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Superman heads back to Smallville in the Swan/Klein story in Action 288 (May 1962).

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An ex-con begins a new career as a tv host, and puts together a show about Superman, using that as a cover to hunt out as much information as he can about the hero.  The show is filmed in Smallville, where he interviews those who knew him as Superboy.

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Lana Lang is one of the guests, and shares her youthful suspicions that Superboy was Clark Kent.

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After finding some tunnels under the Kent house, the bad guy confronts Clark, determined to prove on tv that he is Superman, using a bomb.  With the help of a robot, and allowing Clark to show some backbone, he defeats then man. Krypto is used to explain the tunnels. Average.

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Supergirl’s adoptive father turns cruel in this story by Leo Dorfman and Jim Mooney.

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It begins as Fred Danvers suddenly begins manifesting psychic powers, able to read the mind of a thief and killer who comes to their house pretending to be in need of help.

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The “powers” then begin giving him commands, that he is to collect Supergirl’s tears.  He uses a variety of methods to make Linda cry.

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It’s a very odd story, but the resolution does make some sense of it.  Fred Danvers’ “powers” were really telepathic messages he was receiving from Jax-Ur and Professor Vakox in the Phantom Zone.  They have been using Danvers to create an escape from the Phantom Zone. Mon-El tries to stop them, but they toss him out into our toxic environment.  Mon-El manages to find some kryptonite before the lead gets to him, and forces the escapees back into the Zone.

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