"Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Execution of Matter-Eater Lad!"": With Matter-Eater Lad and Blockade Boy's escape exposed, Blockade Boy is killed and Matter-Eater Lad taken prisoner to be executed.
- Boys, get a load of this! I've got the goods on the stool pigeon who's been chirping to Narro!
Synopsis for Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Execution of Matter-Eater Lad!"
With Matter-Eater Lad and Blockade Boy's escape exposed, Blockade Boy is killed and Matter-Eater Lad taken prisoner to be executed. At the prison, Brainaic 5 builds a listening device for them to discover who the traitor in their ranks is.
When Weight Wizard is exposed as a traitor the Legion berates him, however having a change of heart, Weight Wizard tries to escape and is killed by some of the plants that are outside the prison. Each attempt to break out is once more thwarted, with Invisible Kid being shrunk down to miniature size in one attempt, and narrowly escaping with his life.
Next, the female members of the Legion try to make an escape, with Light Lass using her weight powers to lighten the fence and another where Duo Damsel duplicates herself and shines the giant searchlight to lure the native beasts to attack the boy's prison. The stampede works, and the male Legion members revolt and go for a mass jailbreak. Their success is insured with the arrival of Superboy, Mon-El and Ultra Boy, who help bust up Nardo and his minions, and save Matter-Eater Lad from execution, but not from being grazed by the ray blast meant to kill him. Matter-Eater Lad does survive, but finds that the ray has changed his body composition to resemble that of Bouncing Boy's old powers.
Appearing in Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Execution of Matter-Eater Lad!"
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- Weight Wizard (Dies)
- Nardo's Prison Camp
- Legion Clubhouse
Synopsis for Superboy: "Pa Kent's Dilemma"
This story is reprinted from Superboy #41.
Jonathan Kent writes in his journal describing his experiences as Superboy’s father. He relates an account in which his wife Martha Kent accidentally swallowed a batch of truth serum intended for use by the police. The serum caused Martha to blurt out bits of information that betrayed Superboy’s identity as Clark Kent. At one point she tells Lana Lang that Clark wears a costume underneath his clothes but Clark then creates a diversion by causing the kitchen oven to overheat with his heat vision. Martha reveals that she is sorry for the incident but she cannot help herself. On another occasion Martha shows a neighbor a baby picture of Clark lifting a heavy chair as a baby. The woman is amazed but Jonathan breaks a flower vase to interrupt the conversation. In the meantime, Superboy creates a chair using paper to explain to the neighbor how he was able to lift the chair in the baby picture. Superboy is suddenly called away by a radio message informing him that a stranded airliner with 19 passengers has disappeared in the mountains. Martha immediately gets on the phone and contacts a radio station informing them not to fear since her son Superboy is on his way to the rescue. Jonathan is able to cut the telephone wire just in time to avoid the full message leaking out to the station. Martha becomes frustrated that she cannot share her news and writes a letter to the news station. Superboy tracks down the letter to the news office and blows the letter into a tray with his super breath. The tray is marked Tall Tale contest entries. The letter is read by an office employee but its contents are assumed to be fictitious and the letter is set aside. The truth serum soon wears off and Martha resumes her old habits of guarding Superboys identity with her discretion.
Appearing in Superboy: "Pa Kent's Dilemma"
- This is the final appearance of the Superboy feature in Adventure Comics for now. It will return with new stories in Adventure Comics #453. Superboy does continue to appear in the Legion of Super-Heroes stories.
- "The Execution of Matter-Eater Lad!" is reprinted in Superboy #202, Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 5, and Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2.
- Legion of Super-Heroes Recommended Reading
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 2)
- The Legion (Volume 1)
- Legion Lost (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 4)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 5)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 6)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 7)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 8)
- Legionnaires (Volume 1)
- Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)