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"The Einstein Connection!": Year after year, Superman nabs Luthor when he breaks out on March 15th. Finally, the Man of Steel figures out the reason for Luthor's actions: he wishes to observe the birthday of his hero, Albert Einstein, by reenacting events in Einstein's life.


Quote1 No! You can't stop me here... ...not now! Not today! Quote2
Lex Luthor

Superman #416 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1986.

Appearing in "The Einstein Connection!"

Featured Characters:

  • Superman (Flashback and main story)
    • (also disguised as)
      • an Unemployed Man
      • a Soda Jerk
      • Jean-Paul Phrogue (a Patent Applicant)

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Lex Luthor (Flashback and main story) also as (Hologram)
    • (also disguised as)
      • Herr Eisner (Patent Office Examiner)

Other Characters:

  • Citizens of Princeton (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Airline Passengers (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • European Patent Applicants (Flashback and main story) (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Thomas Edison (Mentioned only)
  • Albert Einstein (Flashback only)
  • Gary (Unnamed) (Phone call only)
  • Calvin Anderson (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • United Nations (As an illusion only)
  • Washington D.C. Citizens (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Two Pocantico Prison Guards (Unnamed) (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Concussion Blaster
  • Bubble Balloon
  • Lex Luthor's Warsuit (Hologram)
    • Ray Blaster
  • Albert Einstein (Statue only)

Vehicles:

  • Motorboat
  • Jetliner
  • Sailboat

Concepts:

Synopsis for "The Einstein Connection!"

Year after year, Superman nabs Luthor when he breaks out on March 15th. Finally, the Man of Steel figures out the reason for Luthor's actions: he wishes to observe the birthday of his hero, Albert Einstein, by reenacting events in Einstein's life.

Appearing in "The Ghost of Superman Future!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Seven Reporters (from the 21st Century) (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
  • Ralph Nader (Mentioned only)
  • Daily Planet Employees (Unnamed)
  • Gary (Phone call only)
  • Calvin Anderson (Flashback only) (from the previous story) and (Mentioned only) (as Dr. Calvin Anderson from the 21st Century)

Locations:

Items:

  • LexCorp Holocaster
  • Lex Luthor's Warsuit (Flashback only) (Hologram) (from the previous story)
  • Fortress of Solitude Key
  • Cassette Tape

Vehicles:

  • Spacecraft
  • Sailboat (Flashback only) (from the previous story)

Concepts:

Synopsis for "The Ghost of Superman Future!"

While Superman is chasing Luthor, he sees a hologram message from his future self, almost 100 years in the future. The future Superman convinces his younger self to temporarily cease his pursuit of Luthor, as Luthor will soon save a child who will grow up to one day cure him of his obsessive hatred for Superman. No longer focused on defeating Superman, Luthor will then go on to benefit mankind with his inventions.

Notes

  • "The Einstein Connection!" was reprinted in Superman Vs. Lex Luthor and Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years.
  • In the story "The Ghost of Superman Future!" Superman mentioned that he was 130 odd years old.
  • Beginning with this issue, the Superman series starts a short period where the Superman of Earth-One (and all his supporting characters and villains) exist on the post-Crisis New Earth. This period ends when the effects of the Crisis "catches up" with Superman (et al) in The Man of Steel #1.
    • It is unclear why the Crisis did not affect Superman immediately. At the time there were were several powerful beings who were trying to delay, reverse or control the effects of Crisis (including Mekanique, Aphrodite and the Infinite Man), and perhaps this was a side-effect.

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