Friday, May 18, 2007

Superboy #140

Superboy #140 (On Sale: May 18, 1967) sports a cover by Curt Swan and George Klein.

"The Wizard of Odds" is written by Jim Shooter, penciled by Al Plastino and inked by George Klein. Crime boss and gambler Lucifer Chancel sets up operations in Smallville. He invites underworld gangsters to bet on various situations with which he creates for Superboy. The Boy of Steel must stop the Gambler's men on several occasions and evade traps set for him. The Gambler's luck seems to hold until Superboy tricks the gangster and shakes his confidence.

The backup story is "Beware the Mad Dog of Steel" written by Otto Binder, penciled by George Papp and inked by Frank Springer. While playing tag with Krypto, Superboy discovers a space capsule containing vials on Kryptonian diseases. Krypto is accidentally exposed to Kryptonian rabies. Superboy must flee, since Krypto's bite is now deadly to him. Krypto chases him and manages to bite Superboy's foot before the rabies wears off.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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