"Death is My Dominion!": Superboy awakens from a deep sleep and finds himself in the destroyed ruins of Lincoln City. He tries to ascertain what happened and gets attacked by the people of the city as he flies above them. The people are fearful of him and begin to melt into liquid piles of matte

Superboy #179 is an issue of the series Superboy (Volume 1) with a cover date of November, 1971.

Appearing in "Death is My Dominion!"

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Synopsis for "Death is My Dominion!"

Superboy awakens from a deep sleep and finds himself in the destroyed ruins of Lincoln City. He tries to ascertain what happened and gets attacked by the people of the city as he flies above them. The people are fearful of him and begin to melt into liquid piles of matter as Superboy gets closer to them. A lone female runs away but Superboy catches up to her demanding an explanation for what has happened. The female recants how Superboy attempted to protect the city from an attacking space ship but the city was hit by a strange blast from a bomb that caused death and destruction. It also caused a melting effect on humans when Superboy was near.

Superboy tries to flee the city but finds that he is trapped by a strange force field encasing the city. He then spots a duplicate Superboy with his super vision. The imposter seems to have taken his place in Smallville. At this point a spacecraft lands next to Superboy and Lex Luthor steps out. Superboy attempts to apprehend Luthor but finds that he cannot harm him. Luthor also seems to have control over Superboys actions. A second Superboy appears and Luthor reveals that this is the real Superboy. The first one was just an android that he created. To prove that he is an android, Luthor asks the first Superboy to look at his thumbnail which reveal the initials L.L. Luthor created the Superboy android along with the city to test out the androids abilities. It is his intention to build an army of Superboy androids to conquer the universe. Luthor then launches a kryptonite grenade at the real Superboy but the android blocks it and absorbs the full impact of the blast. The android not only contained Superboys abilities but it also contained Superboys heroic personality which required that he sacrifice himself. The android melts away and Superboy is easily able to apprehend and imprison Luthor.

Appearing in "Superboy Meets Ben Hur!"

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Synopsis for "Superboy Meets Ben Hur!"

This story is reprinted from Superboy #92.

A distraught Lana Lang walks across the street and is almost run over by a truck. Superboy rescues her and asks what is wrong. Lana reveals that her father has been fired from his job at the museum for mishandling museum funds. The museum director Dr Horst reiterates that Professor Lang used museum funds to purchase a fake bust of Ben Hur, a fictional character from a novel. Lang maintains that the bust is real and Ben Hur really did exist. Superboy decides to travel back in time to see if he can confirm the existence of Lew Wallace’s fictional character.

Superboy travels to Ancient Rome and finds a Roman galley where slaves are rowing a ship. He hears that Ben Hur is aboard and is ordered to row next to him. Superboy notices right away that the man they call Ben Hur bears no resemblance to the bust that Professor Lang purchased. He rows the Roman ship back to port using his super powers but then the Romans try to prevent Superboy from leaving. At this point Ben Hur helps Superboy to escape. As they are running away they encounter a runaway chariot. Ben Hur stops the chariot and the grateful driver introduces himself. He asks Ben Hur if he will drive his chariot in the big race at the coliseum. Ben Hur agrees but only if he can bring along his friend Superboy. The people of Rome begin to place their bets on Ben Hur but the unscrupulous Roman officials do whatever they can to keep the people from making money on the race.

At one point Superboy sells popcorn to raise money for the people so they can place bets. Ben Hur races against Marcellus who will do anything to win. Marcellus attempts to sabotage Ben Hur several times during the race but Ben Hur overcomes all obstacles with Superboys assistance. Ben Hur is declared the winner and he is presented with a hollow statue filled with gold.

Later that night a group of thieves led by Marcellus sever the head of the statue in an effort to get the gold inside. Superboy apprehends the thieves and notices that the battered head of the statue now resembles the bust purchased by Professor Lang. He travels back to the present and reveals his findings. Lang is vindictived and reinstated to his former position in the museum.

Appearing in "The Revolt of the Outcasts!"

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  • Pete Ross

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  • Del Mason (Mayor)

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  • City of Fairdale
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Synopsis for "The Revolt of the Outcasts!"

Superboy encounters an altercation between an old man and the mayor of Fairdale. The old man is being evicted from the city for selling flowers without a license. The mayor is concerned that the old man and his flower cart are an eyesore and will drive away visitors coming to town for their big Centennial celebration. Superboy carries the old man and his cart out of harms way and sets him down outside the city limits. The old man remarks that he is returning back to Hungry Hill, a congregation of impoverished persons that are trying to make a living by selling goods and services. As Superboy tours the settlement he runs into his old friend Pete Ross. Pete is living in Hungry Hill with his family who as fallen on hard times. Pete is also one of the few persons that knows Superboys secret identity.

The Mayor of Fairdale becomes even more aggressive and decides to demolish Hungry Hill in an effort to disperse its inhabitants. The mayor cuts off utilities to the settlement but Superboy compensates by drilling for drinking water and constructing a moat around the settlement for protection from demolition crews. Superboy takes notice of the skills and craftsmanship that the people use to produce products for sale. He gets an idea and allows the townspeople of Fairdale access back into Hungry Hill. When the Mayor and the demolition crew enter the settlement, they are impressed with the different items that the people there have created. They form a new found respect for their skills and invite the people of Hungry Hill to participate in their Centennial celebration.

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Trivia

Charlton Heston starred in the 1959 movie Ben Hur. The film used 15,000 extras on the set and the big chariot race scene took 5 weeks to film.



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