.

Appearing in "The Man Who Trained Supermen!"

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  • Conrad Krugg

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Synopsis for "The Man Who Trained Supermen!"

Jimmy Olsen witnesses a street car get caught on the tracks, however before he can call Superman on his signal watch, a scrawny man in a Superman costume rushes past and attempts to lift the car himself. When it turns out that the man doesn't have super strength, the real Superman arrives and fixes the problem. Talking to the man, he learns that he has a membership Krugg's Gym, who sells his customers a magic elixer that is supposed to give them super-strength.

Figuring something is up, Superman decides to investigate in disguise to get to the bottom of Krugg's outlandish claims. Meeting Krugg, Superman recognizes him as "Soapy" Kryle, a crook from out of state. Calling himself Horace Mopple, Superman is given a tour where he sees gym members, decked out in Superman costumes put on seemingly superhuman feats. However, inspecting closer with his x-ray vision, Superman realizes that all the exercise equipment is fake or rigged to make it look like the user is super strong. Superman then hams up the illusion that he's a clumsy scrawny weakling, and is shown the elixir that each of the club members is made to drink that supposedly gives them super-powers. He also meets the inventor of the elixir Professor Schmitz who believes that Krugg is going to pay him thousands of dollars on his latest batch of elixir.

When "Mopple" drinks some of the elixir, Superman stops pulling his punches and uses his full super strength to make them thing that he too has fallen for Krugg's scam. However, Superman's super feats are so spectacular it lads Krugg to think the elixir now works. Superman reinforces this belief by secretly using his super-powers to make it look as though Krugg is able to perform super feats. Krugg then rushes over to Schmitz's lab to buy more of the formula hoping to rip him off later. However, Superman has beat him there and posing as Schmitz, Superman shows off a new formula that supposedly makes it's users fly. Impressed Krugg drinks some and Superman uses his super-breath to make it look as though Krugg is flying.

This ends up being Krugg's downfall as Superman blows him out past the state line and into the hands of the authorities who have a warrant out for his arrest.

Appearing in "Superman's Greatest Secret!"

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  • Nim Zee
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Synopsis for "Superman's Greatest Secret!"

When a flame dragon appears on Earth, it prompts Clark Kent to zip out of the Daily Planet to become Superman in order to stop the creature, once more renewing Lois Lane's suspicion that Clark Kent is secretly Superman. Superman checks on the last flame dragon he dealt with to learn that the creature is still frozen in ice in outer space, however when he finds a cracked egg on the group he realizes that the original flame dragon had laid an egg before he defeated it.

Superman goes out to stop the creature, and fights it in the air attracting Lois in the Daily Planet's Flying Newsroom. While battling the creature it manages to bite him leaving marks on his hand. Superman finally deals with the creature by flying it through the Time Barrier into Earth's past and leaves it there to live among the Dinosaurs before returning to the present.

Lois meanwhile has developed the pictures of Superman's battle with the dragon and notices the bite marks on his hand, and she decides to check out Clark's hands to try and figure out if he's really Superman in disguise. When Lois notices Clark's hand is not marked, she presumes that it's one of Superman's robots and takes him to a new factor and exposes him to a powerful electromagnet to no effect.

Thinking that perhaps Clark is using make-up to cover up the wound, she examines his hand and finds that it is natural. Fooled out of making the Clark Kent/Superman connection once more Lois gives up. Clark, realizing what Lois is up to muses about how after the battle with the fire dragon, he went into the Bottle City of Kandor and had one of their doctors use a healing ray to fix his hand, healing it as though there was no damage done on it to begin with.

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