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  1. Cover by John Byrne.
  2. "The Haunting" written and penciled by John Byrne, inked by Dick Giordano, colored by Tom Ziuko and lettered by John Costanza.

Clark returns to Smallville after a long time away. His adoptive parents pick him up. Jonathan Kent is about to tell him something but Martha shushes him.

Later that night, Clark cannot sleep as he wonders what his father was about to tell him. When he goes for a midnight snack, a “ghost” of Jor-El surprises him and touches him.

Superman discovers himself to be on an alien planet where he encounters his biological mother, Lara. As the hallucination wears off, he is face to face with his old flame, Lana Lang.

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In a flashback, it turns out that on the night that Clark learned his heritage he went to Lana and revealed the truth of his powers to her. She confesses her feelings to him. She realizes that Clark can no longer belong to her, that he belongs to the world and this fact had hurt her. She had gone through a period of depression and finally accepts the fact.

The next day, Superman thinks about what she said and starts wondering about where he truly came from. He goes to the location where Jonathan hid the rocket ship he was found in only to find that the ship is gone. The hologram of Jor-El reappears and tells him to be silent and to learn. It appears that Superman is under some kind of psionic attack but the Kents' arrive in time and break it off. Superman flies away, realizing that it was not a mental attack but a download of knowledge of everything about Krypton into his brain. He finally knows his biological parents and where he came from and though he appreciates the knowledge he has been given, in the end, he embraces his humanity even more.

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Superman Belongs To the World 0

The Man of Steel story arc concludes with Superman returning to visit Smallville, where the advice of his parents, transmitted knowledge from Jor-El, and revelations by childhood friend Lana Lang help crystallize Superman's purpose to himself.The gist of this story would later be chronicled better in Superman for All Seasons, but it doesn't take away too much from the charm of this issue.Alien though he may be, Superman belongs to the world....

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