"Superman: "The Sleuth Who Never Failed!"": An inspector from Scotland Yard called Hawkins comes to Metropolis with the intent of discovering the secret identity of Superman. When he gets onto Clark Kent's trail, Clark has to use his super powers
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- 1 Synopsis for Superman: "The Sleuth Who Never Failed!"
- 2 Appearing in Superman: "The Sleuth Who Never Failed!"
- 3 Synopsis for Congo Bill: "The Case of the Captive Seals!"
- 4 Appearing in Congo Bill: "The Case of the Captive Seals!"
- 5 Synopsis for Vigilante: "The Book That Was Too Real!"
- 6 Appearing in Vigilante: "The Book That Was Too Real!"
- 7 Synopsis for Zatara: "Magic – Past or Present!"
- 8 Appearing in Zatara: "Magic – Past or Present!"
- 9 Notes
- 10 See Also
- 11 Recommended Reading
- 12 Links and References
Synopsis for Superman: "The Sleuth Who Never Failed!"
An inspector from Scotland Yard called Hawkins comes to Metropolis with the intent of discovering the secret identity of Superman. When he gets onto Clark Kent's trail, Clark has to use his super powers in a number of ways to foil Hawkins' attempts at discovery. Finally, Clark plants a will in his apartment which names Superman as an heir. Seeing the will, Hawkins becomes convinced that Clark and Superman can't be one and the same, and leaves him alone.
Appearing in Superman: "The Sleuth Who Never Failed!"
- Hawkins (Scotland Yard detective)
- Carter (assistant to Hawkins) (Flashback only)
- Inspector (Scotland Yard) (Flashback only)
- The Ox (London criminal) (Flashback only)
- Perry White (Mentioned only)
- The Salem Strangler (Flashback only)
- Daily Planet
- Linger Forever Perfume Factory
- Metropolis National Bank
- Star Chemical Works
- Sahara Desert
Synopsis for Congo Bill: "The Case of the Captive Seals!"
In Alaska, Congo Bill and a sailor spot a herd of seals and decided to scan the area for seal poachers. They set foot on the shore and saw a seal being pulled through an ice crack. Bill searched for clues before he was pulled into the ice himself. He had found himself captured by some seal poachers, who had, in fact, disguised a ship as an iceberg to trap seals. Bill fought the seal poachers before he was defeated and trapped in a vault with many captive seals. Since the ladder back up was too high for him to reach, he used the seals to boost him up to reach the ladder, so he could climb back up and stop the poachers. When Bill had escaped, he found bags of salt and used them to melt the ice off of the ship. Suddenly, the ship had passed by a lookout station and gunboats had prepared to board them and arrest the poachers.
Appearing in Congo Bill: "The Case of the Captive Seals!"
- Seal-Raiders (poachers)
- U.S. Government (unnamed agents)
Synopsis for Vigilante: "The Book That Was Too Real!"
Stuff, the Chinatown Kid was laying beside a door when a book titled "The Baffling Bandit" by J. Scriver Tome dropped onto his lap. Suddenly, a man, who was, in fact, J. Scriver Tome, had appeared, gaining Stuff's attention, and asking where he could find Mr. Blast Beadle, a known criminal. Tome claimed that Beadle had reformed and that he was looking for him in order to gain constructive criticism on the book that he had written. Stuff and Tome went to Beadle's headquarters together and showed him the book, which had impressed him and given him ideas; one about lowering a tank of laughing gas through a jewelry store. However, Tome had refused to allow his story to inspire criminal activity. Stuff tried to fight Beadle and his gang, but was subdued and tied up, while Tome watched. The criminals left Stuff tied up on a table. Stuff used his body to tip over the table, which was next to another table with a phone on top. Then, Stuff phoned Greg and told him to come to him. Greg came as the Vigilante and Stuff had informed him of the situation. Meanwhile, Beadle and his gang were spraying paint at the window of a truck with money, causing it to crash. Suddenly, Vigilante and Stuff had appeared and trapped the driver with a lasso. However, the two heroes were subdued and taken into the gang's car. Later, the gang had decided to load dynamite into their car with Tome and the two heroes inside and let it run freely into a bank in order to blow open the safe. Stuff directed Vigilante, who was blindfolded, to drive out of the bank, using his feet. He drove to the pier where the criminals were located and abandoned the car. Beadle and his accomplices attempted to flee on a boat, but were blown out of the water, when the car had exploded, and were aprehended by the two heroes. Unfortunately, Tome's book "The Baffling Bandit" was in the water. However, Tome said that he would have destroyed it himself. Another day, Tome came to Stuff with a new book titled "The Invincible Lawman", which he had dedicated to "The Valiant Vigilante and His Fearless Friend, The Chinatown Kid."
Appearing in Vigilante: "The Book That Was Too Real!"
- Blast Beadle (criminal)
- J. Scriver Tome (author)
- Unnamed city
- The Baffling Bandit (book)
- The Invincible Lawman (book)
Synopsis for Zatara: "Magic – Past or Present!"
On the banks of the River Styx, Merlin the Magician and Toth the Egyptian conspired to outclass Zatara in magical skill, as they believed that he had eclipsed them. Then, Merlin used his magic to monitor Zatara, and found him stopping a bank robbery with his magic. However, Merlin and Toth were unimpressed and believed that they could have done better. Later, Merlin and Toth visited the Oracle of Delphi, who foretold them fighting Zatara in a battle of magic, with the best magician winning. In Shadeland, Appolonius and Cagliostro joined the other magicians and conspired to confront Zatara. Toth insisted on going first, as he was the oldest of sages and author of the Book of Toth. Toth appeared in Zatara's home and saw the magician return, before starting a fire in his house. However, Zatara conjured rain and put out the fire, which also generated lightning that struck Toth. Toth returned to Shadeland and conceded to Zatara. Next, Cagliostro entered Zatara's bedroom while the latter was asleep and used magic to levitate his bed. Unfortunately, the bed had crushed Cagliostro and Zatara had noticed him and conjured the bite bag which had bitten his rival. Meanwhile, Zatara wondered why Cagliostro had come to him. Then, Zatara cast a spell that would ambush anybody who entered his room with surprises. Next, Appolonius entered Zatara's bedroom, but a bucket of water fell on his head, then he had stepped on tacks, then a candle had blown onto him and burnt him. Appolonius conceded and declared that Zatara was as good as the rest of them, which Merlin had refused to believe and had summoned Zatara to them. The rival magicians drew out blades, which Zatara turned into instruments. Then, Merlin claimed that Zatara had passed the test. Afterwards, Morpheus, God of Slumber had come to escort him home. Zatara woke up on a chair, with a book titled "Magicians and Sorcerers" and wondered if what had happened was really a dream.
Appearing in Zatara: "Magic – Past or Present!"
- Magic World of Yesterday (mystic realm)
- River Styx (mystic realm)
- Shadeland (mystic realm)
- Unnamed city (Zatara's locale)
- Book of Thoth (Mentioned only)
- The Sleuth Who Never Failed is reprinted in Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 6.
- This issue includes a Hayfoot Henry comic feature titled "The Rhyming Horse!" by Al Schwartz and Stan Kaye.
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)