Sunday, January 31, 2010
Untold Tales of Superboy #1
As Mort Weisinger took over the reins of the Superman family of magazines, he and his writers set about developing the Superman legend as it would come to be known during the Silver Age of comics. In the stories devoted to Kal-El as an adult, this took the form of the Superman family, with Kandor, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude, etc. In the Superboy stories, the focus was more on tales like this one, where we learned how the Lad of Steel learned to overcome some of the limitations and problems that arose from his powers.
As I have mentioned in the past, a lot of this was probably reader-driven. For instance, in this issue, this letter appeared:
In the story, Superboy remembers the first time he ever did his super-feats in public:
But the next day, as he walked to school with Lana Lang, a problem arose:
So Lana is naturally suspicious of Clark from that moment on, and inevitably, he finds himself in situations where he has to use his X-ray vision to do something while in his civilian identity. He can't let the glasses melt, and if he takes them off, she'll be suspicious as to why. So:
Now that's wacky! At any rate, Clark eventually realizes the only solution:
Now the only thing left is to quell Lana's suspicions about the earlier incident.
Silly story, undeniably, and yet it does help to establish a reasonably important point in the Silver Age Superboy and Superman. There were several other "Untold Tales" and I will discuss them in future posts.