Synopsis for “The Menace of the Cosmic Man”
In the European country of Borika suddenly is visited by a super-being similar to Superman calling himself Cosmic Man. After he saves a train from a bolder, he makes headline news that reaches a far as the United States. When Perry White hears of the story, he sends Clark Kent and Lois Lane to cover the story for the Daily Planet. However, unknown to everyone, Cosmic Man is really a robot created by the leader of a rebel army that is plotting to assassinate the ruler of Borika. However, due to a steel shortage in the country, Captain Malvio was forced to make his Cosmic Man out of tin and other lesser metals and that all his intended super-feats would have to be well executed frauds, in order to lull the public into a false state of trust so that Cosmic Man can carry out his intended mission.
When Lois Lane and Clark Kent arrive in Borika they witness Cosmic Man stop a rogue rocket, however Clark discovers with his x-ray vision that the “rocket” is really a blimp and soon at a press conference, learns that Cosmic Man is really a robot. The rest of the press believe it when Cosmic Man tells them a story that he came from the planet Yrox and was forced to flee his planet from invaders, landing on Earth, he witnessed Superman in action and was shocked to find that he too had gained similar super-powers from being on Earth, and decided to become the defender of Borika since the United States already had a defender in Superman. After the press conference, Lois Lane has herself photographed kissing Cosmic Man in the hopes that it makes Superman jealous.
After another series of hoax super-feats, Cosmic Man is once more interviewed by Lois Lane, with Superman’s secret intervention Cosmic Man’s true nature is revealed to Lois. When Captain Malvio learns the truth, he sends his men after Lois Lane and capture her. Learning that Cosmic Man has a bomb and intends to blow himself up when he meets the president of Borika, Superman goes after Lois first, easily defeating Malvio’s army and capturing the would-be conqueror himself. He then rushes to save the ruler of Borika, tossing Cosmic Man high into the sky where he explodes harmlessly. In thanks, the ruler of Borika awards Superman with a statue of the Man of Steel in thanks.