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Roy the Super-Boy

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Roy the Super-Boy

Real Name

Roy Rossman

First Appearance

Top-Notch Comics #8 (1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Harry Shorten and Edd Ashe

Golden Age Origin

Roy was formerly an orphaned shoeshine boy, but he was taken in by Blaine Whitney, secretly a crime fighter known as the Wizard. The Wizard saw potential in the boy and trained him as his sidekick. So from that day on Roy was Roy the Super Boy. He had no powers. He later formed the team known as the Boy Buddies with fellow sidekick Dusty the Boy Detective.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Shield-Wizard Comics #2-13
  • Top-Notch Comics #8-27
  • Special Comics #1
  • Hangman Comics #2-8
  • The Black Hood Comics #9,11


While the golden age MLJ Roy the Super-Boy is public domain, subsequent versions used by Archie comics are NOT.

Oddly enough, Roy was actually the first Superboy in comic books, appearing several years before the younger version of Superman.

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