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Al Plastino’s “Superman’s Incredible Delusion”

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Al Plastino’s “Superman’s Incredible Delusion”

Back in September 2011, I did a month-long spotlight on great Silver Age Comics. Two of the books spotlighted were Al Plastino Superman stories. I figured I’d re-post the two Plastino stories again in honor of the late, great Plastino, who passed away today at the age of 91.

Here is an unusual 1965 Superman story (#174, by Edmond Hamilton and Al Plastino) where Clark Kent is convinced that he is not actually Superman.


Our tale opens with Clark Kent receiving a visitor…

Clark quickly looks for answers, and thinks to ask Batman (Supergirl is on a mission in space)…

Clark just can’t handle this…

This leads to the most impressive part of the comic, where Clark goes to a psychiatrist, who does a pretty good job examining what he THINKS Clark’s teen years were like…

It is fascinating to see Clark actually doubt himself. How could he NOT?

Of course, there is a twist still to come…

As it turns out, before Superman began using Superman robots, he tried a Superman android…

The android tricked Superman by putting a “Red Sun transmitter” in Clark Kent’s work shoes, so so long as Clark was dressed as Clark Kent he would be powerless (he also set the other stuff into motion, including convincing Batman to deny Clark Kent as Superman’s secret identity to anyone who asked, even Superman himself). The android soon died after confessing, but not before Superman could show him that he had planted a sign using the android’s chosen name (“Adam Newman”) honoring the sacrifice of the android.

Great stuff.

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