That's just the beginning! Next, I intend to hunt up some heavy duty super-help! And then, I'm going to track down Mongul, no matter where in the universe he may be hiding-- and recover the crystal key... or die trying!
As far-out as it sounds, somehow my mind alone was catapulted forward through time into my own future! I can only guess-- but I somehow switched minds with myself-- meaning Superman's mind is now in the Superboy body I left behind in Smallville thirteen years ago!
A criminal with all my super-powers... who's found a way to slip in and out of the Phantom Zone at will! If she's as cunning and sinister as she seems to be-- this master plan of hers is bound to be a killer!
Even without Sauncha, the captain is stronger than most men! If something could knock him thirty feet, I'd like to see it!
It's The Parasite... The one creature on Earth who can be as powerful as I am... Perhaps even more powerful, since he can steal my strength... And keep his own for an edge! The first time we fought... He almost smashed me to a pulp... I defeated him-- Barely-- By my wits-- But he's had years to grow smarter-- More deadly! But I can't think about that--! Have to stand up-- And fight-- Even if it kills me!
My stubborn pal always keeps trying to handle dangerous situations by himself! Wonder how he'd do on his own?
Let's get something straight! Sure-- I rebuilt your homes, but that's because an earthquake is something you can't handle-- Something you can't safeguard yourselves against-- But you must not count on a Superman to patch up your lives every time you have a crisis-- or disaster-- Young Manuel here-- has the right idea! When the rest of you backed down to Harley, Manuel refused to knuckle under... You don't need a Superman! What you really need is a super-will to be guardians of your own destiny!
The sun... It's red now, not yellow! In this far future, Earth's sun has become red as suns usually do as they get old! ...but under a red sun... I have no super-power!... How will I ever get back to my own time?
I guess I can't pretend any longer! I may as well take off my "Perry White" plastic mask and be myself.
This means I can never die... No force in the universe can harm me! My friends... Lois, Jimmy, Perry, Lana, Batman... All dead ages ago! But I can't die! I'll live forever... And I can never... go... home!
There's nothing for me in this era now but regret! Why didn't I marry Lois? I miss her so... Now that she's lost forever! All I can do is jump a few dozen centuries ahead... Maybe I'll find happiness waiting there!
Me, a TV reporter! I'll get around easier now, but I'll still miss the Planet! ...I'll miss the thunder of those presses... The smell of printers' ink! But times change... And even Superman has to change along with them!
For one brief moment, I had a son-- The son I always dreamed of! Goodbye, Gregor! I'll always remember you!
What's this... Dozens of pictures of Clark... And only one of Superman! For once, there was someone who loved meek Clark Kent instead of Superman! Lorna... I'll always remember you-- As you once were!
...so the vile Lex Luthor thwarted Superman today with his trickery and escaped capture. No citizen is safe until that warped criminal genius is apprehended. In fact, that skin-headed wretch should be put away for a hundred years... and even then he'd be getting off easy. Luthor's a blight on the human race... a stomach-churning disgrace to all of us.
It happens in medicine sometimes! You gave me such an overdose of Kryptonite rays that I built up a tolerance to them! I'm immune to kryptonite now!
I come to you today not as a super-hero, but a man! A man who is suffering from a fatal illness that will claim his life in the next 24 hours unless something drastic is done! My one hope of survival rests with you, the citizens of Metropolis! I ask for able-bodied volunteers to donate a small amount of his or her blood so that I can give myself a super-transfusion! I can't promise that your blood will cure me! But if I do survive, I shall be eternally grateful... And continue to defend you from any and all threats! My life rests in your hearts!
Everyone, no matter how strong he is, secretly worries about whether his life-style would be approved by his parents! Coram will never know how close he came to using that fear against me!
How can I live with myself after this? Green Lantern dead-- And I am the murder weapon that killed him!
Even a Superman can learn something from the old storyteller-- Like the fact that some people can only believe in the reality of what they see and touch... while to others, imagination is so real it might as well be truth!
Lois doesn't know it, but I arranged for her to meet her idol-- And I knew he'd turn out to be a conceited ass! Just want to make sure she appreciates what she's already got!
Everybody-- Listen to me! No matter what the monster does-- I want you all to start laughing! Laugh it up-- As loud as you can-- And keep on laughing!
Maybe I should junk my "secret identity"! Who cares if "Clark Kent" is fired? Kal-El of Krypton doesn't need money... He doesn't even have to eat! Besides... Today's world could use a full-time Superman! Aww... Who am I kidding? Being super is like being rich-- You can't help wondering if people would accept you without it! I need Clark Kent! I like having friends as equals! And I like being a TV-personality! A Superman is still a man! I can probably get back my old job with the Daily Planet... But I'll sure miss this place!
I'm sick and tired of having to act meek and mild as every gorilla in town tries to put the make on Lois! And Oliver Queen has an obnoxious habit of attracting women the way flame attracts moths! Ollie's supposed to be my friend-- And he should know better!
So it's finally come-- The moment I've dreaded... When I have to choose between my secret identity... And someone's life! Not just anyone... The son of my best friend! Heaven help me... What do I do now?
First a young boy goes through a repeat performance of the traumatic event that spawned the Batman then a teenager undergoes a reenactment of the freak phenomenon that created The Flash. Is there a reason behind these two happenings?
Looks like I'm faced with the impossible-- But true! A short time ago Luthor managed to make me age back to young adulthood... But he's improved his methods enough to revert two of my Justice League buddies to juveniles!
I learned a lesson from what happened here today... No matter what you do, or how you do it, there are natural forces at work in the world that can't be stopped-- such as my own sonic boom! The world requires a balance, and though some things can be repressed for a while-- They can't be gotten rid of-- regardless of how much we try! I also learned another lesson... A man's worst enemy... can sometimes be... himself!
And I was beginning to think it was Clark Kent that Lois was stuck on! I wonder--?
Great Scott! If I didn't know better-- I'd swear I'm standing face-to-face with my foster father-- Jonathan Kent!
Perhaps that will be Brainiac's legacy. For a brief moment he tried to save a universe from his own evil-- And from his deeds a new world was given life. In all, that's not terribly bad... Not bad at all!
Frankly, Primus, as much as I'd like to help, I have a problem. Quite literally, I'm only half a Superman.
Primus helped me lift the Fortress key with his psionic powers when the Omega Men were here... but alone, my body can't the strain of moving it... even though I still possess my super-strength! I tend to forget how my super-powers augment each other!
I can't believe Arkham Asylum let this fruit fly loose!
How the old Ice-Cream Parlor has changed!
You can't fool me, Robin! You're in with that gang - and your scientist boss used some super-scientific gimmick to materialize you in my Secret Citadel! You're here to spy on me!
Your obsession with the idea that Clark Kent is Superboy is getting out of hand! You see Clark Kent everywhere!
I promised immunity for everyone in this courtroom-- But for Luthor, that ends the moment he leaves here-- And I'll be waiting!
We live on remembering and honoring the past, but always looking to the future. Good-bye, Kara... Linda Lee... Supergirl. I will miss you forever.
You called me an old-timer! Well, to me... you're just a young punk!
That's the only trouble with having super-vision, Kara... sometimes you get so involved with microscopic details that you miss the big picture!
Jimmy Olsen, boy reporter... reading a comic book on company time!?
After all the super-villains... the Kryptonite... the magic... who'd have thought it would end like this -- that Superman would go out like a shooting star -- to become one more infinitesimal speck of stellar energy in a cosmic graveyard??
I'm not sure of what took place today... Whether you came back, whether you were never really gone... Or whether it was just a coincidence, and a few G.I.'s whose names we'll never know helped me save this lovely planet I've come to call home. It doesn't matter, I suppose. It worked; that's what counts. In a way, we're both just soldiers, doing our jobs. Soldiers in the cause of life. Thanks.
Looks like I'd better introduce myself. Where I come from they call me Superman! And everyone back there knows I stand for truth and justice!
I only had the one chance Creeper! To save the world I'll dare anything - and under the circumstances - I did what I had to do!
You didn't really think you'd get away with trying to ransack the earth again - did you outlaw?
How the old Ice-Cream Parlor has changed!
If that's all you have left to fight with, Starbreaker-- You're finished! With every gob of garbage that strikes me I get madder-- And the madder I get, the stronger I become-- All of which will be vented upon you... Full super-strength!
Poor Superman! Despite his powers, he is a minority of one in a teeming world of billions! A stranger in a strange land... What does Superman mean to you, down there? Do they secretly resent him? Fear him--? Hate him? For the first time in many years-- I feel I'm alone-- Alone!
The lava contained traces of Kryptonite which I couldn't see... And they somehow combined with the lava to disintegrate Nam-Ek! I... I killed him! I've broken a vow never to take a life... And doomed God knows how many others! My career as Superman is over-- Finished!
Assuming that Hawkman used a normal space warp, his ship could have gone off course here... I feel a strong force... pulling me! ...Very powerful gravity! Ahead, a neutron star--! And there's Hawkman's ship being drawn toward it! I don't know whether even a Superman can overcome such pull-- But I've got to try!
You'll never solve the problem by handing it to somebody else! My friends and I will restore your oceans' ecology as much as we can, after we recover our own plankton! But whatever we do can only be temporary! You must each face your own problem-- re-do your thinking about how and why you pollute your planet-- Even as we must do on Earth!
I am Superman... Why must I keep impressing that on Earthlings? There are 3 1/2 billion people on this planet and I am unique... different! ...A stranger in a strange land! Exercising... and brooding in my Fortress of Solitude aren't helping my situation any! I need some company-- To be among those that share the curse-- as well as the blessing-- of super-powers!
Great quasars! Amalak! That guy's the most notorious space pirate in the universe! He's brainwashed you... Got you to do his dirty work for him!
Ok Lana, if that's what you want! That did it! You just revealed my super-powers to everyone!
He has a brilliant mind and a world of courage! He'll make a splendid hero! Yes, someday, we'll be a great team — Batman and I!
Mxyzptlk is not only one of my worst enemies... He's the whackiest of them all!
So, you see, I'm too adept at sports! My super-powers make me unfit to compete with boys who are normal in their skills! If I played against them, it would be unsportsman-like because we wouldn't be fairly matched!
I must warn you, Mon-El! There are dangerous villains at large in the Phantom Zone! Life may be hard... but at least you'll be alive! And I promise you, in the future I'll find a cure for the deadly effects of lead... and return you to the real world!
No, we can't have trash like you cluttering the streets-- or wouldn't you love to have someone trip over you and get hurt? Isn't that what you live for... menacing innocent people with your insane gimmicks? Face it, Lex Luthor... The future would be better off without you!
I think there's one more illusion here, Kid-- The illusion of the Fatal Five's "death"! They've escaped us before when we thought they died-- And I'm afraid that might have happened again! If it did, I swear they'll pay for what they did to Mordan-- And they won't believe the price!
That's right, Brainy -- today is the anniversary of the day I was inducted into the Legion by our three charter members...
More than ever... I realized I can never marry Lois! With all the nightmarish enemies a Superman is plagued by, my bride's life-expectancy would only be a few weeks!
It's been a nothing-- Nothing I can tell without revealing I've been racing through one dimension after another looking for Lois in a flying subway train-- As Superman!
I'm tired of hiding it from you, Lois! And sick of being called shy and timid! The fact is-- I am Superman!
Sorry, Jimmy... I'm afraid you're responsible for the actions of your robot... You're under arrest!
That isn't gold... it's Gold Kryptonite, the one substance that can rob me of all my super-powers... permanently.
The Evil Factory has bred a terrifying product! Among the living human cells they stole from the "Project" was a special batch which had been treated in a manner to simulate atomic war conditions! He could be bred for surviving atomic war!
A demon dog-- The symbol of their destruction! --As our own is forecast in the prophecies we've inherited!! Donovan had watched life evolve on Transilvane, and by film had prepared it for its own doom!
Uh-uh -- No more Superboy! From now on it's Superman!!
So this is 2956! What a difference time makes! Now I know how Rip Van Winkle felt!
Surprised, eh? The Black Knight isn't from the past. He's a friend of mine who let me encase him in a specially insulated iceberg to play this trick on you!
Ar-Val, some day, some how, I'll find a way to restore you to life! You were too eager for fame and you made mistakes, but at the end... you proved to be the finest Superman of all.
Edge is the kind of man you don't like at first... But gradually, you get to hate him! He forbade Clark Kent to aid those people... But he didn't say anything about Superman!
I'm the worst enemy the planet has! Disposal of the ants is no great task-- Their size would have doomed them soon, anyway! There-- That toss will keep them headed away from Earth-- for eternity! And-- me? Should I follow them? Should I fly away... Lose myself in the vastness between the stars... And never return? It seems to be the single choice I have... To leave this good, green place-- My adopted home, my friends! I'll allow myself one last look... at Lois--
Ridicule... Laughter! So soon, they've forgotten all I've done... my years of service... of sacrifice! I guess I'm being bitter-- And I don't care! I've a right to bitterness... No man has a better right! I've denied myself the comforts of home... family... to continue helping these... ingrates! I thought they admired me... for myself! I've lived in a fool's paradise!
I've had a taste of the glory of being normal! To win through determination... courage... To be no more than himself-- and no less! For years I've been dreaming of working and living as a plain man-- without the responsibilities... the loneliness... of Superman!
Wait!-- Look! The flames... the cracks...! I can't see any sign of life-- anywhere! Oh, dear Lord... What have we done? For our own selfish ends, we've destroyed-- everything! Forgive me, forgive me...
It was good helping out my alien friends in this star-system... But it's even better to be heading back to the home-front! Earth wouldn't need a Superman if it weren't for the trouble-makers among the human race!
Now, do me a favor... Forget you're a demon newshen--! --Forget you're the bravest woman on three continents... And just-- Stay put!
L'Drr-- You can take your threat and stick it in your ear! Now... I'll give you an ultimatum! In one planetary minute, climb into this tin-can with your buddies and shoo yourselves away from our solar system-- And we'll do you the favor of forgetting you!
I am no god... But I do have a request-- That you call me... friend!
Lombard would flatten himself against my invulnerable body like an accordion if I didn't "give"! Lucky for "Slinger" I can control my temper! At times like this, a secret identity is a real pain!
The last thing I want to hear now-- or ever-- is another Steve Lombard lecture on women!
Once before a world was taken out from under me, and whether I have the strength or not... I won't let it happen again!
Mxyzptlk is the only foe I've ever had who constantly makes me lose my cool! He causes trouble not out of a criminal instinct-- But because that's how he amuses himself!
I wonder... Is this the explanation for Smallville's charmed life? Has the town been under the protection of a secret guardian all these years-- A guardian with powers equal... or even greater... than my own?
Roy Raymond, the host of the popular television show Impossible But True-- disappeared years ago! On a hunch, I recently began a hunt for him-- And now I know he's alive!
So it was self-hypnosis that left me temporarily powerless, and hypnotizing Lois that got me out! But while I think bowling lanes are fine, my favorite Lane is still Lois!
Today, at precisely 5:00 P.M. Metropolis time... Every man, woman, and child on Earth... Vanished without a trace! Thus far, there are no clues to account for the incredible world-wide disappearance! At precisely 4:59 P.M. Superman and I were returning from a WGBS photo-session on the Moon-- Entering the Earth's atmosphere just as the catastrophe struck! As Superman and I surveyed the uninhabited planet below us, I started snapping pictures with my camera! With a burst of super-speed, the Man of Steel saved scores of airborne planes which were suddenly without pilots! I'm video-taping this broadcast as a permanent record of today's tragic occurrence-- Though it's doubtful anyone will ever see it! This is Clark Kent signing off for the last time!
I focused the time-screen on the homing device I built into the costume's Justice League Signal-- And sure enough, my costume has surfaced some 1,000 years in the future, on the site of Metropolis! But there's something very, very wrong... I've been to the future before... But it was nothing like this! I've never seen such devastation in all the times I've cracked the time-barrier! But according to that time-screen, civilization will be destroyed by a mysterious natural disaster... About a century in the future!
Grundy's won... And it's my own fault for bringing him here! I've underestimated him at every turn! I deserve to lose-- Because I've been using my brawn, not my brain! But as of right now-- That's over!
You're not human--You're not even alive! So I don't have to worry about killing you!
You shouldn't have lied to me, Kara... But I understand why you did. And in a few days, I won't be angry any more! But there's something you have to understand-- The real reason I became obsessed with saving Earth! Look, Kara! What you see down there is life... Growing, vibrant, fierce with energy! I love this world, Supergirl... As much as I ever loved Krypton! Perhaps, in certain ways, I love it more... Because it adopted me when I was lost and alone! It made itself my home, when I had no home! It gave me life... When my life could have been over! If I'm obsessed with Earth, it's not because of Krypton-- It's because of Earth, my home! I'm not ashamed of that obsession, Supergirl... I'm proud of it! Every man and woman on Earth should feel what I feel... And perhaps you should feel it most of all... Because, cousin-- You were adopted, too!
Oh *heh* Forgive me, Lana-- But you're absolutely precious. Here I am wondering if I'll even survive this-- And you're worried about us being friends!
You see? Understand? There's no sign left of your ship's crash-landing... which means it happened long, long ago... perhaps hundreds, thousands of years! While you were sleeping, whatever purpose your message had... became meaningless! I am sorry!
I'm still not used to Ma and Pa being gone! Every time I come up from the basement, I half expect to smell an apple pie baking or hear Pa telling what happened in the store! But it can't be like that ever again! They're gone... And not even Superboy could bring them back!
One failure like that in a lifetime has been a heavy burden to carry around all these years... But how can even a Superman remain sane-- If he has to watch history repeat itself... If he's utterly helpless to prevent the same tragic fate from snuffing out two more precious lives-- Lois... Lana... I can't let it happen again!!!
I didn't like making Clark Kent sound so mysterious over the phone... But this is no time for a clever cover explanation! My coming mission will take me millions of light-years from Earth-- So even if some of my well-intentioned friends stop by to check up on Clark... They'll only find an empty apartment! Besides... Considering whom I'm up against, there's a distinct possibility I may fail! And if I do fail-- Preserving my job or my secret identity will no longer matter! Because failure will mean I won't be coming back... And Earth will never see Superman or Clark Kent again! I'm in for the fight of my super-life... And that's a fact I've vowed to live with-- Or die with!
Maybe he felt he could truly help people with his gift! But what he failed to realize... was that no mortal can take on the troubles of countless numbers of his fellow-men without paying a heavy price--! No one knows better than I!
For the rest of my life, I'm going to have to live with the knowledge that millions of peaceful Lexorians would still be alive today... if I hadn't journeyed to Lexor determined to bring Luthor to justice!
Enough, Luthor! Today you die! ENOUGH!! I've had it! This time you've gone to far!! Never again will I let you disrupt my life--Never again will you endanger the innocent lives of others--Never again will this planet be damaged by the sadistic machinations of your warped evil genius! NEVER AGAIN!!
I'm going to teach you a lesson, Spider-Man--
Look! That satellite city, orbiting New Genesis!! ---Can that be--- Of course! It can't be anything else-!! It's Supertown!!! I saw it once--- For one fleeting moment!!
As absurd as it sounds, the Red Kryptonite helped!
I should have understood that Jor-El's disdain is the thing I most dreaded! I've beaten it... I suppose I should feel triumph! ...But I don't! It's reminded me of the horrible tragedy that will dog me the rest of my life... And I'm forced to realize that I'd trade all the power-- the glory-- of being Earth's Superman-- for the existence of an ordinary citizen of Krypton!
I think that sets a record-- I've never been Clark for less than a minute before! Lois is in trouble, probably! She generally is! So it becomes a job for... Superman!
You have been fools! Utter fools! You tried to destroy mankind because some people laughed at you! Why didn't you try to show humans you could do something worthwhile... Prove you weren't just a joke...?
Somewhere out there is something that knows what must be-- and strives to make it so! Call it destiny-- or whatever else-- the result is the same! If magic is to be my albatross, I'll live with it! A little humility is good for even a Super-Man!
Even when all the chips are played against me, I know too much about Earthmen-- ...Too much to continue the cycles of pain and suffering they inflict upon themselves and others-- This has been the most frightful time of my life! I was within seconds of murdering a million people... All because I was too afraid to face my own human failings! I suppose there will always be those who fear others... And will seek to destroy them! But more, and more are striving to face their fears... Struggle to overcome them...
You guys are impressive-- The way peacocks are impressive! That is, you strut a lot-- And your mouths are full of pep-- Which leads me to suspect you're trying to convince yourselves of your bravery! Me-- I'm bored!
People used to wonder if the Martian Manhunter could throw as hard a punch as I can! Judging from the condition of my jaw, the answer is a definite yes!
Every day I get requests for help from all over the world and a few corners of the universe! Pleas from the weak, the poor, the sick, the oppressed... And also from the wicked, the greedy, the crooked, the unscrupulous! If I helped one-tenth of them even I'd have to work seventy-two hours a day!! There! Today's letters-- And more pouring in every minute! I get more mail than Santa Claus! I try to help some-- But my main efforts have to be saved for the big problems... The threats to Earth and mankind in general!
Just as you strove to ensure that others do not suffer the same fate as your parents... I remain on constant vigil to prevent the Earth from going the way of Krypton. We're like night and day, you and I, and yet, we're closer than we realize, closer than twins, because we complement each other. We fit each other... Like hand and glove.
Yes, I am an alien -- but this is my home now. Unlike you, I did not seek power for the sake of power-- and I will not abandon the human race in its hour of need!
Don't bother trying to start the engine. I just frosted the connection to the gas tank with my super-breath! Even if I hadn't, I could knock this van over with a nudge of my elbow. Come along, and at least spare yourself that embarrassment.
Smart... I always said you were the world's greatest detective!
Batman-- I want to apologize for my ridiculous behavior! Let's shake and be friends!
Arrest my best friend? No-- Please don't ask me to do that!
The Rocket which carried me here opened a space-warp between Krypton and Earth — which explains the appearance of so many Kryptonian artifacts around the planet... like this tape I found on the Moon — inscribed with my father's name — and telling "The Jor-El Story".
It's been a long time since I've had to deal with an escaped convict from the Phantom Zone... But not long enough to forget how deadly a super-criminal can be!
Get away from him, Black Lightning! I heard how you attacked Jimmy last night, but I didn't think you'd be stupid enough to try it again. You'd better pray he's all right, rat-- Because if he isn't-- I'll take you apart!
A lot has happened while I was in Central City! The thing that bothers me most is that Kryptonite seems to be landing on Earth again... And that's supposed to be highly unlikely! More "K"... Secrets being stolen from S.T.A.R.... Michaels disappearing... SKULL-ers dying--! There has to be a connection! But what in Krypton's name is it?!
Karb-Brak must've followed me back here-- And now he's attacking me in front of a million viewers!
That's the WGBS-TV blimp being hit by lightning! What idiot would take that big bird up in a storm like this? The blimp's going down-- But not far! I've got plenty of time to save this overgrown sausage and still switch to Clark Kent for the six o'clock news! Oh, no! I should have known-- Steve Lombard! The only ex-jock who doesn't know when to come in out of the rain! It had to be you!
How strange-- Lois kept going on about how we don't really know each other... But she knows me well enough to anticipate the very way I think in a moment of crisis! Maybe she knows me better than even she realizes! Hardly any married couples know each other that well! And this whole experience has reminded me of how much I wish Lois and I were still a "thing"! I wonder... Maybe we should get back together...?
But I need being Clark-- I need a private life just like anyone! In the past, I've tried assuming other identities-- But it just didn't work! Clark Kent is as much a part of who I am as Kal-El of Krypton is! Ma and Pa Kent... The way they raised me... My boyhood in Smallville-- They made me what I am-- And I'd sooner die than give it up!
Up until now there were only two or three things that could hit me that hard-- And a "monster" from a sewer wasn't one of them! Obviously, he's no mere monster!
I could have killed someone! And that weird fit I had-- I might not have regained my senses if not for... you, Lois! Lois, forgive me... For what a fool I've been all these years! For all the wonderful things I refused to see in you... All the love I felt... And refused to admit...
I must be slowing down! I've already spent thirty seconds cleaning up Metropolis, and at this rate, it'll take me more than an hour to help the rest of the world! I'll have to stop dragging my feet-- After all, I'm a man with responsibilities!
Batman... Wonder Woman... Flash... All the others... Gone... Lost forever! You've robbed me of my closest friends-- Robbed the world of its greatest heroes! You... murderer! I'll make you pay for that!
The merging was disturbing for both of us, I guess-- For, despite what some mystics may believe, a man needs his own private identity, and becoming one with anybody-- Even one's near-twin-- Might well be enough to drive even a Superman mad! I'm myself and myself alone... And until I die, that's exactly what I wish to remain!
Judo and karate, eh? What else have you got that's going to keep me from tying you into a pretzel?
By the time this taped interview is aired, Ms. Lang, UBC will have already made the announcement... That my first program will be a live half-hour interview-- In which I'll reveal my secret identity to the nation!
I'm certain that if I tried to renege, UBC would actually have the gall to take me to court! Imagine what a circus that courtroom would be... And how can I prove what UBC did to me without demonstrating it-- And putting myself under their control again? It's a matter of honor, too! Unwilling or not... I did sign that contract! If I refuse to honor it, I'll be faced with what happens to most people who are acquitted of serious charges! The public only remembers the accusation-- Not the final verdict! The story would be that Superman's word of honor is worthless-- Ignoring the fact that there's more to it than that! But in order to remain effective as a crime-fighter, my reputation has to be spotless!
You should know by now, Lana-- I'm going to switch to Superman and save the day, naturally!
Negative waves cause us to fail because they make us lose confidence in ourselves and our abilities! Our own abilities, not each other's! But we're more than just individual super-fighters... We're a team, the greatest team this Earth has ever known! We have to support each other... Help each other... And together we can lead ourselves... To victory!
Now, much as I'd love to continue our little chat... You may have noticed that my clothes were burned away by the blast--? So could you please get me something to cover myself with? I may enjoy being a public figure... But being this public a figure isn't quite what I had in mind!
No, Lana, you don't love me... You only think you do! You're a magpie-- You see something shiny and you just have to swoop down and grab it! Well, I'm not yours for the grabbing-- And it wouldn't be fair to let you go on fooling yourself! You're not in love-- You're star-struck! You want reflected glory... What you imagine to be the glamor of being "Mrs. Superman"! And sometimes... I think that's all you ever wanted...
...So many people-- So many depending on me to show them that someone cares if they live or die! And I want them-- I need them-- To need me! But sometimes I wonder if there's enough of me to go around... And if someone has to be short-changed of my feelings... If there have to be people who can't be told how important they are to me... Then it has to be the people I love-- Because I have to hope they already know how I feel! I know I don't say it often enough... I can't even remember the last time I told you... But... I love you.
Could I trust you, Lana? Would I have had to do any of this if you hadn't undermined my plans for capturing the gang? And didn't you sneak out to the test-site in the trunk of Steve's car? This is what I've been trying to make you understand-- Why a "thing" between you and me just wouldn't work out! It takes more than love to make a relationship work-- It takes trust! Lois was the only person available whom I could trust enough to ask for help with this hoax! Thanks to mutual trust, Lois and I are able to help each other! I may never find a way to share this crazy life of mine with a woman-- But if I ever do... It's going to be with Lois!
Sorry to disappoint you, magicman-- But my strength never fades! I have a gentleman's agreement with the Sun-- As long as it shines-- Somewhere-- So do I!!
I still haven't figured out what the Thorn really wanted with that necklace-- Unless, of course she's secretly... Nah, that's ridiculous! Who'd ever believe a quiet little thing like Rose Forrest could also be the stunning Thorn!
All my life, I've pledged to protect the human race-- And you're telling me by this time tomorrow I could be the cause of its extinction! At this moment, Drygur... "Despair" doesn't begin to cover what I'm feeling! I've got to get out of here-- Do something--!!
It can get a little close sometimes-- Wearing two sets of clothing all day! I wonder how The Batman manages to deal with it? And people think being a super-hero is so easy! Thank the stars I don't have to live like one 24 hours a day! It's comforting to know that I can escape from all the pressures now and then-- Simply by slipping on a dark blue suit and a pair of horn-rimmed glasses! I doubt I could survive without my trusty alter ego!
More than anyone in the universe, I know how Jon feels, Pete. The fears he must be shivering from, the loneliness-- The sense of destiny so terrible-- And so great! No man alive would hurt more doing this-- Or wanted less to take Jon from you! But it had to be done! I know that, just as I know the price he's paid! Forgive me, old friend, but I have learned that there are some things beyond even my power! Sometimes the most important things of all!
Okay, that sinks it! This whole business is getting out of hand! I might've believed the tornado, the tidal wave-- heck, even the earthquake-- were some sort of geophysical flukes... But there's no way you can convince me a volcano in Metro Park is a natural occurrence!
I bet these Revengers would turn a different shade of blue-- If they knew the "secret weapons" I used to defeat them-- were basic psychology and a TV camera!
I think what you need is the benefit of some shared experiences! Having super-powers can be a lonely life! When I was your age, I belonged to a group... And it helped me gain a perspective on myself! Firestorm, how would you like to join the Justice League?
But you forgot one little detail, Joe... What if I don't feel like being your hostage? What if I think your whole plan stinks and don't want any part of it!
Ever since I managed to free the miniaturized citizens of the bottle-city of Kandor, the Fortress has seemed empty. Of course, I'm happy for them-- But with them gone, my life is somehow lonelier than ever before! With Kandor here, I felt I still had roots to my home world of Krypton-- But now, only Supergirl is left--
Are Superwoman and Clara Kent two different people-- Even though they resemble each other? That would be odd... And yet-- My fellow Justice Leaguers and I have come across strange variations on other parallel worlds! Still, I can't help feeling this is wrong! Clara should be Superwoman-- But she's not! As if this were set up by someone who didn't know...
To think you were actually willing to turn yourself into an "unsuspecting victim" of your own insidious plot! To think you were willing to manipulate yourself into reforming... Giving up all your criminal ways... All for the sake of making your ultimate plan a lethal reality! And least surprising of all-- To think you'd be cold and heartless enough to extinguish the life of a terminally-ill 25-year-old girl with all the thought you might give to blowing out a match! Only then, once the cold-blooded deed was done... Only then did you apply your scientific genius to study the disease and discover the cure that would've saved the real Angela Blake! That, it sickens me to say, is typical of the true Lex Luthor... The Luthor I have grown over the years to despise and detest!
Superman's hall of failures... Hah! I wonder sometimes if this isn't the most important trophy room in the whole Fortress... The one that reminds me I'm not perfect! There's Ma and Pa Kent, dying all over again in stone... And Krypton, poor lost Krypton... Even Jon Ross! All the people I wanted to help so desperately... And couldn't!
They don't call me Superman for nothing! When I put that much power into one of my punches, nothing much can withstand it! --Not even little green trinkets like this!
Well! Now that I know why I'm here... I'd say it's definitely time I did my bit to discourage industrial espionage here in the 52nd Century!
New Genesis lies somewhere beyond the bounds of time and space... To me... It always seemed like a dream... A never-never-land. I came here through something called a Boom Tube several years ago. I stayed only a short while, yet even so, I felt almost... At home.
You see, Lois, I'm here on Earth because my father gave me a chance for life when Krypton exploded. You might say I was passing along the same chance to others... Offering others a chance for new life. A chance to survive, to have a future filled with hope. I only pray they do as much with their second beginning as I try to do with mine!
I'm not hearing this-- Your holiday, his holiday... Don't you understand what's being celebrated tonight? Hope, and peace, and love! You can't do battle in the name of love! This is a season for everyone... But your anger cheapens it! Every time a man raises his hand against his neighbor in the name of his faith, he renounces his faith! No good has ever come of a holy war, and never will! Now I want you all to forget your differences, and remember the principles you share!
Isn't that the whole point in living? Life is brief... It ends in death... But is that a reason for despair? We're all afraid of death... But out of that fear comes our strength! Death may be inevitable-- But fear of death is not! We defy you! I defy you! You may win in the end-- But I will not be conquered!
Batman's time is running out fast...! I can't let him die-- I just can't! Yet... What can I do? There's nothing I know of that can prevent the energy charge from burning up his body!
Even though there will always be a minimal chance my super-powers will backfire in a crisis-- The risk must be weighed against the maximum benefits to be gained! So... 20th Century-- Here comes Superboy back to stay-- For good!
When the original members first banded together, they called themselves the Superboy Revenge Squad! I've been dealing with their insidious attacks for well over half my lifetime! They began with the space-outlaws of Wexr II, whose depredations I stopped! Then they joined forces with other alien criminals-- Each of which tangled with me during the course of my space-travels... And all of whom had suffered humiliating defeats! Through the years, as I racked up more and more enemies on an intergalactic scale, the Revenge Squad roster kept on growing! And their follow-up schemes to do me in became more and more sophisticated and sinister!
In the end, I suppose it was the simplest moral of all that brought on the Revenge Squad's ultimate downfall! Love... Not hate... is the most compelling force in the universe! And if that's how good managed to triumph over evil this time out-- May that force be with us all!
I'm getting kind of tired using the queasy stomach routine so I can show up as Superman-- But it's just one of the things I have to do to keep my secret identity a secret! Besides, being Clark is one of the all-too-few times I get the chance to relax... It's like taking off my boots! And it's certainly the only time I get when people relate to me as an ordinary man! All I ever want is to simply do my job, but so many people think of me as a celebrity... Something I never intended.
Of course, I couldn't well forget the two reasons those early Christmastimes were so meaningful for me-- Namely, Ma and Pa! They may have just been kindly Jonathan and Martha Kent to the rest of Smallville... But they were the most wonderful adoptive parents any orphan could ever wish for! Every Christmas the three of us spent together was a season of pure joy for me... Perhaps because they were the only people who could help me forget... Forget for a time that I was an alien from an extinct world, all alone in the universe! It's little wonder those boyhood Christmases hold such priceless memories for me... After all, it was Ma and Pa's unfailing love, guidance, and devotion that molded me into the Superman I am today... And I suppose that's why every holiday season I've had to endure since their tragic deaths only serves to remind me how isolated and alone I am... And how out of place a Kryptonian living among Earthmen cannot help but feel this time of year!
Rao preserve me! He's sending them after Lois! He's taunting me... He knows his mystic powers can beat my star-born ones! Well, whatever he's doing, he's going to fail! Whatever it takes, I'm going to prevail! I'm going to beat him! I have to beat him! I have to save Lois!
We're not-- communicating, Thul-Kar. There's a planet out there-- Where I grew up-- That could be reduced to so much space dust if I don't get back. Therefore... I am going to get back...! The only question is whether you'll help voluntarily... Or whether I'll have to rattle you 'til the answers fall out!
The fabric is cold. No trace of Charlie's body heat-- Or the blast of the flames. Just the chill of death. Charlie's gone for good. There's no doubt. Like everything else-- Death looks different in Aethyr's cosmos-- But it's reality-- and finality-- don't change. That thing can kill me, too. But if it does, Earth is doomed... And Charlie's sacrifice was in vain. Look at me, Aethyr!! Look at the loathing-- The contempt-- The rage you've ignited!! It's not what you needed, is it? Not uncertainty! Not fear!!
It feels so odd working alongside him after all our battles together. But Brainiac is only a computer... One who was sadly programmed to be destructive... Which I was able to reprogram for good. I wish it were that easy with all men of evil. I wish there were some switch I could pull that would turn Luthor's genius from a tool of destruction-- Into one which could provide hope! If all evil could be eradicated that simply, mankind could enter into a new golden age... And crime-fighters like myself could happily retire, knowing our super-skills were no longer needed!
Guess my "phantom self" is intangible and undetectable. That clears up another part of the puzzle... Nothing in our universe can exist in two-- or more-- places at the same time! It would be impossible for me to meet myself! That means whenever I travel to a time-- future or past-- when I'm alive, I'll be a phantom!
Besides, three sets of parents would have been too many! I have wonderful memories of my Kryptonian parents... And I have a wonderful life to return to with my Earth-parents! What more could a super-orphan ask for?
Thus ends one of the tragic oversights of baseball, as a man long denied the honors he deserves takes his rightful place along with... Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio-- Willie Mays and Satchel Paige! When asked if he'd like to get into professional baseball again, Frank Jackson said he liked doing what he was doing-- And that he was staying put...
I chased you half across the universe, Mongul... Watched you laugh as you planned murder... Stopped you again and again... How stupid can you be if you think I'm letting you get away now! You're big, Mongul-- And very tough. But that's my second home up in the sky-- And I'm not letting it go the way of my first one! You might be even stronger than I am, Mongul-- But in my time on Earth I've learned that doesn't matter much. Not when you're fighting for something you believe in-- And, Mongul-- I am! You're death, Mongul-- Death incarnate-- And you can't have Earth! Not now... Not ever...
I should have done this months ago! The place hasn't really seemed the same without this big, bright bottle! Even though this is only a down-to-the-last-detail duplicate, it still deserves a place of honor! In my life, few things have meant more to me than the Bottle-City of Kandor!
I can't believe it's happening to me again--! I only pray I can do as much for these poor people as I did for Kandor's original inhabitants!
When I reach the end of this energy stream, I will be out of the dimension of time completely! I'll be frozen in a single, unending moment, which will never pass! Perhaps if I exert all my strength *grunt* I can... No! Only managed to move one arm! But just moving an arm or a leg is no help at all! I still can't break free of this time stream! And if I don't soon-- I never will!
Somebody came up with the idea of cashing in on my name by building an amusement park with a Superboy theme right here in Smallville! That somebody has one big nerve!
11,000 years ago, when he was King of the Empire of Kor, he had that monument fashioned! Today, only a few crumbling ruins of that empire remain-- But Mist still lives!
But I do learn! I've learned that you can't dominate people with threats! I've learned that a hero respects people's rights and feelings-- That he saves lives-- Not endangers them! You're no hero, Pulsar-- Just another little tin dictator... And I'm going to stop you!
I've got to hand it to you, Jimmy-- This is a brilliant piece of investigative reporting! Much as I'd like to continue denying it, there's no way I can get around it: I, Clark Kent, am really Superman... The Man of Steel!
Every so often, I think Smallville is under some sort of jinx! Of all the places on Earth for an alien spaceship to land-- Why here-- On the outskirts of an inconsequential town like Smallville?
Hey-- Who's that girl in the strange get-up-- Standing on sparkle dust?!
I need help, Rokk! I need to get in touch with every available Legionnaire as quickly as possible! I also wish that the rest of the Legion could be here because I'm going to need all the help I can get! Saturn Girl... Lightning Lad... Sun Boy... And all of you-- How good it is to see you again! I only wish it was a more pleasant task that brought me here!
Besides, I wasn't trying to tell you how to do your job, Bruce... I was just worried about you! You drive yourself harder than anyone I've ever met! I figure that one of my duties as your friend is to save you from yourself! Am I forgiven, old friend?
You're more warped than I'd originally believed, Adam! You call people sheep... You think a hero is somehow different than the rest of the "herd"-- Well, you couldn't be more mistaken! It's the nobility of those very people that spurs us on-- That gives us the ideal to live up to-- And the will to smash the likes of you!
It seems I'm always rushing back and forth between my two identities... And giving both the short end of the stick! Sometimes I wish I could really be both Superman and Clark, living each of my lives without the other to worry about!
World of my fathers-- It's almost enough to make me feel helpless in the face of all this! Here I am, the strongest man on Earth, and there's nothing I can do to make it safe for people even to breathe!
They're going to learn what it means to harm the world I've adopted! For when they harm that world, when they harm one man or one woman of the human race-- They've harmed the people and things I love-- And I just-- Won't-- Stand for it!
Useless!?! You maniac-- No one in this universe is useless... Every being has meaning-- Even if only to one other... Somewhere, somehow! Don't try to impose your own insane values on others, Maaldor! The people of this universe may be cowed into accepting your madness because of your power-- But don't for a minute think they believe it... Or follow you out of anything but fear-- A fear I don't happen to share, madman! And don't think there aren't those of us who'll seek revenge for the atrocities you've perpetrated on us-- Even if all it takes is one death to bring on that vengeance! Your kind makes me ill, Maaldor-- And it's about time someone put an end to your insane regime!
Everything's gone wrong for me... All because of Superboy! This is the last time I'm ever going to uncover this costume... No-- On second thought, I don't even want to see it again! I'll get rid of it for good-- Right along with all the misery! I'll never have to listen to people ridiculing me again-- Never have to worry about Ma or Pa getting unhinged because they have to pretend I'm so inadequate! Superboy is gone-- And from now on, Clark Kent is going to live for himself!
By Rao! Sometimes I think Metropolis is just plain jinxed! You never hear of something like this turning up in Boston or Denver or New Orleans! When it comes to trouble, sometimes I seriously wonder if I'm not a magnet in a cape!
Gosh, it sure is neat having a girl friend-- Finally! I was beginning to think I was never going to be able to have a life like the other kids in school because of my secret identity. After all, Superboy keeps a pretty hectic schedule, and it was starting to look like nobody was ever going to fall for plain old Clark.
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