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« on: January 25, 2005, 09:15:45 PM »

What happens when SUPERBOY discovers the FORBIDDEN WEAPONS from KRYPTON?

Find out in "The PHANTOM SUPERBOY!"



A tip-of-the-hat to Mark Alfred for sending in this one!

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2005, 12:52:39 AM »

That's a great story --it had everything including huge chunks of Smallville life mixed in with Krypton stuff.  The highlights include the young Superboy unwittingly killing a giant lizard he creates: "a victim of his own savage ferocity" (talk about blaming the victim --sheesh!).  And I love how SB says, "that fool robot" --like the robot can help it!
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2005, 02:56:15 AM »

Also the first appearance of Zod and his plans to rule the planet; and the introduction of the PZ ray projector.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2005, 01:04:08 PM »

And of course, fans of "Superman Versus Atom Man" will see the ending to this tale coming an "empty doom" away. :wink:
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2005, 09:23:37 AM »

Cool story, Rao. I'd love to see more Phantom Zone related stories.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2005, 01:00:30 AM »

This is one of those stories I've been wanting to see for a long time but could never find. As usual, I'm very grateful that a site like this exists and give many thanks to Great Rao!

It's always fascinating to see the way that Weisinger is still "establishing the rules" in the stories from the late 50s/early 60s. In this story, for example, Superboy shouldn't be able to tear open the giant metal box, since it was made of kryptonian metal and should therefore be even tougher on Earth than his skin is. A few years later, it's likely that someone (probably E. Nelson Bridwell!) would have  had to explain a way around this problem in the letter column. My theory? The metal the box was composed of actually fell to Krypton as a meteor from some other region of the galaxy, and Jor-El found it to use in his experiments.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2005, 03:44:20 AM »

Quote from: "Continental Op"
My theory? The metal the box was composed of actually fell to Krypton as a meteor from some other region of the galaxy, and Jor-El found it to use in his experiments.


And the no-prize goes to ..... the Continental Op!  Great detective work, C.O.! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2005, 08:22:14 PM »

I'm not sure about this, I can see how its molecular substance would be denser, but does inanimate matter get powers from a yellow sun?  And if Silver Age Superman can survive an exploding sun, wouldn't that make any kryptonian metal the strongest matter in the entire universe?
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