"Peril on Pogo Island": Clark Kent and Lois Lane go on a vacation cruise. A girl falls overboard, and Clark rescues her. The next day, Clark and Lois meet the girl and her fiance, Nan Wilson and Niles Grant. Nan says that she was hit on the head ju
Superman #12 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1941. It was published on July 2, 1941.
- 1 Synopsis for "Peril on Pogo Island"
- 2 Appearing in "Peril on Pogo Island"
- 3 Synopsis for "The Suicide Murders"
- 4 Appearing in "The Suicide Murders"
- 5 Synopsis for "The Grotak Bund"
- 6 Appearing in "The Grotak Bund"
- 7 Synopsis for "The Beasts of Luthor"
- 8 Appearing in "The Beasts of Luthor"
- 9 Notes
- 10 See Also
- 11 Recommended Reading
- 12 Links and References
Synopsis for "Peril on Pogo Island"
Clark Kent and Lois Lane go on a vacation cruise. A girl falls overboard, and Clark rescues her. The next day, Clark and Lois meet the girl and her fiance, Nan Wilson and Niles Grant. Nan says that she was hit on the head just before she fell in. The cruise stops off at Pogo Island, which Nan has inherited. They find that the natives don't like Nan. They leave a token on her door. Clark sees that it is poisoned, and throws it away before she cam touch it. The native workers are chanting around a bonfire, calling Nan "Inga", which the foreman, Carl Bogart, says means "witch". A boy falls into the fire, and Nan takes him back to the house to care for him. The natives knock a tree down in an attempt to kill Nan. Clark changes to Superman, and catches the tree. The natives shoot poison darts, but Superman deflects them. The others go back to the house while Superman fights off the natives. Some other natives try to roll a boulder on top of the house, and Superman throws it back, into the path of another, shattering both. The natives want to leave the white people alone, as they are scared of Superman, but their Witch-Doctor agitates them. They try to set a fire, but Superman builds a ditch. They capture Lois, Nan and Niles and tie them to stakes, but when they find the injured boy was cared for, they decide not to burn them. But the Witch-Doctor does so anyway. Superman rescues them, and the natives run away. Some soldiers arrive, and Superman slips away. The soldiers arrest them, and the Witch-Doctor, and take them to their submarine. Lois deduces it is a secret refueling base. The Witch-Doctor reveals himself to be the foreman, and explains that the country that built the base hired him to keep people away. Superman arrives, and knocks out several soldiers, as the rest herd their prisoners onto the submarine. Superman retrieves it, frees the prisoners, and changes back to Clark Kent.
Appearing in "Peril on Pogo Island"
- Carl Bogart (Single appearance)
- Nan Wilson (Single appearance)
- Niles Grant (Single appearance)
- Natives of Pogo Island (Single appearance)
- Grenodier (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Suicide Murders"
Thomas Corday, Daniel Steele and Robert Starbuck all die, either in accidents or suicide, but Clark Kent runs a story suggesting they are murders. This risky article draws criticism from his colleagues and the Police. A man calling himself Eugene Starbuck arrives at the Planet offices, and asks to speak with Clark. He takes him outside and pushes him under a car. At superspeed, Clark twists out of danger, but the man disappears. He finds out that there never was a Eugene Starbuck. When Burton Steele arrives, Clark mistakes him for another impostor, partly due to a false beard, but he is just an actor. Meanwhile, a man called Bryson has been caught embezzling to pay gambling debts by his partner, Malford. Malford gives him a day to replace the money before calling the cops. Bryson is kidnapped and taken to a man who promises to kill Malford for $10,000. He agrees after he is told either Malford dies or he does. The brakes on Malford's car are disconnected but Superman, patrolling in the hope of proof of his theories, saves it and fixes the brakes. The next day Bryson is arrested. The boss who arranged the attempted murder shoots the henchman who sabotaged the brakes. The boss finds a new client in the form of multi-millionaire Max Binder, who has gone bust. In exchange for a few thousand, the boss will fake an accident so his family will get the life insurance money. Meanwhile, Perry sends Clark to interview Binder. He notices Binder talks as though he was already dead. When leaving, he sees a balcony about to collapse, with Max on it. He changes to Superman, catches Binder, and is told all about the scam, as Binder is now determined to make a new start. When a thug comes to tell Binder to pay more or die anyway, Superman catches him and learns of a plot to kill Senator McPhail. Superman arrives to prevent the killing and catches the boss, delivering him to the police.
Appearing in "The Suicide Murders"
- The Boss (Single appearance)
- Chips (Only appearance; dies)
- Senator McPhail (Single appearance)
- Max Binder (Single appearance)
- Malford (Single appearance)
- Bryson (Single appearance)
- Thomas Corday (Appears only as a corpse)
- Daniel Steele (Appears only as a corpse)
- Robert Starburck (Appears only as a corpse)
Synopsis for "The Grotak Bund"
A number of industries involved in the rearming process suffer disasters. Convinced these are not accidents, Clark Kent and Lois Lane go to a prison and speak to a man who was caught near one of the disasters acting suspiciously. However, the man refuses to talk, and attacks Clark. He dodges, but refuses to hit back. Lois leaves, upset, and Clark changes to Superman. But before he can begin his own interrogation, he sees several thugs break in and rescue the man, taking Sergeant Casey hostage. As Superman follows their car, he catches Casey just as he is thrown out of the car. By the time he returns to the chase, the man has been shot and abandoned. He tells Superman that he wishes to get even on the double-crossers who shot him, but dies before he says more than the word "Calden". State troopers arrive, and mistake Superman for the killer. He tries to explain, but then just flies away. Later, Clark and Lois are told that Superman is accused of murder, but Lois refutes the accusation on the strength of Casey's testimony. They are sent investigate the near-explosion at another plant. They learn about the time bomb found at the last minute, and are shown where it was planted. As they leave, Lois tells Clark of a hunch she has that the saboteur will try again, but Clark refuses to help her investigate. He changes to Superman and keeps watch. The night watchman lets her through, as he is one of the saboteurs, and his colleague decides to just blow the place up with Lois inside, so she will be thought responsible. They tie her up and set the bomb. When they leave, Superman rescues her and puts out the bomb. He catches the crooks, and puts them in the path of an oncoming train to make them talk. They tell him that they're members of the Grotak Bund, which are destroying America's defence efforts. They go to the meeting place and tell their leader they failed. He goes to shoot them as Superman swoops in, knocks out the henchmen and sends the leader fleeing. After an explosion covers his escape route, Superman calls the police to take custody of the henchmen (and incriminating records) before changing back to Clark and entering with the federal raiders. The henchmen tell how their boss always wore a mask. Returning to the Daily Planet, he is told that Lois went to interview patriot Calvin Denby. Guessing the interviewee to be Calden, Clark changes to Superman and arrives as Denby tries to shoot Lois, thinking she knows his secret. Superman blocks the bullet, and it rebounds, knocking out Denby.
Appearing in "The Grotak Bund"
- Grotak Bund
- Calvin Denby
- Stanley Pelham
- Sam Spencer
- Waltz (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "The Beasts of Luthor"
At the offices of the Daily Planet, a man named Dudley Barnes warns of a menace lurking on Baracoda Island. Perry White dismisses him, but Clark Kent and Lois Lane follow him. They have lunch, and Barnes tells his story. He was kidnapped and taken to Baracoda Island, where he met biologist Stephen Cardine. They work on developing giant animals, but Barnes soon learnt that the animals were going to be used to take over the world, and refused to do anything more. He escaped and came to Metropolis. Clark and Lois believe him and arrange to meet in two hours. Meanwhile, they are sent to interview Allen Masters, a hunter and explorer. They tell him about the giant animals on Baracoda Island. He offers to take a party in his submarine to investigate. But, Barnes is found dead, poisoned by a venom secreted by ants. This convinces Masters. Clark tries to back out, but Lois stops him. Instead, he turns up with a large trunk of 'clothes'. Once aboard, he feigns seasickness and watches the sub progress with his x-ray vision. The sub becomes stuck in the rocks, and Clark changes to Superman and uses a lock mechanism contained in the trunk to leave and free the sub. They arrive at a neighbouring island and find that the right to approach Baracoda Island has been granted to someone else by the owners, Grimes and Von Harbitz. The sub is seized and the occupants imprisoned. Clark changes to Superman, frees them, and liberates the sub. The owners of the islands send a destroyer to eliminate the sub. Superman diverts the depth charges and spreads oil on the surface of the sea, fooling the owners. Superman stays with the sub as it approaches Baracoda Island, guiding it through a minefield and fighting off a giant octopus. When the sub docks, they are welcomed by Cardine. As they tour the island, Clark notices artillery batteries carefully hidden. Meanwhile, the sailors on the sub mutiny and try to flee, but they hit a mine. On the island, the party are shown to the boss, who is revealed to be Luthor. He throws them in prison. Once again Superman escapes, and covers his tracks. He speaks with Cardine, and asks why he works for someone as evil as Luthor. Cardine refuses to believe Luthor is evil without proof. Superman catches Grimes and Von Harbitz in the same complex, tells them that Luthor promised he could rule the world, and escorts them to Cardine. At the time, Grimes and Von Harbitz argue bitterly over who exactly Luthor promised sole world leadership to. Superman convinces all three to help take down Luthor. They free Lois and Masters and break into the laboratory. Superman starts to destroy the equipment when Masters pulls a gun and threatens to kill Lois unless Superman stops. He explains that he has financed Luthor, killed Barnes and brought the two curious reporters to the island to kill them. Luthor arrives and hits Superman with a paralysis gun, before having him thrown into a jungle full of giant beasts. He then has all the others dropped down, except for Lois. Superman survives and revives, although too late to save the others. He rescues Lois just as Luthor sets the island to blow up, telling Lois he already evacuated Clark. When they arrive back at Metropolis, they find a monstrous beast attacking. Superman fights it off as Lois writes up the story. However, she finds that Clark has, once again, scooped her.
Appearing in "The Beasts of Luthor"
- Allen Masters (Only appearance; dies)
- Von Harbitz (Only appearance; dies) (Reformed)
- Bill Grimes (Only appearance; dies) (Reformed)
- Stephen Cardine (Only appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
- Dudley Barns (Only appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
- "The Beasts of Luthor" is reprinted in Superman: From the 30's to the 70's and Superman: From the 30's to the 80's.
- This issue is reprinted in The Superman Archives Vol. 3 and Superman Chronicles Vol. 7.
- Also contains text story "Safe Job" by Roger Forrest.
- 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)