Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Superboy 28

An  editor of some magazine decides that they are going to run a story about the luckiest people. There were a number whose lives had been unlikely saved, or else discovered riches, but none seemed more lucky than a boy in Smallville called Clark Kent. So the entire article became about him, the luckiest boy in the world. Of course you and I know that he’s not really that lucky (besides being found by the Kents) and he feels a bit bad about it since he can never tell the real stories of his ‘narrow escapes’.

On a whim on of his neighbors asked him to help him choose a place for a well, and another for him to find the money she had dropped. Of course he felt like he had  to help and soon his reputation was legendary. Soon things got big enough that he was forced to step in as Superboy. A man bought the right to use Clark’s name by donating a thousand dollars to Smallville’s charities. When Clark found out that his name was to be put on lucky tokens, that would do nothing and therefore swindle the people he knew he had to take it back somehow.

He planned to make it so that the man would not want his name anymore. So at the grand opening he walked under a ladder and broke a mirror and then but putting a tiny bit of his strength against a tree he was leaning on he was able to make it fall. As reporters were led through the factory, Clark made sure to reveal flaws in the factory with his ‘unluckiness’. Then Clark pulled his final bit of lucklessness. He stood atop the dam and as he planted his feet firmly the dam kinda crumbled beneath him (It needed replacing anyway). As Clark ‘fell’ he changed and pulled some more acts to make it look as though his luck is truly gone.

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A Conman (called Foxy) finds a group of scientists with a machine that one man claimed made rays stronger than Kryptonite. So Foxy stole the machine and called up the biggest names in crime, having them all be there in  the morning. In order to put Superboy on ice the crooks drop their stolen gold and jewels, as that is what the machine run on. Really he was just trying to steal the goods for his own, but as Superboy flys by to stop a brush fire the machine sends out a ray that knocks him out of the sky. He gets up, but is weakened by the blast. Foxy and the men he called before send out a plea for more fuel for the machine, to take SB out for good.

Worried the people of Smallville try to see how weakened he is, and Superboy tries desperatly to seem as strong as before. But the crooks had arrived and Foxy as ready to blast our young hero again. But he shows the crooks what he had been hiding before; that he truly was unharmed, and it was  a ruse to get as many criminals as possible to Smallville. He had overheard Foxy talking earlier, and already knew about the machine as it was to be used in an entertainment later on.

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A new boy has moved to town and has taken a shine to Lana. Poor lad, she only has eyes for Superboy. He learns of her theory about Clark being SB, and sets out to disprove it, thinking she might gain an interest in him if she knew Clark was not the Kryptonian.  He sets it up so Clark to be at a dance with Lana when he is due across town as Superboy. But such a trick is easy enough to pull for him; he’s had enough practice. Using static electricity he blows a fuse at the dance and uses his super hearing and super ventriloquism to carry on a conversation with her in the dark.

Foiled the boy came up with another plan. He set up a record of cries for help to play when Clark and Lana would be in class. The record player was hidden in an area laden with lead, so he would be unable to see the trap. Clark escapes class by melting the cage a mouse was in, and after catching it, was told to get it out of there. He returned to class after finding the player, and Lana decided to prove once and for all his identity, by putting herself in danger. He overheard her plan and so to save her he stepped in front of a car as Clark, and faked an injury. With all his friends coming to see him, he has little to no chance to leave to tend to crimefighing duties. He uses his powers from his bed to do what he can while being watched.

But Superboy wasn’t showing up…. So Clark inflated a dummy of his other self and hurled it at a crook, while Lana was watching the thief. She saw Clark and ‘Superboy’ at the same time. And so the issue comes to an end, with Lana saying she still won’t go out with the boy, because she liked Clark for himself.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Adventure Comics 194

Superboy

Another genius who could have greatly helped he world if only he hadn’t turned to crime. This one is very Luthor-esk and wants not only to use his new lightning gun for crime, but to prove himself smarter than Superboy. He moves himself and his minion to Smallville as soon as the gun is tested. They first rob a bank, and when SB steps in they shoot him with the gun. As we all know a little electricity is nothing to a Kyrptonian, but Clark knew that merely his being around others with his new electric field was dangerous. First our clever boy solves his problems from afar, forming a giant shovel to carry the crooks, but they simply shoot out a bridge while in transport, making him leave them to fix it.

Clark then flew out to Pluto and worked off the power that clung to him, and he goes after the crooks again then they strike that night. They cut off the powerplant, but SB used their own weapon against them by making himself into a giant light bulb with the help of his new blast of electricity. While fleeing the town the criminals come across Superboy standing before them, glowing. They pull out the gun and try to charge him enough so he must leave, only for it to fly out of the boss’s hands into the sky where the real Superboy had coiled metal around himself so as to make himself into an electromagnet. The version on the ground was made a metal, and given just enough of the energy to glow. Superboy then showered bits of electrified metal around the crooks, left to work of the rest of the power and soon returned to bring the men to jail.

Aquaman

Our boy was just drifting along on the back of a walrus when he sees a ship being attacked and so he heads on over to see what he can do. Imagine his shock when it wasn’t some random pirate, but an actual armada of enemies. So the crooked navy gets away with that ship’s cargo, but Aquaman is ready for them with the next ship that passes by. He has called up his friends, and put up a ‘smokescreen’ by having the octopuses release their ink and then the whales sprayed it into the air. Next torpedoes were sent after the ship Aquaman was protecting, but some of Aquaman’s friends simply nudged them back toward the shooters.

So they closed in, deciding to fight hand to hand. Aquaman scared them off though, with legions of turtles, painted to look like mines. They still made off with the gold from the ship though. Except it wasn’t gold, but a radio, to bring the coast guard to the leader of the thieves. He set up this trap on the first ship, by mentioning that the other was going through, and there was a bug that relayed that to the crook. I wonder why he decided to drop that bug though, and how Aquaman knew about it.

Johnny Quick

Johnny, Tubby, and some adventurers find a lost city (I think it’s in South America, but they don’t say) Tubby’s biggest worry is that the natives believe it haunted. There seems to be something to the rumor as well. Statues coming to life, and people hurling spears at them before vanishing. But when the adventurers stumble upon a sacrificial pit (Johnny saves them) that has paths and tunnels around the bottom he thinks he may have found how the previous events had happened. While exploring these (and nearly dying again) the four find stacks of gold. Modern gold, as it had mint marks and the like.

The gang comes after them, but Johnny quickly (haha) chases them back, and when they block the tunnel the speedster digs them out in seconds. The criminals are then trapped in a thrown together cage of spears.

Green Arrow

Our story begins by seeing the duo going after some bank robbers. The crooks end up running into a scientist’s lab where he is exploring the relationship between light and time. The entire party ends up in the future where they witness another bank robbery, and the Archers are greeted by a cop. Oddly not only did the people from the future know them, and even expect to see them, but GA knew about special arrows they had in this time, and how to use them. The bank robbers here were the same ones from the past, just changed in their methods and what they planned to steal. Just as in modern (or not so modern as it’s the 50s) times they escape briefly, but GA and Speedy are able to find them again with the help of the police.

The crooks try to escape again in a rocket, but the archers use Anti-atom arrows to kill the reactions in the jets. Still using fantastic (and most likely impossible) arrows they capture the crooks and then wake in the lab.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Oct

Adventure Comics 193

Superboy

Clark goes swimming one day, and he hides his suit rather hastily. So naturally it is found by on of his classmates, a boy even more timid than Clark. His first thought was to return it, but all he wanted was his girlfriend to like him again. She had gotten fed up with his cowardice and dumped him. So he wore he suit and told her that he was Superboy. Clark let him run with it, knowing the boy’s timidity would force him to give up the truth, which it did. But Clark set up a scene where the girl seemed to be in danger, hoping that the boy would save her. He did of course, and learned some bravery from the experience.

The nest person to cross paths with the costume was a man who had fallen on hard times. He stole the suit through the boy’s window and used it to commit a robbery. Superboy had been watching, and had set up the store from which the man had stolen. He knew the man was good at heart, as he was his neighbor. He knew the man’s conscience would not allow him to keep what he had taken.

Finally the suit crossed paths with a conman, who used it as an example of the fabric he was selling. Of course the fabric he sold did not have the same properties as the alien suit. Clark didn’t bother trying to teach this man a lesson, but hurried to save those who thought their newest purchase would protect them, and he sent the conman to jail.

Aquaman

I love Aquaman! He might be my family’s favorite DC hero. (Combined, what with my brother’s hatred of most of them and how much my Mom likes him) While clearing a path for a ship who was traversing the northwest passage he found a giant beast. At first he was afraid, but soon found the creature just wanted to be his friend. His only problem was that his new friend would attack every passing ship. Eventually the Navy threatened to kill  the creature next time he harmed a ship. Lucky for Aquaman the next ship belonged to a criminal, and the creature’s help caught him. They discovered that the creature ate coal, and all Aquaman needed to do to prevent the danger to ships was to keep him well fed.

Johnny Quick

Tubby heads to a museum where he and Johnny are to be shooting later that day. However he has arrived early, and as he is admiring the artwork of the Greek gods he is blindsided by Hermes, who Tubby had thought was nothing compared to his friend. Insulted Hermes decides to challenge Quick to a battle of wits and speed. The god pulls out many tricks; turning invisible, making him forget his formula, and putting him to sleep. Hermes could have won, if he had put on the speed before Johnny was able to reverse the trickery, but like in Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare, his confidence and laziness make Johnny winning inevitable. Of course, Tubby wakes up after Quick has defeated Hermes for the last time, revealing the whole thing as a dream.

Green Arrow

We all know about those slippery crooks that you just can’t get enough evidence on. By pure chance a passing photographer got a picture of one such man killing someone. Scared he had fled, but decided to come back for the sake of justice. While trying to save him from crooks GA missed several important shots, leaving Roy both worried and confused. Of course, we find out at the end that each of the shots went exactly where he wanted, but he didn’t have the time to explain to Speedy (there was totally time).