"The Case of the Funny Paper Crimes": This story is reprinted from Superman #19.
Appearing in "The Case of the Funny Paper Crimes"
- Funny Face, comics creator (First appearance)
- Torgo (comic strip villain)
- Machine-Gun Mike (comic strip villain)
- the Black Raider (comic strip villain)
- Goola (comic strip villain)
- Viper (comic strip villain)
- Perry White
- Sergeant Casey
- Prince Peril (comic strip character)
- Detective Craig (comic strip character)
- Solitary Rider (comic strip character)
- Streak Dugan (comic strip character)
- Happy Daze (comic strip character)
Synopsis for "The Case of the Funny Paper Crimes"
This story is reprinted from Superman #19.
Funny Face, a criminal comics creator, brings a series of comic strip villains to life, and sets them to robbing in Metropolis. Superman deals with these one at a time, until he figures out what's going on. Meanwhile Funny Face transforms Lois Lane from a real person into a comic character. Superman and five famous comic strip heroes team up to rescue Lois, and defeat the villains and their creator.
Appearing in "Clark Kent's College Days"
- Thaddeus V. Maxwell
Synopsis for "Clark Kent's College Days"
This story is reprinted from Superman #125.
When receiving a letter about a college reunion, Superman reflects on the time that he spent in College between living in Smallville and living in Metropolis. He recalls how he attended Metropolis University, and had to adjust to living in a dorm and how to sneak off as Superboy in order to save people without exposing his secret identity.
When Clark participate in scientist Professor Maxwell's science class, the professor becomes suspicious of one of his students being Superboy, when Clark uses his x-ray vision to fix a crack in one of his robots in plain sight. He tries to learn the true answer by having his students subject to a lie detector test under the guise that he's demonstrating how the device works. However, before it's Clark's turn, the bell rings and classes are dismissed, however the Professor is suspicious of Clark being Superboy.
The professor and Clark (both in his civilian guise and as Superboy) have a series of meetings where the professor is attempting to reveal Superboy's secret identity, each time Clark/Superboy manages to pull off super-feats without being detected or exposing his secret identity. In one attempt, he tries to expose Clark to Kryptonite while they are on a field trip to a cave, but Clark quickly releases a gas pocket that knocks everyone out and Clark covers from himself.
Finally, Clark is stuck taking the lie detector test, and when Professor Maxwell asks him if he's Superboy, Clark tells the Professor that he is not, and the machine agrees. This is because Clark had rationalized that he is no longer Superboy, but Superman, and so technically wasn't lying. Finished his recollection, Superman muses over what Professor Maxwell ultimately wrote in his year book that year "Best Wishes to the one boy I am sure is NOT Superboy!"
Appearing in "When Superman Lost His Powers"
Synopsis for "When Superman Lost His Powers"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #262.
Perry White, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen are all in Mexico to explore an ancient Aztec temple for an article in the Daily Planet. When Lois brazenly enters the temple, not heeding its warning, they are all exposed to some strange vapors before they are attacked by a giant insect with a stinger. To his amazement, Clark finds that his super-powers are gone when the insect's sting actually manages to hurt him. When they are attacked by a giant spider and a fire-breathing dragon, Clark suspects that they were somehow transported to another dimension. They flee and seek cover in a cave, where Clark begins to generate a fever from his injuries, Lois suspects him of being Superman. However, when she is able to give him a shot of penicillin and the needle actually punctures his skin, she is fooled once more. Perry and the others leave Clark in the cave to take pictures, while Jimmy turns on his Superman signal watch and wait for Superman to arrive and rescue them.
After an hours rest and waking up alone, Clark changes into Superman and goes outside, where he uses a hollowed out egg to make a dramatic appearance. When the others ask Superman to fly them back to Earth, he suggests to them to stay for 48 hours to get a real scoop of a story for the Daily Planet. Superman manages to fake various super-feats to make them think he still has his powers. He saves them from the fire-breathing dragon by constructing a glider out of his cape. When Lois goes to check on Clark, Superman rushes across giant spider-webs to beat her to the cave and change back into Clark Kent. While Clark is shaving his face, Lois snips some of his hair to once more prove to herself that Clark can't be Superman.
Resuming his Superman guise, Clark fights off a sea serpent and later cooks fish that Jimmy and Perry caught. The latter the others assumed Superman did so with his x-ray vision, however in reality he just coaxed the fire-breathing dragon into cooking the fish with its fire-breath.
Changing back into Clark Kent, the group call it a night, however when they wake up they find themselves back in Mexico at the temple. Their guide tells them that they have been asleep for 2 minutes not 2 days, and when Jimmy checks the film in his camera, he finds that his pictures were ruined by water. Clark is relieved to learn that his super-powers are back to normal. The whole caper ends on an amusing note when Lois, who still had the lock of Clark's hair, tries to cut it again and finding it indestructible, confusing her considerably.
Appearing in "The Mysterious Mr. Mxyzptlk"
- Mister Mxyztplk (First appearance)
- Mayor of Metropolis
Synopsis for "The Mysterious Mr. Mxyzptlk"
This story is reprinted from Superman #30.
Mr. Mxyztplk, a former court jester from Fifth Dimension reaches Metropolis and begins a thrill of pranks with its inhabitants.
Appearing in "Superman, Cartoon Hero!"
- Superman (animated version)
- Lois Lane (animated version)
- The Mad Scientist (animated)
- Perry White (animated version)
- Daily Planet
- Empire Theater
- Metropolis (animated version)
- Daily Planet (animated version)
- Prison Island (in the cartoon)
- The Mad Scientist's giant robot
Synopsis for "Superman, Cartoon Hero!"
This story is reprinted from Superman #19.
Lois and Clark attend a screening of a Superman cartoon at a local movie theater and Clark tries to distract Lois from the screen in order to protect his secret identity. Lois is very annoyed by this.
Appearing in "The Eye of Metropolis!"
- John Bates
- Professor Vidal
Synopsis for "The Eye of Metropolis!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #250.
Perry White sends Clark Kent to appear on the show "The Eye of Metropolis", a show hosted by John Bates, it's popular for it's celebrity guests who are questioned by Bates. Perry sends Clark to go on the show because it could be good publicity for the Daily Planet. When Clark appears on the set, he decides to use his x-ray vision to try and see what sort of questions John Bates will be asking and is shocked to find that the notebook with the questions are lined with lead, leading Clark to suspect that John Bates may have deduced Superman's secret identity.
As the show begins, Bates presents a series of filmed and photographed events around Clark Kent that would implicate him of being Superman. With each story, Clark is able to explain to himself to John Bates: How when he fell into a volcano, Superman instantly appeared and Kent surfaced unharmed, Clark explained that Superman "saved" him at super-speed. When Bates shows a photo of Clark Kent being shot by a thief on the set of a movie studio, Clark explains that the bullets in the gun were blanks, by boldly shooting himself in the chest with the very same gun on camera (changing the bullets with blanks at super-speed.) Later he explains how he was able to get a story about Superman foiling a prison break during a horrible storm that knocked out the telephone lines by communicating to Perry White from the prison using it's beacon to send the story via mores code.
As a final attempt at exposing Clark Kent as Superman, Bates has Clark strapped to a lie detector machine and has him answer questions. When Clark is asked the question "Do you have super-powers" he opens a special lead lined compartment in his watch that contains a tiny grain of Kryptonite, this causes Clark to lose his super-powers briefly to answer the question truthfully. Upping the ante, John has Clark's eyes and mouth covered with devices that would block out Superman's x-ray vision and super breath and has him ask the most important at all "Are you really Superman?" When Clark answers no, the machine states he wasn't lying. Clark had beat the machine, by moving his hands to generate cold air to temporarily freeze the lie detectors needle. Convinced that Clark Kent isn't Superman, John Bates thanks him for being on the show.
- "The Mysterious Mr. Mxyzptlk" was originally titled "The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk".
- "Superman, Cartoon Hero!" was originally titled "Superman, Matinee Idol".
- "Superman, Cartoon Hero!" is introduced as "Our very first Imaginary Story". (sic)
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