336 – Superboy and Cars

In Adventure Comics #112 (November 1946), classmates of a young Clark Kent are given cars for passing their exams. How old are these kids anyhow?!? Last I saw, Clark was only 12 years old! Not only that, but those cars definitely seem like 1940s models and not 1920s models. Continuity errors and anachronisms abound!

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332 – Supertween

In Adventure Comics #111 (October 1946), we see the second appearance of Jack Smart, reporter for the Daily Planet and Superboy’s Pal. Beyond experimenting with the supporting cast, Superboy is also aging. He was definitively ten years old at the beginning of 1946 and now appears to be almost an adolescent – maybe twelve years […]

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328 – Superboy Gets Smart

The writers of Superboy started to realize what their stories are missing: A supporting cast! In Adventure Comics #110 (September 1946), we see the first attempt at that: Jack Smart, reporter from the Daily Planet comes to the as-yet-unnamed small town where Clark lives as a boy to find out about Superboy. This directly contradicts […]

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306 – Ma and Pa Kent

In February 1946, Superboy finally moves to Adventure Comics in Issue #108. This story establishes that Clark is ten years old and shows a rare glimpse of his parents, Ma and Pa Kent who are unnamed and whose appearance vary a bit from panel to panel (in one panel, Pa Kent is bald).

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289 – Superboy Taking Cover

The fledgling character Superboy makes his first appearance on the cover of More Fun Comics #104 (May 1945). In promoting him to the front cover, DC must have realized he was going to be a hit character, but he is little more than a bland 10-year old version of Superman with no supporting cast at […]

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275 – Superboy Debuts

As the Superman writers begin to cast about for fresh ideas, I am sure they were heavily influenced by the Captain Marvel Family and wanted to capture the young reader fantasy like Captain Marvel Jr and Mary Marvel did. Superboy debuts for the first time in More Fun Comics #101 (November 1944). This Superboy is […]

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