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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Superboy’s Tactile Telekinesis!

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Superboy’s Tactile Telekinesis!

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics).

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Adam F., we follow up yesterday’s examination of five instances where Psylocke described her psychic knife as the “focused totality of my telepathic powers” with five instances where Superboy described his powers as “tactile telekinesis.”


Tactile telekinesis, by the way, is when you can affect something telekinetically only by touching it. So Superboy could manipulate things in many different ways (including lifting them, exploding them, etc.) so long as he is in contact with them.

Amusingly enough, Karl Kesel had Superboy mention his powers in each of the first five issues of his ongoing series…

From #1…

From issue #2…

From issue #3….

#4 is a bit different, as it shows Superboy and his supporting cast watching the pilot for the Superboy Animated Series (with the late, great Mike Parobeck doing the art for the animated series), so the phrase is used in the animated show within the comic…

From issue #5…

#6, amusingly enough, does not use the phrase (it mentions telekinesis, but not the tactile part).

And here, as a bonus, is Peter David poking a little fun at the practice in the pages of Young Justice #1…

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