The research for our latest podcast, The Legion Clubhouse (Have YOU been listening?) put me into a frame of mind to once again delve into the wacky Silver Age adventures of Superman!  Rocketed from a dead planet in the summer of ’38, Kal-El crash-landed on Earth to become the legendary Man Of Steel!  The Metropolis Marvel!  The Man Of Tomorrow!  The LAST SON Of Krypton!

Well, for some values of “last”, anyway…  Welcome to Ten Things!

Whooshman-Bicarbonate Films, in conjunction with ‘An Amateur Comics Historian’ and Lar Gand of Daxam (who is not on this list, but for a good reason, so be cool), Presents:

TEN NEXT-TO-LAST SONS OF KRYPTON!

10) MIGHTY BOY


Though not the earliest pseudo-Kryptonian in the real world, our lad in orange and green might be the first one, chronologically speaking, since Superboy tales are said to occur “ten or twelve years” in the past of Superman.  Appearing in 1949’s Superboy #1, Mighty Boy’s strength and speed seem to be a match for even our Boy Of Steel, but there’s a secret behind his inhuman prowess.  A later Mighty Boy has a slightly higher profile, with his single appearance having been reprinted multiple times, with this sorta-kinda Kryptonian finally getting a Millennium Edition reprint some fifty years later…

The Author

Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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