Those two are connected. Superman went into space and ended up on some godforsaken planet where he was captured and forced to fight as a gladiator by an alien dictator. That’s when he was bearded and chained.
On that planet, there was this alien priest who had started a cult on Krypton a long time ago and attempted to bring his adherents offworld, but it turned out Kryptonians have a genetic flaw that stop them from travelling off Krypton, so they all died in some nonspecified but unpleasant and messy manner. The priest has spent his time since then being wracked with guilt.
One of the priest’s current followers (possibly the only one) worked for the dictator, discovered that Superman was a Kryptonian and tipped the priest off, who at first did not believe it but later accepted it. Apparently, Jor-El tinkered with little Kal-El to remove the genetic flaw I mentioned.
Superman and the priest had a chat and then Superman went back to Earth, if memory serves.