Before Superboy Prime became a villain in INFINITE CRISIS, he was the only superhero of Earth Prime. During the silver age multiverse in DC Comics, Earth Prime was our world, where superheroes were only fictional comic book characters. Superboy Prime first appeared in DC COMICS PRESENTS 87, November 1985, published on August 1, 1985. The editor was Julius Schwartz, and the cover was drawn by Eduardo Baretto. YEAR OF THE COMET was written by Elliot S! Maggin, pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by Al Williamson, lettered by Ed King and colored by Gene D’Angelo. The second story of the issue was THE ORIGIN OF SUPERBOY PRIME, done by the same creative team. There is no reprint information available that I could find. If you would like to read this issue, you can check the back issue bins of your local comic book shop or internet vendor. The stories are also available at the following links: http://superman.nu/tales2/comet/ and http://superman.nu/tales2/superboyprime/.
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