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"The Boy of Steel vs. the Thing of Steel": When a defective duplicating ray created by Professor Dalton strikes Superboy, it creates a grotesque, stupid, imperfect duplicate of the Boy of Steel which nonetheless possesses all of his incredible power. Moreover, it is not affected by Green Krypton


Quote1.png Hardly, Superboy remember, it's made of non-living matter! We'll destroy it after we clean up the debris from the exploded machine! Quote2.png
Professor Dalton

Superboy #68 is an issue of the series Superboy (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1958.

Synopsis for "The Boy of Steel vs. the Thing of Steel"

When a defective duplicating ray created by Professor Dalton strikes Superboy, it creates a grotesque, stupid, imperfect duplicate of the Boy of Steel which nonetheless possesses all of his incredible power. Moreover, it is not affected by Green Kryptonite. Superboy remarks that the creature is "bizarre", to which the creature replies, "Him call me...(mumble)...Bizarro! Is...is that my name?" Bizarro is basically good-hearted, but cannot control his powers very well, and proves dangerous to Smallville. However, he is befriended by a blind girl named Melissa, who senses his benevolent nature. Superboy is unable to defeat Bizarro by conventional means, but finally senses that the metal of the demolished duplicator ray itself can destroy him. Bizarro deliberately flies into the piece of metal Superboy holds, destroying himself, but creating a vibration that restores Melissa's sight. Superboy muses that Bizarro may well have understood what effect his destruction would have on Melissa's eyes and, as the Boy of Steel flies away, he hears Melissa say "I never saw Bizarro myself, while blind! But I know, from his gentle voice, that he must have had a kind face!"

Appearing in "The Boy of Steel vs. the Thing of Steel"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Professor Dalton (Single appearance)
  • Zookeeper (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Citizens of Smallville
    • Four Member Posse (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Three Gym Class Boys (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
    • Sculptor (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Smallville Police Officer (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Hilda (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Hiram (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Melissa (Single appearance)
  • Melissa's Guide Dog (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Aunty (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Airplane Pilot (Behind the scenes) (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • United States Army
    • Brigadier General (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Three Flamethrowers (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Two Tank Crew Members (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Three Guided Missle Range Personel (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Prince Charming (Mentioned only)

Locations:

  • Earth-One
    • Space
      • Krypton (Flashback only)
      • Saturn
      • Earth's Moon
      • Earth
        • Smallville
          • Professor Dalton's Laboratory
          • 321 Maple Street
            • Kent Farm
              • Kitchen
              • Clark Kent's Room
                • Secret Closet
          • Hiram & Hilda's Farm
          • Park
          • Smallville High School
            • Room 102 Braille Classroom
            • Gym
          • Sculptor's Studios
          • Smallville Museum (Mentioned only)
        • Lead & Zinc Works (unknown location)
        • Mountainside (outside of town)
          • Carved Face of Superboy
        • Army Base (Unnamed) (nearby Smallville)
        • Metropolis
          • Metropolis Zoo
        • Florida
          • Guided Missile Base (Unnamed)

Items:

  • Duplicator Ray (First appearance) (Destroyed)
    • Glowing Metal Pieces
  • Radium
  • Duplicate Radium
  • Geiger Counter
  • Jewel
  • Duplicate Jewel
  • Superboy Robots (Cameo)
  • Punching Bag (Destroyed)
  • Green Kryptonite
  • Lead-lined Suit
  • Melissa Puppet (In ruins)
  • Artillery Guns
  • Flamethrowers
  • Atomic Bomb (detonated 240,000 miles away on the Moon)

Vehicles:

  • Tank (Destroyed)

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