Superboy came to us in a giant tube. After the monster Doomsday defeated Superman and all thought the Man of Steel was dead and buried, Superboy was released from a chamber hidden deep within the labs of Cadmus. He was created to replace Superman in the event of his death, but he was released too soon, instead coming to us as a teen with none of Clark's memories or experience. Conner didn’t go by Superboy originally. Heck, he didn’t even go by Conner or Kon-El, instead calling himself Superman. This Boy of Steel had everything the 90‘s could gift him: from the leather jacket, to the crazy shaved cut style, and even sporting very large and rockin' X-ray sun glasses. His powers were not as cut and dry as the original Supes', though, as he did not have x-ray vision or heat vision. He had also gained a weakness to fire and a new power in his tactile telekenisis. S.B.’s reign as Superman was cut short by the reappearance of the original Supes as they fought to take down yet another pretender to the title in Cyborg Superman. Seeing himself no longer needed in Metropolis, Conner eventually branched out to Hawaii, and then later joined up with Robin and Kid Flash in Young Justice. Before his team-ups, though, he did have one large crossover battle during the Zero Hour event placing him against a certain Smallville kid whose own timeline had been destroyed earlier. Growing up with adventures within the Titans helped him mature way faster than he would have. Moving in with Clark's adoptive parents in Smallville, and THEN taking the name Conner Kent/Kon-El from Clark himself, Superboy's life was really taking off. Sadly, Kon-El followed too much in his predecessor's shoes when he, too, fell to another claiming the title of Superboy. While he did not manage to survive the Infinite Crisis, he was later resurrected in the following crisis by the Legion of Superheroes. In the midst of all these adventures Conner found out he was only half a clone of Clark, and also half a clone of Lex Luthor. Luthor had implanted code words making Conner a sleeper agent for Lex. This, too, was overcome, but not without Kon losing the trust of some of his fellow Titans. After this event, Kon’s life finally seemed to start to get back on track... That is until the Flash/Watchmen screw up the timeline. Altering the past immensly, Kon-El now became a clone of Superman, Lois Lane, and Jonathan Kent from an alternate timeline. In this timeline, Kon-El’s own name had changed its meaning. Here, the term Kon was kryptonian for abomination and was actually a name given to him by Supergirl in reference to his being a clone. Kon’s whole purpose was no longer to replace Superman or be used as a tool by Luthor, but instead to be used to cure Jonathan Lane Kent. This plan fell through, eventually leading Kon-El and the present version of Jon Kent to defeat Jon’s evil self from the current universe’s future. Kon is still alive here and now, but is no longer using the title of Superboy and so far no one currently knows his whereabouts...

Tales of the Superboy

Superboy came to us via a rift in space and time. The child of Clark Kent and Lois Lane from before the timeline was re-written during Flashpoint, and held in the vast multiversal collection of Braniac, Jonathan has already traveled way farther than Krypton to become the present day Superboy. His parents came from the pre-New 52 universe, and while this version of Clark was told he could not have kids with Lois, the power dampening field of Braniac's somehow made this event possible. Superman, Lois, their baby, and many other heroes from across time and space managed to survive the Convergence event, and the small family landed in the early days of the New 52 universe. Clark and Lois changed their last name to White and went into hiding, raising their son and only using Clark's powers and knowledge of future events to try to stop threats of villains not yet created in this timeline. After the Superman of the current universe succumbed to an odd version of radiation poisoning and Lois was on the verge of being killed by Intergang, Jonathan’s powers kicked in. He had already begun deducing that his parents were hiding things, and even he had hidden the fact that his powers were beginning to manifest. Now his father has taken the mantle of Superman again, and with his powers, Jonathan has begun his training to be the newest version of Superboy. Only time will tell how well this young and very innocent kid will do in the current landscape. 

To any parent on the planet, his/her child is his/her personal Superboy/Supergirl. In our eyes, they can do anything, and everything they do is amazing. To our children, the icons that are Superboy and Supergirl are what they wish was reality. Picking up a comic and reading about your favorite hero is one thing, but picking up a book and reading about another kid (like YOU) who is doing all these amazing things really opens up your mind to what it would be like if YOU could do those things. This was the basic thought behind the creation of child heroes in comics. Over the years, this mentality has led to the creation of many great, amazing, and even legendary super kids. Superboy is, by far, one of the most popular kid heroes ever created. 

Superboy came to us as a baby, crash landing on earth in a field somewhere near Smallville, Kansas. As he grew older, he noticed he was not like other kids around him. Being an alien from Krypton, he soon discovered that our yellow sun's radiation gave him powers far beyond those of mortal men. Clark Kent, his human name given to him by his adoptive parents, would don the now-iconic red and blue outfit and help with crimes, disasters, and all round issues happening around Smallville. While this led to many crazy adventures for himself, girlfriend Lana, and fellow buddies Pete Ross and Lex Luthor, nothing would prepare him for his future adventures with the Legion of Super Heroes. Eventually, Clark's universe was wiped from existence due to a “crisis”, but Superboy’s adventures didn’t end there. He later discovered his universe was actually saved and placed in a pocket universe. Manipulated by the Legion's mortal enemy, The Time Trapper, Superboy was set on a collision course with his former friends. Of course, this being Clark Kent we are talking about here, the Boy of Steel managed to over come Trapper. Unfortunately, this also led to his demise, thus his adventures were ended before he could become Superman. As with most DC Universe time/universe shifts, we later discovered Time Trapper had lied to Superboy, and the pocket universe was actually a gateway to the early Silver Age DC timeline. The fact that he was an alternate reality copy of Clark meant a Superman still existed in the future (or present by our view) to carry on all the adventures we know today. Of course even his own death would not stop our Superboy from eventually returning for one more adventure.......

Superboy came to US as a baby. Teleported to the doorstep of the Kent family, this Kryptionian child had powers like no other being in his universe. His powers didn’t manifest, though, until one night he decided to dress up like his favorite comic book character, Superman, for a school dance. As soon as his powers kicked in, though, he was rocketed off to handle a crisis of of infinite proportions. Sadly, once the dust settled, Superboy was locked in a form of purgatory with the original Superman and Lois Lane as well as the Alexander Luthor of Earth 3. He was told his universe was destroyed and that they had to stay there so they would not affect the current, singular timeline. But he was a boy in an ageless realm, and he wanted free. Alexander eventually wanted the same thing, and after both, revealing to Clark that his universe still existed (it had to, it is the PRIME universe) as well as feeding him massive amounts of multiversal power, Superboy Prime punched his way through to the main universe. As events unfolded, Prime was manipulated even more into reviving the entire multiverse. His need to go home trumped anything else, and as he was born of OUR world, to him these were nothing but comic book characters that were beneath him. Prime became obsessed with getting home, and this obsession led him down a dark, dark path. Killing many Titans, Lanterns, a Guardian of the Galaxy, and even the original Superman, Prime's actions evetually led him to his end goal. Though once home, he dared not to actually follow up with any threats to the DC staff as he feared being written out of existence. This Superboy is the most powerful version ever created: able to lock horns with every hero possible, keeping most of his power even after flying THROUGH a red sun, able to absorb energy from multiple different sources other than yellow sun light, and even able to cross multiversal borders without the need of any kind of device. His only real weakness is red sun radiation, and even that takes more time to power him down than the standard Superman. With the reformat of the multiverse thanks to the Flashpoint paradox, Prime has not been seen again for some time. For all of our sakes, let us hope this Kryptonian God never gets forcibly removed from his home again.