Fabian Nicieza is re-visiting the Zero Hour DC Universe with his Convergence: Superboy series (the first issue came out earlier this week). As Fabian looks to the past for the writing of this new project, I thought it would be interesting for him to look back at his history with Superboy as a reader. So here are five of Fabian's favorite issues of Superboy (both Clark and Kon-El). Everything from this point on is Fabian's recollections of five of his favorite Superboy issues.
1. Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #198
This was the first issue of Superboy I ever bought and I did it because I loved the cover and I very quickly came to love Dave Cockrum's work so much I followed it everywhere I saw it (all the way to Giant Size X-Men #1)!
A really fun story by Cary Bates, but really it was Cockrum's art that did it for me.
2. Adventures of Superman #501
The first appearance of Kon El (by Karl Kesel, Tom Grummett and Doug Hazlewood), whose personality and style would redefine the approach to the character for years to come. Part of the on-going "Death of Superman" storyline, it was a great example by DC of turning a big event into major improvements to their overall continuity.
3. Superboy (Vol.3) #1
The Karl Kesel/Tom Grummett series launched with a perfect sense of itself, who Kon El was and how he needed to be approached. Excellent writing and art quickly made this one of my favorite superhero series of this time period.
4. Superboy (Vol.3) #8
I loved the Zero Hour chance to have different versions of the characters from different eras come together. This Clark Kent/Superboy vs. Kon-El/Superboy issue was sheer, 100% adrenalin fun.
5. Teen Titans (Vol.3) #24
Geoff Johns added, what I thought, wa sa great twist to the Kon-El character, which was the addition of human DNA into his original clone matrix. That created a really fun ongoing mystery as to whose DNA it was, with the revelation that it was Lex Luthor both a logical idea and a great way to create internal and external character conflict for Kon. Besides sporting a fantastic cover, this issue began a storyline that continued to affect the character for several more years.
Be sure to check out his Convergence: Superboy series! And check back here next week when Fabian looks back on some of his favorite Justice League stories!