WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Superman's, Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 by Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, Nathan Fairbairn and Clayton Cowles, in stores now.
Superman has a ton of powers. He can fly, shoot lasers from his eyes and move faster than a speeding bullet. He's so super-strong that he can literally punch planets, and he's also got x-ray vision, telescopic vision, freeze breath, super-hearing and a healing factor that basically prevents him from dying. And this isn't even mentioning all the things the superhero could do in the Silver Age, or that S-shield cellophane wrap thing from the Superman II movie.
Basically, if there's a superpower out there, chances are Superman has or has had it at one time or another. But for all of his impressive abilities, it turns out there's actually more! That's right, in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #2, the intrepid videographer sits down for an interview with the Last Son of Krypton, who reveals the secret superpowers we never knew he had.
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1 revealed the Daily Planet's foremost daredevil photographer had traded in his camera for a video recorder. As it turns out, Jimmy's videos, which chronicle his multiple, wacky, super-powered adventures through Metropolis, are the Daily Planet's biggest source of revenue. Now, in issue #2 of the series, since Jimmy doesn't have any crazy escapade to film, he instead interviews Superman on top of a building.
Jimmy promises his viewers a scoop: Superman will reveal his secret superpowers. So what can the all-powerful Last Son of Krypton do that we had no idea about? Well, the results are a lot more hilarious than we anticipated.
Superman's first secret superpower is that he has the uncanny ability to convince anyone to buy him a hot dog -- whenever he wants. Don't believe him? Then look no further than four panels further (or 28 minutes into the interview), when he actually has a hot dog to munch on. We don't even find out where or how he got it. We just know that he's not lying: the alien farm boy from Kansas really can get all the hot dogs he wants -- and that may be the most impressive superpower of all.
Superman's second secret superpower is that he is a master of disguise. While we knew that thanks to his ability to convincingly hide in plain sight using a simple tie, glasses and a fake bumbling personality, his interview with Jimmy goes further than that. Not only does he explain that when he wears glasses, nobody is able to recognize him, he reveals that he also looks amazing in wigs. And really, what more convincing do you need then a shot of Clark Kent in a blond wig?
Superman's third secret superpower is that he can read lips from afar. That's an impressive feat to be sure, but even he admits that he hasn't fully mastered it. In fact, he can only do it if the person speaks slowly, and if he has three or four chances to figure out what they're saying.
Finally, Superman's fourth secret superpower is... magic, but not kind Zatanna and John Constantine use. Superman's skills are far more practical than that: he's surprisingly great at card tricks. In fact, throughout his interview, he is able to fool Jimmy on two separate occasions by finding his card. Now sure, this may not be what will ultimately bring Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom down, but you never know when a sleight of hand or a card trick can fool someone long enough to save the planet.
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #3 goes on sale September 18.