435 – Kent General Store

In Superboy #6 (November 1949) it is established for the first time that Pa Kent owns and runs a general store in Smallville, further fleshing out Superboy’s back-story. Jonathan Kent twists his ankle and Clark has to take a week off school to run the store. Superboy foils a criminal plan at the same time.

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431 – Heat Vision!

In Superboy #5 (Sept 1949), for the first time, Superboy concentrates his x-ray vision into heat vision to melt a bullet. The bullet was meant for a girl named Lucy from Borgonia, who is a top athlete visiting Smallville. She ends up helping Superboy and being dubbed Supergirl:

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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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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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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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412 – Superboy Gets His Own Book

In the midst of major superhero books being cancelled, it is surprising to see a superhero character get a new book all their own, but Superboy #1 debuts in January 1949. Superboy also had his own distinctive font/logo that I associate heavily with the Silver Age. The first time this logo was used was actually […]

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395 – Super Angst Origin

For the tenth anniversary of Superman’s first appearance, DC re-told Superman’s origin in even greater detail in Superman #53 (May 1948) with a compelling splash page showing Superman’s sadness at losing two sets of parents. The first half of the story takes place on Krypton. In it, we see in greater detail how Jor-el tried […]

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390 – Superboy Meets Lois Lane

In Adventure Comics #128 (March 1948), the writers of Superboy decided to toss more continuity out the door in favor of a cool story idea: A young Clark Kent win a prize to be a cub reporter for the summer for the Daily Planet, and guess who the other winner is: Lois Lane! Of course […]

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373 – Atomic Anachronism

The anachronisms in Superboy stories keep coming with Adventure Comics #121 (August 1947). Superboy helps cheat in a “collector competition” by finding a rock that can be used as a source of radium and uranium, which are acknowledged as “principal raw materials for atomic energy”. Even being generous and saying these stories take place 20 […]

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