"The Comeback of Larry Trent"
Superman Daily Newspaper Strip - February 20, 1939 to March 18, 1939
In this third daily newspaper installment – in a story which slightly echoes Action Comics #4 – Superman impersonates former world-champion boxer and would-be suicide Larry Trent in order both to bolster Trent’s sagging self-confidence and to bust a match-fixing syndicate which ruined Trent’s career.
Lending to Superman’s early reputation as a mysterious, shadowy figure, in the initial exchange between the two characters following Superman’s pre-empting of Trent’s suicide attempt it’s the Man of Steel who recognizes the former world heavyweight champion. Despite his bright blue costume and otherworldly powers, Superman is seemingly an unknown to the admittedly shaken and distracted Trent. A few more years would pass before his instant recognition becomes an innate element of the character.