Synopsis: The Daily Planet receives a report that an atom pile at the atom plant in Elmdale is in danger of exploding and the whole city is being evacuated. Perry White tells Lois and Clark to fly to Elmdale to cover the story, but Clark fakes being sick so that he can travel to Elmdale as Superman. Later, in Elmdale, the director of the plant tells Lois and the other reporters that the chain reaction from the explosion could destroy the entire planet. The director receives a call telling him that the pile will explode in five minutes. Superman appears and decides to fly the atom pile into space so it can explode safely. He just barely makes it out of Earth's atmostphere when the atom pile explodes. As he flies back down to Earth, a hawk approaches him and suddenly bursts into flames. When he lands in a meadow, all of the flowers suddenly wither and die. Lois has chartered a plane to go in search of Superman. She sees him in the destroyed meadow and realizes that he's radioactive. When the criminals of Metropolis see her story in the paper, they are excited about their new good fortune. Superman watches helplessly from above as they commit various crimes, unable to fly down and stop them without putting people in danger. He realizes he has to find new ways to fight crime that don't involve being on the ground. When a group of criminals steals an armored car, Superman lassoes the car with a huge steel wire. He flies the car safely to the police station. Later, another pair of criminals are running from the police. They had previously placed bombs on two adjacent condemned buildings. They plan to lead the police between the buildings and detonate the charges so that the police will be killed. Superman hears their plan and demolishes the buildings from the air by singing at a frequency that causes the building supports to shatter, blocking the criminals' escape. Another group of criminals kidnaps Lois Lane. They send Superman a ransom note, demanding that he steal one million dollars in gold from Fort Knox. Superman flies to the Rocky Mountains and fashions a protective suit out of the lead deposits there. He rescues her from a warehouse where she is tied to a chair on top of a pile of dynamite. However, he can't stay long because his lead suit is beginning to glow from the radiation. The criminals celebrate when they hear the news that Superman's didn't work for long. Suddenly, Superman flies in wearing the suit, causing the criminals to panic. When the police arrive, Superman reveals that the lead suit actually absorbed all of the radiation in his body and he covered his body in glowing paint to scare the criminals.