Superboy No. 154 Cover – Blackout for Superboy

Sometimes I am convinced that folks at DC Comics in the 1960s came up with covers like this and worked backward to create the most absurd story they could. The synopsis for this issue from DC Fandom goes like this,

Superboy rescues a fisherman who places a second adhesive emblem on top of Superboy’s chest. The emblem contains a transmitter which allows the fisherman to fire a heat ray from long range that makes Superboy think his heat vision is out of control. Superboy dons a pair of lead glasses and summons Krypto to lead him without sight. Though his crime fighting abilities are hampered, Krypto’s assistance allows him to continue. Dr. Dento, the fisherman, then tries to eliminate Krypto with synethetic Red Kryptonite. Superboy removes the lead glasses to help Krypto and learns that his eyesight is normal. Krypto discover the emblem transmitter which leads them to Dr. Dento, who is then taken into custody.

Superboy No. 154 - Blackout for Superboy
Superboy No. 154 – Blackout for Superboy

Superman Should Have Worn His Mask

In Action Comics 363 and 364, Superman is infected with “Virus X” while under the influence of a hypnotist first introduced in Action 362. Ultimately, Superman is cured by white kryptonite thrown from Bizarro world. Perhaps adequate social distancing from hypnotists would have prevented this mishap.

Action Comics 363 Cover
Action Comics 363 Cover
Action Comics 364 Cover
Action Comics 364 Cover

Action Comics No. 438 – A Monster Named Lois Lane!

These DC comics always had such great covers, but then you actually read the story, and the story hinges on Lois Lane having a cold and Superman finding a cure using “advanced Kryptonian science.”

A jewel from space turns Lois Lane into a super-powered beast-woman. Superman pretends to develop similar monster-like symptoms in order to trap and subdue her but she sees through his disguise. Finally Superman realizes that Lois developed the condition only because she had a cold which lowered her immunity to the space jewel. Using ‘advanced Kryptonian science’ Superman devises a ‘miniature cold curer’ that restores Lois to normal.

Action Comics No. 438 - A Monster Named Lois Lane!
Action Comics No. 438 – A Monster Named Lois Lane!