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"Superman's Secret Past!": Superman is confronted by a woman who claims to have been married to him for several years and by a super-powered son whom she asserts is his child, but it all turns out to be a hoax of Mr. Mxyzptlk's.

Superman #218 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1969.

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Synopsis for "Superman's Secret Past!"

Superman is confronted by a woman who claims to have been married to him for several years and by a super-powered son whom she asserts is his child, but it all turns out to be a hoax of Mr. Mxyzptlk's.

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Synopsis for "The World of Mr. Mxyzptlk"

This story is reprinted from Action Comics #273.

Continued from last issue... Posing as Marvel Maid on the planet Terra, Supergirl and Marvel Man work together to repair the Fortress of Marvels and return it to space. Marvel Man points out a mystery weapon that Marvel Maid found one day, and Supergirl recognizes it as Earth Lex Luthor's Disintegration Ray, which was thrown into space by Superman in a previous battle.

As Marvel Man returns to his guise of Ken Clark, prisoner, Marvel Maid returns from her mission in space. Impressed with Supergirl's work, she agrees to go to Earth and petition Superman to allow Supergirl to reveal herself to the public on Earth, while Supergirl continues to defend Terra as "Marvel Maid". Arriving on Earth, Marvel Maid decides to keep her presence secret due to her resemblance to Supergirl, and secretly saves a cable car from a lightning strike. Superman mistakes her for Supergirl.

Superman takes Marvel Maid to his Fortress of Solitude where he shows her that he has made a number of Supergirl robots as well as a secret series of films he recorded of Supergirl's many feats which he intends to show on the day which he reveals her to the public. Marvel Maid informs Superman who she really is, and asks Superman to consider revealing Supergirl to the public. She tells Superman of Supergirl's many feats on Terra, and while she messed up initially, being unaware of Terra's subtle differences to Earth (such as false icebergs being flammable) she still saved lives. Superman decides he wants to witness Supergirl in action and the two watch Terra from his computer.

There they witness as Supergirl tries to stop a sinking bridge not realizing that on Terra, bridges sink into the water when boats approach, prompting Marvel Man to go out and secretly save the ship. Superman considers this a total blunder, however Marvel Maid points out that there was a stalled car on the bridge, and while Supergirl may not have been aware of how draw bridges work on Terra, she still saved lives. Superman sends Marvel Maid back to Terra and tells her to send back Supergirl. Before doing so, Marvel Maid tells Marvel Man that he has proven himself capable and reveals him to the public with much fan fare.

Returning back to Earth, Superman regretfully informs Supergirl that she is not yet ready to reveal her to the public. He explains that whenever he goes to other worlds he always researches them first so that nothing takes him by surprise, and tells her that if she took time to read up on the planet Terra she could have avoided her troubles. Although disappointed, Supergirl hopes to some day prove herself to her cousin and knows that when she does, he'll be proud.

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