We all know that Superman changes in the phone booth. But where does he put his regular clothes while he's on a mission? He doesn't throw it out, because he changes back. But we don't see him carrying a bag of dirty laundry while he's on a mission.

("In his right hand, Superman has Lois Lane, and in his left hand he seems to be holding... boxers??)

And I can't imagine he leaves it in the phone booth.

So where does Superman leave his regular clothes after he changes?

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    I cannot cite a specific example, but logical can guide us. If a human can keister certain items for concealment, & since Superman is a super man (greatly amplified human abilities), then I would conclude he has super-keistering in his repertoire of abilities. It's obscene to depict him jambing his clothes in his de facto carry compartment (I'd assume it would open up like a kangaroo pouch in extreme situations...), so it's merely left implied.
    – user48252
    May 3, 2018 at 17:35
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    IIRC, at one point he put his civvies in a pouch on the "in" side of his cape. No citation, though (it's been many decades since I read it).
    – RonJohn
    May 3, 2018 at 18:53
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    @Valorum maybe because my answer is better? Also unsure how you determine which scope is wider
    – TheAsh
    May 3, 2018 at 21:24
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    How is the other one wider in scope? This is a general question about what he does with his regular clothes, while the other one focuses specifically on reporters' reactions to his discarded regular clothes. The answer to this one is also more complete than the answers to the older question.
    – Rand al'Thor
    May 3, 2018 at 21:25
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    "We all know that Superman changes in the phone booth." ...Are phone booths still a thing in Metropolis?
    – jamesdlin
    May 4, 2018 at 5:56

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He used to hide it nearby:

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Later on he shrunk it, and put it in his pocket: enter image description here

The modern era has it as a self-changing supersuit: enter image description here

Thanks to Li hei Bao on Quora for referencing this for a different question. (First time I ever found an answer on Quora that wasn't here.)

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    So there is definite proof that humanity got more stupid over time? +1
    – Raditz_35
    May 3, 2018 at 11:52
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    That second comic page is familiar from the answer scifi.stackexchange.com/a/22731/4918 "How did Martha Kent modify the Kryptonian blanket that became Superman's costume?"
    – b_jonas
    May 3, 2018 at 12:02
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    Another facet of the story - in the Silver age, it was said that Clark's suits were treated with chemicals so they were both compressible without wrinkling (so they'd fit in that cape-pouch) as well as somewhat heat-resistant, should he need to fly or travel at speed without changing. The chemical was blue, so that was why Clark always wore blue suits. May 3, 2018 at 20:42
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    In the first panel, what is the concrete thing? A WAEK? WACK? WALL would make sense, but it really doesn't look like that's the word...
    – 1006a
    May 4, 2018 at 1:11
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    Oh my the old comic is soo much more captivating. May 4, 2018 at 11:15

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