Classic Comic Cover Corner – Superboy #167

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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Superboy #167 – July 1970

Cover art by Neal Adams

Superboy #167 - July 1970
Superboy #167 – July 1970

Tired of the “Royal Baby” yet? I’m more amused by the news media’s constant coverage and the American public’s fascination with the British “Royal Family” than I am by the fact that William and Kate are able to procreate. Who cares? Well, you should, dear reader. Just take a look at what can happen when a “super” baby gets out of hand and becomes a royal pain in the rear.

In Superboy #167 (July, 1970), America’s royal couple, Jonathon and Martha Kent, told the story of how they once lost control of their Superbaby, who thought he could have fun by blowing up the Earth like a big balloon, by just exhaling his super-breath into the mouth of volcanos.

Superboy #167 - July 1970
Original art from Superboy #167 – July 1970

The little bundle of joy nearly caused the annihilation of the planet by the resulting volcanic lava eruptions, but fortunately, just in the nick of time, Ma Kent put out a plate of her yummy pancakes and distracted the destructive little dickens, who could smell the fantastically fluffy flapjacks from miles away. The super-tyke made a beeline home for breakfast and the world was saved.

Now I’m not saying that William and Kate’s little “Prince George Alexander Louis” has super powers, although with the amount of attention he’s getting you might think that he does. And I’m not insinuating that he is likely to cause the total destruction of mankind (although it might be a good idea to check him for sixes.) But I am saying that you should never, ever, underestimate the power of pancakes.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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