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Superboy   (1949)
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Publisher: DC Comics

Publication Date: Mar/Apr 1949 - December 1979

Country: United States

Language: English

Notes:

This title includes issues #231-258—what some indices accurately, but unhelpfully, deem a "separate title" called, Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes (1977)


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 Klax-Ar appears

• 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 Super-Heroes".

• 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 of Super-Heroes

• 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: 273

Number of users with this title in their pull list: 5



Issue   Title   Story Arc   Cover Date
258
  The Mind Attack of the Psycho-Warrior
 
  December 1979
257
  Who Stole The Legion?
 
  November 1979
256
  This Is Your Life..and Death, Brainiac 5!
 
  October 1979
255
  The Super-Spectacles Swipe!
 
  September 1979
254
  A Madman Shall Lead Them
 
  August 1979
253
  Night Of The Super-Assassins!
 
  July 1979
252
  Postscript To Holocaust
 
  June 1979
251
  The Man Who Destroyed The Universe
 
  May 1979
250
  This is the Day the Universe Dies!
 
  April 1979
249
 
 
  March 1979
248
  Beneath the Streets Lurks Death!
 
  February 1979
247
 
 
  January 1979
246
  Will the Last One to Leave Mercury Please Close the Planet?
 
  December 1978
245
  Mordru:Master Of Earth
  Earthwar
  November 1978
244
  The Dark Circle That Crushed Earth
  Earthwar
  October 1978
243
  Earth's Last Stand
  Earthwar
  September 1978
242
 
  Earthwar
  August 1978
241
 
  Earthwar
  July 1978
240
 
 
  June 1978
239
  Murder Most Foul
 
  May 1978
238
  The Outlawed Legionaires
 
  April 1978
237
  No Price Too High
 
  March 1978
236
 
 
  February 1978
235
 
 
  January 1978
234
  Wanted--Dead Or Alive The Composite Legionaire
 
  December 1977
233
 
 
  November 1977
232
  The Disease that Wouldn't Die!
 
  October 1977
231
  A Day in the Death of a World!
 
  September 1977
230
  The Creature Who Conned the Legion
 
  August 1977
229
  Hunt for a Hero-Killer
 
  July 1977
228
  That a World Might Live ... A Legionnaire Must Die!
 
  June 1977
227
  War at World's End!
 
  May 1977
226
 
 
  April 1977
225
  And who shall lead them?
 
  March 1977
224
  "When Stargrave Strikes!"
 
  February 1977
223
  We Can't Escape the Trap in Time!
 
  January 1977
222
 
 
  December 1976
221
  "The Trillion-Dollar Trophies"
 
  November 1976
220
  Super-Soldiers Of The Slave-Maker
 
  October 1976
219
  The Plunder Ploy of the Fatal Five
 
  September 1976
218
  The Secret Villain the World Never Knew
 
  July 1976
217
  The Charge of the Doomed Legionaires
 
  June 1976
216
  The Hero Who Hated the Legion
 
  April 1976
215
  The Final Eclipse of Sun Boy
 
  March 1976
214
 
 
  January 1976
213
 
 
  December 1975
212
 
 
  October 1975
211
 
 
  September 1975
210
 
 
  August 1975
209
 
 
  June 1975
208
  Vengeance Of The Super-Villains!
 
  April 1975
207
  The rookie who betrayed the legion
 
  March 1975
206
 
 
  Jan/Feb 1975
205
  The Legion of Super-Executioners!
 
  Nov/Dec 1974
204
  The Legionnaire Nobody Remembered
 
  Sep/Oct 1974
203
  Massacre by Remote Control
 
  Jul/Aug 1974
202
 
 
  May/Jun 1974
201
 
 
  Mar/Apr 1974
200
  The Legionnaire Bride of Starfinger
 
  Jan/Feb 1974
199
  The Gun That Mastered Men
 
  November 1973
198
  The Fatal Five Who Twisted Time
 
  October 1973
197
  Timber Wolf: Dead Hero, Live Executioner!
 
  September 1973
196
 
 
  July 1973
195
 
 
  June 1973
194
 
 
  April 1973
193
 
 
  February 1973
192
 
 
  December 1972
191
 
 
  October 1972
190
 
 
  September 1972
189
 
 
  August 1972
188
 
 
  July 1972
187
 
 
  June 1972
186
  The Mutiny of the Damned!
 
  May 1972
185
 
 
  May 1972
184
  The Glass Nightmare
 
  April 1972
183
 
 
  March 1972
182
 
 
  February 1972
181
 
 
  January 1972
180
 
 
  December 1971
179
 
 
  November 1971
178
  Pawn of the Monster-Maker
 
  October 1971
177
 
 
  September 1971
176
 
 
  July 1971
175
 
 
  June 1971
174
 
 
  June 1971
173
 
 
  April 1971
172
 
 
  March 1971
171
 
 
  January 1971
170
 
 
  December 1970
169
  No Escape For Superboy
 
  October 1970
168
 
 
  September 1970
167
  The Day Superbaby Blew Up The World
 
  July 1970
166
  Here Lies the Real Superboy!
 
  June 1970
165
  Superboy's Red-Letter Days
 
  May/Jun 1970
164
 
 
  April 1970
163
  Reform School Rebel
 
  March 1970
162
 
 
  January 1970
161
 
 
  December 1969
160
  I Chose Eternal Exile!
 
  October 1969
159
  The Day It Rained Superboys!
 
  September 1969
158
 
 
  July 1969
157
  Get Lost, Superboy ... Who Needs You?
 
  June 1969
156
 
 
  June 1969
155
  Revolt of the Teen-Age Robots!
 
  April 1969
154
 
 
  March 1969
153
 
 
  January 1969
152
 
 
  December 1968
151
  D.O.A.- In Cold Blood
 
  October 1968
150
  The Stranger Who Stalks Smallville!
 
  September 1968
149
 
 
  July 1968
148
 
 
  June 1968
147
  Superboy Starring The Legion Of Super-Heroes
 
  May/Jun 1968
146
 
 
  April 1968
145
 
 
  March 1968
144
  Superboy's Lost Identity!
 
  January 1968
143
  The Big Fall!
 
  December 1967
142
  Superboy Goes Ape
 
  October 1967
141
  No Mercy for a Hero!
 
  September 1967
140
 
 
  July 1967
139
 
 
  June 1967
138
 
 
  June 1967
137
 
 
  April 1967
136
 
 
  March 1967
135
 
 
  January 1967
134
 
 
  December 1966
133
 
 
  October 1966
132
  The Youth Who Was Braver Than Superboy!
 
  September 1966
131
 
 
  July 1966
130
 
 
  June 1966
129
  Superboy And His Super-Friends!
 
  May 1966
128
 
 
  April 1966
127
 
 
  March 1966
126
 
 
  January 1966
125
 
 
  December 1965
124
 
 
  October 1965
123
 
 
  September 1965
122
 
 
  July 1965
121
 
 
  June 1965
120
 
 
  April 1965
119
 
 
  March 1965
118
 
 
  January 1965
117
 
 
  December 1964
116
 
 
  October 1964
115
 
 
  September 1964
114
 
 
  July 1964
113
 
 
  June 1964
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  Summer 1964
112
 
 
  April 1964
111
 
 
  March 1964
110
 
 
  January 1964
109
 
 
  December 1963
108
 
 
  October 1963
107
 
 
  September 1963
106
 
 
  July 1963
105
 
 
  June 1963
104
 
 
  April 1963
103
 
 
  March 1963
102
 
 
  January 1963
101
  The Handsome Hound of Steel!
 
  December 1962
100
 
 
  October 1962
99
 
 
  September 1962
98
  The Boy With Ultra-Powers!
 
  July 1962
97
 
 
  June 1962
96
 
 
  April 1962
95
 
 
  March 1962
94
 
 
  January 1962
93
 
 
  December 1961
92
 
 
  October 1961
91
 
 
  September 1961
90
 
 
  July 1961
89
  Superboy's Big Brother!
 
  June 1961
88
 
 
  April 1961
87
 
 
  March 1961
86
  The Army Of Living Kryptonite Men!
 
  January 1961
85
 
 
  December 1960
84
 
 
  October 1960
83
 
 
  September 1960
82
  The War Against Superboy
 
  July 1960
81
 
 
  June 1960
80
 
 
  April 1960
79
 
 
  March 1960
78
 
 
  January 1960
77
 
 
  December 1959
76
 
 
  October 1959
75
  The Punishment Of Superboy!
 
  September 1959
74
  Superboy’s Voyage to New Krypton
 
  July 1959
73
 
 
  June 1959
72
 
 
  April 1959
71
 
 
  March 1959
70
 
 
  January 1959
69
 
 
  December 1958
68
 
 
  October 1958
67
 
 
  September 1958
66
 
 
  July 1958
65
 
 
  June 1958
64
 
 
  April 1958
63
 
 
  March 1958
62
 
 
  January 1958
61
 
 
  December 1957
60
 
 
  October 1957
59
 
 
  September 1957
58
 
 
  July 1957
57
 
 
  June 1957
56
 
 
  April 1957
55
  The Secret Of Smallville High
 
  March 1957
54
 
 
  January 1957
53
 
 
  December 1956
52
 
 
  October 1956
51
 
 
  September 1956
50
 
 
  July 1956
49
 
 
  June 1956
48
 
 
  April 1956
47
 
 
  March 1956
46
 
 
  January 1956
45
 
 
  December 1955
44
 
 
  October 1955
43
  The Super-Farmer Of Smallville
 
  September 1955
42
 
 
  July 1955
41
 
 
  June 1955
40
 
 
  April 1955
39
 
 
  March 1955
38
 
 
  January 1955
37
 
 
  December 1954
36
 
 
  October 1954
35
 
 
  September 1954
34
 
 
  July 1954
33
 
 
  June 1954
32
 
 
  April 1954
31
 
 
  March 1954
30
 
 
  January 1954
29
  The Puppet Superboy!
 
  December 1953
28
  The Man Who Defeated Superboy!
 
  Oct/Nov 1953
27
 
 
  Aug/Sep 1953
26
 
 
  Jun/Jul 1953
25
 
 
  Apr/May 1953
24
 
 
  Feb/Mar 1953
23
 
 
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22
 
 
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21
 
 
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20
 
 
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19
 
 
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18
 
 
  Feb/Mar 1952
17
 
 
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16
 
 
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15
 
 
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13
 
 
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12
 
 
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11
 
 
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10
 
 
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9
 
 
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8
 
 
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  Nov/Dec 1949
4
 
 
  Sep/Oct 1949
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  Jul/Aug 1949
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  May/Jun 1949
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