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"The Secret Guardian of Smallville": Superman goes back to Smallville and faces a Superboy robot which is convinced that the Man of Steel is evil, and must be opposed.


Quote1 I don't care if he's a Robot or not! I'm arresting that whipper snapper for disturbin' the peace in Smallville! Quote2
-- Chief Parker



Appearing in "The Secret Guardian of Smallville"

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Synopsis for "The Secret Guardian of Smallville"

Superman goes back to Smallville and faces a Superboy robot which is convinced that the Man of Steel is evil, and must be opposed.

Appearing in "The Interplanetary Olympics!"

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  • Rogan of Vorn
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Synopsis for "The Interplanetary Olympics!"

This story is reprinted from Action Comics #304.

Alien criminals attempt to drain some of Superman's energy for their own purposes by inviting him to compete in an “Interplanetary Olympics,” but Superman sees through the ruse and deliberately refrains from expending his power.

Appearing in "King of the Comic Books"

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  • Frank Frederick
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Synopsis for "King of the Comic Books"

This story is reprinted from Superman #25.

Nazis are enraged at the lampooning of their leaders in an America comic book named "Gezzer." Lois and Clark go to see the creator of the comic strip for an interview. When Superman finally finds the creator of the strip, he hears a bomb in one of the fan letters on the desk. Later, the creator is kidnapped by Nazi saboteurs and Superman disguises himself as Geezer, and comes in for the rescue.

Appearing in "A Modern Alice in Wonderland"

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  • Rufe

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Synopsis for "A Modern Alice in Wonderland"

This story is reprinted from Superman #41.

Appearing in "Superman Owes a Billion Dollars!"

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  • Rupert Brand of the IRS

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Synopsis for "Superman Owes a Billion Dollars!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #148.

IRS agent Rupert Brand is going through records and is shocked that Superman has never paid his taxes nor reported all the reward money and net assets he's earned over the years, and had become determined to collect the taxes owing from the Man of Steel.

Superman meanwhile is out in space Superman collects a rare egg from a passing comet to bring back to Earth for examination. Returning to Metropolis, Superman aids in a collection drive for the Metropolis Fireman's Welfare Fund. During this drive, Brand jumps off a building to attract Superman's attention. When Superman saves the IRS auditor, he tells Superman that he needs to pay back his taxes. Taking him back to the IRS building, Brand calculates how much bax taxes that Superman owes and tells the Man of Steel that he needs to pay the IRS 1 billion dollars in taxes within the next 24 hours otherwise he will order the FBI to arrest Superman.

Wanting to abide by the law, Superman rushes out to try and collect the money that he owes in back taxes as quickly as possible, a task that proves to be harder than it would seem. He flies to the African Congo where he collects a large cache of elephant tusks from an elephant graveyard hoping to net the billion dollars from selling the ivory. However, Bizarro arrives and in a misguided attempt to try and help Superman turns the tusks into worthless bars of soap.

After depositing the hatching egg someplace safe, Superman goes to a coal mine, Superman next tries to use his super powers to compress coal into diamonds. However, the comet that has passed the Earth has had a temporary effect on the coal, making it impossible for Superman to crush it into diamonds. Superman then decides to get help from his friends, getting a growth serum from Professor Potter, Superman enlists the aid of Aquaman in finding the worlds biggest oyster so that he can use the growth formula to make the worlds largest pearl.

Returning it to the spot where he left the egg, Superman is surprised to find that the egg has hatched into some strange creature. Superman next goes out to collect a number of valuable items from lost tombs and from under the sea, getting the aid of Lori Lemaris and her merpeople to help. When Superman goes off into space to get a chunk of Radium, he breaks it down and takes it to hospitals that are in need due to a shortage of Radium on Earth. Returning back to his cache of valuables, he finds that the creature has eaten everything, Superman then tosses the creature out into space.

With no other options left, and his deadline looming, Superman writes a check for the one billion dollars to give to Brand. Brand tells Superman that the check is worthless as it had come from the First National Bank of Krypton. However at the last moment Brand's boss enters the room and tells Brand that Superman doesn't owe any taxes due to Code 1426B of the income tax code, which states that a taxpayer can deduct $600.00 from their income for each dependent the pay for. Rationalizing that Superman's dependents are the entire world he has no taxable income. With Superman's tax woes sorted out, Brand and Superman shake hands and part company.

Appearing in "The Death of Clark Kent"

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  • Pinky Redd

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Synopsis for "The Death of Clark Kent"

This story is reprinted from Superman #42.

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