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Superman 187
"Superman's Hall of Trophies!"


Story: Unknown Art: Wayne Boring

On the cover, Stefan Andriessen -- Adventurer and Explorer, is about to unveil his greatest Superman trophy, while The Man of Steel uses his x-ray-vision, and sees that the trophy will prove that he is Clark Kent!

Many are the trophies which comprise the super-feats of The Man of Steel in his never-ending battle against crime and injustice, but when a famous explorer develops an interest in them, it looks like these reminders of Superman's heroic feats will expose his double identity, and he must take steps to deal with the threat of Stefan Andriessen, he who would learn the hidden meaning of... "Superman's Hall Of Trophies!" On the splash page, Lois Lane watches in horror, as The Man of Steel shatters the trophies of his heroic deeds, such as a soapstone statue of The Prankster, while other exhibits include: a lamp post used as handcuffs in catching The Wilton Gang, as well as a sample of handwriting on the wall of Superman's signature engraved in marble with his finger. (Holy Write Stuff, Batman! Looks like The Man of Steel sees the writing on the wall!)

Clark Kent is covering a story at Metropolis Airport, and his fellow reporters watch as a plane arrives, with Stefan Andriessen -- the famed adventurer and explorer has returned from a year in the jungles of Africa, and what a story this will make! A guard asks to see their press cards, while a group of men push past Clark, the leader wanting a picture of what Andriessen is allegedly carrying... a million dollar in precious Egyptian relics. The group turn out to be a gang of hoods, who demand the valise, but Clark tells Andriessen not to worry because they're not armed, then thinks that it wouldn't be a great idea for folks to know that he has x-ray vision! A helicopter descends on the scene, with an armed passenger, who'll shoot anyone who interferes, with the reporters struck by the novelty of this aerial crime, that Clark manages to slip away into a nearby maintenance shed, and changes to Superman, who assesses the situation, not noticing that his press card has fallen away!

He squeezes some sand in his hand, changing it to molten silicon,which he shapes into a glass sphere, and uses to shine blinding light in the direction of the armed thug, who orders the helicopter pilot to change position, but even as he begins to give altitude, the copter goes down, instead... thanks to Superman! With the crooks taken care of, Clark Kent is on the scene and asks Andriessen what his next adventure will be, but the older, bespectacled man seems to be distracted. He abandons his plan to search for the lost continent of Atlantis, but now, he has to think! The following day, Perry White tells Clark that Andriessen is about to embark on a strange adventure, and won't tell what it is. Lois Lane sees a scoop, and Clark is determined not to lose his assignment.

At the hotel, reporters have staked out Andriessen's room, but the explorer's assistant tells the assembled journalists that he'll only speak with the reporter from The Daily Planet, which has Lois pushing Clark aside, confident that she'll do a better job of getting the story, to a stammering Clark's dismay. The assistant tells Lois that Andriessen wants to speak to Mr. Clark Kent, who obliges, and Lois fumes, certain that she'll get the story even without an interview! In the study, Andriessen is delighted to meet Clark, and tells him that he's been an admirer of his for years, then asks for an autograph, which has the mild-mannered reporter at a loss for a moment, but he agrees. As he hands Clark the pen, ink sprays forth in the reporter's face, and Andriessen apologizes, and offers to clean the glasses, while Clark washes up. Andriessen hands the glasses back, then tells Clark that the interview is over, and that he'll be busy planning his latest adventure! When Clark points out that he didn't get his autograph, and that the interview hadn't even started yet, he was under the impression that he'd get some idea of what Andriessen's plans are, but the explorer assures him that he has given the mild-mannered reporter a very big hint, just as he shows Clark the door.

In the hallway, Clark rubs his forehead and wonders if Andriessen has lost his senses or has he? Days later, the explorer's strange behavior becomes apparent to the mild-mannered reporter, who notices that his glasses aren't fitting the way they should, and sees that they are a copy, which Andriessen must have switched that day! Using his telescopic-vision, Clark sees into Andriessen's home and sees the glass ball Superman used to stop the crook with. Embedded in it is Clark's press card, which he realizes he must have dropped on the sand, then molded into the sphere! Andriessen must believe that Clark Kent is Superman! He also sees other trophies of Superman's feats... including a bullet which hit him and flattened... a sword which was thrust at him.... and a piece of coal which The Man of Steel compressed into a diamond! The glasses are there, and the clear lenses are proof that the mild-mannered reporter doesn't need eyeglasses! The explorer must be gathering evidence for his greatest adventure... the discovery of Superman's secret identity!

Once again using his telescopic-vision, Clark watches Andriessen digging in The Forest of Twisted Trees... the result of another exploit, and the color on the trunk is further proof that Clark Kent is Superman! Years ago, Clark was at the Rubitan Company for a story on the new color process, and he was handed a sample of the new color tone -- Pink Sunset, created from a secret formula, and it will never fade! Clark is interested in the discovery, when his super-hearing picks up the sounds of a crackling fire, and he swiftly tells Mr. Smithers that he has to take an early train, with the company man telling him to take the sample with him to show to the fashion editor! The Man of Steel arrives at the scene of a forest fire, and he stops it by circling upward in a series of rapid spirals, creating a draft which will cause the flames to follow him skyward! The swiftly twisting air currents caused the saplings to become distorted into strange shapes, and becomes known as The Forest of Twisted Trees!

When Perry asks Clark for the vial of Sunset Pink, because Smithers called and said it was dangerous and needed to be destroyed, he tells the editor that he lost it on the way to The Daily Planet! Clark recalls how the sample was taken by him, and left on a tree trunk by Superman! He has no choice but to have Andriessen fail his adventure so that his identity will be preserved! He tells Perry that he knows what the explorer is up to and asks for a few days to prove his hunch, with Perry's blessings and a desire to scoop every paper in town! Changing to Superman, he visits the sites of many heroic feats: the gigantic pot he made when The Man of Steel acted as chef for the office picnic (Holy Tupperware, Batman!), The Table In The Sky which was built when a patient was too ill to be flown down from a plane, and a surgeon had to operate (Holy Frequent Flier Miles, Batman!), and a huge lyre which was made for an international music festival! These trophies hold no clues to Superman being Clark Kent, but there are two trophies which can link him... an impression of himself in the hardened lava of a volcano near the Mexican town of Alazita, where Lois and Clark were covering the story, and the mild-mannered reporter feigned ducking for cover in order to change to Superman!

Using his super-strength, The Man of Steel brings an iceberg from the South Pole to quickly freeze the lava, and in the present, Superman smashes his outline, then creates a fake impression by expanding his muscles so that his measurements are larger, and Clark Kent will no longer be suspected! After his trip to Mexico, Superman heads for an area deep in the Atlantic Ocean, where he sees a twisted mass of metal, which is another example of The Man of Steel's abilities, and which also saved many lives, but now, he must destroy it, as it serves as a link between him and Clark Kent... On The S.S. Politania, he had to write a series of articles on Countess Irina, and when the ship was heading to England, she asked him to wear a diamond dragon ring, which is said to bring good luck, in gratitude for the nice things Clark had written about her!

Aboard the ship, the first mate has suffered a heart attack, and the ship has been off-course for an hour, and has come near The Dangerous Devil's Maelstrom! While the passengers come up on deck to see the whirling maelstrom, Clark knows that if Superman were to fly the ship to safety, the navigator would die from the shock if he were to come to! During the confusion, Clark changes to Superman, and dives over ths side, where he finds an anchor on the bottom, then bends it into a more useful shape! Now armed with a giant "corkscrew," Superman spins it in the opposite direction to The Devil's Maelstrom, causing it to be stilled forever! In the present, The Man of Steel smashes the corkscrew, for it has the impressions of the ring loaned to Clark by the Countess! Superman soars away to replace the corkscrew, as well as switch the stolen glasses for some real ones! The day comes when Perry asks Clark what his theory is about Andriessen, as they head for the trophy room, where the explorer is about to reveal the results of his greatest adventure on the morrow!

Clark tells Perry that he believes Andriessen may have proof of Superman's secret identity, but the mild-mannered reporter believes that the explorer is on the wrong track, and Perry figures that this would be the story of the century! At The Metropolis Museum, reporters listen as Andriessen reveals that he has been collecting Superman souvenirs so that they could be gathered for a dedication of a Superman Museum in Metropolis! He had kept this a secret in the event that if his plans were known, people may try to charge high prices for the items! (Holy CGC, Batman!) Clark is relieved that he was wrong about Andriessen gathering the trophies in order to find out his secret identity, and hopes that no one notices the changes he made to the trophies, but Lois sees that they are forgeries, for the lava which contained Superman's impression was smooth, not pitted... and if the corkscrew had been underwater for the past three years, there would be signs of undersea plant growth! In shock, Andriessen tries to assure them that they are the genuine article, and Perry acknowledges Lois' findings, which represent the explorer's first failure, and she apologizes to Andriessen, but it's her duty as a reporter! The explorer can't figure out how the trophies could possibly be fake, and Clark knows that this failure is also his fault, and he can't reveal what he did without telling them why... he decides to speak to Lois...

Clark wonders if there's another explanation, especially since Andriessen is an honest man, but Lois figures that she has all the proof she needs for the story, and thinks that the explorer must not have risked retrieving the trophies from the whirlpool and the volcano, with Clark asking her to take a walk while they think it over. Near Follen's Pond, Clark uses his super-breath to send Lois' hat to the middle of the pond, and when she asks him to help her retrieve it, he walks away, pretending to go get help! Infuriated, she starts to walk across the ice, but is unable to make it with her high-heeled shoes! Clark changes to Superman, and watches as Lois begins to slip, and pits the ice with sand by flinging it with super-strength, so she'll be able to walk back! He tells Lois that she can tell Clark how she got her hat back, and seeing how he helped her, Lois figures that Superman must have surreptitiously provided safe footing for Andriessen to climb the volcano!

When she asks him if he tampered with the trophies, The Man of Steel tells her yes and he didn't want anyone to know about it, answering her question truthfully and saving the reputation of Andriessen at the same time! He hopes that she won't tell the public about his interference, and Lois tells him that she'll tell them how she discovered that the lava was pitted by dust blown by the wind, and how the swift-moving waters prevented the vegetation to form, and admits that she can tell a white lie even if Superman can't! Andriessen is grateful for having the trophies deemed as genuine, and one thing has the explorer wondering... for one of Superman's trophies was Clark's eyeglasses which were made when the mild-mannered reporter broke them years ago, and when Clark found out that Andriessen had switched the glasses, why did he think that Andriessen was after Superman's secret identity? Clark sheepishly tells the explorer that it's hard to make glasses, so he thought that Andriessen must have theorized that The Man of Steel was an optician in his other identity, and Lois laughs at her rival, telling him that he needs some special glasses to help him see the stories which are right under his nose!

An intriguing cover, as an elderly explorer is about to reveal his greatest Superman trophy, and with it, to The Man of Steel's horror, Superman' secret identity!

With the amount of super-deeds, The Man of Steel has done, it would take a while for him to smash all of them.

It's fun to see Clark pretending to be meek, then when there's danger, he changes to Superman, then deals with the threat in his own inmitable fashion!

Using his crystal ball, Superman sees some jail cells in the gang's future!

Clark's fellow reporters wear different colored suits and hats, to the mild-mannered reporter's perennial blue suit and orange (?) hat.

Lois could show Andriessen a few things about stalking one's quarry for an interview or when courting.

A thrusted sword played a part in The Adventures of Superman episode, "The Golden Vulture."

Holy Rozakis, Batman! Production men play an important part when it comes to developing new color processes.

Dealing with a runaway volcano was the tip of the iceberg for Superman, who also had to deal with The Devil's Maelstrom, a threat which The Man of Steel successfully corked!

Clark uses his telescopic-vision a bit in this story, and Lois uses her reporter's eye to detect some signs of a hoax when it came to the authenticity of the trophies.

Steve Chung
"Superman's Hall of Reviews!"