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WHAT'S YOUR SUPERBOY IQ? Take this super-quiz and find out! Answers below!

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(1) In which comics did the first three Superboy series appear?

(2) What did Superboy's original logo look like?

(3) Where did Superboy's uniform originally come from?

(4) Which three future JLAers did Superboy meet when they were boys?

(5) What was Superboy's funniest "team-up"?

(6) What year did the very first Superboy Annual come out?

(7) Which Superboy story was inspired by a classic Oscar Wilde novel?

(8) Did Superboy ever meet Super Friends?

(9) In what comic was Superboy regularly co-featured with Rex the Wonder Dog?

(10) Which Superboy cover reminds you of Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel?


(1) In which comics did the first three Superboy series appear?
ANSWER: More Fun #101, January 1945, Adventure Comics #103, April 1946, and Superboy #1, March 1949.
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More Fun #101, January 1945 Adventure #103, April 1946 Superboy #1, March 1949
(2) What did Superboy's original logo look like?
ANSWER: It wasn't the familiar arched Superboy logo seen on the cover of Superboy #1, it was a simple knock-off of the SuperMAN logo. First usage of the logo, from More Fun Comics #101, pictured below!
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(3) Where did Superboy's uniform originally come from?
ANSWER: You probably answered by giving a version of the information below...
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... but originally, according to the first-ever Superboy story, young Clark Kent made his uniform all by himself! Below are the final three panels from the first-ever Superboy story in More Fun Comics #101, Jan. 1945. See that caption on panel two? He even made the darn thing "secretly"!
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(4) Which three future JLAers did Superboy meet when they were boys?
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In Adventure #258 (March 1959), Superboy met the young Green Arrow (DC house ad pictured above). The Boy of Steel met young Aquaman in Superboy #171 (Jan. 1971, cover left, panel below). Like the recent appearance of Aquaman on "Smallville," this story was also about stopping businessmen from polluting the ocean. Finally, in Superboy #182 (Feb 1972), our hero met the young Bruce Wayne and learned "How the Boy Became the Batman!" (cover pictured right).
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(5) What was Superboy's funniest "team-up"?
ANSWER: Trick question! Because the answer is Superboy "teaming up" with SUPER TURTLE, a single-page humor strip that ran in various DC mags of the sixties. In the episode below, Superboy meets Super Turtle, and discovers the Turtle's one weakness... not Kryptonite, but -- DANCING!
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(6) What year did the very first Superboy Annual come out?
ANSWER: According to the issue's indicia, Superboy Annual No. 1 is dated Summer 1964. House ad below!
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(7) Which Superboy story was inspired by a classic Oscar Wilde novel?
ANSWER: Superboy #152 (Dec 1968), cover by Neal Adams, was inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." In Wilde's story, a man's sins are transferred to a magical portrait of himself, so the man remains youthful and innocent looking while the portrait grows increasingly horrific. Ditto for "The 2 Faces of Superboy," written by Frank Robbins.
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(8) Did Superboy ever meet Super Friends?
ANSWER: Another trick question. The answer is YES... just look at the theme of Superboy #129 in the DC house ad pictured below -- Superboy and his Super-Friends! So although Superboy may have never met THE Super Friends (animated Hall of Justice version), he did have plenty of "Super Friends" of his own! (Including VIDAL the family hairstylist, and KID KRYPTON, a distant cousin of Kid Rock.)
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DC HOUSE AD FOR SUPERBOY #129, MAY 1966
(9) In what comic was Superboy regularly co-featured with Rex the Wonder Dog?
ANSWER: Superboy Annual -- a British publication that reprinted Superboy stories alongside such animal superstars as Rex the Wonder Dog, and Bobo the Detective Chimp!
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British Superboy Annual #4 British Superboy Annual #5
(10) Which Superboy cover reminds you of Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel?
ANSWER: Superboy #135, January 1967: Cover balloons read: "Ouch... what AGONY!" and "Ha... what ECSTASY!" And, of course, "The Agony And The Ecstasy" is the title of the epic 1965 film starring Charleton Heston and Rex Harrison that depicts Michangelo's struggles to complete his work in the Sistine Chapel.
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