Saturday, March 18, 2006

Superboy's Transgendered Experience

Here's a classic tale from Superboy #78, January 1960. Ma Kent tells Superboy that her intuition tells her that this is going to be a day of big changes for him. He laughs, believing a woman's intuition is a lot of nonsense. In the next sequence, he spots an alien spaceship. The woman piloting the ship is so startled to see a boy flying that she temporarily loses control. Superboy saves her, but indulges himself in a little careless sexism.

Although Superboy saved her, she's angry at him for his thoughts, so she bathes him in a ray from her ring that indeed produces quite a change:

Initially, of course, Superboy is dismayed at the change. Then an interesting thing happens:

Of course, that mental warning received ahead of time is Super-Sister's woman's intution. For the rest of the story, Super-Sister helps women in trouble. At the very end, Superboy wakes up and discovers that he's been hallucinating the whole experience under the spell of Shar-La's ring.

Previous Superboy-related posts:

But Eddie Rolfe Stopped Supporting Them
Luthor's Evolution
I'm a (Time) Travelin' Man
Supergirl--Action #267
Early Legion of Superheroes
Problems with the Silver Age Superboy

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