606 – Superboy’s Double Parents

In Adventure Comics #217 (August 1955), Superboy gets a shock when his parents Jor-El and Lara seemingly return to Earth after spending years trying to find their son. Superboy seems to go along with it and plans to leave Earth, Lana, Smallville and his foster parents behind – and we are left on a nice […]

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597 – Robot Clarks

In Adventure Comics #212, Superboy creates a Robot Clark to get him out of a secret identity jam – although this isn’t the first use of a “Clark bot“. The use of “super robots” was frequent throughout the Silver Age. In the grand scheme of things, the super-robots are kind of just a blip on […]

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568 – Superboy Robots

In Adventure Comics #199 (February 1954), Superboy discovers an underground civilization of humans. Queen Vya followed the surface civilization via “sonar television”, learned of Superboy’s exploits, and then created a life-like robot with all of Superboy’s powers. Yet this civilization apparently still prefers to live underground. And the “upper world”, having learned of this civilization, […]

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503 – Clark-bot

Superman may have started using his robots recently, but “Mrs. Superman!”, a cute story in Superman #76, makes the debut of Superman using a robot to specifically trick Lois Lane who has the notion that Clark and Superman are one in the same.

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494 – Superman’s First Robots

Throughout the 1950s, Superman and Superboy often used a series of realistic robots to deceive Lois/Lana or others about Clark’s real identity. Action Comics #165 (December 1951) could be considered the first such use of this literary device. In it, Superman meets “Krag” a superman from the planet Mercury who joins up with criminals. Turns […]

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