"Smallville": This story is reprinted from Superman: Secret Identity #1.
DC Comics Presents: Superman - Secret Identity #1 is an issue of the series DC Comics Presents: Superman - Secret Identity (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 2011. It was published on October 19, 2011.
Synopsis for "Smallville"
This story is reprinted from Superman: Secret Identity #1.
Clark Kent lives in Picketsville, Kansas. His parents had named him after the fictional superhero, Superman. Growing up, Clark had been teased and bullied for his namesake. He did however find refuge on an old tractor where he uses his Dad's old typewriter to write his thoughts down. Sometimes he goes hiking and enjoys just being alone with himself. On one of these hiking trips, he wakes up to find himself levitating up in the air, discovering that he has the powers of Superman. At first he just uses his powers to avoid his bullies, but later on he decides to save people in need of help.
This attracts a lot of attention, from reporters to paranormal experts to government agents. Curious to find answers to his new powers, he interviews himself with Wendy Case, the first reporter to write a story about him. Clark Kent decides to work with Wendy to reveal secrets about his past and have her handle the publicity. After a few meetings, he learns that Wendy had planned to record him via video camera, breaking her initial deal with him. Clark decides to go ahead and release his identity at the Picketsville Annual Halloween Festival dressed up as Superman.
Once he had arrived, a gas main which had been rigged by Wendy Case, explodes. Stunned at first, Clark tries to save as many people as possible, moving fast enough as to not be seen. The last person he saves is Cassie who is trapped under a beam. As he saves her, reporters including Wendy Case come across him. Clark then realized that Wendy had set the explosions to lure Clark out. He then pretends to lose his powers, which make him a local hero, having Wendy jailed, and earning the respect of his tormentors and Cassie.
Appearing in "Smallville"
- Clark Kent (First appearance)
- Laura Kent
- David Kent
- Mike Aurie
- Wendy Case
Synopsis for "Metropolis"
This story is reprinted from Superman: Secret Identity #2.
Years later, Clark Kent moves to Manhattan where he now works for the New Yorker. While he is successful at writing, he also saves lives, which attract even more attention of the government. At a restaurant he meets Lois Chaudhari, an interior designer. They love each other very much, so much that Clark decides to tell her about his powers. While saving what he thought were civilians, but in reality overnment agents, Clark is attacked and knocked unconcious. He is taken to a government testing facility where he is experimented on. Clark manages to escape but discovers that the same people who caught him had been testing and killing others, some toddlers and infants. Enraged, he destroys the building, but not before he carries the guards posted there safely out. Horrified by what he saw, Clark stops coming to work for four days and hides in his apartment, even severing his contact with Lois. He decides to get glasses as to not be recognized as easily. He returns to work and stays with Lois but he is still agitated because of his time at the government facility. Although Clark decides to continue saving people, he is more cautious not to be caught again. Meanwhile, Clark's writing career takes off, and he shares his secret with Lois, now feeling more confident and ready for what the world now throws at him.
Appearing in "Metropolis"
- Lois Chaudari (First appearance)