Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Superboy #158

Superboy #158 (On Sale: May 20, 1969) has a great dramatic cover by Neal Adams.

"Superboy's Darkest Secret" is by Frank Robbins, Bob Brown and Wally Wood. With these great Neal Adams' covers, the interesting Frank Robbins' scripts and Wally Wood's inks, Superboy was one of the more interesting, yet unsung titles DC was producing at the time.

Edited by Murray Boltinoff.


Booksteve said...

I have some of the original art to this issue. Amazing to be able to able to look so closely at the brushstrokes and see that all the "stars" in the outer space scenes are actually dripped white paint!

-Keller said...

Send me a scan of a good page and I will put it up here. I love to look at Wally Wood inks!

Harry McLaughlin said...

Future editor Mark Evanier as a young fan writes a letter about this issue in Superboy 161, Dec. 1969. I always think it's cool to discover future comic creators commenting as fans before they got into comics. The letter was:

"Dear Editor:

"Superboy's Darkest Secret," in #158 was sensational! Far be it for this backseat editor to use the term lightly, but it was excellent. Frank Robbins turned what might have been a dull idea into an interesting plot characterization by action, novelty, and inventiveness. It wasn't quite like anything done before, yet it tied in with what did occur before. As for the art, we can only praise Bob Brown for his bold drawings of Superboy and Wally Wood for the beauty of the outer space scenes.

How about a plug for the colorist?

— Mark Evanier
Los Angeles"