Learning Superman's Secret Identity Can Prove to be Fatal!

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Note that these lists are inherently not exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (occasionally I'll be nice and toss in a sixth). So no instance is "missing" if it is not listed. It's just not one of the five examples that I chose.

Many moons ago, I did a Drawing Crazy Patterns about people learning Batman's secret identity right before they died. There were so many examples of that particular trope that I should probably revisit it in the future for ANOTHER five. Anyhow, Superman did not have it happen as much as Batman did, but it DID happen, which we will take a look at here!


The first time it occurred was in Superman #6 (by Jerry Siegel and Paul Cassidy) when Superman returns to his apartment to change back into Clark Kent (or is it change INTO Clark Kent? Who is the secret identity and who is the real identity? MINDS BLOWN!) when a crook happens to be breaking into his apartment. You have to love how long it takes this crook to realize that he has discovered Superman's secret identity...

It is very similar to how Joe Chill died later on in Batman #47.


In Superman #11 (by Jerry Siegel and Leo Nowak), there is a deadly plague and Superman is pretty sure that a doctor knows something about it. The doctor contracts the plague himself and Clark Kent tries to get him to tell him the truth of the plague, but he won't tell it to just a reporter...


In Action Comics #278 (by Jerry Coleman, Curt Swan and Stan Kaye), Perry White seems to gain superpowers just like Superman. Instead, he actually was possessed by a sentient alien spore!

Since Superman knows that the alien has X-ray vision, he knows it will discover his secret identity, so he comes up with a plan to keep it from revealing his identity to everyone else...

Superman makes his last stand at his Fortress of Solitude. He tells Supergirl (whose identity was still a secret from the rest of the world) to stay out of it to protect her, but she can't just let Superman die and so she comes in to save the day by killing the alien spore creature with White Kryptonite (by the way, White Kryptonite better have been around before this issue or that would be some nonsense)...

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