"The Outlaws from Krypton": This story is reprinted from Action Comics #194.
Appearing in "The Outlaws from Krypton"
Synopsis for "The Outlaws from Krypton"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #194.
Appearing in "The Girl in Superman's Past"
- Superman (Flashback and main story)
- Atlanteans (Flashback only)
- Atlantis (Flashback only)
- Tritonis (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- Metropolis University (Flashback only)
- Mt. Everest (In dream sequence only) (Flashback only)
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 Super-Duel in Space"
- Brainiac (First appearance)
- Koko (First appearance)
- Kandorians (First appearance)
- Professor Kimda (First appearance)
- Jonathan Kent (Flashback only)
- Martha Kent (Flashback only)
- Superbaby (Flashback only)
- Superboy (Flashback only)
- Jor-El (Mentioned only)
- Krypton (Flashback only)
- Hyper-Ray (First appearance)
- Ultra-Force Shield (First appearance)
- Brainiac's space saucer (First appearance)
- Kryptonian Rocket (Flashback only)
- The Columbus (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Super-Duel in Space"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #242.
Clark Kent and Lois Lane are guest passengers aboard the Columbus – Earth's first manned space vessel. Shortly after breaking the planet's atmosphere, they encounter a strange, alien flying saucer. The ship belongs to Brainiac, a self-styled Master of Science. Clark dons a pressure suit and pretends to space-walk back to Earth (supposedly out of fear). However, when he is outside of Lois' view, he changes into Superman and pushes the Columbus back towards Earth, out of harm's way.
Superman flies towards Brainiac's ship, but even his super-strength is not enough to penetrate the villain's Ultra-Force Shield. From inside the craft, Brainiac uses his Hyper-Ray to steal several Earth cities, including Paris, Rome and New York City. He shrinks them down to miniature size and places them inside of special bottles on his craft.
Superman comes up with a plan and flies back to Earth. He arrives in Metropolis, just as the city is hit by Brainiac's Hyper-Ray. Metropolis shrinks in size, and Brainiac places it amongst his collection. Now barely an inch-tall, Superman flies upward pushing the cork out of the top of Metropolis' bottle. Having eluded the Ultra-Force Shield, he is now safely inside his foe’s ship.
Superman flies around the laboratory analyzing Brainiac's collection of stolen cities. He learns that he plans on bringing them back to his homeworld, where he will then repopulate his lifeless planet.
Superman finds one bottle without its stopper and flies inside. Surprisingly, the city inside the bottle is Kandor – once the capital city of the dead planet, Krypton. As Kandor synthetic environment is powered by an artificial red sun, Superman loses all of his powers. Brainiac finds the bottle and replaces the stopper.
Inside the shrunken city, Superman meets a scientist named Kimda. Kimda provides Superman with a one-man rocket and a pet animal to help him escape from the city. As he blasts through the bottle's stopper, he learns that Brainiac has now placed himself in suspended animation for the long voyage home. Superman takes control of Brainiac's Hyper-Ray and restores all of Earth's cities back to their normal size and geographic location. He is then prepared to use the ray's final charge on Kandor, but Kimda exits the bottle and activates the Hyper-Ray on Superman. Superman returns to his normal size, and Kimda explains that he could not sacrifice Earth's greatest hero to remain shrunken for the rest of his life.
Superman gathers together the bottle city of Kandor and leaves Brainiac's ship. He returns to Earth, where he places the bottle inside of a special vault in his Fortress of Solitude.
Appearing in "The First Supergirl"
- Magic totem
Synopsis for "The First Supergirl"
This story is reprinted from Superman #123.
Jimmy Olsen visits an old archaeologist who discovers a mystical totem inside of a Native American cave. He gives the totem to Jimmy as a souvenir and tells him of the legend on how to make it work.
Jimmy takes the souvenir home and rubs a jewel in the totem's hilt at midnight. As he had hoped, the spirit residing inside the totem grants Jimmy three wishes. Jimmy's first wish is to provide his pal, Superman, with a Super-Girl companion. A blond-haired female Kryptonian magically appears before him, and flies off to meet Superman.
Super-Girl attempts to help the Man of Steel in his daily patrols, but only manages to hinder his efforts. Every time Superman tries to stave off some emergency, Super-Girl gets in his way and turns every situation into a major blunder.
One day however, a group of thugs spots Superman attempting to repair a broken suspension bridge. Armed with a supply of deadly Kryptonite, they drop the mineral on top of him. Super-Girl spots the ailing Man of Steel and rushes to his aid. She heroically pulls the Kryptonite away, even though she realizes that the meteor's radiation is lethal to her as well. Jimmy Olsen uses the magic totem to wish her back out of existence before she can succumb to Kryptonite poisoning.
Appearing in "The Menace of Metallo"
- Metallo (First appearance) (Dies)
- Professor Vale
Synopsis for "The Menace of Metallo"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #252.
John Corben is an unscrupulous reporter that works in the Metropolis area. Aside from his mustache, Corben is practically the spitting image of Superman. While driving his car, Corben gets into a terrible accident and is nearly killed. His broken body is taken to the laboratory of Professor Vale who replaces Corben's failing limbs with a super-strong metallic alloy. He replaces his heart with a surrogate pump made of Uranium and covers the endoskeleton with a foam-latex sheathe resembling human skin. The operation is a success, but soon after, Professor Vale suffers from a mild stroke.
Dubbed Metallo, Corben begins his new life – a life of crime. Metallo's Uranium heart will only last for one day before it needs to be replaced, so Metallo begins breaking into various facilities to steal more Uranium. Whenever he feels his Uranium stores running low, Metallo becomes weak and dizzy.
Professor Vale meanwhile, discovers that Kryptonite can work just as effectively at powering Metallo as Uranium, but with the added benefit that it will no longer need to be recharged. Metallo steals a Kryptonite rock from a local exhibition hall and has Vale implant it into his chest. Metallo learns that Kryptonite can also destroy Superman. Certain that Superman will likely try to arrest him for his recent crimes, Metallo decides to use the power of his Kryptonite heart to strike the first blow against the Man of Steel.
He baits a trap for Superman, but Superman manages to avoid exposure to Kryptonite and pursues Metallo. He chases him back to Lois Lane's apartment when suddenly Metallo begins to feel weak. What neither Vale nor Metallo realize was that the Kryptonite that had been used to power his heart was actually fake. It was nothing more than an ordinary rock painted green to resemble Kryptonite. Unable to recharge himself, Metallo falls over dead from a heart attack.
- This book was first published on April 8, 1969.
- "The First Supergirl" is excerpted for the "3-part novel" titled "The Three Magic Wishes" from Superman #123.
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