Not until I happened to read The New Adventures of Superboy #11 did I know that Superboy used to be a comic about young Clark Kent, instead of Connor Kent like it is today. Superboy gets into a pretty nutty adventure in this one. Lex Luthor, who’s even at a young age an evil genius, but to a lesser degree, somehow manages to magnetize Superboy’s body, drawing every piece of metal towards him everywhere he goes. Ever the boy-scout, Superboy decides to leave Earth so as to do no harm with his uncontrollable magnetic prowess. Then he realizes he’s falling into Luthor’s trap, as he inexplicably finds himself flying near a black hole–but wait, the intense gravity of the black hole manages to drain the magnetism from Superboy!
Man did it feel dorky to recount that plotline. This was a fun comic, and I’d recommend it if you want to see what comics were like before Watchmen and co. Sure, they were silly and not particularly exciting, but they had an irreverent escapist glee to them that modern comics largely lack. As an added bonus, there’s a story about Superboy as an infant. Plus, this is edited by the late great Julius Schwartz.
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