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Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #255 (Sept. 1979)

Purchase price: $1

Yes, this is the third review I’ve done for Superboy where he’s shared the title with the Legion.  I love the Legion, what can I say?  If I see ‘em, I’m buying ‘em.

This issue uses an odd shade of pink on the cover to represent the Kryptonian sky; it clashes a little with Cosmic Boy’s uniform.  And that concludes the fashion portion of our review. “The Super-Spectacles Swipe!” was written by Gerry Conway with Joe Staton and Vince Colletta on the art.  All comic fans know Superboy’s Clark Kent disguise is flimsy at best; he’s essentially counting on a pair of glasses to mask his true identity, yet artistic license has everyone just going along with the ruse.  Don’t underestimate the importance of those glasses because they’re the centerpiece of the plotline.  Superman’s special glasses are stolen so they can be used for nefarious means in the 30th century, and that’s where the Legion comes in to visit Clark/Superman on the roof of his Smallville school.  They explain the problem and off come the clothes, Superboy is ready for action.  A fight scene against the thief yields little results. And what does the Legion do when brute force won’t solve the problem?  Why time travel of course.  It’s what they do best.  And travel they do, all the way back to before Krypton exploded to get some of that good Kryptonian glass used to make Clark’s glasses.  Of course the plan works and the 30th century is saved in less than 18 pages.  *phew*

I guess it didn’t matter much to the overall story here, but the Legion has a real disregard for rules in time travel; they’re taking glass from the past for use in the future, Shrinking Violet winds up interacting with young Kal-el, all in like six panels!  That could have massive effects on the future, but I guess those kind continuity problems inspire stories like Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Despite the wise-cracks this wasn’t a bad Superboy issue at all; pretty typical for a Legion story.

As I’m reading this story I notice an in-house ad for a story about Jor-El (Superman’s father) helping to save Earth from destruction 1,000 years after his death.  Wow.  That might be interesting.  Oh, wait, it’s an ad for the story I was reading (and am now reviewing).  The ad made this story sound so much better than it really was.


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