742 – Referencing Years Ago

In Action Comics #265 (April 1960), Supergirl exposes her existence to Smallville and Superman doesn’t want that to happen yet. So he digs up some old Gas Z “Amnesia Gas”, which he had once buried outside of Smallville as Superboy. What’s interesting here is not the over-use of amnesia-as-a-convenient-means-to-revert-to-the-status-quo, but the back-reference to earlier Superboy […]

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711 – Green Arrow In Continuity

Another noteworthy event in Adventure Comics #266 (Sept 1959) was the establishment of Green Arrow and Speedy into the mainstream DC continuity. We already had an inconsequential story of Superboy meeting Oliver Queen as a boy, but this time we see not one, but two instances of DC weaving Green Arrow into their growing stable […]

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704 – Readers Demand Continuity

In Adventure Comics #264 (July 1959), reader John B. Beach questions why Aquaman’s Atlanteans have legs while Lori Lemaris’ Atlanteans have fish tails. It’s a pretty decent question, given DC already announced that Superman and Aquaman share the same universe (the story has not been published yet though). I thought the response fro DC’s editor […]

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700 – Supergirl Meets Tommy

In the same issue that debuts Bizarro-Lois, Supergirl is told by her mentor, Superman, to practice breaking the time barrier. She races off a hundred years in the future and meets a genius orphan named Tommy. Supergirl saves his adopted parents from disaster and writes about it in her diary once she’s back. It turns […]

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691 – Supergirl, Finally!

Well, after years of stories which teased a female counterpart to Superman, and testing the concept in the previous year, DC finally pulled the trigger in Action Comics #252 (March 1959) with the introduction of Supergirl into the DC continuity. Supergirl is Kara, daughter of Zor-El and cousin of Kal-El (Superman). Her father’s city survived […]

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680 – Superboy Meets Oliver Queen

About a half a year after Superboy met Robin, Superboy gets a chance to meet Oliver Queen, the future Green Arrow, in Adventure Comics #258 (January 1959). Superboy tries to invent a machine to look back into the past, but via an “atmospheric disturbance” it lets him see into the future, 1959 to be precise. […]

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599 – Lois Marries Superman?

Forty-one years before DC comics had the balls to actually make it happen, Lois tells the story of how she married Superman in Action Comics #206 (May 1955). She relates the story to the reader, a rare departure for DC Comics in which they break the fourth wall. Readers may have been scratching their heads […]

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581 – Superboy Pre-Atomics

In Adventure Comics #206 (September 1954), DC finally addresses the time continuity problem they have in Superboy, with a panel showing that atomic experiments had just begun when Superman was a boy, meaning all of Superboy’s adventures have taken place in the 1920s / 1930s (despite having more modern cars, robots, etc). I can’t remember […]

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572 – The Return of the Evil Kryptonians

Four years after defeating and exiling U-ban, Kizo and Mala, Superman faces off again against the three evil Kryptonians in Action Comics #194 (May 1954). After their prison ship collides with an asteroid, the trio are freed and Mala decides to head to Earth to get his revenge on Jor-El’s son, Superman. Mala disguises himself […]

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553 – More Super Apes

Speaking of monkeys, Captain Comet has his second encounter with a “super-ape” in Strange Adventures #39 (October 1953). This super-ape has advanced intelligence and telepathy and is Captain Comet’s first re-occurring villain in his roster. Origin-wise, this seems to be almost identical to the Silver Age Flash’s villain Grodd and the race of super apes […]

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