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Superboy

Cover to Superboy #61 (1999) by Tom Grummett, showing Kon-El (in jacket), Kal-El (beneath Kon's right arm), and other Superboys from DC's Multiverse.
Publisher
First appearance
More Fun Comics #101 (1944)
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Characters
Superboy (Kal-El)
Superboy-Prime
Superboy (Kon-El)

Superboy is the name of several fictional characters in the DC Universe, most of them youthful incarnations of Superman. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... Superboy is a fictional superhero who appears in DC Comics. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...


The first, and arguably best-known, Superboy was simply Superman as a boy, acting as a superhero in his hometown of Smallville. The character was featured in several series from the 1940s until the 1980s and developed a mythos and supporting cast of his own, including parents Ma and Pa Kent, love interest Lana Lang and the time traveling allies the Legion of Super-Heroes. Superboy is a fictional superhero who appears in DC Comics. ... Smallville is the fictional hometown of Clark Kent. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A character of a book, play, movie, TV show or other form of storytelling usually used only to give dimension to a main character, by adding a relationship with this character, although sometimes supporting characters may develop a complexity of their own. ... Martha Clark Kent and Jonathan Kent, also known as Ma and Pa Kent, are fictional characters published by DC Comics. ... Lana Lang is a supporting character in DC Comics Superman series. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ...


When DC rewrote much of its continuity in 1986, Superman’s history was changed so that he never took a costumed identity until adulthood, erasing Superboy from the canonical history of Superman, although many aspects of the backstory created in Superboy comics, such as Clark Kent's friendship with Lana Lang, remained. In the last few years, some additional features of Superboy's history, such as his tenure in the Legion, have been reintroduced into the story of Superman's youth. In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ...


The character was adapted into a Superboy television series (1988–1992) and a teenaged Clark Kent, secretly using his powers in heroic acts, appears in the highly successful Smallville TV series (2001–present), drawing to a great extent on the present comic book continuity in its depicting of young Clark's life. Superboy was a half-hour, live-action TV series based on the fictional DC Comics character. ... It has been suggested that Chloe Sullivan, Lionel Luthor, Whitney Fordman and Jason Teague be merged into this article or section. ...


In 1993, DC introduced a new, modernized Superboy, a teenaged clone of both Superman and Lex Luthor, who was featured in an eponymous series from 1994 until 2002. Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Molecular cloning refers to the procedure of isolating a defined DNA sequence and obtaining multiple copies of it in vivo. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics. ...


Due to DC Comics’ complex Multiverse, several other Superboys have appeared, of which the most notable is the mentally unstable Superboy-Prime. The Earths of the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each one. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ...

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Character history

Kal-El

Main article: Superboy (Kal-El)
First appearance of Superboy. Art by Joe Shuster from More Fun Comics #101.
First appearance of Superboy. Art by Joe Shuster from More Fun Comics #101.

The original pitch for a "Superboy" character was originally made by Jerry Siegel (without Joe Shuster) in November 1938. The idea was turned down by Detective Comics, Inc., and the publisher again rejected a second, more detailed pitch by Siegel two years later.[1] After the appeal of kid superheroes had been demonstrated by the success of Robin, the Boy Wonder and similar characters, Detective Comics reversed itself in late 1944 and started publishing a Superboy feature, in an effort to expand the Superman franchise by presenting a version of the character to whom younger readers could easily relate.[2] Superboy first appeared in More Fun Comics #101 (1944, with a 1945 cover date). Though Joe Shuster supplied the art, the Superboy feature was published without the input or approval of Jerry Siegel, who was serving in World War II. This fact increased an already-growing rift between the publisher and Siegel and Shuster.[1] Superboy is a fictional superhero who appears in DC Comics. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


In early 1946, Superboy moved to Adventure Comics, where he debuted (issue #103) as the lead feature for the anthology comic, and he remained the lead for over 200 issues. Superboy received his own series, Superboy, in 1949, where again he was the lead feature for nearly 200 issues. Stories in both comics treat Superboy as essentially a junior version of Superman. To that end, he wears the Superman costume and his alter ego Clark Kent wears glasses as a disguise for his civilian identity. Superboy is the superhero of Clark's hometown, Smallville, where he grows up under the guidance of Ma and Pa Kent; has two close friends, Lana Lang and Pete Ross, in both identities, and a pet superdog, Krypto; befriends and then battles a teenage Lex Luthor;[3] and joins the 30th-century Legion of Super-Heroes.[4] Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems. ... Smallville is the fictional hometown of Clark Kent. ... Martha Clark Kent and Jonathan Kent, also known as Ma and Pa Kent, are fictional characters published by DC Comics. ... Lana Lang is a supporting character in DC Comics Superman series. ... Pete Ross is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ... Krypto, also known as Krypto the Superdog, is a fictional character; he is Supermans pet dog in the various Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ...


The popular Legion feature, a spin-off from Superboy, eventually bumped the Superboy feature from both Adventure Comics (in the 1960s) and, after the Legion left Adventure, from Superboy itself (issues #197-198, 1973). In both cases, Superboy continued to appear in the comic series as a Legion member. When Superboy left the Legion in 1980, he got a second series called The New Adventures of Superboy, which ran for 54 issues until 1984. A four-issue miniseries called Superman: The Secret Years (1985) tells the story of how Superboy became Superman during his junior year of college. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ...


Shortly after the miniseries was published, Superboy's career was discarded from Superman's continuity after the 1985-1986 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths and writer John Byrne's 1986 revamp of Superman's origin, The Man of Steel.[5] Twenty years later, following the Infinite Crisis limited series, some elements of Superboy's history were restored to the story of Superman's youth (see the Infinite Crisis subsection). In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... This article or section may contain excessive or improper use of copyrighted images and/or audio files. ... The Man of Steel was a six-issue comic book limited series released in 1986 by DC Comics, several months after the 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths completed. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...


Post-Crisis appearances of Superboy (Kal-El)

From 1989 to 1991, DC Comics published a comic series based on the TV series Superboy (1988-1992). The series was originally titled Superboy: The Comic Book, from #1-10 (only the covers bearing that title; the book was simply officially titled as Superboy in the indicia). After issue #11, the series changed its cover title (as the TV show had done) to The Adventures of Superboy (but the comic book was not officially renamed under that title until issue #19, in the book's indicia information) as well as displaying a short-white box next to the title (logo) which read "As Seen on TV." The series concluded in a one-shot special which wrapped up adventures and stories from previous issues and revealed them as having been the daydreams of the young post-Crisis Clark Kent.[6] Superboy was a half-hour, live-action TV series based on the fictional DC Comics character. ...


The Legion's Superboy

Superboy from the Pocket Universe.
Superboy from the Pocket Universe.

Following John Byrne's revamp of Superman, a new version of Superboy was introduced as a means of patching the Legion of Super-Heroes' continuity, which was undermined by the removal of Kal-El's Superboy career. This Superboy is said to have been created by the Time Trapper, one of the Legion's greatest enemies, when he notices that the great youthful hero they take inspiration from does not start his career until he is an adult. So the Trapper takes a sliver of time from the ancient universe and uses it to craft a "pocket universe" in which Earth and Krypton are the only inhabited planets. Whenever the Legionnaires travel back in time, they travel to the 20th century of the Pocket Universe, not the main DC Universe. From birth until the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superboy's life is similar to the life of the original Superboy. When the universe-destroying Crisis strikes, Superboy lacks the power to save his Earth, but the Time Trapper can do so, provided Kal-El helps him capture the Legion. Superboy reluctantly agrees. After a battle with the post-Crisis Superman, Superboy realizes he can't turn on his friends and instead helps the Legionnaires defeat the Trapper. Using a device the Trapper used to stave off Earth's destruction, Superboy saves his Earth, but only at the cost of his own life. His dying act is to return the Legion to their century (and Earth), where he is later buried.[7] (The Pocket Universe later is the birthplace of Matrix, who becomes Supergirl, and its Earth is destroyed by escaped Phantom Zone criminals from the Krypton of the Pocket Universe.)[8] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ... The Time Trapper is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Universe who often fought the Legion of Super-Heroes. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Matrix is a superhero, best known as the second Supergirl, published by DC Comics. ... Matrix is a superhero, best known as the second Supergirl, published by DC Comics. ... The Phantom Zone is a fictional prison dimension featured in the Superman comic books and related media. ...


Later editorial mandates that removed Superboy from the history of the Legion[9] led to a story where the Time Trapper is apparently erased from history, wiping the Pocket Universe and that universe's Superboy from existence.[10] The Trapper's role is filled by Glorith of Baaldur, who chooses Lar Gand of Daxam, formerly Mon-El in the old timeline, to act as the inspiration for the Legion, and molds his destiny accordingly into the hero called Valor.[11] Glorith of Baldur is a villain from the Legion of Superheroes comics. ... Lar Gand, known variously as Mon-El, Valor and MOnel, is a fictional character in DC Comics universe who is affiliated with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy, and later Superman. ... Within the DC Universe, the planet Daxam is home to a race called the Daxamites, who possess a genome similar to Kryptonians. ...


That timeline unravels during the reality-changing Zero Hour event. After Zero Hour, a new Legion forms, with Valor remaining a legendary inspiration. That Legion encounters both the new Superboy (Kon-El) and a teenage Clark Kent, with Kon-El joining the Legion for a brief period before the Legion timeline is once more erased because of the events of Infinite Crisis. Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...


The version of the Legion now appearing in Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes has not encountered Superboy or young Clark, but Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) has traveled forward in time and joined the team, and they also have also met Mon-El, whose history again apparently resembles his original story.[12] The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ... Kara Zor-El is a fictional DC Comics superheroine and the cousin of Superman. ...


Zero Hour and Hypertime

During the 1994 storyline known as Zero Hour, Conner Kent, the modern Superboy, encounters the original pre-Crisis Earth-One Superboy, who resurfaces due to temporal disruptions involving what is known in the DC Universe as Hypertime. Eventually, this Superboy seemingly vanishes, returning to his own alternate timeline. Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Hypertime is a fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories and a variation or superset of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. ...


During a later trip through Hypertime, Kon-El accidentally discovers this Superboy while finding himself in that version's reality. During this visit, Kon-El discovers that this Superboy is a young Clark Kent, and by this means realized the Superman of his timeline must therefore be an adult Clark Kent. Sometime after returning to the main DC Universe, Kon-El reveals to Superman that he now knows his secret identity. Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... For other uses of this term, please see Secret identity (disambiguation). ...


Infinite Crisis

In the aftermath of the events of Infinite Crisis, Alexander Luthor finds that Earth's history has changed once again and in particular, he notes that there are several reports of Superman's activities prior to his first appearance in Metropolis.[13] Later comics have made some of the changes in the history of Kal-El's youth explicit. A year after Infinite Crisis, a cinematic Superman retrospective states that young Kal-El gave rise to "a rarely-glimpsed American myth--the mysterious Super-Boy."[14] Fourteen-year old Clark Kent is depicted performing super-deeds in secret, wearing no costume other than his everyday clothes (much like the Clark Kent of the Smallville TV series).[12] Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Alexander Luthor, Jr. ... For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Chloe Sullivan, Lionel Luthor, Whitney Fordman and Jason Teague be merged into this article or section. ...


Several concepts and plot points associated with the original Superboy have been reintroduced into post-Infinite Crisis continuity as part of Superman's earlier years. Fourteen-year old Clark keeps his activities secret by using a tunnel leading from his bedroom, which is similar to the one the pre-Crisis Silver Age Superboy used. He also assists stranded space traveler Mon-El, whom he first believes to be his older brother from Krypton, in a story that is similar to Mon-El's first appearance in Superboy #89 (1961).[12] Krypto has been revealed as a companion to Clark in his youth,[15] and young Clark joins a version of the Legion of Super-Heroes, wearing a Superman costume when he works with them in the future. Superman still keeps a Legion flight ring and statues of the Legion on display within the Fortress of Solitude.[16] (This version of the Legion is different from the one now appearing in Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes.) Lar Gand, known variously as Mon-El, Valor and MOnel, is a fictional character in DC Comics universe who is affiliated with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy, and later Superman. ... Krypto, also known as Krypto the Superdog, is a fictional character; he is Supermans pet dog in the various Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ...


Although many aspects of Superman's Silver Age history have been restored, the current incarnation of Superman has not yet been referred to as "Superboy" (as opposed to "Super-Boy") in his youth. Cover of Superman #14, dated January-February 1942. ...

Superboy-Prime vs. Kon-El. Cover to Infinite Crisis #4 (2006). Art by Jim Lee.
Superboy-Prime vs. Kon-El. Cover to Infinite Crisis #4 (2006). Art by Jim Lee.

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Superboy-Prime

Main article: Superboy-Prime

In 1985, during the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, another Superboy was created. This Superboy hails from the parallel Earth known as Earth-Prime, where Superman and the other DC superheroes only existed as fictional comic book characters.[17] At the end of the Crisis, with his home dimension destroyed, Superboy joins Alexander Luthor, Jr. of Earth-Three and the Earth-Two versions Lois Lane and Superman in a "paradise dimension".[18] In DC's 2006 Infinite Crisis miniseries, Superboy-Prime, Alex Luthor, Kal-L and Lois Kent are revealed to have been watching the DC Universe since they entered the "paradise dimension". Unhappy with what they had been seeing, they decide to take action, and return to the post-Crisis DC Universe. Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... It has been suggested that Gaming crossovers be merged into this article or section. ... Earth Prime (or Earth-Prime) is a term sometimes used in works of speculative fiction involving parallel universes or a multiverse, and refers either to the universe containing our Earth, or to a parallel world with a bare minimum of divergence points from Earth as we know it. ... Alexander Luthor, Jr. ... Earth-Three was the Earth of an alternate reality in the DC Multiverse. ... First appearance of Earth-Two For other uses, see Earth 2. ... For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... Kal-L is the Kryptonian birth name of the Earth-Two Superman, a fictional character who is a superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...


Superboy-Prime quickly becomes a supervillain. Feeling that this world's heroes were inferior, he feels no qualms about committing wanton acts of destruction, kidnapping, and murder. In the end, Superboy-Prime is pulled into the core of a red sun by the Supermen of Earths One and Two, then they crash land on Mogo, the Green Lantern that is a living planet. As they were under a red sun their powers rapidly vanish. While on Mogo, Superboy-Prime beats the Earth-Two Superman to death, but then is beaten by the Earth-One Superman. Superboy-Prime is later put in a maximum-security prison, guarded round-the-clock by a squadron of Green Lanterns. While incarcerated, he carves the "S"-symbol into his chest with what little power he has left, and vows to escape.[13] Mogo is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a superhero and member of the Green Lantern Corps. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ...


Superboy-Prime is released from his prison a year later by the newly formed Sinestro Corps and joins them, becoming one of the Anti-Monitor's heralds and wearing the Sinestro Corps' uniform.[19] The Sinestro Corps is a group of fictional characters, a villainous analogue to the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe led by the supervillain Sinestro. ... The Anti-Monitor is a fictional comic book supervillain, the antagonist of the 1985 DC Comics miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. ...


Superman: Secret Identity

The Superboy-Prime character was the inspiration for Kurt Busiek's miniseries Superman: Secret Identity, which begins as a story about a teenage boy, named Clark Kent after the comic book character, who exists in the "real world" where there are no superheroes and discovers that he possesses powers similar to Superman. In the first press reports about Clark's life-saving super-deeds, the press refers to Clark (whose identity is unknown) as "Superboy."[20] Kurt Busiek (born September 16, 1960) is a comic book writer. ...


Kon-El

Main article: Superboy (Kon-El)
Kon-El. Art by Mike McKone from Teen Titans #7.
Kon-El. Art by Mike McKone from Teen Titans #7.

In 1993, during DC Comics's Death of Superman story, a new Superboy was introduced.[21] Unlike previous characters bearing the name, this Superboy is a clone created to replace the seemingly-dead Superman, rather than simply being an adolescent Clark Kent. His initial abilities were based on a form of telekinesis (known as tactile telekinesis) by which he could fly and simulate Superman's strength and invulnerability. Nicknamed "the Kid", Superboy was spun off to his own series, which ran for 100 issues (1994-2002). In issue #59 (1999) of the series, Superman gives him the Kryptonian name "Kon-El". Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Image File history File links Connerkent. ... Image File history File links Connerkent. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia on one of the following topics: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... ... Although genes are recognized as influencing behavior and cognition, genetically identical does not mean altogether identical; identical twins, despite being natural human clones with identical DNA, are separate people, with separate experiences and not altogether overlapping personalities. ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ... Tactile telekinesis is a sub-category of telekinesis. ... Krypton is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ...


After Superman returns from the dead, Kon-El learns that he was genetically-engineered from the human DNA of Paul Westfield, director of a government sector known as Project Cadmus.[22] Later, Superboy learns that he had been actually created from the DNA of both Superman and a human. However, the human was Superman's archnemesis Lex Luthor, not Westfield.[23] Moreover, as the clone Superboy was developing, he was brainwashed so that Luthor could have a sleeper agent among the superhero community. This eventually leads to near disaster, but Superboy eventually frees himself from Luthor's control.[24] Luthor continues to claim that he views Kon-El as his son. Project Cadmus is a fictional government genetic engineering project in the DC Comics Universe. ... A nemesis is a seemingly unbeatable or unconquerable enemy, often used as a foil to the protagonist, where interaction between the hero and his antagonist forms the main conflict of the story. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics. ...


This version of Superboy becomes involved with several teen superhero groups, notably the Ravers, Young Justice, the Teen Titans, and the Legion of Super-Heroes. He is the best friend of Robin, the Boy Wonder, and is romantically involved with Wonder Girl. Kon-El later sacrifices his life in the Infinite Crisis series in a battle with Superboy-Prime.[25] After his death, statues are erected in his honor in Metropolis and Titans Tower. Robin is also secretly researching cloning techniques in order to clone a new Superboy. Young Justice was a DC Comics superhero team consisting of teenaged heroes. ... The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Cassandra Cassie Sandsmark, aka Wonder Girl, is a DC Comics superheroine. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 A metropolis (in Greek μήτηρ, mētēr = mother and πόλις, pólis = city/town) is a big city[1], in most cases with over half a million inhabitants in the city proper, and with a population of at least one million living... Current Titans Tower, San Francisco. ...


Other versions

Several other versions of Superboy originating from different parts of the Multiverse have also appeared in DC Comics. The Earths of the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each one. ...

  • Karkan: In a 1972 imaginary story, infant Kal-El lands in Africa and, like Tarzan, is found and raised by gorillas. As a teen, Karkan is found by an expedition to Africa and brought to Metropolis. When he finds that he can't adjust to "civilized" life, Karkan returns to the jungle.[26] Karkan also appeared in the "Hypertension" story arc (1999).[27]
  • Superboy of the Super Seven: This Elseworlds version of Kon-El is one of the "Super Seven", a group of heroes which include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and a Lex Luthor/Metallo hybrid, who help humans fight off "The Horde", an alien race that occupies Earth.[28]
  • Superboy OMAC: The one millionth clone of Kon-El, Superboy OMAC, so called because of his similarity to the One-Man Army Corps, lives in the 853rd century and is a member of Justice Legions S (consisting exclusively of Superboy clones) and T (a future version of Young Justice). Superboy OMAC was part of 1998's DC One Million crossover event. He reappeared the following year in "Hypertension".[27]
  • Quetzal: In a distant future on the colony world of Aztlan, Quetzal becomes the designated heir to Superman, who occupies a semi-divine postion in this Aztec-like society. Realizing that "Superman" is corrupt, Superboy leads a rebellion against him.[29]
  • Superboy of Superboy's Legion: In this Elseworlds tale, the infant Kal-El is stranded in the Asteroid Belt, and he remains there, in stasis, until found in 2987 by R. J. Brande, a thousand years after Krypton's destruction. At the age of 14, "Kal Brande", also known as Superboy, joins Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl in forming "Superboy's Legion", later known as the Legion of Super-Heroes.[30]
  • Spider-Boy: The Amalgam Comics superhero who is a combination of Kon-El and Marvel Comics' Spider-Man.
  • Legion of Superboys: Different versions of Superboy from throughout Hypertime, including both Kon-El and Kal-El, team up in the unofficial "Legion of Superboys" to fight Black Zero in the "Hypertension" story arc.[27]

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All Star Superman

During an adventure in Smallville while he is still a youth, Clark Kent of All Star Superman is aided by the time-spanning Superman Squad featuring the present Superman in disguise as the Unknown Superman, Kal Kent, and the 5th-dimension Superman. While aiding the Squad, Clark misses a chance to save the life of Jonathan Kent.[31] All Star Superman, launched in November 2005, is an ongoing comic book series featuring Superman, written by Grant Morrison, drawn by Frank Quitely, digitally inked by Jamie Grant and published by DC Comics. ... Kal Kent is a fictional superhero who appears in the DC Comics, created by Grant Morrison. ...


In writing about the version of Superman in his series, writer Grant Morrison said, "Ma & Pa Kent—one dead. We're going with the version where Pa Kent has died. That's the day Superboy becomes a man."[32] Dialogue between several characters implies that young Clark is a costumed adventurer, but he is never referred to as "Superboy".[31] Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ...


Legal status

Superboy is currently the subject of a legal battle between Time Warner, the owner of DC Comics, and the estate of Jerry Siegel. The Siegel estate claims that the original "Superboy" character published by DC Comics is an independent creation that used ideas from Jerry Siegel's original rejected pitch and was created without his consent.[33] On April 4, 2006, Federal judge Ronald S. W. Lew issued a summary judgement ruling that Siegel's heirs had the right to revoke their copyright assignment to Superboy and had successfully reclaimed the rights as of November 17, 2004. Warner Bros. replied that it "respectfully disagrees" with the ruling and will appeal.[34] Since the ruling, the name "Superboy" has not been used in print to refer to any version of the character. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On July 27, 2007, the courts ruled in favor of Warner Bros' decision to appeal the previous ruling and dismissed some of the Siegel estate's claims about the "Superboy" character.[35][1] is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Consequences of the ruling

  • The ruling delayed all future DVD releases of the live-action Superboy TV series, with only the first season being released so far.
  • In the Teen Titans: Secret Origins back-up story in the weekly 52 limited series, an illustration of Superboy was changed to one of Wonder Girl.[36]
  • In Countdown #45, a recap of the history of the Multiverse mentions Superboy-Prime as "Earth-Prime's Superman." In another recap in Countdown #42, Superboy-Prime is referred to as "Prime" and is obscured by shadows which cover up the "S"-symbol on his chest.
  • Nearly all post-Infinite Crisis references to the Kon-El version of Superboy have referred to the character as either "Conner Kent" or "Kon-El".
  • The DVD release of the The New Adventures of Superman series does not include any of the accompanying The Adventures of Superboy cartoons.
  • The ruling affected the development of the Legion of Super Heroes animated series. Originally, it was to have used the "Superboy" character. However, because of the ruling, the Clark Kent character instead refers to himself as "Superman".

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Adaptations in other media

The Superboy character has made the transition to television and film on multiple occasions, both in live action and animated series. “Moving picture” redirects here. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ...

  • The Adventures of Superboy (1961): television series (though only a pilot was produced).
  • Superboy (1966): film by Andy Warhol.
  • The Adventures of Superboy (19661969): series of 34 six-minute Superboy adventures (his first animated appearances) that appeared as part of three different programs during that time, packaged with similar shorts featuring other DC Comics superheroes. He was voiced by Bob Hastings.
  • Super Friends: Superboy makes two appearances in the show's run. The first one is when the Hall Of Justice computer runs a tape showing Lex Luthor's origin. The other is in a short episode where Phantom Zone criminals go back in time to fight Superboy. He is saved by the arrival of Superman and Green Lantern. He was voiced by Danny Dark.
  • Superboy (19881992): television series about Superboy (Clark Kent) during his college years. The series starred John Haymes Newton (1988–1989) and Gerard Christopher (1989–1992), and Stacy Haiduk as Lana Lang.
  • Smallville (2001—): television series starring Tom Welling; though not a "Superboy" series by name, this series stars a teenage Clark Kent and features many elements originally present in the Silver Age Superboy comics. Additionally, in a first season episode, Clark accidentally transfers his powers to a classmate named Eric, who, before running amok with his newfound powers, is called "Superboy" by the local newspaper.
  • Justice League Unlimited: In the episode "Kid Stuff", Morgan le Fay transforms Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern into 8-year-olds after Mordred uses his magic to remove all adults from Earth. While not referred to as Superboy, the eight-year-old Superman is at the same age that young Clark Kent assumed the career in the comics.
  • A "young Superman" appears in the Legion of Super Heroes animated series. [1][2] The original press releases stated Superboy would be featured. Due to the aforementioned legal issues, the "Superboy" character was instead referred to on the series as "Superman". This version of the character comes from the time shortly before Clark leaves Smallville for Metropolis. The second season will take place two years after the first and feature an older Clark and a Superman clone from the 41st century, who has alien DNA and enhanced superpowers, as Legion members.[37]

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References

  1. ^ a b c Trexfiles: The latest Superboy/Superman copyright decision PDF file. See pages 1-5 for early Superboy publication history.
  2. ^ Millenium Edition More Fun Comics #101 (2000) and Millenium Edition Superboy #1 (2001), inside cover commentaries
  3. ^ Adventure Comics #271 (1960)
  4. ^ Adventure Comics #247 (1958)
  5. ^ Why did JB remove Superboy from continuity with the MAN OF STEEL reboot?—Byrne Robotics: FAQ
  6. ^ The Adventures of Superboy Special" #1
  7. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 #37-38 (1987), Superman vol. 2 #8 (1987) and Action Comics #591 (1987)
  8. ^ Superman vol. 2 #21-22 (1988), Adventures of Superman #444 (1988)
  9. ^ Cadigan, Glen: The Legion Companion, pages 194 (interview with Keith Giffen) and 201 (interview with Tom Bierbaum), TwoMorrows Publishing: Raleigh, NC, 2003.
  10. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #4 (1990)
  11. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #5 (1990), Legion of Super-Heroes Annual vol. 4 #1 (1990) and #2 (1991)
  12. ^ a b c Action Comics Annual #10 (2007)
  13. ^ a b Infinite Crisis #7 (2006)
  14. ^ Superman #650 (2006)
  15. ^ Action Comics #854 (2007)
  16. ^ Justice Society of America #5-6 (2007)
  17. ^ DC Comics Presents #87 (1985)
  18. ^ Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 (1986)
  19. ^ Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 (2007)
  20. ^ Superman: Secret Identity #1 (2004)
  21. ^ Adventures of Superman #500 (1993)
  22. ^ Adventures of Superman #506 (1993)
  23. ^ Teen Titans vol. 3 #1 (2003)
  24. ^ Teen Titans vol. 3 #24-25 (2005)
  25. ^ Infinite Crisis #6
  26. ^ Superboy vol. 1 #183 and #188 (1972)
  27. ^ a b c Superboy vol. 3 #60-64 (1999)
  28. ^ Adventures of Superman Annual #6 (1994) and Superboy Annual #1 (1994)
  29. ^ Superboy Annual #3 (1996)
  30. ^ Superboy's Legion #1-2 (2001)
  31. ^ a b All Star Superman #6
  32. ^ Grant Morrison on All Star Superman at Superman Through the Ages
  33. ^ Newsarama: THE BATTLE FOR THE BOY
  34. ^ Comic Book Resources: JUDGE SAYS SIEGELS OWN SUPERBOY. WILL IT AFFECT "SMALLVILLE?"
  35. ^ TitansTower.com: Superboy case update
  36. ^ Horhaus: This is a job for...Wonder Girl?
  37. ^ Animated Shorts: Kids WB!'s Fall Line-Up, South Park, Robot Chicken and More at NEWSARAMA

Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...

External links

  • Comicbloc Official site of Geoff Johns, author of Infinite Crisis.
  • Superboy Lives! A website devoted to the pre-Crisis Superboy.
  • Toonopedia entry on Superboy
  • Supermanica:Superboy Supermanica entry on the pre-Crisis Superboy.
  • Index of the Earth-One Superboy's adventures
  • Superman Through the Ages:The Origin of Superboy-Prime!
  • Superboy Copyright FAQ

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In the early 1970s, the Superboy writing staff decided to "update" Superboy by setting his book on a "floating timeline," taking place perpetually 15 years or so behind whatever the then-current year was; this resulted in the 1970s stories featuring Superboy being set in the 1950s.
Superboy had a romance with fellow Young Justice and Teen Titans member Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark), that resulted in a night of love-making in the Kent Family barn before he flew off to participate in one of the final battles of Infinite Crisis.
Superboy is currently the subject of a legal battle between Time/Warner, the owner of DC Comics and the estate of Jerry Siegel.
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By his teenage years, using his Kryptonian powers, Kal had adopted a career as the costumed hero Superboy, carving a legend so remarkable that it endured 1000 years and served as the very inspiration for the Legion of Super-heroes.
He did so, and Superboy continued to travel to the 30th century to participate in Legion adventures so frequently that Saturn Girl even created in him a post-hypnotic suggestion that made him forget any details of his future life that he might ascertain during his stays.
Though a native of another time, Superboy is nevertheless the most loved and respected Legionnaire and was instrumental in the careers of both Mon-El and Ultra Boy.
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