- 1 Appearing in "The First Two Super-Men!"
- 2 Synopsis for "The First Two Super-Men!"
- 3 Appearing in "The First Supergirl"
- 4 Synopsis for "The First Supergirl"
- 5 Appearing in "Superman's Kid Brother"
- 6 Synopsis for "Superman's Kid Brother"
- 7 Appearing in "The Legion of Super-Heroes"
- 8 Synopsis for "The Legion of Super-Heroes"
- 9 Appearing in "Lois Lane Weds Astonding Man!"
- 10 Synopsis for "Lois Lane Weds Astonding Man!"
- 11 Appearing in "The Mystery of Mighty Boy!"
- 12 Synopsis for "The Mystery of Mighty Boy!"
- 13 Appearing in "The Superman of the Past!"
- 14 Synopsis for "The Superman of the Past!"
- 15 Notes
- 16 Trivia
- 17 See Also
- 18 Recommended Reading
- 19 Links and References
Appearing in "The First Two Super-Men!"
- King Zarl (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The First Two Super-Men!"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #257.
Samson and Hercules, who have learned of the existence of Superboy through a seer, are sent by the prophet to his time to learn what "elixir" he has drunk to make himself invulnerable. They learn his invulnerability is natural, but Superboy and Krypto come back to the past to help the two strongmen triumph over the wicked King Zarl.
Appearing in "The First Supergirl"
- Green Kryptonite
- Magic totem
- Prison Satellite
Synopsis for "The First Supergirl"
This story is reprinted from Superman #123.
The Girl of Steel
Jimmy Olsen visits an old archaeologist who discovers a mystical totem inside of a Native American cave. He gives the totem to Jimmy as a souvenir and tells him of the legend on how to make it work.
Jimmy takes the souvenir home and rubs a jewel in the totem's hilt at midnight. As he had hoped, the spirit residing inside the totem grants Jimmy three wishes. Jimmy's first wish is to provide his pal, Superman, with a Super-Girl companion. A blond-haired female Kryptonian magically appears before him, and flies off to meet Superman.
Super-Girl attempts to help the Man of Steel in his daily patrols, but only manages to hinder his efforts. Every time Superman tries to stave off some emergency, Super-Girl gets in his way and turns every situation into a major blunder.
One day however, a group of thugs spots Superman attempting to repair a broken suspension bridge. Armed with a supply of deadly Kryptonite, they drop the mineral on top of him. Super-Girl spots the ailing Man of Steel and rushes to his aid. She heroically pulls the Kryptonite away, even though she realizes that the meteor's radiation is lethal to her as well. Jimmy Olsen uses the magic totem to wish her back out of existence before she can succumb to Kryptonite poisoning.
The Lost Super-Powers
A few days later, two thugs discover that Jimmy is in possession of the magic totem. They break into his apartment and steal it, then proceeds to use the staff's wish powers to render Superman powerless.
Superman quickly discovers that his powers are not working and walks over to Jimmy's place only to discover that the staff is gone. He quickly deduces that the totem is responsible for his missing abilities, and Jimmy and he embark upon a plan to ferret out the thieves.
Superman volunteers for several public exhibitions, which require him to use his powers. The thieves dress up as reporters to watch Superman, and are shocked when it appears as if his powers had not disappeared at all. Working behind the scenes, Jimmy Olsen compensates for Superman's power loss with an array of strange tricks and illusions. Superman divines the identity of the true culprits, and follows them back to their apartment. However, the thieves are also in possession of a block of Kryptonite, which they then hurl directly at Superman. The Kryptonite fails to have any effect, as Superman is powerless already. The thieves mistakenly believe that Superman is just as powerful as he ever was, and give themselves up.
Superman recovers the magic totem and brings it back to Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy cancels the effects of the second wish, restoring Superman's Kryptonian abilities.
Superman's Return to Krypton
Jimmy decides that it is time to make his final wish with the magic totem. Superman tells him that he should make a wish for himself, but Jimmy feels guilty for allowing the totem to be stolen in the first place. He wants to surprise Superman with his wish, so he types it out, rather than speaking it aloud. His wish is to send Superman back to Krypton to meet his dead parents, Jor-El and Lara. However, Jimmy mis-types the word "meet" and types "mate" instead.
Superman is whisked suddenly through the time stream where he winds up on Krypton many years before his own birth. As he is not meant to exist in this time, Superman can only appear as a phantom spirit. He finds Jor-El and Lara working alongside another Kryptonian named Kil-Lor. He is shocked to discover though, that his future parents are working alongside Kil-Lor to conquer the planet, Krypton. He cannot believe that his parents are actually traitors.
Suddenly, members of the Krypton Bureau of Investigation burst into Kil-Lor's lab and apprehend all three conspirators. Jor-El reveals that he is actually an undercover KBI agent, but fails to provide evidence proving his and Lara's innocence. The agents arrest the three of them, and place them inside a special behavioral modification satellite.
The phantom Superman follows the trajectory of the satellite and finds that he can regain his physical form once he is off the planet. The satellite sets down on an asteroid in a yellow star system. Now a corporeal being, Superman has the chance to physically meet his parents. Kil-Lor however has other plans. He discovers that he has super-strength, speed and the power of flight. He announces his intention to conquer Krypton and Superman and he begin fighting. Superman tricks Kil-Lor into using his super-strength to smash pieces of asteroid rock together, creating a chain reaction that turns the immediate area into Kryptonite. Kil-Lor grows weak from the effect and falls over unconscious.
Superman says his final goodbye to Jor-El and Lara, just as the two propose to one another. He returns to Earth through the space-time barrier and tells Jimmy of his adventure.
Appearing in "Superman's Kid Brother"
Synopsis for "Superman's Kid Brother"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #19.
The Metropolis Charity Show has Jimmy Olsen appearing as a guest of honor, signing autographs for $1, all going to charity. For this occasion, Jimmy dresses up in a Superboy costume and begins to muse about what it would be like to be Superman's kid brother. When Jimmy trips over a wire and falls in a replica of the rocket that brought the young Superman to Earth, it goes off and crashes near by. Having been struck on the head, Jimmy believes himself to be Superman's kid brother and calls himself Superkid, and insists that he aid his "brother" Superman.
Superman meanwhile attempts to try and make Jimmy remember who he truly is, but no matter what he tries, Jimmy manages to convince himself that he has super-powers. It's not until Jimmy assumes his "secret identity" at the Daily Planet, that he gets his memory back. Slipping into a broom closet and changing into his Superkid costume, Jimmy struts around the Daily Planet secure in the belief that nobody is going to mistake Jimmy with Superkid. This of course doesn't work, because the moment Lois notices Jimmy parading around in a Superboy costume, Lois calls him on it, causing him to regain his true memory.
Appearing in "The Legion of Super-Heroes"
- Legion of Super-Heroes (First appearance)
- Time Bubble (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Legion of Super-Heroes"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #247.
One day, Clark Kent is shocked when two young people identify him as Superboy, and later while out on patrol they finds a girl who outs him as Clark Kent. Superboy is shocked when the three teenagers reveal themselves to be members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a group of super-teens from the 30th Century. They introduce themselves as Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy, and Saturn Girl, and they have come to the 20th Century to offer Superboy membership into the Legion.
Taking him to the 30th Century aboard their time sphere, Superboy is then put through an initiation for membership into the Legion. As part of the initiation, Superboy must complete super tasks before members of the Legion can beat him to the punch. However, the Legion members manage to beat him every time and at the end of his trail, Superboy has failed in all three missions he's been sent on. After Superboy is visibly upset by being rejected for Legion membership, the Legion members surprise him by telling him that the entire contest was fixed so that Superboy was destined to fail, and the entire ordeal was only initiation, as the Legion had already decided that he would be a member.
Returning to his native 20th Century, Superboy shows off his medallion to Pa Kent, who congratulates the boy on his recent success.
Appearing in "Lois Lane Weds Astonding Man!"
- Lois Lane (Flashback and main story)
- Astounding Man (Single appearance)
- Geena (Single appearance)
- Oogamooga (Single appearance)
- Lois Lane android (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Lois Lane Weds Astonding Man!"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #18.
An aged man from the alien world of Roxnon uses Astounding Man, a super-powered android, to romance Lois Lane.
Appearing in "The Mystery of Mighty Boy!"
- Chad Kazzan (Single appearance)
- Charise Kaan (Single appearance)
- Charles Keith (Single appearance)
- Rovo (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Mystery of Mighty Boy!"
This story is reprinted from Superboy #85.
Superboy discovers a rocket buried under the ground which contains artifacts from the planet Zumoor. Flying to Zumoor, he meets Mighty Boy, whose origins and powers are similar to his own. Just as Superboy has many important people in his life with the initials L.L., Mighty Boy has many friends with the initials C.K.
Superboy discovers that his presence is having bizarre effects on his friend, so he leaves, never to return.
Appearing in "The Superman of the Past!"
- Lois Lane (First appearance as Loris Laynne)
- Caesar (In dream sequence only)
- Helene (In dream sequence only)
- Italy (In dream sequence only)
- Phuchura (Mentioned only)
- Rome (In dream sequence only)
- United States of America (1960)
Synopsis for "The Superman of the Past!"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #19.
While rehearsing a skit for a Daily Planet show as a slave girl from Roman times, Lois Lane mentally travels back in time after breathing fumes from strange flowers and has an adventure with Samson.
- An all reprint issue.
- No trivia.