You are bidding on: Superman vol 1 #76 CGC 8.5 **Golden Age Key
May-June 1952 DC ComicsBatman Appearance
Superman & Batman Learn Each Other's Secret Identities
Bill Finger & Edmond Hamilton (Stories) Wayne Boring, Wayne Boring & Al Plastino (Art) Win Mortimer (Cover)
"The Mightiest Team in the World"
After Batman and Robin work together to capture Gell, the last
criminal on Gotham City's most wanted list, they turn him over to
Commissioner Gordon. With no crime in Gotham for the time being, Robin
decides to go visit some of his relatives upstate leaving Batman to his
own devices for a little while, as Bruce Wayne, Batman decides to take a
cruise. While in Metropolis, Superman delivers some fossils he dug out
of the Gobi desert for the Metropolis Hall of Learning. Switching to his
civilian guise of Clark Kent and going on a date with Lois Lane. Lois
offers to see Clark off on his vacation aboard the cruise ship Varania.
Boarding the ship, Clark is shocked to learn that due to
overcrowding he is forced to share his room with someone else and is
introduced to his bunk mate: Bruce Wayne. As both men are introduced to
each other, both men worry about the other learning their secret
identity unaware that both men are the super-heroes Superman and Batman.
While out on the docks, a man fires a incendiary bullet at a fuel
truck causing a massive blaze to cover his escape with stolen diamonds.
Witnessing this, Bruce kills the lights hoping the cover of darkness
will allow him to change into Batman unobserved. Clark had the same idea
and changes into Superman, and upon the two trying to rush off to stop
the crook realize their secret identities. Witnessing Lois Lane caught
in the blaze, Batman swings down to rescue her while Superman goes to
douse the flames. Upon investigating the crime scene, the two heroes
deduce that whoever stole the diamonds might be trying to escape aboard
Varania. They agree to keep their identities secret and work together to
catch the crook. Getting permission to operate aboard the vessel as
Batman and Superman, the two heroes find that their mission has been
complicated by Lois Lane, who has gotten permission to take her vacation
early so that she can cover the story for the Daily Planet.
Needing an excuse to explain Clark Kent's absence while Superman
and Batman are aboard the ship, the two heroes quickly return to their
cabin and switch to their civilian guises where Clark pretends to be
terribly sea-sick until a disgusted Lois Lane storms out on him.
Returning to their costumed identities, the two heroes agree they must
come up with a way to keep Lois Lane out of their hair. Superman comes
up with an idea to pretend like he is jealous of attention Lois is
showing toward Batman, unaware that Lois has been overhearing this plan
and has decided to make things difficult for the two heroes.
While the two keep Lois occupied, they begin deducing who is
behind the theft and determine that John Smilter is the likely suspect.
Sure enough, when Smilter believes that Superman and Batman are too busy
vying for Lois's affections, he tries to make an escape in helicopter.
With is cover lifted, Batman and Superman easily capture the crooks
involved and turn them over to the authorities when the ship briefly
docks. With their mission accomplished Batman and Superman "leave" so
that they can resume their civilian identities. However, Clark's
"miraculous" recovery from sea sickness just after Superman and Batman's
departure tips Lois off to the possibility that Clark Kent and Bruce
Wayne are secretly Superman and Batman. Quickly thinking, that night
Superman flies Batman off to Gotham City to bust a crime so that when
they return to the ship to meet with Lois for supper as Clark and Bruce,
Lois hears a radio report of Batman's exploits, thus preserving his
identity. When the ship finally docks at the end of it's voyage, Bruce
disguises himself as Clark Kent as the real Clark greets Lois at the
port, protecting Superman's identity. Later, when back in town, Batman
and Superman are shocked to see that Lois Lane has accepted a date from
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