Something To Be Thankful For: Superboy Vs. Dracula
It’s that time of year to count our blessings and think about what we’re thankful for. When feasting over turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and all that good stuff during Thanksgiving dinner, make sure to remember this one simple truth – none of the things we’re thankful for would be possible if Superboy never relocated Dracula to outer space.
Writer and blogger Kevin Church thankfully reminded the world at large (via Twitter) about Superboy’s greatest act of heroism – an act that is immortalized in this clip from the “Superboy” live action television series of the late 1980s.
In “Young Dracula” – the “Superboy” episode in question that has no apparent connection to Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” other than the fact that they’re both awesome – Superboy is forced to confront Dracula, the father of one of Clark’s new vampire buddies. The conflict escalates and sends the unlikely enemies into outer space, where Dracula bravely declares that he doesn’t mind his new surroundings because “darkness is my friend!”Truth be told, I haven’t seen the episode in full so I don’t know if Superboy left Dracula out in space or not. Either way, the fact that he didn’t just throw him directly into the sun strikes me as a bit bizarre. Seems like the more direct way to go about killing a vampire. Then again, stranding Dracula on the moon and waiting for him to get a nice dose of sunlight is pretty cruel, too. All I know is this – Dracula on the moon is a concept worth giving thanks for.
Man, that’s good television.