I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Superman Dressed as a Giant Bird to Protect His Secret I.D.

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Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today we look at a bizarre little tale from the Golden Age where Wonder Woman’s secret identity comes back to haunt her in a really, really odd fashion.

A month ago, I did a story about how a mynah bird almost exposed Wonder Woman’s secret identity.

A lot of people wanted to suggest I also feature a similar story involving Superman. Michael P, J. Robb, David B., Luis Dantas, Graeme and Brian K. Here it is, from 1979’s Superman Family #197, written by Cary Bates and drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger and Dave Hunt.

Clark is given a bird to watch by his neighbors, a pair of twins…

Things go bad the next day when Clark wakes up…

His plan does not go well…

So he is “forced” to take bizarre, extreme measures….

How awesome is the sight of Superman dressed as a giant bird screaming at a bird? Cary Bates, you magnificent bastard!