639 – Elton Craig, Luckiest Villain Alive?

In World’s Finest #87 (January 1957), Elton Craig, a would-be criminal manages to find a kryptonite meteorite, which also happens to contain a box of super-power capsules from Jor-El of Krypton. Craig manages to weaken Superman, forcing Batman to take a capsule and help defeat the villain. I’ve made short shrift of these Jor-El coincidences, […]

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637 – Krypton Meets Superboy

Early one morning in Adventure Comics #232 (Nov 1956) – with a solid WHAMMMP! – another intact Kryptonian city lands on Earth, this time right next to Smallville…. ಠ_ಠ In terms of lazy writing, this one might just take the cake. The Kryptonian city chunk happens to contain the very house where Kal-el was born, […]

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602 – Krypton City

In Adventure Comics #216 (July 1955), Superboy discovers that a city from Krypton fell and crashed into a jungle on Earth years ago. Greedy explorers discover it while searching for diamonds along with a cache of kryptonite. Superboy has only one ally, a professor of archaeology, who helps Superboy by pretending he is Superman. Lucky […]

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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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545 – Clark Messing With Time

In “Superman’s Other Life!”, a story in Superman #84 (July 1953), Clark gets fed up with Lois Lane always trying to prove that he is Superman. Rather than tell the truth to this woman he obviously loves, he decides instead to travel back in time and change the timeline so he never gets a job […]

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537 – New Krypton?

In Action Comics #182 (May 1953), scientists on Earth detect a new planet entering the solar system. It turns out to be a perfect replica of Superman’s home planet, Krypton. So Superman goes to investigate: Of course due to the intense gravitational power of the planet, Superman has to borrow a rocket to fly around […]

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536 – Sky Girl

Remember that time Lois Lane had super powers and became a super-powered heroine until Superman put her in her place? Or that time when Lana Lang thought she had developed super powers until Superboy per her in her place? Well yet another plot permutation around this concept happens in Adventure Comics #189 (April 1953). This […]

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532 – Superboy in the Future

Although it has been well-established that Superboy can willingly travel through time, in Adventure Comics #187 (February 1953), Superboy is accidentally snatched into the 25th century and must spend some time there until the next “fortuitous planetary conjunction”. While in the 25th century, he learns that records of the 20th century have been wiped out […]

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454 – Jor-El Courts Lara

In a continued attempt at building up the Krypton mythos, Action Comics #149 (August 1950) features the implausible tale of Lois Lane finding what are essentially news reels (“thought-projection discs”) of Jor-El and Lara’s courtship in a U.S. rocket that fell back to Earth. Even more implausible, these discs are labelled… in English… :-/ What […]

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433 – Heat Vision Redux

Only one month after Superboy first uses his heat-vision, Superman does the same in Action Comics #139 (Oct 1949). In a typical lazy-writer stunt of the time, Superman sets fire to an old covered bridge to force the criminal driver into the river. Why not just use your super-speed to catch the car? At least […]

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