Source: Superboy vol.1 #16 (1951) Type: The real deal (since retconned)
"The Strange Costumes of Superboy" offers a whole month's worth of Reign articles when Superboy allows his oddest costume variations into a fashion show! And of course, each costume has a story to go with it! This fetching rainbow ensemble, for example, was born of necessity when a pretty young girl's explorer father was poisoned by a witch doctor for breaking a tribal tattoo. Just a regular day in Smallville/the Abrangi Territory. The witch-doc won't give up the cure until a rainbow appears in the evening sky on a day when there's been no rain (is this the Abrangi equivalent of hell freezing over?). Can Superboy do the impossible? Yes, and then some. He could paint his costume in rainbow colors, but I surmise its Kryptonian fabric would make the paint run off. He'll need a WOODEN uniform for this one!
And he could fly at superspeed to Pa Kent's general store and get some paint, but no, that would be too easy!
The best part is using a leopard's tail as a brush. PETA TAKE NOTE! And so...
Was it the SIMPLEST way to achieve this effect? Probably not. But this is about haute couture, not logic! Next week: A less colorful yarn (guys, this is a pun straight out of the comic, I don't feel guilty at all).