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"Secret of the Phantom Quarterback!": Former Metropolis Meteors star quarterback Steve Lombard is walking down the street when he sees a baby falling from a building. He saves the infant, but awakens an old knee injury that he gain


Quote1 Lombard would flatten himself against my invulnerable body like an accordion if I didn't "give"! Lucky for "Slinger" I can control my temper! At times like this, a secret identity is a real pain! Quote2
Clark Kent

Superman #264 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1973.

Appearing in "Secret of the Phantom Quarterback!"

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Antagonists:

  • Phantom Quarterback (Single appearance)

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Vehicles:

  • Traffic Jam (Destroyed)

Synopsis for "Secret of the Phantom Quarterback!"

Former Metropolis Meteors star quarterback Steve Lombard is walking down the street when he sees a baby falling from a building. He saves the infant, but awakens an old knee injury that he gained during his pro football years. A scientific "miracle worker" named Frederic Fowe witnesses the spectacle and offers to treat Steve's injuries. He uses a special solar healing ray which quickly restores Lombard to proper health. However, the ray also demonstrates an unusual side-effect, as it creates a solar-powered energy being based upon Steve's likeness. The energy being adorns itself in one of Steve's old football jerseys and becomes the Phantom Quarterback.

The Phantom Quarterback bounds across Metropolis committing random acts. Superman arrives on the scene, and determines that the entity is more a nuisance than an aid, and so he launches the creature into outer space where it impacts with a sunspot on Earth's sun.

Later, Morgan Edge of WGBS hires Steve Lombard to work for him as a sportscaster. Clark Kent and Lois Lane immediately take a disliking to Steve who irritates them with his aloof attitude and quirky behavior.

Appearing in "The Headband Warriors of Krypton!"

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Other Characters:

  • Nim-Ed's Mother

Locations:

  • Krypton
    • Taka-Ne's Fortress (Flashback only)
      • Stone Quarry (Flashback only)

Items:

  • Gorlik Plague (Hoax) (Flashback only)
  • Headbands (Flashback only)

Vehicles:

  • Winged One (In dream sequence only)

Synopsis for "The Headband Warriors of Krypton!"

A Kryptonian mother tells her son Nim-Ed how the ancient hero Rik-Ar overthrew the tyrant Taka-Ne with slings made of headbands, which were worn in his honor thereafter.

Notes

  • Steve Lombard becomes a regularly recurring supporting character with this issue.

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