"Superman and Batman: "The Super-Mystery of Metropolis"": When returning to Metropolis after a mission, Superman runs into Thad Linnis a man from his past who has an idea of Superman's secret identity. He tells Superman that he must leave Metropolis for two weeks or ri
Appearing in Superman and Batman: "The Super-Mystery of Metropolis"
- Thad Linnis (Single appearance)
- Superboy (Flashback only)
- Pa Kent (Flashback only)
- Ma Kent (Flashback only)
- Thomas Wayne (Flashback only)
- Martha Wayne (Flashback only)
Synopsis for Superman and Batman: "The Super-Mystery of Metropolis"
When returning to Metropolis after a mission, Superman runs into Thad Linnis a man from his past who has an idea of Superman's secret identity. He tells Superman that he must leave Metropolis for two weeks or risk having his identity revealed. Superman has no choice but to comply and so as Clark Kent he takes a leave of absence from the Daily Planet to go on vacation.
When Lois Lane witnesses a number of near disasters that are not averted by Superman, she begins to suspect that the Man of Steel has gone missing and has the story make front page news. Worried about Superman's whereabouts, Lois and Perry send out a call to Gotham City to bring Batman and Robin to Metropolis to investigate. When investigating a ship that somehow avoided sinking, Batman and Robin find no evidence that it could have been saved on its own and deduce that Superman must be helping the city while in hiding. When a thunderstorm rolls into the city, the Dynamic Duo notice that none of the lightning is striking the city and so they fly up in the Batplane to investigate. There they find Superman hiding in the clouds diverting the lightning bolts. Taking Superman just outside the city, they are shocked to learn that Superman has been hiding because a crook has threatened to reveal his identity if he didn't comply. Superman explains how this happened years ago when he was living in Smallville operating as Superboy...
Back then, Superboy began noticing that Thad Linnis was following him, and when Linnis discovered he was found out he seemingly hired a young man to follow Superboy around and gather evidence to learn Superboy's secret identity. Superboy soon finds out and guesses that the boy is in league with Linnis. He grows more concerned when the boy succeeds in charting down Superboy's flight path and have his home narrowed down to the neighborhood that the Kents live in. After a number of encounters where Clark thinks he has dissuaded any suspicion that he is really Superboy, Superboy is saving a house from fire he discovers that his finger prints were lifted from the side of the home. Before he can do anything about it Linnis tells Superboy that he has the finger prints in his possession and that he can expose him at any time, but tells him he will use it as a blackmailing tool sometime in the future.
With Superman's story explained, Batman tells the Man of Steel that the boy whom he thought Linnis hired was really a young Bruce Wayne. Batman explains to the shocked Superman that years ago his parents took him on a vacation near Smallville and he had decided to go there to see if he could use his detective skills to learn who Superboy really was. When Linnis approached him he refused to work with the man, but compiled enough evidence on his own to prove that Clark was really Superboy. When he had recovered the fingerprints again young Bruce was approached by Thad to try to obtain the prints. Not wishing to betray his favorite hero, Bruce tossed the evidence into a fire destroying it.
Realizing that Thad Linnis was bluffing the whole time, Superman races to Metropolis where Thad is getting ready to terrorize the city with a super-tank. Superman easily smashes that tank and turns Thad and his accomplices over to the police. Later, Lois Lane thanks the Dynamic Duo for using their detective skills to bring Superman back to Metropolis. Overhearing this, Superman muses to himself how little Lois truly realizes how great a detective Batman was, even as a boy.
Appearing in Green Arrow: "The Mystery of 1,000 Masks"
Synopsis for Green Arrow: "The Mystery of 1,000 Masks"
Green Arrow and Speedy go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, seeking Birdie Andrews, a crook who has been at large so long that, the day after Mardi Gras, the statute of limitations will run out on his crime. Andrews has come back, disguised as one of the masked revelers, to recover a hidden stash of stolen money. Green Arrow is tricked by another person costumed as "Green Arrow" into getting his fingerprints on a rubber suction-tipped arrow, but deduces that the man is an FBI agent, checking the prints to see if GA is really Andrews, who has a similar build. Soon, Green Arrow, Speedy, and the agent flush Andrews out of hiding and capture him. GA says that he knew the FBI man would keep his identity secret when Andrews was captured.
Appearing in Tomahawk: "The Frontier Braggart"
Synopsis for Tomahawk: "The Frontier Braggart"
- The Super-Mystery of Metropolis is reprinted in World's Finest Comics Archives, Volume 1.
- No trivia.
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