"The Curse of Kryptonite!": While building a pipe-line across the desert, Superman accidentally uncovers a chunk of Kryptonite. Exposed to it's rays he begins to weaken, although he tries to destroy it, his fading powers are only able to knock it a short distance away,
Appearing in "The Curse of Kryptonite!"
Synopsis for "The Curse of Kryptonite!"
While building a pipe-line across the desert, Superman accidentally uncovers a chunk of Kryptonite. Exposed to it's rays he begins to weaken, although he tries to destroy it, his fading powers are only able to knock it a short distance away, making it's radiations slowly poisoning him.
As Superman attempts to get away, he recalls all his past experiences with Kryptonite, recalling it's origins, it's effects on him, and how he can protect himself sometimes with lead, in practical situations. He also recalls that his Superman robots are programmed to feign being effected by Kryptonite, and that he has the aid of Supergirl whenever he's in trouble.
Just then, a gust of wind blows through the pipe line knocking the Kryptonite meteor away, he soon realizes that it was blown away by Krypto who had come to save his master. After the experience, Superman wonders which version of Kryptonite is worse: Red or green?
Appearing in "The Super-Servant of Crime!"
Synopsis for "The Super-Servant of Crime!"
When Perry White asks Superman to help collect another $500,000 dollars for a charity, Superman pays a visit to Badly, who maintains property for the criminal Malloy. There, Superman digs up the last of a supply of gold under the property, but before leaving he sees a dinosaur skeleton. Malloy shows up shortly after Superman departs, and Baldy asks him to pay him in back wages for maintaining the property that Malloy uses as a hideout (And that Malloy believes is worthless.) When Superman comes back for the dinosaur skeleton, Malloy learns the truth about the gold under his property and demands that Superman either give it back or pay him with something of equal value. Baldy warns Superman not to help out Malone because he is a criminal. Superman agrees to bring him one item for each time he took from Malloy's property.
Superman complies, and when Malloy tells him to bring him the worlds biggest diamond, Superman purposely "mishears" him and brings him back the worlds biggest Baseball diamond. When Malloy tells him to get real diamonds, as in "ice" (a slang term for diamonds) Superman takes his command literally and brings him an iceberg. When Malloy then asks for "dough", Superman literally interprets his request and brings him a gigantic cake. Demanding that Superman bring him treasure, Superman complies, however it turns out to be a stack of envelopes containing Confederate money from the Civil War, and is effectively worthless.
Madder than ever, Malloy tells Superman to bring him a ton of gold, Superman complies, but he fuses 2 tons worth of gold bricks into one giant brick and then "accidentally" drops it in a nearby pool of quicksand, knowing that the greedy Malloy wouldn't waste his last request (avoiding prison) if he could gain something of value first. Malloy uses his second to last wish to get Superman the worlds fastest horse so that he can use it to make a fortune in horse bets. Superman complies, however the wild horse runs away. Accepting his losses, Malloy tells Superman to do nothing to capture him, Superman complies but Baldy isn't bound to Malloy request and knocks him out cold to be apprehended by the police. As reward for Baldy's assistance and honest nature, Superman gives him one of the envelopes of lost Confederate money, identifying that a stamp on one of the envelopes is rare and worth $5000.
Appearing in "The Town That Hated Superman!"
- Bruce Cyrus
Synopsis for "The Town That Hated Superman!"
When Superman saves the town of Cyrusville, he finds that they hate Superman and that the mayor, Bruce Cyrus has placed a ban on Superman in the town and ordered his police force to attack Superman on sight. Curious as to why, Superman disguises himself as "Kent Clark" so that he can investigate the town. In walking through the town, he finds that there is a rampant anti-Superman mentality in the town. Deciding to investigate further, he takes a job at the local newspaper to get to the bottom of why Bruce Cyrus hates Superman so much. When he tries to publish a story about how he -- as Superman -- saved the town from a missile, the editor smashes the newspaper template for the story. He learns that Cyrus has a lot of sway over public opinion because he has invested so much money into everything and created a model town with no crime.
When the an airplane drops a bunch of Superman dolls for charity, Cyrus has them all rounded up to be burned in public. Feeling this was the last straw (comparing this to Nazi book burning) Superman decides to purposely blow his Kent Clark cover and confront Cyrus. Revealing his identity, and meeting with the towns people, he learns that nobody has any personal grudge against Superman except for Cyrus himself. Cyrus, having never met the Man of Steel in person, tells him to accompany him back to his office where he will explain why he hates Superman so much.
There Superman learns that Cyrus was an orphan as a young boy and stayed at the same orphanage as Superbaby did. Going through the time barrier to witness the events, Cyrus points out that on the very day that Superbaby was adopted, the playful super-tot pulled a carpet out from under him throwing him out a window and into the mud, ruining his chance at being adopted by a family, whom he believed ended up adopting Superbaby. Superman shows him that they had chosen another boy, and that Superbaby didn't pull the rug with bad intention in mind, but to save the young Cyrus from a falling chandelier.
Having realized the truth, Cyrus asks to be brought back to the present and decides to change his anti-Superman stance, allowing a Superman inspired x-ray machine to be used in the town.
- The Curse of Kryptonite is reprinted in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 2.
- The Super-Servant of crime is reprinted in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 2.
- The Town That Hated Superman is reprinted in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 2.
- This entire issue is reprinted (in black and white) in Showcase Presents: Superman Vol. 1
- It is revealed that Superman tried 855,019 times to create an antidote to kryptonite before giving up.
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