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Somebody’s First Comic Book: The New Adventures of Superboy #8

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TITLE: Clark Kent Must Die

CREDITS:
Writer: Cary Bates
Penciller:
Kurt Schaffenberger
Inker:
Dave Hunt
Letters:
Ben Oda
Colors:
Jerry Serpe
Editor:
Julius Schwartz
Cover:
Kurt Schaffenberger & Dave Hunt
Publisher:
DC Comics

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: Superboy – the adventures of Superman when he was a boy, right?

IMPRESSIONS: Interesting little story here. Superboy goes out on a mission to stop a swarm of locusts from destroying some crops in his home town, the little farming community of Smallville. When he returns home, he finds out that his parents don’t remember his secret identity. For the next few days, he runs into close calls with his parents and others several times, his identity protected only by the timely intervention of his pal Pete Ross (who knows that Clark Kent is Superboy, only Clark doesn’t know that Pete knows). Superboy is convinced that his parents’ memory loss is no accident, and is unwilling to tell them the truth until he knows why they’ve been affected, so he does what any ordinary teenage boy would do: he fakes his own death.

I like this story. The idea of Superboy protecting his identity from someone who already knows it has some good comedic potential, and the writer actually gives a logical explanation for why Clark doesn’t just tell his parents the truth after their memory is wiped. It seems kind of obvious that the memory loss is somehow related to the space launch they’re watching at the beginning of the issue, but as the story is continued next issue, it’s hard to say that for sure. The good news is, I’m sufficiently interested in this that I would definitely read the next issue and find out what happened to him. It’s clever, it’s fun, and I liked reading it.

GRADE: B

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