Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Comic Book Robot of the Month: Teen-Age Robots in Revolt

Most of the time, Superboy can count on his robot duplicates to provide assistance when called upon. On this particular day, however, things are turned upside down by a HAM radio operator with delusions of grandeur. Superboy has a crisis on his hands, and needs some robo-help control seismic activity under the sea. The only problem is that, due to a malfunction in his radio's circuit, "Mousey" Malcolm gains control over the fleet of Superboy robots. At first, Mousey has fun with the robots - using them for material gain. Like so many men, a woman is at the heart of Mousey's downfall. His desire to get Superboy out of the picture so that he can pursue Lana Lang forces Superboy's hand, and he destroys his own robots in the process. In the end, it is really the 'Clark' robot who helps save the day, as his programming is somewhat unique. It is fun tale by Frank Robbins, with nice artwork by the team of Bob Brown and Wally Wood.

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