Lois Lane's eight-year-old niece (Act No. 59, Apr 1943: "Cinderella -- a la Superman"; Act No. 68, Jan 1944: "Superman Meets Susie!"), a freckle-faced youngster with an overactive imagination who is forever making mischief by concocting tall tales (other appearances include S No. 40, May/Jun 1946: "The Mxyztplk - Susie Alliance"; S No. 95, Feb. 1955: "Susie's Enchanted Isle"). Her hair, which is sometimes red (Act No. 59, Apr 1943: â€œCinderella--a la Superman!â€; and others) and sometimes brown (Act No. 68, Jan 1944: â€œSuperman Meets Susie!â€; S No. 40/1, May/Jun 1946: â€œThe Mxyztplk-Susie Alliance!â€), is usually worn in pig- tails (Act No. 68, Jan 1944: â€œSuperman Meets Susie!â€; and others), although not always (Act No. 59, Apr 1943: â€œCinderella -- a la Superman!â€).
Susie, whom Lois Lane once describes as â€œmy sisterâ€™s little girl,â€ lives somewhere out in â€œthe countryâ€ and occasionally comes to Metropolis to visit her Aunt Lois (Act No. 68, Jan 1944: â€œSuperman Meets Susie!â€; and others). The name of Susieâ€™s mother is never stated in the chronicles, but she is evidently married (Act No. 59, Apr 1943: â€œCinderella- -a la Superman!â€) to a man named Tompkins (Act No. 98, Jul 1946: â€œStarring Susie!â€) and is therefore not to be identified with Lois Laneâ€™s unmarried sister, Lucy Lane (S No. 147/1, Aug 1961: â€œThe Great Mento!â€; and others).
The texts describe Susie as â€œLois Laneâ€™s problem- nieceâ€ (Act No. 98, Jul 1946: â€œStarring Susie!â€), â€œLois Laneâ€™s ultra-imaginative nieceâ€ (S No. 47/2, Jul/Aug 1947: â€œSusie Reforms!â€), â€œLois Laneâ€™s ever-fibbing nieceâ€ (S No.95/1, Feb 1955: â€œSusieâ€™s Enchanted Isleâ€), and as â€œthe girl who loves to tell whoppersâ€ (S No. 40/1, May/Jun 1946: â€œThe Mxyztplk-Susie Alliance!â€). Susie has an incurable penchant for â€œcausing trouble by telling wild storiesâ€ (S No. 47/2, Jul/Aug 1947: â€œSusie Reforms!â€), concocted with the aid of what Mr. Mxyztplk has admiringly referred to as her â€œmarvelous imagination.â€
â€œSome people can take a dash of imagination or leave it alone,â€ notes Superman No.40/1, â€œ, but with Susie, one little touch goes right to her head, and grows and grows and grows!â€ (May /Jun 1946: â€œThe Mxyztplk-Susie Alliance!â€).
In April 1943, after reluctantly agreeing to baby-sit with Susie as a favor to Lois Lane, Clark Kent dozes off on a couch while reading the youngster the story of Cinderella. â€œAs Clark Kent drifts into dreamland,â€ notes the text, â€œhis mind is assaulted by a weird phantasmagoria. . . . And so begins one of the strangest dreams in all history!â€
The dream is a retelling of â€œCinderella,â€ with Superman playing the role of the fairy godmother, using his super-powers instead of magic to perform the traditional magic feats.
â€œI had the funniest dream,â€ remarks Kent to Lois Lane after he has finally beenjolted awake. â€œI dreamt I was back in the days of Cinderella... that I was Superman... and that I aided her instead of the fairy godmother coming to her help.
â€œThe only thing funny about your dream,â€ replies Lois sarcastically, â€œwas the possibility of your being Superman!â€ (Act No. 59: â€œCinderella--a la Superman!â€).(TGSB)
Susie Tompkins has appeared in the following Chronicles
- Act No.59, Apr 1943: "Cinderella -- a la Superman"
- Act No.68, Jan 1944: "Superman Meets Susie"
- S No.40, May-Jun 1946: "The Mxyztplk-Susie Alliance"
- Act No.98, Jul 1946: "Starring Susie"
- S No.47, Jul-Aug 1947: "Susie Reforms"
- S No.95, Feb 1955: "Susie's Enchanted Isle"