Henry Furst

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Henry Furst

The “fiery old newspaper tycoon” who, “by fair means and foul, built the nationwide chain of Furst newspapers,” a man of few scruples and fabulous wealth who has for years pursued, to the point of obsession, the secret of Superman's identity.

In February 1958, after imbibing a “new formula that imitates the symptoms of approaching death,” Furst summons Clark Kent to his “deathbed” and successfully tricks him into revealing his identity by invoking the solemnity of a “dying man’s” last request. Fortunately for Superman, however, the drug Furst took had “hallucinatory side-effects,” and Furst recovers from its influence with only a mistaken recollection of what Clark Kent revealed to him (Act No. 237: “Superman’s Exposed Identity”) (TGSB).

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