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Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date: Mar/Apr 1949 - December 1979
Country: United States
This title includes issues #231-258what some indices accurately, but unhelpfully,
deem a "separate title" called, Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes
This comic, overlooked by many fans in the 21st century, is one of the more
important to the development of the DC universe, both in terms of its content
and its behind-the-scenes intrigues.
Chief among the latter is the fact that it's this title, and not Action
or Superman that proved the legal basis for the original creators of
Superman to receive some royalties from DC. So if you're looking for the real
reason why Superboy (as the young version of Superman) faded, early issues of
this title, More Fun Comics, and Adventure Comics, provided a
basis for a character that was distinct enough from Superman to be considered
a legally unique creation.
Contenually, though, Superboy, perhaps retroactively, was exploring
Earth 1 long before Barry Allen discovered there was an Earth 2. These pages
were really the beginning of the definition of the Earth 1 Superman's life.
Many of the adventures described here formed the basis for the whole world of
Superman as he would come to be known in the 1970s and 80s. The title was especially
influential in the development of Krypton, and, of course, the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Indeed, it was so tied to the Legion, that at the end of the run, the book concentrated
exclusively on telling the tales of Superboy with the Legion.
Here are some key turning points in the title's history:
Smallville is introduced to the world in issue #2
Superbaby gets his first story in issue #8
Lana Lang joins the Kents as a regular from her start in issue #10
Krypto, though introduced in Adventure, starts making occasional appearances
with issue #51
The title begins exploring Krypton's past with issue #67, in which the criminal
Legion members first start appearing in the title individually. First on
deck: Supergirl in issue #80
Mon-El makes his first appearance anywhere in issue #89, starting a multi-year
story arc with his character.
The Legion became a regular part of the book from issue #172.
Superboy's last solo story appears in issue #196. Smallville and its characters
are left behind.
Beginning with #197 the cover title reads "Superboy starring the Legion of
With issue #222 the cover reads "Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes".
Issue #230 is the last issue which bears the name "Superboy" in the indicia.
At issue #231, the name "officially" changes to Superboy and the Legion
After #258, the comic was wholly replaced by The
Legion of Super-Heroes and The
New Adventures of Superboy.
As this is an anthological series, titles of individual stories are not
issue titles. The "issue title" field is being used here to show where the cover
title (and in some cases, the indicia as well), significantly changed for a
period of several consecutive issues.
Number of issues cataloged: 274
Number of users with this title in their pull list: 5