"Superman: "The New Superman!"": Clark Kent is covering a story on the death of "Hank the Hustler" and is given by the police the possessions that he always carried in order to be photographed for the story: A diamond money clip, a gold luck charm, and a counterfeit silver
Action Comics #291 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1962.
Synopsis for Superman: "The New Superman!"
Clark Kent is covering a story on the death of "Hank the Hustler" and is given by the police the possessions that he always carried in order to be photographed for the story: A diamond money clip, a gold luck charm, and a counterfeit silver police badge. When a call comes in reporting that Professor Benet's lab has been robbed by Dude Dunn and his gang, Clark accompanies the police to the location.
There he finds that Lois Lane has beat him to the location and learns that the crooks stole a cache of Green Kryptonite that Benet was experimenting on. To Clark's surprise, when Lois pulls out a chunk of Kryptonite that was not stolen he is not effected by it. Wondering if he's somehow become immune to Kryptonite, Superman puts it to the test by going out into the ocean and getting into close proximity with a chunk of Kryptonite that has been disposed of there. To his surprise he has been rendered immune to the once lethal substance. Deciding to check Dunn's home for the stolen Kryptonite, Superman finds that his x-ray vision can now peer through lead and that his strength has increased, but finds none of the stolen Kryptonite.
Superman tracks Dunn and his gang to a cave where they are waiting for the Man of Steel with weapons designed by Luthor that allows them to fire the stolen Kryptonite. They are shocked to find that their weapon against Superman is now worthless and Superman easily rounds them up. However, something in the cave causes Superman to weaken and the crooks manage to escape.
Returning to the Daily Planet to follow up and learns that Dunn's gang was captured by the police. When Lois opens a package sent to her by a visiting Maharajah, she finds a diamond ring inside, and Superman finally finds himself weakened by it as though it were Kryptonite. Superman has her throw it away when he tells her that it's really glass. Wondering if his weakness to Kryptonite has been transferred to diamonds, Superman returns to his Fortress of Solitude to find that he has once more been weakened by some substance. Brought inside by the Superman Emergency Squad, Superman now finds that his weakness has been transferred over to gold, and has to seal off all the gold objects in his Fortress.
Without a solution to the situation, Superman returns to his identity of Clark Kent and covers a story about a gambling yacht that is open for charity. When Clark suddenly scores a jackpot on the slots, the silver coins begin to weaken him. Having someone turn over the silver coins to charity, Clark realizes what has happened: That he was somehow exposed to Red Kryptonite, transferring his weakness to Kryptonite temporarily to the objects that he had in his pockets.
Leaving the yacht and resuming his identity of Superman, the Man of Steel agrees to ride in an experimental rocket. Inside, he is suddenly struck weak and realizes that the silver plated police badge was primarily made out of aluminum. Since the rocket is constructed out of the same material it is now weakening him and threatening to kill him. With the last of his strength, Superman manages to operate the rockets controls to make it speed up so fast it breaks through the time barrier and lands on prehistoric Earth. As he calculated, the Kryptonian flame dragon he stranded there uses its flame breath on the ship melting it open so that Superman can escape.
A safe distance from the rocket, the effects of the Red Kryptonite finally wear off and Superman returns to the present, thankful that his weakness is to Kryptonite and not a more common substance.
Appearing in Superman: "The New Superman!"
- Dude Dunn (Single appearance)
Synopsis for supergirl: "The Bride of Mr. Mxyzptlk!"
Supergirl is escorting a plane that carries a nuclear cargo when suddenly the pilots turn into Bizarro monsters. She separates the Bizarros from the plane and secures the dangerous cargo so that it presents no harm. She then travels to New York and finds Bizarros all over the city. Supergirl wishes that Superman were around to help her with the situation but he is off in space. MXYZPTLK appears at this point and assumes responsibility for all the chaos. Supergirl immediately attempts to make him say his name backwards but the imp from the 5th dimension does not fall for any of her tricks. MXYZPTLK notices Supergirls frustration and decides to propose. To prove his love he produces a spaceship which carries Supergirls parents, Zor El and Allura. The three have an emotional reunion as Supergirl explains how she arrived on Earth. Supergirl introduces her Kryptonian parents to her earth parents but she is heart broken when she realizes that she must pick who she will live with on earth. Supergirl follows her Kryptonian parents to the fortress of solitude where they begin work on a secret experiment in the laboratory. Soon afterwards Supergirl conducts her Kryptonian parents on a tour of Earth when they once again run into MXYZPTLK. The imp still expects Supergirl to marry him and surprisingly her Kryptonian parents seem supportive of the idea. As the wedding ceremony gets underway, the wedding party drinks a toast to wedded bliss. Zor El then commands MXYZPTLK to say his name backwards and he cannot help but obey. As soon as he says the name backwards the 5th dimensional Imp disappears along with Allura and Zor El. It turns out that Zor El had poured Kryptonian truth serum into MXYZPTLK’s cup. The same serum they has produced while they were in the lab in the fortress of Solitude. They had intentionally sacrificed themselves to rid MXYZPTLK from Supergirls life.
Appearing in supergirl: "The Bride of Mr. Mxyzptlk!"
- Supergirl (Flashback and main story)
- Fred and Edna Danvers
- Zor-El and Allura (Magical constructs created by Mister Mxyzptlk) (The real Zor-El and Allura appear in Flashback)
- Jor-El and Lara (Mentioned only)
- Metropolis Police Department
- People tranformed into Bizarros (Single appearance)
- United Nations delegates
- Superman (Flashback only)
- Krypton (Destroyed in Flashback)
- Argo City (Flashback only)
- Green Kryptonite (Flashback only)
- Krypton Truth Serum
- Kryptonian Rocket (Flashback only)
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- Batman/Superman: World's Finest (Volume 1)
- 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: Son of Kal-El (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)
- Supergirl Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- All-Star Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Superman Family (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 2)
- Infinity Inc. (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 3)
- Supergirl (Volume 4)
- Supergirl (Volume 5)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Power Girl (Volume 2)
- Supergirl (Volume 6)
- Worlds' Finest (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 7)