Synopsis for “Superman Joins the Circus”
We open with Curly, one of the Daily Star reporters, picking on Clark Kent. Then the boss gives Clark Kent the job of interviewing the owner of the Jordan Circus. When he arrives, he overhears an argument between Mr. Jordan and Derek Niles. Mr. Jordan owes Niles money, and he only has two options. Come up with the money, or take Niles on as a partner.
Unfortunately, the first option is unlikely. The Jordan Circus is playing to mostly empty crowds. Clark Kent decides that what his circus needs is Superman. As Superman, he approaches Mr. Jordan and offers to be his strong man. After several feats of super-human strength, Jordan hires him.
The next day, Derek Niles and Lois Lane both see the circus’ ads with Superman in them. They both head off to the circus, where they see the packed crowds. The crowd demands to see Superman, and he gives them a show. Derek Niles, suddenly seeing his plan of getting control of the circus going up in smoke, plans for some accidents to befall circus performers and customers.
Lois Lane, meanwhile, is trying to get into Superman’s dressing room. After being refused at the front door, she attempts to sneak in, where she comes across Trigger, the man hired by Niles to perform some accidents. He dispatches her, and then takes her to Mr. Niles.
At the next show, the accidents start to happen: the lion gets loose, the trapeze shatters, the tent pole breaks. Each time, Superman saves the day. He notices Trigger trying to leave, and forces him to tell him what he knows.
Superman speeds towards Niles’ office in order to save Lois Lane. When he gets there, Niles faints from fright. Both he and Trigger are put in jail, and the Jordan Circus is saved. Clark Kent returns to the Daily Star to once again get picked on by Curly. Later, when Curly is in a room, someone reaches in and tears off all his clothes, much to his embarrassment.