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Real name: Kal-El (birth name)
Clark Joseph Kent (legal name)
AKA: The Boy of Steel
Clark Kent
Species: Kryptonian
Homeworld: Krypton (birth planet)
Earth (adopted planet)
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: Black
Eyes: Blue
Relatives: Superman (future counterpart)
Jor-El (father)
Lara (mother)
Kara (cousin)
Zor-El (uncle)
Alura (aunt)
Kru-El (second cousin)
Jonathan Kent (foster father)
Martha Kent (foster mother)
Base: Kent Farm
Affiliations: Superman Family
Legion of Super-Heroes
Voiced/Played: Danny Dark[1]
Jerry Dexter[2]
Bob Hastings[3]
Superboy Gallery

Superboy was a name given to Kal-El, a Kryptonian who would eventually became the superhero known as Superman when he grew to adulthood.

He was a friend of Lex Luthor in Smallville, and he was even rescued by him from Green Kryptonite at one point.

Luthor attempted to develop a cure for Kryptonite to give to Superboy, but an accident caused by Superboy caused Luthor to become bald.[4]

In 1983, three Phantom Zone criminals travel to the year 1957 to defeat a young Superman for imprisoning them. He is saved by the arrival of his older self and Green Lantern.[5]

Background Information

From Adventure Comics, #247 (April 1958)

From Adventure Comics, #247 (April 1958)

Superboy is a younger version of Superman who grows up Clark Kent, the adopted son of Jonathan and Martha Kent. He used his powers to help others as a teenager in Smallville.

Growing up, he is mindful of obeying the laws of humanity working directly with Police Chief Parker and other law enforcement agencies.  This leads to direct acceptance as a hero which differs from the early vigilante status of the Earth-Two / Earth-2A Superman. In fact by the time Clark is around 12 or so the town officially recognizes their most popular citizen with a billboard that publicly announces "Welcome to Smallville - the home of Superboy".

It is in Smallville, that Superboy first meets the boy who would become his main archenemy - the criminal genius Lex Luthor.[6] Other foes Superboy encountered included the Kryptonite Kid,[7] and various foes from his membership in the 30th century's superhero team, the Legion of Super-Heroes.[8]

From Legion of Super-Heroes, #259 (Jan. 1980)

From Legion of Super-Heroes, #259 (Jan. 1980)

From Legion of Super-Heroes, #259 (Jan. 1980)

From Legion of Super-Heroes, #259 (Jan. 1980)

From Legion of Super-Heroes, #259 (Jan. 1980)

Three teenage members of the Legion (Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy) from the 30th century time-travel via the time bubble to the past to meet their inspiration, Superboy. Young Kal-El joins them on a trip, 1,000 years in the future to a Smallville of the future. Here he is introduced to a group of teenagers, who operate out of a clubhouse in the shape of an inverted yellow rocket ship which looked as if it had been driven into the ground. After a series of adventures, Superboy was awarded membership and returned to his own time.[9] Over the next few years, Superboy joined the Legion on several adventures,[10] until his battle with the Psycho Warrior. In this battle Superboy is shown how his foster parents die! Amidst his grief, Superboy is able to stop Psycho Warrior. The grief unfortunately is shown to be overwhelming for the young lad. Soon Superboy goes back in the past to his normal time. However, before he goes, Saturn Girl gives him a mental hypnotic suggestion to remain in the past so he won't have to endure the loss of his parents and be constantly reminded of it or be tempted to change it.[11]

And so, just like that, Superboy no longer returns to his friends.

He soon becomes one of Earth’s mightiest protectors.

Powers and Abilities

See Superman's Powers and Abilities.

Super Powers

Since Superboy was technically a younger version of the Man of Steel, they were essentially the same character, therefore they possessed the same powers, however, Superboy was not yet grown, and as such his power levels would have been much less presumably.


Once again, the same can be said about his abilities. Likely in his youth he had far less, as he was less experienced.



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  1. Danny Dark did the voice of the Man of Steel in the entire Super Friends TV Series. He also did the voice of SuperBoy in the Season 3 episode: History of Doom (1978)
  2. Dexter voiced him in the Season 7 episode: Return of the Phantoms (1983).
  3. Hastings did the voice of Superboy in the Filmation cartoons.
  4. As depicted in the Season 3 episode: History of Doom (1978).
  5. As depicted in the Season 7 episode: Return of the Phantoms (1983)
  6. As revealed in Adventure Comics, #271 (April 1960).
  7. As revealed in Superboy, #83 (September 1960).
  8. As revealed in Adventure Comics, #247 (April 1958).
  9. As revealed in Adventure Comics, #247 (April 1958).
  10. As revealed in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, #222 - #258 (Dec. 1976 — Dec. 1979).
  11. As revealed in Legion of Super-Heroes, #259 (Jan. 1980).
  12. For more information about that DC comic book, click here.
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