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"Superman: The Super-Sword": Perry White goes on vacation leaving the rest of the staff at the Daily Planet to continue working without him, Lois publishes a story about how Superman had recently put "Bull" Mathews


Quote1 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! Quote2
Superman

Superman #124 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1958.

Appearing in "Superman: The Super-Sword"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • "Bull" Mathews

Other Characters:

  • Black Knight
  • Captain of the Betsy Lee
  • Jones, the Lettersetter
  • Merlin (In picture only)

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Ambulance
  • Armored Car
  • Police Car
  • Ship ("The Betsy Lee")
  • TV News Truck

Synopsis for "Superman: The Super-Sword"

Perry White goes on vacation leaving the rest of the staff at the Daily Planet to continue working without him, Lois publishes a story about how Superman had recently put "Bull" Mathews gang behind bars. News comes out about a mysterious knight trapped in a block of ice, prompting Clark to change into Superman to investigate. Smashing the knight out of the chunk of ice, he is shocked to find that the Black Knight is actually alive and was apparently trapped in that ice centuries ago by Merlin.

Brought back to Metropolis, the Black Knight then begins a crime spree, which gets the attention of Bull Mathews himself who is still at large. During another robbery, the Knight is stopped by Superman, however the Man of Steel is apparently wounded by the Knight's Enchanted Super-Sword and has to be taken to a hospital.

The Black Knight is then propositioned by Bull Mathews to purchase the Knights sword so that he can kill Superman with it, a deal that the Knight accepts for $30,000. With the Super-Sword Mathews seemingly slays Superman, however when he goes to pay the Knight, Superman arrives alive and well, the whole plan really a trick to catch Bull Mathews. The next day, the Knight shows up at the Daily Planet and reveals himself to be none other than Perry White, who asked to help catch Mathews by Superman.

Appearing in "Superman: Mrs. Superman"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • "Green Hand" Gang (Mentioned only)

Other Characters:

  • Boat Captain
  • Native Tribe
    • Bridal Party
    • Chief Mawmba

Locations:

  • Unnamed Island
    • Cave
    • Native Village
    • Volcano

Items:

  • Blow-torch
  • Green Kryptonite
  • Message In a Bottle
  • Meteorite
  • Super Magnetic Device
  • Volcano

Vehicles:

  • "Flying Newsroom" Helicopter (Destroyed)
  • Ocean Liner

Synopsis for "Superman: Mrs. Superman"

While coming back from an overseas assignment, Clark Kent and Lois Lane's helicopter is knocked out of the sky by a meteor, forcing them to parachute to safety. They end up on a deserted island, and Clark soon realizes to his horror that the meteorite causes the volcano to spray Green Kryptonite dust into the air, and the lava beneath the island also has Kryptonite in it, and there is no lead around to protect him. Thinking that he's trapped on the island forever, Clark decides that he should reveal his secret identity to Lois and as her to marry him. At first, Lois doesn't believe that Clark is Superman, however, taking off his civilian clothes and showing his super powers quickly changes her mind.

Finding a tribe on the island, Superman and Lois Lane arrange to get married, however before the wedding there is an earthquake that causes the Kryptonite in the volcano to disperse. Superman realizing he's off the hook then orchestrates a series of props to show Lois that Clark Kent was using trickery to convince her that he's really Superman, and she falls for it. Clark then tosses a message in a bottle out to sea which is quickly found and they are rescued in time for Lois to publish a story about the Green Hand Gang.

Appearing in "Superman: The Steeplejack of Steel"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Bart Benton
  • T.B. Oliver

Other Characters:

  • Construction Workers

Locations:

Items:

  • Acetylene Torch
  • Asbestos
  • Rebar
  • Rivets
  • Quick Set Concrete

Vehicles:

  • Crane
  • Concrete Mixer
  • Train

Synopsis for "Superman: The Steeplejack of Steel"

While out on patrol, Superman notices the construction of the new Metropolis sky tower had been compromised and uses his powers to repair the damage. Suspecting shoddy workman ship, Superman decides to go undercover when he notices that they are looking to hire more workers. In the guise of "Kirk Brent", Superman is hired on the job, however the construction manager — who is using substandard materials to build the tower — believes that "Brent" might be a building inspector trying to expose him. As Superman works on the job, the job boss constantly tries to prompt "accidents" that would put "Brent" out of work, however Superman's super powers and quick thinking defuse all the attempts. Eventually, Superman learns the identity of the boss behind the operation and busts both of them. Superman completes the skyscraper using super-speed, while ensuring that the workers still get paid. Later, as Clark Kent, he capitalizes on the bust by publishing the expose in the Daily Planet, and the building is named the "Superman Skytower" in his honour.

Notes

Trivia

  • On the cover to this issue, the Black Knight is seen saying, "On Guard". What he should actually be saying is, "En guarde".



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