"Superman: "Why Superman Needs A Secret Identity!"": Clark Kent manages to foil Benny the Blaster's attempt to kill the Daily Planet staff with a bomb without giving away his secret identity.
Action Comics #305 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1963.
Synopsis for Superman: "Why Superman Needs A Secret Identity!"
Clark Kent manages to foil Benny the Blaster's attempt to kill the Daily Planet staff with a bomb without giving away his secret identity.
Appearing in Superman: "Why Superman Needs A Secret Identity!"
- Lex Luthor
- Benny the Blaster (Single appearance)
- Steve Barnes (Single appearance)
- Ed Lacy (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Supergirl: "The Girl Who Hated Supergirl!"
Karen Blair has a grudge against Supergirl, because her father, an astronomer who used a "hyper-ray transmitter" to communicate in code with aliens on the distant world of Daxnar
III, was killed by a dark object from space which intersected his transmission rays, spouted fire into the observatory, and gave him a heart attack. Her brother Bill was also crippled in the fire, which took place the same day that Supergirl came to Earth. Karen believes that Supergirl's rocket caused the disaster. But Supergirl hooks up a chronoscope invented by Superman to show Karen the truth: that her father's death was caused by a space-bat, attracted by his transmitter. Karen repents and begs forgiveness. In return, Supergirl gets famous surgeons to operate on Bill's legs and return his mobility, and she gives the designs of Dr. Blair's transmitter to the National Space Agency.
Appearing in Supergirl: "The Girl Who Hated Supergirl!"
- Karen Blair (Single appearance)
- Bill Blair (Single appearance)
- "Why Superman Needs A Secret Identity!" involves two imaginary tales. The first is where Superboy abandoned his secret identity (he is depowered by gold Kryptonite) and the second is revealing his secret identity to rescue his friends and since he has no other identity he is unable to fill out job applications and is arrested when he tries to be a bum on skid row.
- Unlike many imaginary tales those in "Why Superman Needs A Secret Identity!" did not get alternate Earths in Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium.
- The second imaginary tale is inconstant with Superman's "Clarence Kelvin" identity in "Superman's Hunt for Clark Kent" as that identity would also be unable to fill out a job application and nevertheless was hired for the Daily Planet.