"The Dying Day of Lois & Lana": While attending a function at the Metropolis Museum, Clark, Lana and Lois are all exposed to a virulent alien virus that originated from one of Lewis Lang's artifacts. Clark's super-antibodies naturally make him immune to the virus, but Lana
- But the real question here is not could I grant your request and save the lives of the Misses Lane and Lang -- but would I? It should not surprise you, old foe... that in the realm of polite conversation, my answer would be unrepeatable to say the least! In one word, Superman, a richly satisfying, heartfelt... No!
- -- Lex Luthor
Appearing in "The Dying Day of Lois & Lana"
- Jonathan Kent (Dies in flashback)
- Josh Coyle
- Lana Lang
- Lewis Lang
- Lois Lane
- Martha Kent (Dies in flashback)
- Scientists from the 88th century
- 88th Century
- Phantom Zone
- North Pole
- Micro-Viewing Device
- Phantom Zone Projector
Synopsis for "The Dying Day of Lois & Lana"
While attending a function at the Metropolis Museum, Clark, Lana and Lois are all exposed to a virulent alien virus that originated from one of Lewis Lang's artifacts. Clark's super-antibodies naturally make him immune to the virus, but Lana and Lois fall deathly ill. Analyzing the microbes with telescopic vision, Superman recognizes the virus as the same one that ultimately killed his adoptive parents, the Kents.
Superman rushes Lana and Lois to the Fortress of Solitude, but he is unable to find a cure. He contemplates sending them into the Phantom Zone for to forestall the effects of the virus, but the Phantom Zone criminals, ever observing Superman's activities, concentrate their will into a burst of psychic energy that destroys the Phantom Zone Projector. Though they cannot escape the Phantom Zone, they are satisfied that they have prevented Superman the means of saving Lana and Lois. Desperate, Superman even goes to the Metropolis State Penitentiary and tries to enlist the scientific expertise of Lex Luthor, but Luthor refuses to aid him.
Superman then travels to the 88th century in the hopes of finding a cure from the advanced scientific minds of Earth's future. These beings refuse to corrupt the timestream, but assure Superman that someone from his era will in fact find a cure.
Returning to the present, Superman realizes that since he was infected by the microbes as well, then his super-immune system might be able to save Lana and Lois. He gives them an immediate blood transfusion and they quickly recover.
Appearing in "A Night in the Life of Bruce (Superman) Wayne!"
- Superman (Kal-El/Bruce Wayne) (Flashback and main story)
- Lew Moxon (Final appearance; Dies)
- Clancy O'Hara (Phone Call Only)
- Jim Gordon (Dies)
- Martha Wayne (Flashback only)
- Thomas Wayne (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "A Night in the Life of Bruce (Superman) Wayne!"
Bruce Wayne marries Barbara Gordon. On their wedding night, Bruce reveals that he is also secretly Superman. Barbara doesn't want Bruce working as Superman any more, and prefers that he devotes his super-brain to science. Bruce agrees and retires as Superman.
A short time later, a small time hood named Lew Moxon murders Barbara's father, Commissioner James Gordon. Upon hearing the news, she regrets convincing Bruce to abandon his career as Superman. Superman attempts to travel backwards in time to prevent the shooting, but fails. Driven towards vengeance, Barbara Gordon-Wayne fashions a costume for herself and becomes the Batwoman. She tracks down Lew Moxon who attempts to flee, but is struck by an oncoming vehicle.
- The cause of Jonathan and Martha Kent's deaths is revealed in this issue.
- A Night in the Life of Bruce (Superman) Wayne was originally published as an imaginary story, a story outside of regular continuity. In Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium, it was retconned as having happened on another Earth, (Earth-353).
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