"Superman: "The Creature of 1,000 Disguises"": This story is reprinted from Action Comics #234.
Appearing in Superman: "The Creature of 1,000 Disguises"
- Gollo (First appearance) (appears next in Action Comics #572)
- Johnny Miles (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Superman: "The Creature of 1,000 Disguises"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #234.
An alien from the planet Zar named Gollo comes to Earth and befriends a runaway boy named Johnny Miles. Superman finds the boy and brings him home to his parents. Missing his friend, Gollo begins searching all throughout Metropolis trying to find him. He uses his mysterious alien powers to assume a variety of disguises. Superman encounters Gollo and realizes his connection to Johnny Miles. He further learns that like Johnny, Gollo is also a runaway, and he helps to return him to his native planet.
Appearing in Superboy: "The Thing That Stalked Smallville!"
- Coach Turner (Single appearance)
- Officer Burke (Single appearance)
- John Devon (Single appearance)
- Edward Moss (Single appearance)
- Mr. Talbert (Single appearance)
- Mrs. Talbert (Single appearance)
- Major Ashby (Single appearance)
- Fire-Chief Rogan (Single appearance)
- Judd West (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Superboy: "The Thing That Stalked Smallville!"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #274.
An alien who looks like a hairy monster comes to Earth to execute nine criminals from his world of Zaron, and Superboy accompanies him through Smallville, allowing him to turn the villains--who have infiltrated Smallville thoroughly--to stone with rays from his eyes.
Appearing in Jimmy Olsen: "Jimmy Olsen's Private Monster!"
- TNT Gang (Single appearance)
- Jimmy's private monster (First appearance)
- Monsters homeworld (First appearance)
Synopsis for Jimmy Olsen: "Jimmy Olsen's Private Monster!"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #43.
While riding in an armored car, Jimmy Olsen attempts to call Superman when it is attacked by the TNT Gang. However, instead of summoning the Man of Steel a strange alien monster appears and frightens off the crooks before disappearing again. Later, when Jimmy is out on a date with Lucy Lane, the TNT gang attempts to kill Jimmy by blowing up the cliff he and Lucy have parked at. Using his signal watch again, the same alien creature appears. Communicating to Jimmy, the alien monster tells the Cub Reporter that he is now Jimmy's friend before disappearing again. Horrified by the creature, Lucy cuts their date short and tells Jimmy that she doesn't want to see him again.
The next day at the Daily Planet, Jimmy tells Superman what's been happening, Superman examines his signal watch and learns that it has been altered by the explosions created by the TNT Gang so that instead of calling Superman it instead opens a gate to another dimension which the alien creature can appear on Earth momentarily. When Superman is called out to Pentagon to get a missile that has gone wild, Superman cautions Jimmy not to use the signal watch until he has a chance to fix it.
Jimmy takes the watch off and leaves it on his desk where Lois Lane decides to fool around with it in the hopes of calling Superman. She summons the alien creature instead during and the unique combination of the signal watch and radiations of a solar eclipse has allowed for the creature to be transported to Earth permanently. The creature scares everyone away and refuses to leave Jimmy Olsen alone. Things get to the point where Jimmy cannot go anywhere without people fleeing in abject terror of the creature that follows him everywhere. Superman cannot get rid of the creature for Jimmy because it can become immaterial at will.
Jimmy finally gets fed up and tells the monster to just go away, the monster agrees but only on one condition: That Jimmy returns with the creature back to its home dimension for simply two hours. Jimmy agrees and he soon finds himself transported to the creatures world. Jimmy finds that on the aliens world, the creatures that live there find Jimmy as frightening and ghastly as humans do of this species. Jimmy then learns of the creatures intentions for him: They want to cast him in a horror movie as his "frightening" image would insure a box office success. After two hours of filming the aliens, true to their word, send Jimmy back to his home dimension.
There he tells Superman what has happened on the promise that the Man of Steel keeps it a secret, and Superman returns to Jimmy his signal watch, completely repaired of its defects.
Appearing in Superman: "The Hyper-Menace from Krypton!"
- Z-4 (Single appearance)
- Cliff Tyler (Single appearance)
- Johnny Broddigan (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Superman: "The Hyper-Menace from Krypton!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #216.
Appearing in Superman: "The Battle with Bizarro!"
- Bizarro No. 1 (First appearance) (Origin)
- New Bizarro (a handsome version of Bizarro) (First appearance) (Origin)
- Lex Luthor
- Vekko (Lex Luthor's henchman)
Synopsis for Superman: "The Battle with Bizarro!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #254.
Having learned of Professor Dalton's duplicator ray having created the Bizarro Superboy, Lex Luthor has built his own, in the hopes of creating a Bizarro Superman to plague his old foe. With his assistant Vekko, Luthor poses as a scientist that supposedly has come up with an antidote for Green Kryptonite. Learning this, Perry White tells Superman who goes and visits the faux professor. Superman willingly lets himself be zapped with the duplication machine and is horrified to learn that he's been tricked and the device has created a Bizarro Superman.
Hoping that Bizarro would be evil, Luthor's plan is foiled when Bizarro turns out to be just a tragic character who wants nothing to do with the land of normal people. Bizarro then helps Superman apprehend Luthor and his assistant and turn them over to the police. Bizarro then tries to make a living as a hero, but finds that most people are scared of him due to his horrible face. Bizarro attracts the attention of Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, who follow him in a plane to get a photo of him just as Bizarro is trying to kill himself. When Bizarro overhears Lois talking about Bizarro in a positive manner, he believes that Lois is in love with him.
Taking Lois to an island, he builds themselves the a home and explains his intent to marry her. However, when Lois refuses due to Bizarro's appearance and her love of Superman, Bizarro gets an idea to trick her into marrying him. He returns to the mainland and steals Luthor's duplicator ray (attracting Superman's attention who was on scene as Clark Kent.) And uses it on himself creating an "imperfect" Bizarro that looks exactly like the real Superman. He then sends this New Bizarro to the island to romance Lois Lane. When Superman tries to get involved, Bizarro is on hand to stop the Man of Steel with a Kryptonite bolder.
Appearing in Superman: "The Bride of Bizarro!"
- Bizarro Lois Lane (First appearance)
Synopsis for Superman: "The Bride of Bizarro!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #255.
Bizarro has created an "imperfect" Bizarro with Luthor's duplicator machine to trick Lois Lane into marrying him, while Superman tries to stop him, but the Man of Steel is stopped with a Green Kryptonite boulder. However, Lois, noticing the fake Superman's speech is just like Bizarro's, and she clues in on the situation. This leads to a battle between the two Bizarros, while Lois disposes of the Kryptonite that is keeping the real Superman at bay.
Bizarro decides to help by kicking the boulder into a mountain side, causing it to get smashed into dust. This dust is picked up in the wind and drawn toward New Bizarro, who is not immune to the Kryptonite and is killed, vaporizing to dust. However, the original Bizarro is still attempting to win Lois's heart, and he tries to woo her with a flower from another planet, but it proves dangerous and she gets Bizarro to pledge not to bother her again. Deciding to be undaunted, Bizarro decides to disguise himself as Clark Kent to be near Lois, however Superman foils this plot while trying to maintain his secret identity before Bizarro can accidentally expose it.
Confronting Lois anyway, Bizarro takes her back to the island hide-away that he made for them, and decides to try and prove that he is better than Superman by beating him in combat. The two fight amongst some derelict ships, and it proves to be an endless battle as the two are evenly matched. Lois suddenly comes up with an idea and uses the duplication device to create a Bizarro Lois. Upon meeting each other the Bizarro-Couple fall in love and decide to leave the Earth to make a world of their own. When Lois asks Superman when he will ask her to marry him, he tells her he may... someday.
Appearing in Superboy: "The Mystery of Monster X"
- The Thinker (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Superboy: "The Mystery of Monster X"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #245.
- "The Hyper-Menace from Krypton!" was originally titled "The Super-Menace of Metropolis!".
- No trivia.
- Superman Family Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superboy (Volume 1)
- Superboy (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (Volume 1)
- Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)