"The Second Coming of Superman!": This story is reprinted from DC Special Series #5.
The Best of DC #59 is an issue of the series The Best of DC (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1985. It was published on January 3, 1985.
- 1 Synopsis for "The Second Coming of Superman!"
- 2 Appearing in "The Second Coming of Superman!"
- 3 Synopsis for "The One Minute of Doom!"
- 4 Appearing in "The One Minute of Doom!"
- 5 Synopsis for "Let My People Grow!"
- 6 Appearing in "Let My People Grow!"
- 7 See Also
- 8 Recommended Reading
- 9 Links and References
Synopsis for "The Second Coming of Superman!"
This story is reprinted from DC Special Series #5.
While on a trip to Earth's past 100 million years ago, Superman prevents a giant waterspout spawned by cosmic energy from destroying the Earth. Unnoticed by Superman, his actions inadvertently grant immortality to the Quorxa, alien refugees inhabiting an invisible island city. Over time these aliens come to fervently worship Superman as a god. In the present a Quorxa scout witnesses the rise out of the ocean of a giant Superman status created by the undersea city of Tritonis as a gift for Superman Day in Metropolis. This sighting is taken as a sign of the second coming of their god, so the Quorxa send the woman Ryla as their emissary to seek Superman out. While in Metropolis she causes problems for the confused Superman and his friends. When she discovers that the Quorxa are losing their immortality, she brings Superman back to her city to help. He unsuccessfully tries to convince the Quorxa that he is not a god.
Meanwhile Lex Luthor has discovered the Quorxa city and steals their holy book. Seeking out Brainiac for help, they read the strange story of how the Quorxa's Superman religion came about, which inspires a plan to kill Superman. They recreate the cosmic waterspout in order to drain Superman of his ectoplasm and super-powers. When Superman is seemingly killed, Brainiac betrays Luthor, planning to use the waterspout's energy to power a shrinking ray that will shrink the entire Earth. Superman is able to re-absorb enough of his ectoplasm and super-powers from the S-shaped holy symbols carried by the Quorxa to be able to stop the shrinking ray. The Quorxa, their immortality again inadvertently restored by Superman's actions, add his latest triumph over the villains to their holy book.
Appearing in "The Second Coming of Superman!"
Synopsis for "The One Minute of Doom!"
This story is reprinted from Superman #150.
When a tornado threatens Metropolis, Superman is there to stop it but instead of staying to accept thanks for his heroic deeds, Superman flies off to meet another appointment, witnesses note that Superman looked upset about something. In deep space, Krypto builds a Doghouse of Solitude for himself when he too recalls that there is an important matter he needs to attend too and flies back to Earth. Also Supergirl, while secretly helping children fish suddenly has to leave as well.
The three Kryptonians arrive at the Fortress of Solitude to have a moment of silence to remember the destruction of Krypton. They are not the only ones, as the people of the Bottle City of Kandor, and criminals such as Dr. Xadu who are still trapped in the Phantom Zone also pause to remember the destruction of Krypton. As they stand in silence, Superman, Supergirl, Krypto, and the people of Kandor all reflect back on how they managed to avoid being killed as well. While on the distant Bizarro World, the Bizarros remember the destruction of Krypton by having a huge party.
After the moment of silence Superman and Supergirl consider how they might remember Krypton in the future. Inspired, they leave Earth with Krypto to find a lifeless world. There they construct an exact duplicate of Krypton, complete with robot duplicates of its people including robot versions of their parents. After spending time remembering their old world, the three Kryptonian survivors leave the planet vowing to always return to the memorial planet and remember Krypton each year.
Appearing in "The One Minute of Doom!"
- Brainiac (Flashback only)
- Allura (Flashback only)
- Jor-El (Flashback only)
- Lara (Flashback only)
- Phantom Zoners
- Zor-El (Flashback only)
- Argo City (Flashback only)
- Bizarro World
- Doghouse of Solitude (First appearance)
- Krypton (Flashback only)
- Phantom Zone
- Fortress of Solitude Key
- Green Kryptonite (Flashback only)
- Brainiac's Hyper-Energy Ray (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Let My People Grow!"
This story is reprinted from Superman #338.
Superman, at great peril to himself, absorbs the energies of a supernova into a power canister, and returns with it to Earth. He and Supergirl intend to use it to power an enlarging ray with which to restore Kandor to its normal size. To test it, Superman arranges to have himself shrunken by Zor-El shattering the bottle and restoring the Kryptonians within to normalcy. The Kandorians thank their two benefactors and Supergirl has an emotional reunion with her parents, Zor-El and Allura. However, she tells them she has chosen to live on Earth.
Shortly afterward, the city itself crumbles into dust, since the enlarger ray only works permanently on living matter. Superman is grief-stricken, but Van-Zee tells him it is for the best; the Kandorians were without initiative, being cared for by Superman for years, and now they have a chance to build a new city through their own efforts, and even conquer a world. Superman asks to be allowed to stay and help them build. Van-Zee, regretting what he must do, knocks Superman unconscious, loads him in the spacecraft, and has Supergirl fly them both into space. Seconds later, since the world the Kandorians have chosen is a phase-world, it slips into another dimension with the shifting of the Cosmic Axis.
Appearing in "Let My People Grow!"
- House of El
- Morgan Edge
- Perry White
- Lois Lane
- Jimmy Olsen
- Lana Lang
- Steve Lombard
- Meg Tempest
- Percy Bratten
- Dave Stevens
- Brainiac (Apparent Death)
- Specially Insulated Spacesuit (Destroyed)
- Fortress of Solitude Key
- Kandor Scope
- Stellar Energies (from a Supernova)
- Illium 349
- Shrink Ray Gun
- Enlarging Ray Gun
- Beeper (emitted ultra-sonic signal connected to Brainiac's electronic brain-waves)
- Traction Beam
- Brainiac's Force Field
- Brainiac's Shock-Wave
- Birthday Cake (in the shape of a typewriter with candles on the letter keys)
- Solid Gold Plaque (of Perry White's first published article)
- Brainiac's Spacecraft
- "Superman-made Spacecraft"
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)