"The Why": Lex spars with Mercy Graves until the television displays a special report about Superman. Lex loses interest in sparring and goes to his office. When Superman flies by, he leaves the office firing an employee with a Superman collectible along the way. Outside he stops at a newsstand
President Luthor Secret Files and Origins #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of March, 2001. It was published on January 17, 2001.
Synopsis for "The Why"
Lex spars with Mercy Graves until the television displays a special report about Superman. Lex loses interest in sparring and goes to his office. When Superman flies by, he leaves the office firing an employee with a Superman collectible along the way. Outside he stops at a newsstand and is angered by the sight of Superman on a magazine cover. He buys a newspaper and goes to a fancy restaurant for lunch. He makes eye contact with a beautiful woman but leaves promptly when he spots her Superman logo tattoo. He goes to a deli but sees that three delicious sandwiches are named after Superman while one less appealing one is named for himself. He goes to a hot dog stand in a park and is soon hit by a wayward Frisbee. The kid who retrieves it is wearing a Superman t-shirt. Finally having enough he throws his newspaper on the ground but is surprised to see a picture of Superman standing in front of the White House. The text of the story has a quote from Superman who says, "I am an American. If the President needs me, I'll be there." Lex decides he will run for President.
Appearing in "The Why"
- Superman (Cameo)
Synopsis for "The Most Suitable Person"
Wednesday, September 13, 2000 – Night. Lex's bodyguards watch Talia Al Ghul and when she is alone and settled Lex knocks on her door. He invites Talia to run LexCorp for him while he runs for President. She seems disinterested so Lex brings up her past as the daughter of Ras Al Ghul. Talia says she has taken the last name "Head" (pronounced HEED in the British way). Lex tells her that he can protect her from her father but she orders him to leave. Later, as she sleeps, she is attacked by several ninjas/assassins but escapes with the help of Luthor's bodyguards who take her to safety. In the morning she is taken to meet with Lex. She accuses him of arranging the attack in order to coerce her into accepting his offer but he manages to convince her that he would not have orchestrated the death of seventeen innocents (who died in the explosion caused by the rescue). She agrees to listen to his proposal.
Appearing in "The Most Suitable Person"
Synopsis for "Profile Pages"
Profile pages of numerous characters
Appearing in "Profile Pages"
- Talia Head
- Lex Luthor
- Pete Ross
- Lana Lang
- Luthor's Presidential Cabinet
Synopsis for "The Great Debate"
Appearing in "The Great Debate"
- Abra Kadabra (In dream sequence only)
- Black Mask (In dream sequence only)
- Catwoman (In dream sequence only)
- Eclipso (In dream sequence only)
- Kestrel (In dream sequence only)
- Kobra (In dream sequence only)
- Metallo (In dream sequence only)
- Poison Ivy (In dream sequence only)
- Riddler (In dream sequence only)
- Scarecrow (In dream sequence only)
- Sinestro (In dream sequence only)
- Starro (In dream sequence only)
Synopsis for "Rockets' Red Glare..."
President Luthor mingles with Senator Compton at one of his events. She asks about his marital status and the presumed death of his wife, the Contessa. She points out that the Contessa's body was never found but Luthor assures her that if she were alive, he'd find her. At the same time in a secret hideout in Siberia, the Contessa and her crew are hit by twelve missiles presumably killing everyone. Luthor hears the news and informs the Senator that he's just been informed that his divorce has become final.
Appearing in "Rockets' Red Glare..."
- Senator Compton
Synopsis for "Power Couple"
Circe visits Lex Luthor at the White House, turning all opposition into animals. She offers her services to Lex as wife, passionate lover, and First Lady promising to use her powers to help in any way and secure high positions of power against their mutual enemies in exchange for taking her in and her baby daughter Lyta. Annoyed and disgusted, Lex rebuffs her, causing her to leave in frustration and shame. As she leaves she is approached by a mysterious man who invites her to join him in "ruling the world."
Appearing in "Power Couple"
Synopsis for "He's Coming Mr. Lew-Thor!"
Nathaniel Mackelvany reports for work despite Mercy Graves' obviously dislike and suspicions as to why he was selected.
Appearing in "He's Coming Mr. Lew-Thor!"
- This issue is reprinted in the Superman: President Lex collection.
- The Why is reprinted in Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years.
Links and References
Secret Files and Origins