A retelling of Superman's origin. / a four page prequel of sorts to Action Comics #1. / A scientific explanation of Superman's strength. / A Superman text story. / Meet the creators. / A Superman Pinup.
Synopsis: Superman, a man from a dying planet where civilization was far more advanced came to Earth as a baby and developed incredible powers as he matured.
Notes: Much of the story is a reprint of the Action Comics #1 story, although the actual origin story is the first example in DC comics long tradition of "retconning" character histories. In Action, the baby Kal-El is said to have been given to an orphanage by a passing motorist. Here, he is discovered by the Kents, who raise him as their foster (though not apparently adopted) child. This expanded origin story also includes the first reference to Krypton.
Ma Kent's first name is given here as "Mary"--one of the many indications that this is firmly an Earth 2 story.
Per Secret Origins (1986) #1, this story is confirmed as taking place on Earth-2.
Synopsis: Clark Kent tries to gain employment at the Daily Star, but the editor does not wish to hire him. Kent, as Superman, learns of a gathering lynch mob. He investigates and saves the life of Sims, a prisoner who reveals that he is not the murderer, Bea Carroll is. Clark phones in the story and is hired.
Superman then visits Bea Carroll, confronting her with the murder of Jack Kennedy. Bea pulls a gun on Superman, but he stops her and forces a confession from her.
Notes: George Taylor, editor of The Daily Star, is sometimes credited with his first appearance here. However, he's in Action #1, which predates this appearance, at least in terms of publication date.
Synopsis: Publicly revealing himself for the first time, Superman brings confessed murderess, Bea Carroll to the Governor's mansion in time to prevent the scheduled execution of Evelyn Curry, the woman accused of the crime.
When he changes into his secret identity as Clark Kent, he reports to his newly acquired job as a reporter at the Daily Star. In the newsroom, Clark receives a tip concerning a wife-beating. Arriving as Superman, he gives the man a taste of his own medicine before turning him over to the police.
Later, Clark asks pretty reporter Lois Lane for a date. Lois reluctantly goes out with Clark, but is disgusted when he won't stand up to some hoodlums who harass Lois. Lois leaves the club, but she is kidnapped by Butch Mason, one of her harassers. Clark dons his costume and overtakes Butch's car. He rescues Lois and leaves Butch for the police.
Clark is later assigned to cover a war in the small South American country of San Monte. Before he makes the trip, Clark travels to Washington D.C. and sees Senator Barrows speaking to lobbyist Alex Greer concerning a senate bill. Leaping around the city with Greer tucked under his arm, Superman tries to force Greer to tell him who is behind the corruption of the Senator.