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Superboy flies into action. Art by Mike McKone.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993)
Created by Karl Kesel
Tom Grummett
In-story information
Alter ego Kon-El
Species Kryptonian/Human (clone)
Team affiliations Legion of Super-Heroes
Project Cadmus
The Ravers
Teen Titans
Young Justice
Black Lantern Corps
Notable aliases Conner Kent, Carl Krummett, "The Metropolis Kid", Experiment 13, "Superman"
Abilities Tactile-telekinesis
Kryptonian powers:
  • Flight
  • Invulnerability
  • Superhuman speed
  • Superhuman strength
  • Superhuman hearing
  • X-ray vision
  • Heat vision
  • Super breath

Superboy (also known by the Kryptonian name Kon-El and his secret identity of Conner Kent) is a fictional character, a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe. A modern update of the original Superboy, who is a younger version of Superman, the character first appeared in Adventures Of Superman #500 (June 1993) and was created by writer Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett.

Originally conceived as a human clone made to look like Superman, he was retconned to being a binary clone of Superman and his arch nemesis Lex Luthor, making him a hybrid human/Kryptonian.


Fictional character history



After Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday, Project Cadmus executive director Paul Westfield wanted to create a clone replacement of Superman that would follow the agendas of Project Cadmus as well as his own personal agenda. Failing to acquire the bodies of Superman and Doomsday by federal authority when Lex Luthor, in a clone body posing as his own son, and his security force Team Luthor puts a halt to their plans, a Cadmus team secretly steals Superman's body from the tomb with Westfield overseeing the entire operation. [1] [2] Superman's body was sent to Cadmus to begin work of creating the clone in secret via a DNA sample from Superman and implanted brain pattern scans taken when Superman was alive by the genetically engineered "DNAlien" Dubbilex in what was to be known as "Project: Man Of Tommorow". After The Guardian discovered what Westfield had done, Westfield was able to convince The Guardian that what he had done was for a noble purpose.[3] Unable to obtain a direct cell sample from Superman's indestructible body to create a direct clone and the usual cloning techniques were useless on his alien physiology, Superman's body was given an electron capillary scan by the scientists. They were able to use the results of the scan along with educated guesswork to create data stored on a disc that contained a close approximation of Superman's actual genetic code data. While the scanning team wanted to test the "digital DNA", Westfield wanted to create the clone immediately. He sends Auron, a cybernetic super-soldier cloned from The Guardian and created by Westfield's secret team, to retrieve the disk by force via the code word "Sanction Blue". Before Westfield could obtain the disk, the clones of the original Newsboy Legion were able to convince Auron that he was just like the original Guardian based on having The Guardian's DNA. He rebells against Cadmus and departs with the digital DNA disk to protect Superman's legacy. [4]

After the Auron situation and the retrieval of Superman's body by Lois Lane, Supergirl and Lex Luthor, Westfield and his Cadmus team went by other means to create a Superman clone that they could immediately rush into production. Instead of a direct clone of Superman, Cadmus decided to create a human clone that was genetically altered to look like Superman and made to be as genetically close to Kryptonian as they could based on their research. During their research when they had Superman's body, the Cadmus scientists discovered an "aura" surrounding Superman's body. To simulate Superman's powers, the aura was translated into a telekinetic field for a human that would give the clone flight, invulnerability and strength. This was later known as "tactile telekinesis". Carl Packard, the project head of Auron's creation, was the project head for the clone's creation and was given full authority to explore whatever methods to create the clone while Westfield provided him with the sole DNA cell stock that he felt would make the clone easier to control. After twelve failed attempts, the clone known as Experiment 13 was a success. The clone was given implanted memories and underwent an artificial maturation process to match the age of the original Superman. This clone will later be known as Superboy.

Reign of the Supermen

The Newsboy Legion clones breaks Experiment 13 out of the tube that he was kept in at the Project Cadmus facility and he escaped with Cadmus unable to program the clone with any implanted command words like Auron.[5] His artificial aging process halted, he leaves Cadmus at the approximate age of a teenage boy of sixteen years old with implanted knowledge corresponding to that of any boy his age.

First appearance in Adventures of Superman #500 (1993). Art by Tom Grummett.

Refusing to be called "Superboy" by the Newsboy clones, the clone believed himself to be a clone of Superman and wanted to be addressed by that name. Arriving in Metropolis for the first time and navigating the streets via the implanted memories given to him by Cadmus, Superboy faced his first battle and stopped the villain Sidearm from robbing a bank by using his powers. [6]. After saving a woman from a group of thugs that tried to deface the memorial statue of Superman, Superboy gave Lois Lane a surprise visit to the Daily Planet. There he sees Tana Moon, a young reporter formerly of WGBS who worked at the Daily Planet but faced frustration at working fluff pieces. Flying her to the top of the Daily Planet building, Superboy tells Moon that he is a clone of Superman and she used his story to return to WGBS as a television reporter with an exclusive interview with Superboy. After seeing the broadcast, Lex Luthor was enraged to the point of smashing his television. Under the impression that Superman couldn't be directly cloned by Project Cadmus when they acquired Superman's body, he confronted the man who he had an arrangement with, Carl Packard of Project Cadmus, about Superboy and Packard revealed Superboy's rushed creation and true origins to Luthor. [7]

"The Man Of Tommorow" (The Cyborg Superman), "The Last Son Of Krypton" (The Eradicator), and "The Man Of Steel" (Henry Johnson a.k.a. John Henry Irons) make their first appearances at this time as well, the first two also claiming themselves to be the true resurrected Superman.[5] WGBS head Vincent Edge conspired to focus all their television coverage on Superboy; making him their official "Superman" with Tana Moon reporting his exploits. Fighing against villians such as Steel Hand, Superboy received a lot of attention and ratings for WGBS while Lois Lane and Martha Kent disapproved of his actions. During a battle between The Man Of Steel and two gangs in which Superboy's carelessness lead to Lois Lane's helicopter pilot being killed, Superboy showed remorse after a lecture by The Man Of Steel on the importance of being a hero and later helped him escape a fire caused when The Man Of Steel was attacked by "The White Rabbit" Dr. Angora Lapin and landed on an exploding tanker. [8] After failing to recruit The Man Of Steel to Lexcorp, Luthor attempts to sway Superboy to his side by using Supergirl to lure him to Team Luthor. But Superboy signs a exclusive contract with WGBS with sleazy agent Rex Leech acting as his manager and Edge arranging to have Superboy live at Clark Kent's former apartment. Edge continued to use Superboy for ratings and set up an fight between Superboy and Stinger that destroyed the Hobsneck Bridge in Metropolis.[9]

After being informed by Tana Moon of the destruction of Coast City, Superboy arrived to investigate with "The Man Of Tommorow", the Cyborg Superman. The Cyborg Superman is revealed as Hank Henshaw and the mastermind behind the destruction of Coast City with Mongul acting on his orders.[10] Superboy was attacked by the Cyborg and was imprisoned at "Engine City", built on the ruins of Coast City. The Cyborg used Superboy's image to trick the Justice League Of America into going off-world and leaving Earth vulnerable. Superboy escapes Engine City and meets with The Man Of Steel, Luthor, Lois Lane, and Supergirl in Metropolis. Shortly after, the real Superman arrives via a Kryptonian Warsuit and not at full strength. After Superman learns of the Cyborg and Mongol's plan to destroy Metropolis next, Superboy joins him, Supergirl, Irons (who later assumes the shortened name "Steel" given to him by Superman), Green Lantern, and The Eradicator in a successful assault on Engine City.[10][11][12][13] Following the Cyborg Superman's defeat, Superboy is convinced that the returning Kal-El is the real Superman. After his return to Metropolis, Tana Moon informs Superboy that she quit WGBS and was leaving Metropolis.[14]

Superman is served a cease and desist order to stop using the "Superman" trademark by Superboy's manager Rex Leech, the name and symbol having been registered after his death to Superboy. After Superboy reveals that he was a result of Cadmus' DNA experiments, Director Westfield sends The Guardian to bring in Superboy. After being convinced by Superman that no harm will come to him, Superboy returned to Cadmus with Superman & The Guardian and learns the truth of his origin. Superboy is informed by the scientists of Project Cadmus that he was created from human DNA only and was genetically engineered to both look like Superman and mimic his major powers by way of a telekinetic field. After learning the truth, Superboy reveals that he has agreed to let Superman have the rights to his name. Rex Leech refused to give the rights back but Roxy Leech, acting as C.E.O. of Rex Leech Enterprises, sided with Superboy and sold Superman the rights for a dollar. Superman in turn agrees to the manager using the symbol and name in merchandising if some proceeds go to charity and the kid calls himself "Superboy" feeling that he earned the name. At first reluctant, Superboy accepts the new name and decides to go on a world tour to establish his new name. [15]

Superboy (1993-2002)

A Superboy series debuted in 1994 and lasted for 100 issues, ending in 2002. Karl Kesel was the writer for the majority of the first 30 issues and later returned to the series.

Superboy settles in Hawaii with a supporting cast consisting of his agent Rex Leech, Rex's daughter Roxy Leech (who devolped feelings for Superboy), Dubbilex (who was reassigned by Cadmus to watch over Superboy), and Bibbo Bibbowski's white puppy named Krypto. Also in the cast is Tana Moon, who relocated to Hawaii and later began a relationship with Superboy. Superboy fought against new villains such as Sidearm, B.E.M., Silversword, and King Shark.

At a Star Labs facility in Hawaii, Professor Emil Hamilton examines Superboy and the results of his examination was that while Superboy's DNA was human, it was made to be very similar to that of a Kryptonian even to the extent of his body being a living solar battery with his tactile telekinetic powers being fueled by solar energy. Prof. Hamilton also suggested a possible vulnerability to kryptonite.[16]

Superboy almost dies when he, along with the majority of Cadmus' clones, are infected by the Clone Virus. This lead to a full scale war between Lexcorp and Cadmus and the destruction of the Project Cadmus facility. After the battles between Cadmus and Lexcorp, Superboy along with the former directors of Cadmus discovered the twelve failed attempts by Dr. Packard and his team to create Superboy. His first attempt, a clone using the flawed Lexcorp process created by Dr. Teng that mimicked Kryptonian DNA and created Bizarro, created a Bizarro version of Superboy despite Packard's view that human DNA would stabilize the process. The clone was released from his tube and fought Superboy but the clone was dying from the process that created him. It is later revealed to Superboy, Carl Packard, the Bizarro Superboy, and the former directors of Cadmus that Superboy was created from the donated DNA cellstock of Paul Westfield, who had been killed by mad scientist Dabney Donovan during the war between Project Cadmus and Lexcorp. Westfield revealed via a recorded message that he secretly provided his own DNA to an unsuspecting Packard as a result of Auron defying Westfield. [17]

After that story, Superboy and the Suicide Squad team up to take out the lair of the Silicon Dragons, an infamous Pacific crime syndicate who maintain a base of operations at the bottom of the ocean. In another storyline, Superboy is legally required to attend school because he is a minor. He attends public school, but is later expelled and Dubbilex telepathically tutors Superboy after the school is severely damaged in a battle.

Around this time, Superboy teams with Robin during an incident against Poison Ivy and Metallo. It was during this team up that Superboy discovered that he had a weakness to Kryptonite that made him sick in the presence of it. Although the pair begin with an argumentative and antagonizing relationship similar to the one shared by their mentors Superman & Batman, they later became allies and friends. [18]

Superboy also played a critical role in saving the life of Legion of Super-Heroes member Lar Gand (who was called "Valor" in this story). When Lar Gand/Valor; a Daxamite, is suffering from lead poisoning, he loses his memory and is manipulated into fighting for entertainment by a corrupt businessman. Lar Gand and Superboy are drawn into a fight under false pretenses. Realizing that Lar Gand is dying, Superboy, with the aid of Knockout, brings him to S.T.A.R. Labs for treatment. But with Lar Gand close to death and no clue as to how to cure him, Superboy puts Lar Gand in a Stasis Zone. The Stasis Zone, also known by its more commonly accepted name the Phantom Zone, is where Lar Gand is kept safe for 1000 years, until he is freed and cured by The Legion of Super-Heroes. In gratitude for saving Lar Gand's life the Legion makes Superboy an honorary member and give him a Legion flight ring.

Another storyline involved Knockout, a thrill-seeking former Female Fury on the planet Apokolips, who fled while in training. After teaming up several times with Superboy, Knockout becomes his full time partner. They take down Killer Frost, the Technician, and Silversword. The Furies would later arrive to capture Knockout. As a result, a huge battle breaks out, with the local police involved. A police officer is killed in the fight, and an investigation concludes that Knockout herself had struck down the officer. At first, Superboy refuses to believe that Knockout is guilty, and goes on the run with her as an outlaw until she kills again in front of him, forcing Superboy to apprehend her.

Later stories featured an organization called the Agenda attempting to capture Superboy and use his DNA to create a clone army. The Agenda use an operative named Amanda Spence to capture Superboy after gathering intel and the Agenda subsequently created the clone named Match. Match is an upgraded clone of Superboy who has vastly upgraded knowledge as well as a greater understanding of the abilities Superboy had. After a battle in the Agenda's headquarters, Superboy through sheer will defeats the inexperienced Match, the Agenda, and destroys its clone army. Soon after, Superboy's powers begin to fluctuate and he soon becomes ill. His cellular structure seemingly breaking down, Superboy is rushed back to Cadmus. Superman, Supergirl, and Steel come to his aid and search for the cause as well a cure. Superman and Steel discovered the Agenda's cloning capsules and failed to bring Match to Cadmus in order to find a cure. Supergirl interrogates the directors of the Agenda and discovers that the process used to clone Superboy and create Match actually "unzipped" his DNA, causing his body to deteriorate. An imprisoned Amanda Spence, as repayment for Superboy saving her life, suggests that Superboy's DNA needed a pattern to follow in order to rebuild itself. With Superboy's DNA being indecipherable and the scientists unable to use the preserved Westfield DNA used to create Superboy, Cadmus scientists needed active donor human DNA closest to Superboy's age to be a template for Superboy's DNA to pattern itself after. Roxy Leech volunteered to be the new genetic template and both Superboy and Roxy Leech are placed in the clone capsules to go through the same genetic reconstruction process. Their DNA are reconfigured to be identical, Superboy is cured. Unfortunately, as a side effect, this halts his aging process at his current biological age of 16. The news devastates Superboy, since he had always dreamed of growing up to replace Superman when the latter retired. But he coped with it after a talk with Superman. [19]

The cast soon disbands, with Tana Moon breaking off her relationship with Superboy. She leaves Hawaii on a business trip. A humiliated Superboy disappears along the Pacific Ocean. The surrogate family, unable to find the Boy of Steel, become lost without him and go their separate ways: Dubbilex returns to Cadmus, and Roxy leaves Hawaii in search of her fugitive father. In issue #50, a lost Superboy finds his way home after months away and is crushed to find that his friends have all left Hawaii. He returns to Cadmus, and becomes a field operative, teaming up with Dubbilex and The Guardian.

Superboy finally gets a real name when Superman sends him to visit a virtual reality Krypton through the technology of the Fortress of Solitude. Superboy experienced the perspective of a Kryptonian man who saved the life of Superman's descendant Van-El and was adopted into the House Of El. He later experiences the life of Kon-El, a descendant of the same Kryptonian man and a member of the second House Of El established by his predecessor. It is after this simulation that Superman bestows upon Superboy the Kryptonian name of Kon-El in honor of the original, telling him that he considers Superboy family.[20]

Superboy in Hypertime

Superboy is one of the first DC Comics characters to explore Hypertime in the "Hypertension" story arc (Superboy #60-64, 1999). A fatally injured Superboy arrives from an alternate reality, wearing a device known as a hyperjacket. This alternate Superboy, with his last breath, tells Kon-El that Black Zero is coming to take over their reality. Kon-El, with the approval of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, takes it upon himself to investigate this other Superboy's claims of murder. Kon-El then uses the hyperjacket and straps himself to a nuclear bomb to power it. He is thrown into various different realities before his hyperjacket destroys itself due to lack of a proper power source to fuel it. Superboy ends up on the pre-Crisis Earth One and reunites with the Kal-El Superboy whom he had met in Superboy #8 (1994). Kon-El spends some time with Kal-El, Krypto, and Ma and Pa Kent until the villain of the story reveals himself by capturing Krypto. The villain makes short work of both Superboys. After Kon-El himself is captured, the villain is discovered to be an alternate version of Superboy. This version of Kon-El has reached full adulthood and has named himself Black Zero after the terrorist group on Krypton that fought for clone rights. He seems to have Kryptonian powers as well as highly skilled tactile telekinesis. Black Zero, with the help of his Guardian clones, Paul Westfield and Metron, manage to capture and imprison dozens of Superboys across Hypertime. With the help of the Challengers of the Unknown, a reformed alternate version of Knockout and dozens of alternate Superboys (billed as the "Legion of Superboys" on the cover of Superboy #61), Kon-El manages to stop Black Zero. At the end of the story it is unclear if Black Zero is dead or lost in Hypertime. Superboy and The Challengers of the Unknown use a ship given to them by a Metron to travel home out of Hypertime. During Kon-El's stay with the original Superboy (Kal-El), he learns that Superman is Clark Kent. The idea that his closest "relative" had kept this from him leads to a slight resentment in Superboy, but Lois has a heart to heart with the kid that leads to understanding on his part.[21]

When the Agenda takes over Cadmus, they use the villains Simyan and Mokkari to create a clone army and turned the lab into the "Evil Factory." With the help of some allies, Superboy manages to regain control of Cadmus, battling his doppelgänger Match along the way. When Tana Moon returns she is brutally murdered by Amanda Spence, revealed to be Paul Westfield's daughter, who instead of being grateful for Superboy saving her life, holds him responsible for Westfield's death.[22]

During the Sins of Youth[23][24] storyline, correcting the anomaly preventing Superboy from aging is attempted. The members of Young Justice are aged to adults by Klarion the Witch Boy, while the Justice League is turned into kids. At first, Superboy is the only one who did not have his age altered, and he became ill. Since he cannot age, his body fought with the magic manipulation trying to age him. Eventually, due to an procedure by Cadmus' Head Of Genetics Serling Roquette, Superboy's aging process is reactivated, enabling the magic to turn him into an adult as well. During this time, Superboy confronts Amanda Spence, nearly killing her. It is Wonder Girl who seemingly talks him down from his nearly murderous rage. Then abruptly, he slams Spence towards the ground at a high rate of speed. Yet at the last moment, he prevents her impact, declaring that Spence should live with the memory of how she could have lost her life.

During this story arc, the adult Superboy tells a rejuvenated Superman (now about Kon-El's normal age) that he knows his secret identity. After Klarion is blackmailed into reversing the effects, Superboy is restored back to his teens, but he is rendered powerless.

When an alien slaver arrives, Superboy is forced to rely on his wits and some gadgets to succeed against the enemy before his powers are restored at the last minute. During the Our Worlds at War crossover, Superboy fights Amanda Spence, now an insane cyborg, for the last time, and Cadmus is destroyed. It is also during this period that it is suggested Superboy's tactile-telekinesis will develop into literal telekinesis, when in a rage-induced power spike, he accidentally disassembles every gun in Metropolis.

At the end of his series, Superboy gets an apartment in Metropolis, working as the building superintendent to make an income for himself and make a living.[25] Superboy is later taken in by Superman's parents Jonathan and Martha Kent. Superman also sets up Superboy with a civilian identity. He became "Conner Kent", cousin to Clark Kent. Feeling that Superboy might feel lonely in Smallville, Superman entrusts Krypto the Superdog into Superboy's care.[26]

Young Justice & Teen Titans

Cover to Teen Titans #2 (2006). Art by Mike McKone.

Superboy is a founding member of Peter David's Young Justice, a group of teenage heroes who intended to one day be the next Justice League of America. Although Young Justice's first mission was technically the rescuing of the metahuman ghost-girl, Secret, the group didn't officially form until an incident in which the world's adult population was kidnapped and transfers them to a copy Earth, by a pre-teen with god-like powers. Teaming up with Robin and Impulse, the three teen heroes manage to defeat Bedlam and return everything to normal. Soon after, they agreed to form an official team, dub "Young Justice" by the media. Soon after they are joined by Secret, Arrowette, Wonder Girl, and others.

Superboy later joins the most recent version of the Teen Titans, which is as much a sequel to Young Justice as it is to previous Titans books.[27] Following the apparent death of Donna Troy, the Titans reform with Superboy and former Young Justice members Robin, Impulse, and Wonder Girl joining Titans veterans Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy.[27] Superboy is retconned from the original premise of a human clone to a hybrid clone of Superman's Kryptonian DNA and Paul Westfield's human DNA. It is revealed that Superboy's human DNA is not from Paul Westfield but from the criminal mastermind Lex Luthor. [28]

Superboy and Wonder Girl's relationship is developed throughout Young Justice and Teen Titans. At first, Wonder Girl's infatuation with Superboy is unnoticed. In the final issue of Young Justice, both Wonder Girl and Superboy reveal they have feelings for each other. During Superboy's first adventures with the Teen Titans his Kryptonian powers start to manifest. In a battle with Jericho, Superboy's body gets possessed by him and Jericho was able to exhibit heat vision and other Superman-like powers. At first Superboy seems to have a hard time controlling his powers but he soon adjusts. Later, during Wonder Girl and Conner's first date, Superboy is forcibly sucked through a time portal to the 31st century.[29]

Legion of Super Heroes

When Superboy reappears, he is wearing the classic Superboy outfit (with a Legion belt buckle). This was the result of 31st century minions of Darkseid stealing Earth's mightiest heroes from the past and turning them into warriors of the future Apokolips. Because Conner is a clone of Superman, he is mistakenly taken, because they thought he was actually Kal-El. When their error is realized, Conner is left drifting in 31st century space. Conner is found by Phantom Girl's mother and the United Planets and is soon formally inducted into the Legion of Super Heroes. When Conner is seen by the people of the 31st century, he is revered as a great legend of the Superman mythos. He then helps the Legion defeat Darkseid and his corrupted heroes, which consist of Superman, Green Lantern, Orion, Wonder Woman, Lobo, Big Barda, Firestorm, White Martian, and Hawkwoman, who were abducted and manipulated into his service. After Darkseid and his minions are defeated, the Legion returns the past heroes to their proper places in time (as seen in the "Foundations" storyline in The Legion #25-30). Conner suffers from short term memory loss after his time jump and can't remember exactly when he vanished from the past. Because of this, Brainiac 5 refuses to send him back until they discover his point of departure. After months of probing Conner's mind, Saturn Girl finally discovers the point at which he left the past. With this newfound information, Superboy is sent back to the 21st century a second or two after he left.

It appears to Cassie as though he was only away for a couple seconds, but Superboy has spent five months in the 31st century with the Legion of Super-Heroes fighting the Fatal Five-Hundred. He returns to enlist the help of the Titans, bringing them to the future where they help the Legion to victory.[30][31]

On the return trip home, they accidentally arrive ten years in the future instead of the present. The Teen Titans meet adult versions of themselves. Superboy finds that he is now Superman, Tim is Batman, Cassie is Wonder Woman, and Bart is the Flash. In this alternate future, Conner has greater control of his powers, Cassie chooses him over Captain Marvel Jr., Lex Luthor is his mentor/father figure, and the Titans are "freakin' bad guys".

They discuss the possibility of breaking up the team when they get back to the present, but Cyborg 2.0 tells them that the future developed the way it did because the team was not together during the "Crisis".[32]

Brainiac and Luthor lead an attack against the young heroes of the Teen Titans and the Outsiders using a brainwashed Superboy and Indigo. Luthor reveals that the reason he had donated his DNA to help create Superboy was to create a sleeper agent that he could use to destroy Superman. He revealed that he was involved with "Project: Superman" (a.k.a. Project: Lionel), and he had implanted verbal commands into Superboy under Cadmus director Paul Westfield's nose.

Under Luthor's influence, Superboy's power magnitude was at a level he rarely displayed on his own. Conner defeats his team, including tearing Cyborg apart at his mechanical pieces, breaking Robin's arm, and savagely beating his own girlfriend. He then shakes off the brainwashing.[33][34]

Afterwards, Conner takes a leave of absence from the Titans and secludes himself in the Kents' home. He is unsure as to whether or not, being a clone, he even has a soul. There, Raven shows him that he had a young soul that was stronger than his inner demons and steadily growing.[35]

Infinite Crisis: The Death of Superboy

In the DC Comics' limited series Infinite Crisis, the other-dimensional Superboy-Prime watches Conner during his seclusion in Smallville.[36][37][38] Resentful of Conner, who he claims has lower standards than his own despite a seemingly perfect life, Superboy-Prime attacks him, telling him that he should be his replacement.

Possessing an apparent strength advantage, Superboy-Prime pulverizes Conner, badly injuring him, until the Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, and Justice Society of America join the fray, leading to a climactic battle where various Flashes pull Superboy-Prime into the Speed Force.[39][40]

The battle against Superboy-Prime overtaxes Conner's body. His body begins to fall apart to the point that even JSA physician Doctor Mid-Nite cannot aid him. Knowing that Lex Luthor wants to keep Superboy alive as much as the Titans do, Robin leads Speedy, Wonder Girl, and Beast Boy to find a cure, while Raven keeps watch over him.

The Titans succeed, and they immediately administer the cure to Conner, who makes a complete recovery; however, Luthor informs Robin it will only work that one time.[41]

In the Teen Titans Annual, Wonder Girl volunteers to look after Conner as he recovers while the other Titans are called away to organize the relief effort in a decimated Blüdhaven, since her powers are slowly vanishing due to events in Wonder Woman and Infinite Crisis. Conner awakens, and he and Wonder Girl spend time alone, reminiscing and longing for "simpler times".

Thinking this may be their last night together, the two consummate their relationship in the Kent barn. The two of them are later discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent.[42]

The death of Superboy. Art by Phil Jimenez from Infinite Crisis #6 (2006).

Luthor gives Conner the means to find Alexander Luthor, a sliver of the crystalline construct[42][43][44] that Alexander is using to monitor reality. Superboy leaves a powerless Cassie in the care of the Kents in order to respond to a distress call from Titan's Tower in San Francisco. There he meets up with Nightwing, who sent the call. Being the only two heroes available to deal with the situation, Conner and Nightwing bond as they make their way north to Alexander's fortress.[43][44] Superboy and Nightwing are later rejoined by a now repowered Wonder Girl and together they infiltrate Alexander Luthor's base and foil his plans. They free Martian Manhunter, Power Girl, Black Adam, Lady Quark, Nightshade, Breach, and The Ray, but the tide of the battle turns with the return of Superboy-Prime.

Superboy-Prime makes short work of many of the heroes and then turns his sights on Nightwing. Before Prime can touch Nightwing, an enraged Conner attacks him. Conner and Superboy-Prime battle intensely, until Prime catches one of his punches, crushing Conner's right hand in the process. Despite being vastly over-powered, Superboy fights bravely and defiantly manages to hold his own for a time. In a last ditch effort Conner rushes into him, sending both of them headlong into Alexander Luthor's multiverse tower.

The machine explodes, re-merging the worlds and apparently foiling Alexander Luthor's plans for good. Superboy, fatally injured from the explosion, lies dying in the arms of Wonder Girl. When Cassie tells him that he had saved the Earth, Conner replies, "I know, Cass. Isn't it cool?" Moments later, he dies. Batman, Wonder Woman, Kal-El, and Kal-L arrive, too late to save Conner's life.[45] Later, Superman mourns Conner's death while cradling his body.

Conner was buried under his civilian name in Metropolis, alongside the bodies of Kal-L (the Earth-Two Superman) and his wife Lois Lane Kent, for over a year.

Crisis aftermath

In 52, although Conner is dead, he is not forgotten. Wonder Girl leads a memorial broadcast over the Internet, and she and hundreds of others pay their final respects to Conner in a traditional Kryptonian way. It is revealed that the mourners are part of a resurrection cult supposedly based on Kryptonian theology, which Wonder Girl and Ralph Dibny refer to as the "Cult of Conner".[46] Dibny hypothesizes that the cult and Wonder Girl are responsible for defacing the tombstone of his wife Sue Dibny with an inverted Superman insignia, the Kryptonian symbol for hope. When placed upside down, the symbol stands for resurrection.[47] Wonder Girl later encounters the strange, enigmatic hero called Supernova.[48] Cassie introduces herself but is confused that he doesn't recognize her. When Supernova flies away, she calls him "Kon-El."

Three weeks later, surveillance footage is shown to Lex Luthor by an enthusiastic scientist who assumes that Kon-El is still alive. Luthor dismisses this belief, convinced that Supernova is not Kon-El but Superman. In week 37, it is revealed that Supernova is not Conner but in fact Booster Gold.

In Week 51, Batman and Robin return from their journey across the globe. When the heroes appear at Superboy's memorial on the first anniversary of his death, Robin is wearing a new costume using colors of black and red from Superboy's last uniform. Wonder Girl also changes her costume to honor Superboy as well, wearing a Golden Age Wonder Woman-themed T-shirt and denim jeans.[49]

Superboy memorial statues are erected in Metropolis[50] next to Superman's statue and in San Francisco outside of Titans Tower.[51] One year later, Lex Luthor still mourns Conner's death as he considers him his own son.[52] Meanwhile, unknown to his teammates or even Superman, Robin is attempting secretly to recreate Superboy using DNA from Superman and Luthor.[44] Robin has a glass case memorial to Conner, which contains Conner's last costume, the jeans and S-shield T-shirt, similar to the memorial Batman keeps for the second Robin, Jason Todd. Supergirl took another one of his other T-shirts from the Kent farm and gave it to Wonder Girl.

Robin immediately wonders if Raven may be able to resurrect Superboy, as she has done recently for Jericho. However, Raven explains that she can not since Superboy's soul has transcended into another plane of existence.

Legion of 3 Worlds: Return

As with his namesake, physical death is not the end of his story. In a gamble to stop a rampaging Superboy-Prime by recalling to life his greatest foes in the 21st century, the Legionnaire Brainiac 5 sends Starman to the past, to unearth Kon-El's corpse and put it in the same regeneration chamber the Eradicator used once on Superman to save him from his death. Because of the severity of the damage suffered at the hands of Superboy-Prime, Kon-El's body's healing process takes one thousand years to complete, ending in the thirty-first century when Brainiac 5 has Polar Boy retrieve Lex Luthor's hair in the past. With the timely intervention of Dawnstar and Wildfire, the half-human physiology of Conner is reset to full health, granting him a new lease at life and a "third round" against Superboy-Prime.[53]

While battling Prime at the end of time, Superman, Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, and Saturn Girl battle against the Time Trapper who is revealed to be an adult Superboy-Prime. After Superboy wounds Prime in the past, the Time Trapper develops an identical injury in the future. Realizing that Prime has created a time paradox, the Legion transports Time Trapper to Superboy-Prime. The Trapper wants them to unite but Superboy-Prime refuses to believe the Trapper is his future self and punches him, setting off a massive blast that seems to erase Prime from sight.

After Prime's defeat, Superman, Conner, and Bart return back to the 21st Century, where Superman assembles both the Teen Titans and the adult Titans in San Francisco. There Superman reintroduces them to the resurrected Kid Flash and Superboy.[54]

According to Geoff Johns, Kon-El and the Legion of Super-Heroes will be the main characters of the ongoing series of Adventure Comics.[55]

Adventure Comics: Superboy: The Boy of Steel

The revived ongoing title Adventure Comics features Conner as the headlining character for the first six issues in the story arc entitled, "Superboy: The Boy of Steel." The arc begins as Conner settles back into his life in Smallville, Kansas. Returning to live with Martha Kent, who is thrilled to take the young boy in after her husband's death, Conner returns to Smallville High School and begins keeping a journal of everything Superman has done as a costumed hero, going down a checklist titled, "What Did Superman Do?" He and the also recently-returned Bart Allen supposedly rejoin the Teen Titans, and Conner symbolizes the team being "stacked" again by destroying his memorial statue outside of Titans Tower West.

After visiting Lex Luthor's childhood home in Smallville, Superman arrives and talks to Conner about his desire to understand his "other father." Superman tells Conner not to worry about Luthor, saying that the madman is a problem for the Man of Steel. Conner remarks that the next time he sees Lex Luthor will be, "too soon." Soon after, Conner returns home and under a similar checklist in his notebook entitled, "What Does Lex Luthor Do?," Conner checks off, "Lies to Superman."[56]

In his attempt to confront his shared legacy, he accepts a date with Wonder Girl. Conflicted between opening his heart to his girlfriend (thus "Telling the truth" as Superman always did in his life), and deliberately lying to avoid touching delicate subjects with Cassie (thus "Lying" as Luthor would do), ultimately Conner chooses to share with Cassie his fears and desires, and his desire to find himself by exploring both his legacies, but only to find his real self. Cassie is obviously touched, and despite her initial doubts, mostly out fear that in his desire to be more like the Man of Steel eventually Conner could discard her as Clark Kent did with Lana Lang, feels compelled to admit her brief bond with Tim Drake. Conner quickly forgives her, arguing that, since he was dead and Cassie had no means to know about his future resurrection, her liaison with Robin can't be considered a true affair. As they share a reconciliation kiss, Martha Kent stares at them, remembering about her past with Jonathan and Clark.[57]

Soon after his date, Conner returns to his search for Lex Luthor, with the aid of Krypto. Unfortunately, neither Conner nor Krypto can find Luthor on their own, so they instead track down a detective to help him: Tim Drake. Now going by the identity of Red Robin (the Robin identity was taken away from Tim by Dick Grayson and turned over to Damian Wayne), Superboy finds him in Paris, where Tim is continuing his search for Bruce Wayne, who is believed to be dead following the events of the Final Crisis. Agreeing to help, Tim and Conner rekindle their friendship, as Tim admits to all the pain he has suffered over the last two years, and both boys discuss their private mission. Conner offers Tim the first bit of true support, by replying "I believe you," when Tim states firmly that Bruce is still alive.[57]

On his way back from France, Conner encounters a girl named Lori, whom he earlier saved, in the middle of vandalising a local Doctor's practice. Conner takes her home, learning that the doctor had refused to help her ailing mother due to her lack of medical insurance. Someone then knocks at the door. Conner answers it, revealing the caller to be Lex Luthor, whom Lori calls "uncle", who incapacitates Conner with Kryptonite.[58]

Lori's mother Lena, Luthor's sister, comes down the stairs, revealed to be mentally and physically unwell. Conner reminds Luthor of his boast that he could cure all diseases if Superman wasn't in his way. Telling him that Superman is now on New Krypton, Conner challenges Luthor to cure Lena. Luthor agrees, but demands Conner's help, threatening Lori's life. Conner collects the ingredient Luthor needs to make a cure for Lena's condition, which is then administered to her, restoring her to full health. Lex then undoes his cure, vowing that it will stay with him until "Superman is dead". In a rage, Conner attacks Luthor, but is staved off by Brainiac, who teleports Luthor back to his ship. Conner realizes that there is no good in Luthor after all, and decides to not be like Luthor or Clark but pursues his own path in life, burning his checklists in a fire.[59]

Blackest Night

In the Origins and Omens back-up story in Adventure Comics #0, the former Guardian of the Universe, Scar, who now works for Nekron, discusses Lex Luthor and his place in the forthcoming Blackest Night crossover. The Guardian also makes mention of "another" that Luthor will have control over. The character to which she is referring is revealed using a picture of Conner flying over Smallville. The only elaboration following the image of Conner is, "...But he is dead. And we control the dead. For once I bear witness to the book of the black, and I question what it shows me, the dead will save you, Luthor. From Brainiac. From Superman. And from yourself."[60]

In the Blackest Night storylines, Conner Kent has returned to the present. He is dressed in a red Smallville high sweater and is standing behind Martha Kent and Clark Kent at the tomb of her husband, the late Jonathan "Pa" Kent. Clutching his fist, Conner declares, "I ... I should've been here. It should've been me instead of ..." Martha Kent consoles him and advises Conner that Jonathan would have wanted him and Clark to "stand up straight." Unbeknownst to the Kents, the Black Lantern Corps is targeting Conner and Clark along with other resurrected characters.[61]

The Corps sends the Kal-L and Lois Lane of Earth-Two to attack the Kent family after they've reanimated them, and stated to the modern version of the Man of Steel, Conner, and Martha, that they wish for the family to be reunited with Jonathan Kent in death.[62] While Superman battles Kal-L, Conner encounters the Black Lantern Psycho-Pirate, who manipulates him into attacking Superman.[63] However, Conner manages to come to his senses when Kal-L is on the verge of ripping out Superman's heart. Using his tactile telekinesis for the first time since he was reanimated, Conner pushes Kal-L away from Superman. It is revealed that Conner has been holding back and chose not to use his tactile telekinetic powers since his Kryptonian powers manifested, in an attempt to be more like Superman. Conner then goes after Psycho-Pirate, stealing the medusa mask and using it's emotional powers to attract the black rings, causing them to leave their hosts, reducing them to lifeless corpses once more.[64]

Superboy, along with the few available members of the Teen Titans and Justice League, arrive at Coast City to battle Nekron, the personification of Death and the being responsible for the Black Lanterns. Despite being resurrected, Conner's previous status as a deceased still allows one of Nekron's black rings to transform him into a Black Lantern.[65] He is later shown battling Lex Luthor, who becomes a deputy Agent Orange, with a Black Lantern version of Superman.[66]

Black Lantern Conner attacks his girlfriend, after Agent Orange Larfleeze diverts Luthor's attentions, all the while attempting to break free from the Black Ring's control. Conner manages to break the control in temporary, short lapses, which he uses to summon Krypto and alert Cassie that the solution to his Black Ring problem. While under the influence of the ring Conner displays a new power, arctic breath, while also trying to hurt Wonder Girl on an emotional level. The battle moves to the fortress, where Krypto realizes what Conner was referring to when he told them to move to the Fortress of Solitude: Conner's corpse, placed in the rebirth matrix where he awaits his resurrection in Legion of Three Worlds. The Black Ring, confused and confronted with unexpected resistance from Conner, leaves the living Conner and tries to attach itself to his corpse, but Conner awakens his arctic breath ability, which freezes the ring, and Cassie throws it into orbit. After reconciling, the trio heads back to Coast City for the final battle.[67]

New Krypton

Superman writer James Robinson stated in an interview that Superboy was originally going to star in Action Comics, following the departure of Superman to New Krypton.

Since his return, Conner has been seen playing a supporting role in the Superman story arc Man of Valor starring Mon-El, who has been filling in for Superman as the Man of Steel is on New Krypton.[68] Mon-El asks Conner to enter the Fortress of Solitude using his DNA from Superman and retrieve his rocket from Daxam. Conner and Mon-el join a secret team of Legion of Superheroes in the present. they go to new krypton to helps defeat Brainiac without destroying the bottle cities that will one day join the United Planets and are the future home of the members of the Legion of Superheroes.

Solicits and covers have revealed that Superboy is slated to appear prominently in the Superman titles during the Last Stand of New Krypton and War of the Supermen.

Teen Titans

A cover solicit from March 2010 indicates that Conner will be rejoining the Teen Titans following Blackest Night. On the cover, he is seen battling Holocaust of the Blood Syndicate.[69]

Powers, abilities, and equipment


At first, Superboy's only superpower is "tactile telekinesis", a telekinetic force field that surrounds his body as a protective shield and allows him strength, flight and invulnerability. Tactile telekinesis also allows Superboy to disassemble machines and other complex constructions by pushing the field between the individual parts; alternately, he can, for short periods of time, hold such constructs together if they are coming apart. He can also manipulate aggregate solid masses such as volumes of sand or dust in the same way, causing the individual particles to fly apart in an explosive manner to create particle clouds or a forceful attack; he can also perform the same stunt with solid masses that are splintered, such as a cracked slab of concrete or fractured pane of glass. The tactile TK field also lets Superboy break free of an opponent's grip by pushing the field outward to force the opponent away. Other creative uses include rendering an opponent immobile by extending the TK field as long as they are both standing on the same ground; a variation on this is to extend the protection of his field to another person by touching them.

The main disadvantage of tactile telekinesis is that it is less effective in blocking radiant or conductive energy (including fire and the resulting heat) than it is against the kinetic energy of impact and solids, leaving Superboy slightly more susceptible to energy-based attacks. It is also less effective against gaseous materials and liquids. However, he was shown to be able to manipulate water to create a current he could fire from himself while under water as well as deflect lava and prevent himself from being burned. Near the end of his series he was able to create an air pocket around himself enabling him to breathe in outer space. With only Tactile Telekinesis as his powers, at first, Superboy was only able to fly up to the speed of 500 mph or so.[citation needed], although it has been shown that Superboy can fly up to speeds approaching mach 3.[70] He even displayed the ability to launch objects at high velocities in excess of mach 5[citation needed]. He was equipped with goggles that gave him heat and X-ray vision but were destroyed after only a short time in his possession. Before his Kryptonian powers manifested, Kon-El couldn't run or move at superhuman speeds like Superman could[citation needed]. Another plus to Superboy's Tactile Telekinesis is that it doesn't use up his solar energy as quickly as Superman's powers do his. In "The Final Night", Earth's sun was being eaten by a Sun-Eater which severely weakened Superman but Superboy's power level remained the same.[71][72]

With only his tactile telekinesis, Superboy was still quite powerful in his own right. He was able to lift the world's largest yacht without much strain, take multiple blows from the Pre-Crisis Earth-One Superboy, and survive a near point blank explosion from a missile that would have completely destroyed Metropolis.

Kryptonian powers

As his Kryptonian physiology matures, Superboy gains superpowers that don't derive from tactile telekinesis, including heat vision,[73] x-ray vision,[74] and super-hearing.[75] He also developed kryptonian invulnerability. When the Titans encountered their future selves, he found he has greater telekinetic abilities (no longer limited to tactile telekinesis), as well as hightened mental blockers from mind control,[76] he is stronger, more durable, and faster.[32] Superboy later states that he has developed telescopic vision [42] and eventually figures out how to use his freeze breath.[77] It has also been shown in Teen Titans that he is much faster, traveling from San Francisco to the Arctic in less than an hour whilst carrying Nightwing.[78] Superboy, like Superman, derives his Kryptonian powers from the absorption of solar energy from the Earth's yellow sun, and he is as vulnerable to Kryptonite and magic and the Man of Steel.[26]

In the Titans Tomorrow storyarc, the Kon-El Superman exhibits full Kryptonian abilities and full telekinesis with greater control of his telekinetic fields. In a fight with the future Captain Marvel, he shields himself from a magic attack, an advantage the modern Superman has never had.[32]

Because both Superboy and Superman as a boy absorbed less solar energy than Superman as an adult, Superboy is also less able to process the appropriate amount of solar energy as fast as a Supeman could: as a result, overtaxing his powers to the point of physical depletion would spell his death, as his body would literally begin to feed on itself, unable to absorb solar energy fast enough to restore itself.[41]

Costumes and equipment

In Superboy's first appearance, he has a fade haircut, a modified Superman costume, two belts, an earring, gloves, and a leather jacket. His look was designed to be a pastiche of 1990s superhero costumes. His second costume is a slightly modified version of the first, with a new haircut and jacket. His third outfit is a more civilian look featuring jeans and a black S-shield T-shirt, much like the time he lost his powers, but sans the special gadgets and gloves. He sports a contemporary short haircut. In the "Superboy and the Legion" storyline, he dons the classic Superman costume, but with a Legion belt buckle. During the five months he spends in the future, he grows his hair to match Superman's.

Early in his series, Superboy acquires "super-goggles" from Professor Hamilton after helping him. The goggles mimic most of Superman's vision powers, including heat vision, x-ray vision, and telescopic vision.[72] The goggles are briefly lost and then used against Superboy by a technology-stealing criminal; after re-acquiring the goggles, Superboy decides to rely on his natural abilities, and destroys the goggles rather than risk them falling into the wrong hands again. However, it is later shown that Booster Gold's future self has the goggles, suggesting it would rebuilt.[79] During "Hyper-Tension", Superboy obtains a new jacket which lets him travel to various hyper-time lines. It destroyed itself due to the jacket not being powered properly in the very next issue of the series.[21]


Initially, Superboy is known as "Experiment 13". When he escapes from Cadmus, he used the name "Superman". Those who wouldn't accept him as Superman would refer to him as "The Kid" and "Superboy", a name he hated. After Superman's return, he let him use the name "Superboy" and continue to wear the S-shield. Later, Superman gives him his first real name "Kon-El" after a descendant of the second House Of El and Superman's cousin in spirit. His first attempt at a human alias name is Carl Krummett (a play on the names of Kon-El's creators), but he eventually drops the name. Superman brings Kon-El to the care of his adoptive parents the Kents and he is given a civilian identity: Conner Kent, cousin to Clark.

Legal dispute

A March 23, 2006 court decision returned rights to the Superboy character to Jerry Siegel's heirs. The decision, issued six days before Superboy's death in Infinite Crisis #6 hit the shelves, states that the Siegels have owned 'Superboy' since November 17, 2004.[80]

Even though DC Comics does not own the rights to the "Superboy" name, Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio have stated that the decision to kill off the character had nothing to do with the court case, and that they could have just renamed the character.[citation needed] Following the conclusion of Infinite Crisis, Didio compared Superboy's death to Spock's death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (who was subsequently resurrected), and also stated that he was "as dead as Blue Beetle".[81]

In the Teen Titans' Secret Origins, a back-up story in the weekly 52 series, an illustration of Superboy had to be changed to one of Wonder Girl because of the legal dispute.[82]

On the cover of Teen Titans #46, Match's insignia (a reverse version of Conner's) is obscured, and in Supergirl #18 (2007), Conner's "S" on his statue is covered. Almost all references to the character refer to him as "Conner".

Recently, it has appeared the legal status has been near dropped,[citation needed] as the Superboy name has been used as normal in several books such as Teen Titans since his return in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, with his 'S' shield no longer obscured.

Other versions

In "Titans Tomorrow", a possible future version of Conner Kent was introduced. This version has grown up and grown more powerful: his tactile telekinesis has increased to the point where he is able to create shields in addition to his fully developed Kryptonian powers. He has set up the Fortress of Paradise near Smallville, where Lex Luthor, his "Pa", now resides. At some point, he and Captain Marvel Jr. fought for the affection of Cassie Sandsmark, the new Wonder Woman, who chose Conner. His costume is very similar to the costume worn by Superman in the Kingdom Come miniseries and Fleischer Studios' version of the character. After the reappearance of the future Titans, a second alternate version is introduced as a clone created by Tim Drake, who was created after Conner died battling Superboy-Prime. He and the other future Titans were sent by Luthor to make sure that their future still comes to pass as well as defeat an invading army of Starros. This future clone is later shot and killed by the future Batman (Tim Drake), eliminating that version of Conner from existing. However, another alternate future is shown where Tim decides he will take the mantle of Batman from Bruce Wayne by force and joins forces with Lex Luthor and Miss Martian. Seen behind the group are clones of Conner Kent and Bart Allen as well.

In other media

Video games


  • The second season of the Legion of Super-Heroes television series features a future version of Superman alongside the Clark Kent version. This second Superman, called Kell-El, is a clone of the original Superman; he's from the 41st century and was created to oppose the villainous being Imperiex. Kell-El has a different variety of powers than Superman and is immune to kryptonite. The character's concept is based on the Kon-El Superboy, Eradicator, and Lar Gand, wearing a costume that is similar to Kon-El's second costume, worn towards the end of his series and before Young Justice was disbanded.[83]
  • Although the Superboy character doesn’t appear in the Superman: Doomsday direct-to-DVD movie, elements from his history are used as a second Superman, a clone of the original, appears towards the end of the movie. Additionally, one of Lex Luthor's partially-grown Superman clones resembles Kon-El in appearance.[84]
  • In the 9th season of Smallville, Clark starts wearing a black "S" Shield T-shirt. Fans have speculated that it is possible that this is an homage to Conner Kent who's third costume is but a black T-shirt and jeans.
  • Conner will appear in the upcoming Young Justice animated series. This will mark the first time the character has been on television.

See also


  1. ^ Action Comics #685
  2. ^ Superman Vol. 2, #76
  3. ^ Action Comics #686
  4. ^ Legacy Of Superman #1
  5. ^ a b Adventures of Superman #500 (1993)
  6. ^ Superboy Vol. 3, #0
  7. ^ Adventures Of Superman #501 (1993)
  8. ^ Superman: The Man Of Steel #23
  9. ^ Adventures Of Superman #502
  10. ^ a b Adventures of Superman #504 (1993)
  11. ^ Superman (vol. 2) #81 (1993)
  12. ^ Superman (vol. 2) #82 (1993)
  13. ^ Superman: The Man of Steel #24 (1993)
  14. ^ Adventures Of Superman #505
  15. ^ Adventures of Superman #506 (1993)
  16. ^ Superboy Vol. 3, #0
  17. ^ Superboy Vol. 3, Annual #3
  18. ^ Superboy/Robin WF3: World's Finest Three
  19. ^ Superboy Vol. 3, #41
  20. ^ Superboy Vol. 3, #59
  21. ^ a b Superboy #62 (1999)
  22. ^ Superboy #70-75: The Evil Factory (2000)
  23. ^ Sins of Youth #1-2 (2000)
  24. ^ Sins of Youth: Superman Jr & Superboy Sr." (2000)
  25. ^ Superboy #100 (1999)
  26. ^ a b Teen Titans (vol. 3) #1 (2003)
  27. ^ a b Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day
  28. ^ Teen Titans Vol. 3, #1
  29. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #15 (2004)
  30. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #16 (2004)
  31. ^ Teen Titans/The Legion Special (2004)
  32. ^ a b c "Titans Tomorrow:" Teen Titans (vol. 3) #17-19 (2004)
  33. ^ "The Insiders": Teen Titans (vol. 3) #24-25 (2005)
  34. ^ "The Insiders": Outsiders (vol. 3) #24-25 (2005)
  35. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #26 (2005)
  36. ^ Infinite Crisis Secret Files & Origins 2006
  37. ^ Infinite Crisis #2 (2006)
  38. ^ Infinite Crisis #3 (2006)
  39. ^ Infinite Crisis #4 (2006)
  40. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #32 (2006)
  41. ^ a b Robin #147 (2006)
  42. ^ a b c Teen Titans Annual #1 (2006)
  43. ^ a b Infinite Crisis #5 (2006)
  44. ^ a b c Teen Titans (vol. 3) #33 (2006)
  45. ^ Infinite Crisis #6 (2006)
  46. ^ 52: Week Thirty-One (2006)
  47. ^ 52: Week Two
  48. ^ 52: Week Nineteen
  49. ^ 52: Week Fifty-One (2006)
  50. ^ 52: Week One (2006)
  51. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #34 (2006)
  52. ^ Superman #650 (2006)
  53. ^ Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4
  54. ^ Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5 (July 2009)
  55. ^ Geoff Johns: On Returns and Rebirths, Newsarama, May 12, 2009
  56. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #1 (August 2009)
  57. ^ a b Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #2 (September 2009)
  58. ^ Adventure Comics #5 (December 2009)
  59. ^ Adventure Comics (Vol. 2) #6 (January 2010)
  60. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #0 (February 2009)
  61. ^ Blackest Night #1 (July 2009)
  62. ^ Blackest Night: Superman #1 (August 2009)
  63. ^ Blackest Night: Superman #2 (September 2009)
  64. ^ Blackest Night: Superman #3 (October 2009)
  65. ^ Blackest Night #5 (November 2009)
  66. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #25 (March 2010)
  67. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #7 (February 2010)
  68. ^ Superman #694
  69. ^
  70. ^ [1]
  71. ^ Adventures of Superman #505 (1993)
  72. ^ a b Superboy #0 (1994)
  73. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #9 (2003)
  74. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #16
  75. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #17 (2004)
  76. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #7 (February 2010)
  77. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #7 (February 2010)
  78. ^ Teen Titans (vol. 3) #33
  79. ^ Booster Gold (vol. 2) #30
  80. ^ Judge Awards 'Superboy' to Siegels, Smallville in Question
  81. ^ DC Nation One Year Later
  82. ^ Karl Kerschel's weblog
  83. ^ Journey Into Comics
  84. ^ Superman Doomsday DVD Official Site (DC Universe)

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