""A Clown Comes to Metropolis"": Two women walk through Metropolis, gossiping. Suddenly they are stopped by a pack of hyenas, held on a leash by Joker and Harley Quinn. Harley pulls out a large camera and flashes it at the two women. Afterwards, both are left bald and babbling.
Action Comics #765 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 2000. It was published on March 29, 2000.
Synopsis for "A Clown Comes to Metropolis"
Two women walk through Metropolis, gossiping. Suddenly they are stopped by a pack of hyenas, held on a leash by Joker and Harley Quinn. Harley pulls out a large camera and flashes it at the two women. Afterwards, both are left bald and babbling.
In a darkened bathroom in the Kent apartment, Clark carefully burns away his beard. Lois comes in, and bluntly points out how disgusting the smell of burning hair is. While Clark struggles to apologize, Lois leaves.
Lex Luthor goes over the schematics of his new fortress from his top floor. Suddenly, two bald people appear in the doorway mumbling about being Lex Luthor.
At a press conference in Canada Clark dozes, half-shaven, in a chair. Suddenly he wakes up and then abruptly curls over into a fit of hacking coughs. He hears Jimmy's signal watch, repaired since the B13 virus ravaged Metropolis.
Back in Metropolis, Clark, Lois and Jimmy hide as dozens of people run around bald and yelling about being Lex Luthor. Apparently, Joker has been making use of his strange camera. Lex suddenly arrives on the scene with Mercy, Hope, and a squad of guards. Harley flashes the guards and Hope hangs back, but Mercy hurls herself at Harley.
Superman appears in the sky over them, but before he can stop the Joker, the hyenas attack him. In his weakened state, he is subdued by the animals. As Lex looks on in amazement at Superman's predicament, Mercy and Harley go at it.
Sick of the hyenas, Superman scares them away with a blast of heat vision. Getting up, he spots Lois glaring at him from the bushes. As he flies back to Lex and the Joker, Lois begins to cough.
Saving Joker from Lex, Superman is shocked to see a giant Lena robot fall from the sky and grab onto Lexcorp Tower. The cops arrive at the scene, but with Joker covered under diplomatic immunity, there is nothing they can do.
Joker tries to kill the police at the scene, but Superman saves them. Then, leaving the Joker, Superman flies up to the Lena-bot, who is currently ascending the tower. She bats Superman aside with a casual wave of her arm. Laying on the ground, Superman is dazed when suddenly he looks up to see a bolt of light radiate out of Lexcorp Tower. The robot explodes and all of the hypnotized people return to their normal, but bald, selves. Wondering what happened, Lex tells Superman that he generated a signal that rebooted all other signals, including mind control and the robot.
As Joker gets into his car to leave, Superman has to leave to rescue the planes affected by Luthor's reboot. Mercy and Harley continue to go at it until they are run over by the Joker's car.
In the Daily Planet offices, Clark finishes his story as he gets a delivery pizza. Curious about its source, he opens the box to find a note:
Can't face you
Don't look for me
The living room isn't far away enough
I'm leaving, forever".
Appearing in "A Clown Comes to Metropolis"
- This is Harley Quinn's first appearance in a Superman comic and her first appearance in a non-Batman related DC comic series.
- 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)
Links and References
Superman: The Man of Steel #100: 2000/20
Superman (Volume 2) #157: 2000/22