"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.

Appearing in "The Great Superboy Hoax!"

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Other Characters:

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

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Vehicles:

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

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 Lair of Brainiac!"

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Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

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

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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)

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.

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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