424 – The Supporting Kents

Though the Kents were introduced way back in Superman #1 – in Superboy #3 (May 1949), Ma and Pa Kent finally join the supporting cast of Superboy stories. Up until this point, both Kents have only been seen in 1 or 2 panels in Superboy or Superman flashbacks, but this is the first time they […]

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423 – Justice Society Continues to Mosey

By April 1949, the only DC superheroes left with their own books are the Trinity, but there is one exception: All-Star Comics. Amidst all the superhero comic book cancellations in the late 1940s in both Timely (Marvel) and DC Comics, the Justice Society of America continues to escape replacement by a horror or western comic! […]

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420 – Super Irony

In Adventure Comics #140 (March 1949), Superboy takes a trip to the moon with an absent-minded professor. Mind you, this would have been in the 1920s or 1930s, but by this time DC was kind of ignoring the time difference between Superboy and Superman, basically treating them as individual characters to a degree. Anyway, a […]

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419 – Fortress of Solitude!

Although Superman had built his “sanctuary” back in 1942, it was more or less a one-off story that was never explored. Superman #58 (March 1949) firmly establishes that Superman has a “fortress of solitude” and it is in the “polar wastes”. Interestingly it looks a lot like an artist’s depiction of an older European town. […]

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418 – Superboy Time Travel

Another story from Superboy #2 (March 1949) establishes the first time that Superboy willingly travels through time. After discovering a familiar red cape inside a 150-year drum in a museum, Clark steals it, drags it through a volcano and a vat of acid before declaring it his cape. He then breaks through the time barrier […]

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417 – Smallville!

In Superboy #2 (March 1949), it is finally established, for the first time, that the young Clark Kent lives in a town named Smallville. As recently discussed, amidst many other superhero books getting cancelled and characters disappearing into the Golden Age, Superboy is the only superhero to get his own book. I think this is […]

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416 – Super Bachelor

In Superman #58 (March 1949), the writers of the Superman comic visit, for the first time, a story in which Lois Lane actively tries to break her Super-Crush on Superman. On the advice of a doctor, Lois Lane tries to break her obsession by transferring her love to Clark Kent, which apparently seems to work […]

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413 – Not the Phantom Zone

Luthor manages to create a teleporting device in Action Comics #131 (February 1949). While committing crimes with them, he manages to accidentally teleport Superman, and then decides to trap him in “the 4th dimension”. While Superman is trapped there, he is invisible to everyone but can still move and see things that are going on […]

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