Action Comics vol.1 #85 - Cover date June 1945
The Toyman returns, using his clever and deadly toys to engineer robberies of a collection of antique jade strewn across a multitude of hands throughout Metropolis and beyond. If nothing else, this issue provides the absurd and unsettling sight of a toy battleship successfully assaulting a full-sized ship on the waves, and having the odd, corpulent body of the Toyman leering out from a doorway in the aft.

Action Comics vol.1 #85 - Cover date June 1945

The Toyman returns, using his clever and deadly toys to engineer robberies of a collection of antique jade strewn across a multitude of hands throughout Metropolis and beyond. If nothing else, this issue provides the absurd and unsettling sight of a toy battleship successfully assaulting a full-sized ship on the waves, and having the odd, corpulent body of the Toyman leering out from a doorway in the aft.

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More Fun Comics #103 - Cover date May-June 1945
While Superman was an ominous and puzzling figure to the citizens - and authorities - of Metropolis when he first debuted in Action Comics #1, Superboy is a familiar (if equally puzzling) figure to the residents of the yet-unnamed rural community which Clark Kent calls home. The local kids all know him - and call on him regularly - and even a reclusive scientist recognizes him by his unbelievable feats (and, on assumes, the S on his chest).

More Fun Comics #103 - Cover date May-June 1945

While Superman was an ominous and puzzling figure to the citizens - and authorities - of Metropolis when he first debuted in Action Comics #1, Superboy is a familiar (if equally puzzling) figure to the residents of the yet-unnamed rural community which Clark Kent calls home. The local kids all know him - and call on him regularly - and even a reclusive scientist recognizes him by his unbelievable feats (and, on assumes, the S on his chest).

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Superman vol.1 #34 - Cover date May-June 1945
There’s not much to task Superman’s tremendous powers throughout the majority of the issue; Superman provides his services to the US Navy and Clark has a vision of a future adventure in which his dual identity is revealed to Lois, while Lois has an adventure on her lonesome breaking up a would-be blackmailer’s attempts to frame Perry White. Quotidian stuff for the Man of Tomorrow, until the final chapter. A sleeping sickness seems to be affecting the whole world, and the culprits turn out to be alien invaders, invited here and accompanied by the long-absent LUTHOR!

Superman vol.1 #34 - Cover date May-June 1945

There’s not much to task Superman’s tremendous powers throughout the majority of the issue; Superman provides his services to the US Navy and Clark has a vision of a future adventure in which his dual identity is revealed to Lois, while Lois has an adventure on her lonesome breaking up a would-be blackmailer’s attempts to frame Perry White. Quotidian stuff for the Man of Tomorrow, until the final chapter. A sleeping sickness seems to be affecting the whole world, and the culprits turn out to be alien invaders, invited here and accompanied by the long-absent LUTHOR!

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The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - May through August 1945
Once again, the majority of these episodes remain missing (or, at least, not recovered and published, inasmuch as they lack the sale-able ingredients which comprise the story arcs of the declining months of 1945 - which we’ll get to soon), although some snippets provide holographic representation - Jimmy finds himself threatened by the Dragon gang, as a for instance, and in the abruptly titled “The Flood”, Lois and a town of 37 souls are kidnapped and sent to their apparent doom by a gang of convicts whose escape only narrowly precedes a devastating flood of the immediate vicinity.
Titles of the episodes from this period include: 
"Lair of the Dragon" "The Mystery of the Counterfeit Money" "Valley of the Giants" "The Desert Adventure" "The Underseas Kingdom" "The Flood""The Black Market"

The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - May through August 1945

Once again, the majority of these episodes remain missing (or, at least, not recovered and published, inasmuch as they lack the sale-able ingredients which comprise the story arcs of the declining months of 1945 - which we’ll get to soon), although some snippets provide holographic representation - Jimmy finds himself threatened by the Dragon gang, as a for instance, and in the abruptly titled “The Flood”, Lois and a town of 37 souls are kidnapped and sent to their apparent doom by a gang of convicts whose escape only narrowly precedes a devastating flood of the immediate vicinity.

Titles of the episodes from this period include: 

"Lair of the Dragon" 
"The Mystery of the Counterfeit Money" 
"Valley of the Giants" 
"The Desert Adventure" 
"The Underseas Kingdom" 
"The Flood"
"The Black Market"

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Action Comics vol.1 #84 - Cover date May 1945
Troubled schoolboy Tommy is at a loss for how to frame a composition for class, but happening to witness a crime in progress sets him on an adventure which ends in the company of Superman and his name in the papers. Unfortunately, his own teacher skipped the headlines that morning and still grades Tommy’s seemingly-incredulous essay with a disappointing zero. 

Action Comics vol.1 #84 - Cover date May 1945

Troubled schoolboy Tommy is at a loss for how to frame a composition for class, but happening to witness a crime in progress sets him on an adventure which ends in the company of Superman and his name in the papers. Unfortunately, his own teacher skipped the headlines that morning and still grades Tommy’s seemingly-incredulous essay with a disappointing zero. 

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"The Science of Superman" Superman Daily Newspaper Strip - April 2, 1945 to June 23, 1945
A stubborn college science professor refuses to accept the existence of Superman, forcing his colleague in the English department - always ready to embrace a colorful whim - to summon Superman in an effort to prove the Man of Steel’s impossible existence and to save the reputation of a popular student.
It’s a packed story - two distinct romantic subplots, a suicide attempt, gangsters and a moon hoax - but at its core seems to be the old argument about the realism of superhero comics versus the appeal of their fantasy. Certainly, by the end of the arc, the stubborn old skeptic is converted to believing in Superman’s authenticity not by the proof of his powers in a laboratory setting, but by the happy outcome of Superman’s mighty deeds (uniting, as it does, the professor and his lady admirer in matrimonial bliss).

"The Science of Superman"
Superman Daily Newspaper Strip - April 2, 1945 to June 23, 1945

A stubborn college science professor refuses to accept the existence of Superman, forcing his colleague in the English department - always ready to embrace a colorful whim - to summon Superman in an effort to prove the Man of Steel’s impossible existence and to save the reputation of a popular student.

It’s a packed story - two distinct romantic subplots, a suicide attempt, gangsters and a moon hoax - but at its core seems to be the old argument about the realism of superhero comics versus the appeal of their fantasy. Certainly, by the end of the arc, the stubborn old skeptic is converted to believing in Superman’s authenticity not by the proof of his powers in a laboratory setting, but by the happy outcome of Superman’s mighty deeds (uniting, as it does, the professor and his lady admirer in matrimonial bliss).

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"Superman’s Service to Servicemen"Superman Sunday Newspaper Strip - April 1 through July 1 1945
Superman returns to aiding American soldiers, even as hostilities in Europe draw to a conclusion. Helping out at a hospital for returning soldiers, Superman performs the 1,001 daily tasks of the hospital volunteers before recruiting some idle Americans to throw in to help. 
With the war ending, a desk-bound major convinces Superman to smuggle him overseas so he can get in at least two days of fighting before the fireworks are over, after which Superman corrects an indignant father about the validity of his recently discharged son’s diagnosis of combat fatigue.
"Hospital Volunteers" April 1, 1945 to April 15, 1945"The Fighting Front" April 22, 1945 to June 3, 1945"Combat Fatigue" June 10, 1945 to July 1, 1945

"Superman’s Service to Servicemen"
Superman Sunday Newspaper Strip - April 1 through July 1 1945

Superman returns to aiding American soldiers, even as hostilities in Europe draw to a conclusion. Helping out at a hospital for returning soldiers, Superman performs the 1,001 daily tasks of the hospital volunteers before recruiting some idle Americans to throw in to help. 

With the war ending, a desk-bound major convinces Superman to smuggle him overseas so he can get in at least two days of fighting before the fireworks are over, after which Superman corrects an indignant father about the validity of his recently discharged son’s diagnosis of combat fatigue.

"Hospital Volunteers" April 1, 1945 to April 15, 1945
"The Fighting Front" April 22, 1945 to June 3, 1945
"Combat Fatigue" June 10, 1945 to July 1, 1945

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"The Boy King of Morania" The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - April 1945

Missing episodes make the bulk of this radio serial’s storyline a bit of a mystery, but it’s apparent that Superman is once again stepping in to save a rightfully-ruled kingdom from the machinations of invading Axis elements and turncoat advisers to the king.

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"The Ghost Car" The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - April 1945

It’s not uncommon in all sorts of childrens’ media for scripts to be reused after the initial audience would likely have long-forgotten or merely outgrown the original material - after all, this was in the age before convenient household recording material, so the chance that a listened of this incarnation of the Adventures of Superman would recall this familiar story of “The Ghost Car” from its appearance in the prior incarnation was slim at best, a few years having passed.

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Action Comics vol.1 #83 - Cover date April 1945
The erudite but self-deluding Doc and his thick-headed pal Flannelhead comprise the magical duo of Hocus and Pocus (assisted by their exceptionally intelligent pet rabbit “Moiton”), somewhat incompetent street performers who receive a few coincidental assists from the Man of Steel. 
Convinced that they have legitimate magical powers in addition to their mere slight of hand, they decide to use them for the benefit of society by becoming private detectives - Superman, of course, returns to provide the bulk of the apparent wonders.
Comedy sidekicks were routine in comics, but Superman hadn’t much needed one - Hocus and Pocus make only a few appearances in the Superman titles, and always as an excuse for Superman to perform super-deeds invisibly…

Action Comics vol.1 #83 - Cover date April 1945

The erudite but self-deluding Doc and his thick-headed pal Flannelhead comprise the magical duo of Hocus and Pocus (assisted by their exceptionally intelligent pet rabbit “Moiton”), somewhat incompetent street performers who receive a few coincidental assists from the Man of Steel. 

Convinced that they have legitimate magical powers in addition to their mere slight of hand, they decide to use them for the benefit of society by becoming private detectives - Superman, of course, returns to provide the bulk of the apparent wonders.

Comedy sidekicks were routine in comics, but Superman hadn’t much needed one - Hocus and Pocus make only a few appearances in the Superman titles, and always as an excuse for Superman to perform super-deeds invisibly…

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