Superboy #185
(May 1972)

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Volume
24
Price
0.50 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
monthly, (semi-monthly May)
On-sale date
1972-03-02
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
DC [block]
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound (#129, 138, 147, 156, 165, 185, 202, 205, 208)
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

DC 100 Page Super Spectacular DC-12.

On-sale date from Direct Currents #5 in June 1972 cover-dated issues and Comic Reader #82.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superboy; The Star Spangled Kid; Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes; Teen Titans; Kid Eternity / cover / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Job Number
N-500
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Brainiac 5 [Querl Dox]; Phantom Girl [Tinya Wazzo]; Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle]; Lightning Lad [Gart Ranzz]; Element Lad [Jan Arrah]]; Star-Spangled Kid; Little Boy Blue; the Blue Boys; Teen Titans [Robin [Dick Grayson]; Kid Flash [Wally West]; Wonder Girl [Donna Troy]; Aqualad [Garth]; Mal [Malcolm Duncan]]; Jonathan Kent; Jimmy Olsen; Kid Eternity; Pete Ross

Indexer Notes

wrap-around cover

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-499
Characters
Superboy; Little Boy Blue; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Kid Eternity; Star-Spangled Kid

Clark Kent's Super-Father! (Table of Contents: 2)

Superboy / comic story / 12.67 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Bernstein
Pencils
George Papp
Inks
George Papp
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-479
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Jax-Ur; Jonathan Kent; Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Lightning Lad [Gart Ranzz]] (statues); Professor Lang; Martha Kent
Synopsis
Jax-Ur poses as Super-Dad.
Reprints
Keywords
green kryptonite; Krypton; Phantom Zone; Superboy Robots

Indexer Notes

Script credit per the index of the original publication.

The Jigsaw Puzzle Murder! (Table of Contents: 3)

The Star-Spangled Kid / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Samachson
Pencils
Jon Small
Inks
Jon Small
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp
Editing
Jack Schiff (original editor)

Job Number
N-481
Genre
superhero
Characters
Pudge Malone (death); Baldy Hines; Mr. Pemberton; The Star-Spangled Kid [Sylvester Pemberton]; Stripsey [Pat Dugan]; Commissioner Dunn; Beetle
Synopsis
Pudge is murdered by Baldy but before he dies he leaves a picture puzzle of his killer.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ira Schnapp inker credit via Todd Klein through a post from his blog Kleinletters, 16 October 2016 (retrieved 19 November 2016, http://kleinletters.com/Blog/star-spangled-schnapp/).

The Astounding Separated Man (Table of Contents: 4)

Teen Titans / comic story / 24.34 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Haney
Pencils
Bruno Premiani
Inks
Bruno Premiani
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
George Kashdan (original editor)

Job Number
N-483
Genre
superhero
Characters
Teen Titans [Robin [Dick Grayson]; Kid Flash [Wally West]; Wonder Girl [Donna Troy]; Aqualad [Garth]]; Justice League of America [JLA; Batman [Bruce Wayne] (Cameo); Flash [Barry Allen] (Cameo); Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (Cameo); Aquaman [Arthur Curry] (Cameo)]; Tommy Holmes; Professor Brian Holmes; Judy (Tommy's girlfriend); The Separated Man [Jake Trask]
Synopsis
The teens of Midville call up on the Teen Titans to help stop The Separated Man from destroying their town.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Teen Titans 1st case, now including Wonder Girl.

Story is broken into three chapters, comprised of 7.67, 8, and 8.67 pages.

Kid Eternity Hoax! (Table of Contents: 5)

Kid Eternity / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Pete Riss
Inks
Pete Riss
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
George E. Brenner (original editor)

Job Number
N-480
Genre
superhero
Characters
Kid Eternity; Mr. Keeper; Lally Lawton; Mr. Hardeel; Davy Crockett; Cheesy; Jarrick; Alexander Hamilton; Lord Byron; Tecumseh; Belle Boyd; Jesse James
Synopsis
The Kid saves Lally from kidnappers.
Reprints

Part I: The Eight Impossible Missions! (Table of Contents: 6)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
John Forte
Inks
John Forte
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese

Job Number
N-484
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy [Dirk Motgna]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Superboy [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Phantom Girl [Tinya Wazzo]; Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle]; Brainiac 5 [Querl Dox]; Ultra Boy [Jo Nah]; Element Lad [Jan Arrah]; Shrinking Violet [Salu Digby]; Triplicate Girl [Luornu Durgo]; Light Lass [Ayla Ranzz]; Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg]; Matter-Eater Lad [Tenzil Kem]; Colossal Boy[Gim Allon]; Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Lightning Lad [Garth Ranzz]]; Proty II; Spider Girl; Pete Ross; Jimmy Olsen [Elastic Lad]; Double-Header; Jor-El (flashback); Mighty Gazor; Garf-Og (brain)
Synopsis
Proty II comes up with a contest to determine the next Legion leader.
Reprints
Keywords
Phantom Zone

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from the index of the original publication.

Part II: The Amazing Winner of the Great Proty Puzzle! (Table of Contents: 7)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
John Forte (signed)
Inks
John Forte (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese

Job Number
N-485
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Superboy [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Phantom Girl [Tinya Wazzo]; Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle]; Brainiac 5 [Querl Dox]; Ultra Boy [Jo Nah]; Element Lad [Jan Arrah]; Shrinking Violet [Salu Digby]; Triplicate Girl [Luornu Durgo]; Light Lass [Ayla Ranzz]; Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg]; Matter-Eater Lad [Tenzil Kem]; Colossal Boy[Gim Allon]; Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Lightning Lad [Garth Ranzz]]; Proty II; Pete Ross; Jimmy Olsen [Elastic Lad]
Synopsis
Saturn Girl solves Proty's puzzle and remains Legion leader.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters credit from the index of the original publication.

[The Origin of Little Boy Blue] (Table of Contents: 8)

Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Jon L. Blummer [as JLB] (signed)
Inks
Jon L. Blummer [as JLB] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jon L. Blummer ?
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (original editor)

Job Number
N-482
Genre
children; superhero
Characters
Little Boy Blue [Tommy Rogers] (introduction); The Blue Boys [Tubby; Toughie] (introduction for both); D. A. Dan Rogers (Tommy's father); Martha Rogers (Tommy's mother); Wolf Lupo (villain)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.

The Rip Van Winkle of Smallville (Table of Contents: 9)

Superboy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Bruno Premiani
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
N-486
Genre
superhero
Characters
Superboy [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; John Blair; Mary Norton; Henry Vanning; Dr. Harris
Synopsis
Superboy helps awaken John Blair from a twenty year coma.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from index of original publication.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Giant Smallville Mailsack / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
? (logo illustration)
Inks
? (logo illustration)
Colors
? (logo illustration)
Letters
typeset

Job Number
N-487
Characters
Superboy; Krypto

Indexer Notes

Letters from Jimmy Alexander, Bob Rozakis, Kerry Quon, Gary Skinner, Martin Balsam, Tony Baldacci Tom Pitt, Kevin Faley, Howard Simpson, Hank Smith, Ronnie Bailey, Howard Davis, Joe Celko.

Key to DC's Young Heroes! (Table of Contents: 11)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
N-448

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Key to characters on the cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superboy; The Star Spangled Kid; Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes; Teen Titans; Kid Eternity
  2. 1. Table of Contents
  3. 2. Clark Kent's Super-Father!
    Superboy
  4. 3. The Jigsaw Puzzle Murder!
    The Star-Spangled Kid
  5. 4. The Astounding Separated Man
    Teen Titans
  6. 5. Kid Eternity Hoax!
    Kid Eternity
  7. 6. Part I: The Eight Impossible Missions!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  8. 7. Part II: The Amazing Winner of the Great Proty Puzzle!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  9. 8. [The Origin of Little Boy Blue]
    Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys
  10. 9. The Rip Van Winkle of Smallville
    Superboy
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Giant Smallville Mailsack
  12. 11. Key to DC's Young Heroes!
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