"The Great Superboy Hoax!": To see if Pete Ross was qualified to take over for him if he unexpectedly perished, Superboy faked his death on a barren planetoid and arranged that Pete gained temporary super-powers and took his identity as the secon


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Uncle Brainiac

Superboy #106 is an issue of the series Superboy (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1963.

Synopsis for "The Great Superboy Hoax!"

To see if Pete Ross was qualified to take over for him if he unexpectedly perished, Superboy faked his death on a barren planetoid and arranged that Pete gained temporary super-powers and took his identity as the second Superboy. The Phantom Zoners took advantage of the situation, and watched as Pete buried Superboy's not-yet-dead body under a stone pyramid; then irradiated it with a Green Kryptonite ray as a monument to Superboy. Superboy's hoax grave was about to become a real one, except for the gloating Phantom Zoners that alerted Pete.

Appearing in "The Great Superboy Hoax!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Chemistry Club
  • Kryptonians (Appears in Imaginary Story)
  • Ross Family

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Capsule/Space-Bubble
  • 1935 Buicks, Series S


Synopsis for "The Lair of Brainiac!"

Superboy once again used his mind-prober ray and Total Recall power to remember an adventure during his babyhood as Kal-El of Krypton. He recalled how the space villain Brainiac kidnapped him, intent on ransoming him to Jor-El for the deadly 21Y-Ronatort -- an invention of Jor's. But Brainiac's ship teleported to a yellow solar system, where Kal-El gained super-powers and caused such havoc that Brainiac and his henchmen gladly returned him to his home, without Jor-El and Lara having known that he was gone.

Appearing in "The Lair of Brainiac!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Brainiac (First appearance as Uncle Brainiac) (Flashback only)

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

  • 21 Y-Ronatort/21 Y-Runatort (Mentioned only)
  • Diamond (Flashback only)
  • Flash-Gun (Flashback only)
  • Growth Ray-Gun (Flashback only)
    • Enlarging Ray (Flashback only)
  • Hyper-Z-Bombs (Flashback only)
  • Mind-Prober
    • Mind-Prober Ray
  • My Life on Krypton
  • Shrinking Ray-Gun (Flashback only)
    • Shrinking Ray (Flashback only)
  • Space-Warp (Flashback only)
  • Uroxium (Flashback only)

Vehicles:

  • Flying Saucer (Mentioned only)
  • Space-Ships (Flashback only)

Notes

  • The deadly (and fake) Virus X that Superboy blamed for his "death" in "The Great Superboy Hoax!" was an actual disease that ravaged Krypton in the past. As an adult, Kal-El would contract the disease in Action Comics #363.
  • "The Lair of Brainiac!" was reprinted in Superman Family #167 and Superman in the Sixties.
  • The narration states that Brainiac has a 200 year lifespan; and that his native planet was Bryak, which was later retconned; first to Yod, and then to Colu.

Trivia

  • Superboy's childhood was being chronicled in a book called "My Life on Krypton".
  • As shown in Superman #141, Kal-El had yet to be born when Brainiac shrunk Kandor. So the bottled city that Kal-El recalls seeing on Bryak may have been Kandor, and Brainiac's threat to return to Krypton was an empty one.
  • "Uroxium" most likely refers to Uranium Oxide.


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