The Greatest Pre-Crisis Superboy Stories Ever Told!
Every day we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator. These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
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Today’s list is the Greatest Pre-Crisis Superboy Stories Ever Told!
10. “Pete Ross’ Super-Secret!” Superboy #90
For awhile there, Pete Ross actually seemed like he was going to be a really interesting character. His intro four issues earlier was a good story (where Pete seems like he’s learned Superboy’s secret but really didn’t) and then you have this tale, drawn by George Papp, where Pete discovers Superboy’s secret but is such a good guy that he decides to keep it a secret from everyone – INCLUDING not letting on to Superboy that he knows! Interesting set-up that they never really did a whole lot with over the years (although one of the stories on this list DID use it well).
9. “The Last Days of Ma and Pa Kent!” Superman #161
Leo Dorfman and Al Plastino tell this tragic tale of when Superboy’s parents lost their lives to deadly virus. Their deaths shake Superboy’s world so much that he briefly quits being a superhero (as he believes that they caught their virus in the past when he took them time traveling).
8. “Judge, Jury and No Justice!” DC Comics Presents #14
This issue is technically part two of a story, but this is the only issue that Superboy appears in it. Pete Ross switches bodies with Superboy in an attempt to punish Superman for Superman not protecting Pete’s son, Jon. Paul Levitz wrote it and Dicks Dillin and Giordano drew it.
7. “The Super-Dog from Krypton!” Adventure Comics #210
Krypto makes his debut in this delightful tale by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Sy Barry. Here, Krypto is just a standard dog and he can’t help but accidentally almost ruining Clark Kent’s secret identity repeatedly. Luckily, eventually Krypto goes off on a space adventure. He doesn’t return for many years, at which point he is Superman’s problem to deal with (Superboy likely noted, “Phew, let future me deal with this.”
6. “How Luthor Met Superboy!” Adventure Comics #271
Jerry Siegel and Al Plastino reveal how Lex Luthor came to hate Superboy (and therefore, Superman).
The top five is on the next page!