Synopsis for “Superman’s Hall of Trophies”
As a world renowned explorer, Stefan Andriessen, arrives at Metropolis airport, he is accosted by a gang of crooks who threaten him in order to take his valise he carries which is rumored to contain ancient relics worth millions of dollars. Clark Kent, having been assigned to cover the adventurer’s arrival, informs Andriessen that the crooks do not actually have any weapons and to not turn over the case. Clark worries about his slip up by his knowing they didn’t carry any weapons, which he could only have known if he had X-ray vision. Before anyone has a chance to put that information together, more crooks, who do in fact have guns, show up in a helicopter to finish up the robbery. Clark slips off & changes to Superman who quickly defeats the entire gang by creating a crystal ball and blinding the crooks. Andriessen, afterwards, seems befuddled as reporters barrage him with questions, to which he gives no answers. Later, it is reported that Andriessen is embarking on a new adventure. Though many reporters show up, he says that he will only speak with Clark Kent. Andriessen surprises Clark by asking for his autograph, but then Andriessen squirts ink on Clark’s face. Andriessen takes Clark’s glasses to clean them. Days later, Clark realizes that his glasses are more snug than normal and begins to suspect that Andriessen may have switched glasses with him. He uses his x-ray and telescopic vision to check on Andriessen. He scans Andriessen’s residence and discovers that the explorer has a vast number of memorabilia from Superman’s exploits, including the glasses he took from him and the crystal ball he had created to defend Andriessen from the crooks just days earlier. He also notices that the crystal ball also contained one of Clark Kent’s business cards that got mingled with the sand he had used to mold it. Thinking that Andriessen must be now trying to prove Clark Kent is Superman, he begins to fly about the Earth getting rid of any evidence that could be used to link him with Clark Kent. After he finishes, he later discovers that Andriessen was not trying to prove Superman’s identity, but, rather he was collecting the items as artifacts for a brand new Superman Museum. Lois Lane notices some discrepancies in the mementos and declares that she believes them to be forgeries. Clark realizes he must convince Lois that there are sufficient explanations to account for the inconsistencies and as Superman he helps her out in a manner that makes her understand there could be a reasonable means for the details in question and she recants her objections to the items and the Museum is opened successfully.