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Superman gets turned into two Supermen in Action 222 (Nov. 56), in a story by Otto Binder and Al Plastino.

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Superman is ground zero at a “q-bomb” test, which splits him into two beings.

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They are virtually identical, the only difference being that only one has telescopic vision, while the other has x-ray vision.  Off of this, they name themselves Superman-T and Superman-X.  It’s an interesting situation, and neither one is the “real” Superman over the other.

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The story doesn’t really delve into the possibilities of there being two Supermen much, content to use it to divert Lois Lane’s eternal suspicion that Superman is Clark Kent.

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As the story reaches the ending, Superman-T, who has noticed something odd happening to his skin, steals a golden idol.  Superman-X thinks that his twin has turned to crime, and tries to stop him.

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In actuality, Superman-T has figured out a way to sacrifice himself into a meteor, which returns whatever Superman-ness he had to Superman-X, who becomes just Superman again.

This story would be reworked in a number of later tales, from Superman-Red/Superman-Blue, to the Sand Superman, and the Superman split caused by Satanis and Syrene, among others.

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