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Adventure 455 – Superboy vs Lex Luthor, and Aqualad ends

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Adventure 455 (Feb 78) has the concluding half of Bob Rozakis’ tale of the people of Smallville turning into kryptonite beings.

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Superboy flies back to town just in time to conveniently overhear Lex Luthor bragging about the fact that he is the one behind the situation.

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Even still, Superboy doesn’t quite figure it all out, until he covers himself in lead and attacks Lex, but finds himself still vulnerable.  Without even needing Lex to explain his plans in detail, Superboy figures out that the new satellite above the town is responsible, and destroys it.

Not a great story.  Frankly, none of the Superboy tales in this run are.

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Aqualad’s concluding chapter makes up for the weaknesses in the Superboy tale, both in terms of art and story, as Paul Kupperberg, Carl Potts and Dick Giordano bring his solo run to a satisfying, if not happy, ending.

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After some action battling a cool robot, Aqualad learns the painful truth about his parents, King Thar and Queen Bekka.  His father had become a dangerous tyrant, and was deposed and executed, while Bekka was deprived of her child, who was sent away with no knowledge of his past, in fear that he would one day seek vengeance.

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Instead, Aqualad accepts the hard truths, and realizes that Aquaman was more of a father to him than his real parents had been.

This paves the way to his next appearance, in Aquman’s own book, and their reconciliation.

 

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