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"Superbaby's First Foster-Parents!": Jor-El sends baby Kal-El to Earth in a rocket. Jonathan and Martha Kent discover the baby and the rocket, learn of his super-



Appearing in "Superbaby's First Foster-Parents!"

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  • "Deacon" Dugan (Single appearance)
  • Millie Dugan (Single appearance)
  • Snatch Syndicate (Single appearance)

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  • Jules Verne (Mentioned only)
  • "Sonny" Vanderbilt (Single appearance) (In a photograph only)

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Synopsis for "Superbaby's First Foster-Parents!"

Jor-El sends baby Kal-El to Earth in a rocket. Jonathan and Martha Kent discover the baby and the rocket, learn of his super-powers, and take him to Smallville Orphanage, intending to return and adopt him once he is a registered orphan. The next day, baby Kal-El is adopted by “Deacon” Dugan and his wife Millie, who intend to pass him off to the criminal Snatch Syndicate as millionaire baby Sonny Vanderbilt, for whom Kal-El is a double. The project proves to be one big hassle for the crooks, who are soon caught, and Kal-El returns to the orphanage himself. The next day, he is adopted by the Kents.

Appearing in "Superboy Meets Robin the Boy Wonder"

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  • Pete Groff (Single appearance)

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  • Luthor
  • Professor Higgins (Single appearance)
  • Professor Wilcox (Single appearance)
  • Professor Wolfe (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Superboy Meets Robin the Boy Wonder"

This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #253.

Superman is inside his Fortress of Solitude when a Kryptonite bomb hidden within an old trophy explodes. He stumbles out of the cave where he finds Robin, the Boy Wonder. He explains that the bomb was concealed inside of a clock-trophy he once received at a science fair exhibit as Superboy. Superman is fading fast, and it won't be long until he dies.

Robin goes to see Professor Carter Nichols, who uses his Time-Ray to send him backwards in time. He arrives in Smallville and introduces himself to Superboy. He warns him of the hidden bomb and the two begin investigating all potential suspects. They concentrate their efforts on three aging scientists, all of whom are donating materials to the Smallville Science Fair.

Over the next few days, Robin spends time at the Kent home and the family general store. Superboy and he go on patrol together and encounter several thugs using highly advanced equipment to pull off daring robberies. They know that the criminals aren't intelligent enough to develop these super-weapons on their own, and they ultimately trace their construction back to Lex Luthor. They seize Luthor in the midst of a bank robbery and take him to prison.

Later, they attend the Smallville Science Fair, where Superboy receives a number of gifts including a suspicious-looking clock. Superboy springs into action to destroy the, and when he returns from catapulting the timepiece into space he discovers Pete Groff hiding inside a prop robot with a deadly piece of Kryptonite. Groff knocks Robin down with a robotic arm, and uses the Kryptonite to weaken Superboy. Groff exits the robot and attempts to escape, but Superboy crawls over to Robin and opens his utility belt. He removes a miniature microscope and uses its mirror to reflect the sun, temporarily blinding Groff. Groff runs into a telephone pole and knocks himself senseless. Once the Kryptonite is out of harms way, the two heroes revive and take Groff to prison, and Robin returns to his present, 1958.

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