Superboy v1 89

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Superboy v1 #89
Preboot » Pre-Crisis
Cover by Curt Swan, Stan Kaye and Ira Schnapp
Story title Part I: Superboy's Big Brother
Part II: The Secret of Mon-El
Previous story Adventure Comics #282: Lana Lang and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Next story Adventure Comics #290: The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero
Publication date April 6, 1961
Cover date June 1961
Writer Robert Bernstein
Penciller George Papp
Inker George Papp
Letterer Joe Letterese
Colourist Unknown
Editor Mort Weisinger
Cover artist(s) Curt Swan, Stan Kaye, Ira Schnapp
Synopsis contains content from the Legion Help File. Used with permission.

Superboy mistakes an amnesiac space traveler for his long-lost older brother, than inadvertently poisons him while trying to uncover his "real identity."

Superboy's Big Brother


Part I: Superboy's Big Brother

Superboy sees a rocket crash outside of Smallville. Inside, he finds a young man with amnesia, powers similar to his own and a medallion signed by Superboy's father, Jor-El. Superboy guesses that this man is an older brother he never knew and dubs him "Mon-El." After a while of working together with Mon-El, though, Superboy begins to suspect he's a fraud.

Part II: The Secret of Mon-El

In an attempt to discover his secret, Superboy paints some lead balls green to fool Mon-El into thinking it was Kryptonite. Mon-El collapses, and Superboy confronts him as a fraud. Mon-El reveals that the lead jogged his memory, and that he was from the planet Daxam, whose inhabitants have a fatal weakness to lead. He had visited Krypton shortly before its destruction and Jor-El sent him away in the rocket. Superboy apologizes for the lead poisoning, and projects him into the Phantom Zone, where he can wait unharmed until a cure is found.

Key Quotes and Catchphrases


First appearances

This issue marks the first appearance of the following characters and recurring key Legion story elements:

Twice-Told Tales

This story is based upon "Superman's Big Brother", which appeared in Superman v1 #80

Other stories in this issue

There is an additional story that does not feature the Legion - "The Super-Cop of Smallville"


This Legion story has been reprinted in the following:

See also

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