Superboy (DC)(Earth-1 - Pre Crisis)(01-Clark Kent)
Real Name: Clark (Kal-El) Kent
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He has super strength, hearing, sight, breath, intelligence, can fly, vocal and ventriloquist powers X-Ray and heat vision.
Kryptonite, a red sun, virus-x, lead and magic.
Though generally identified as a "silver age" hero, he's really the last major "new" hero of the Golden Age. Not that he's exactly a unique hero. He's just "Superman...as a boy", right? Well, generally, yes. But the question becomes exactly which Superman he's the younger version of. As Earth 2 came to be depicted in the Silver Age, there was absolutely no Superboy. Yet, Superboy was created firmly in the Golden Age, and to any reader of the book at the time, there would've been no question but that this was the younger version of the only Superman then in publication: the (more-or-less) original Siegel and Shuster creation. Following the introduction of the Flash II (Barry Allen), though, the general, but sometimes erroneous, "guideline" of the DCU was that superheroes that predated Barry Allen--and certainly any introduced in the 1940s--would be automatically considered part of the Earth 2 universe. Superboy, however, having been created during the Golden Age, but a resident of Earth 1, does not easily follow this rule.According to some observers, Superboy's Golden Age exploits are thus explained as being that of an Earth 1 Superboy operating on Earth 2. This group of fans will point to the New Adventures of Superboy towards a story that suggested that Clark Kent of Earth 2 was inspired by meetings with Superboy to learn how to channel his powers effectively. Even the uniform he wore was retroactively thought to be a nod to Superboy's costume, rather than an invention of his own or a legacy artifact from Krypton. In effect, one way to read things is to say that Earth 1's "young Superman" was the mentor to the older, Earth 2 version. Superman of Earth 2 may never have come to be without the influence of Superboy.
Crisis on Infinite Earths, which posits both the complete erasure of Superboy and the key role Superman of Earth 2 to the closing of the multiverse therefore raises interesting (though mind-taxing) problems because of Superboy. Who disappeared first when the universes melded? Did they both disappear in the same instant, or, as we saw depicted in the comic, did Superman of Earth 2 fight until the very last instant of Earth 2's existence, some moments after Superboy's reality ended? If Superman of Earth 2 existed in the time stream longer than Superboy would he still be Superman when he landed the final blow on the Anti-Monitor and....ugh, you get the picture. It's a big, ol' geekfest up in here.
Other commentators have had an easier time with all this. Since, they say, Superboy's existence is entirely moot anyway, why not take a more economical view of the need to retcon parts of his existence. Instead of placing Superboy on Earth 2, and enduring the damage that can potentially do to one's sanity, don't be troubled by the few issues in which the whole "Superboy teaches Clark of Earth 2" thing was floated (New Adventures of Superboy #15-16). Believe that they describe a rare encounter between the two characters. Then, use the presence of Superboy as an indication of whether a story in the 1940s and 50s actually takes place on Earth 1. To them, the presence of Superboy in a story is something of a godsend in a 1950s comic, because it absolutely establishes it as an Earth 1 story.Either way you solve the continuity puzzle that was Superboy I, one thing remains constant: from a present-day perspective he no longer exists, and never did. He's best remembered now more for his influence than the particulars of the stories in which he was involved. He gave Superman's creators a winnable court case against DC, and thus provided Siegel and Shuster an ironic source of royalty income from the creation they'd sold outright for a little over $100. His appearances, and perhaps particularly The New Adventures of Superboy, provided a lot of character detail later used in the television shows, Superboy and Smallville. And, through Superboy, the DCU got the Legion of Superheroes, a wholly original spin on the supergroup concept.
An interesting side effect of Infinite Crisis may be that the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths mantra that "Superboy never existed" may be changing somewhat. It may now be more accurate to say that he's the Earth 1 Superboy, rather than that he never existed. Though the details have yet to be played out in the narrative, it would seem that the memory of the multiverse is no longer limited to just one or two characters in the DCU. Instead of having never existed, it's more like he exists in a reality to which people of the present DCU have limited access. The last issues of JSA (1999) seem to suggest that multiverse characters, like Superboy, have at least a sort of ghost existence in the present DCU.
First Appearance: More Fun Comics (1935) #101
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80 Page Giant (1964)
#1 A DC Universe Christmas (2000)
- 'SUPERMAN Annual'#3
- 'Lois Lane'#6
- 'More SECRET ORIGINS'#10
- 'SUPERBOY All-Menace Issue!'#11
- 'SUPERMAN The Greatest Superman-Luthor Duels!'
Action Comics (1938)
#228#232#242 Adventure Comics (1938)
- 'The Super-Duel in Space'#247
- 'The Return of Superman's Lost Parents'#259#288
- 'The Man Who Exposed Superman!'#295#329
- 'The Ultimate Enemy!'#358
- 'Superman... Guilty Of Homicide!'#365
- 'Superman's Funeral!'#366
- 'The Substitute Superman!'#382
- 'Clark Kent, Magician!'#384
- 'The Forbidden Costume!'#387
- 'Even A Superman Dies!'#388
- 'Puzzle Of The Wild World!'#393
- 'Superman Meets Super-Houdini!'#416
- 'Superman, You Scare Me To Death!'#494
- 'The Secret Of The Super-S!'#495
- 'Attack Of The Ultimate Warrior!'#495 (Whitman Reprint)
- 'Attack Of The Ultimate Warrior!'#500
- 'The Life Story Of Superman'#506
- 'The Children's Exodus From Earth!'#538#538 (Canadian Edition)#561
Adventures of Superboy (2010)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
#558 Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
- 'Another Typical Day'#560
- 'The Super-Rivalry That Rocked Metropolis!'#561
- 'Waves of Deception'
HC All-New Collectors' Edition (1978)
- 'Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López'
C-55 Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
- 'Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes'
#13 Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
- 'Incredible Unpredictable Issue'
Cartoons for Victory (2015)
HC Christmas With the Super-Heroes (1988)
- 'Cartoons for Victory'
Comic Jahrbuch (1985)
Convergence Booster Gold (2015)
Convergence Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (2015)
Convergence: Crisis (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
HC vol. 02 DC Comics Presents (1978)
- 'The Legion of Super-Heroes - The Life and Death of Ferro Lad'
DC Comics Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2011)
DC Goes Ape (2008)
DC Retroactive: Flash - The '70s (2011)
DC Special Series (1977)
#21 DC Super Stars (1976)
- 'Super-Star Holiday Special'
#12 DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
- 'presents... Superboy'
HC DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'TPB
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'
Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (1981)
Four Star Spectacular (1976)
Karate Kid (1976)
#10 Karate Kid (1977)
- 'Death-Duel On Orando'#12
- 'The Time Of Your Death!'#13
- 'Tomorrow's Battle... Yesterday!'#15
- 'Bring Back My Future To Me!'
#11/12 La Legion Des Super-Heros (1984)
- 'Le combat de demain...hier!'
#1 Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
- 'Le Passe Dans un Sombre Miroir'#2
Annual 01 Legion of Super-Heroes (1984)
- 'Monster in a Little Girl's Mind!'Annual 02
- 'Whatever Gods there be...'HC
- 'The Great Darkness Saga Deluxe Edition'HC
- 'The Curse Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'The Curse'#259
- 'Psycho War'#273
- 'A Murderer -- Among Us?'#277
- 'The Man Who Chained the Earth!'#278
- 'Tragedy at the Top of the World!'#280
- 'O! Call Back Yesterday!'#281
- 'Madness is the Molecule Master'#282
- 'If Answers there be...'#283
- 'The Startling Secret of Wildfire!'#286
- 'Old Friends, New Relatives And Other Corpses!'#290
- 'And the Servant Shall Be a Sign...'#291
- 'A Sign of Darkness Dawning'#292
- 'Darkness Transcendant'#293
- 'Within the Darkness...'#294
- 'The Future is Forever!'#306
- 'Born Under a Lucky Star'#306 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Born Under a Lucky Star'#312
- 'Good Cop, Bad Cop?'#313
- 'Death Threat'
#6 Legion of Super-Heroes (1989)
- 'Silver Linings'#11
- 'Taking Care of Business: Old Business'#12
- 'The More Things Change'#23
- 'Back Home In Hell!'#31
- 'Knights In Shining Armor'#45
- 'Unlucky Streak'
#105 Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future (2008)
- 'Time Won't Let Me'
TPB Legionnaires (1993)
- 'Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future'
#61 Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
- 'If I Could Turn Back Time...'
More Fun Comics (1935)
Our Army at War (1952)
Roter Blitz (1976)
Secret Origin Mini Comic (1980)
Secret Origins (1973)
Secret Origins (1986)
#8 Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes (1981)
- 'Starring Shadow Lass & Doll Man'#25
- 'Starring Legion of Super-Heroes & The Atom'#25 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Starring Legion of Super-Heroes & The Atom'#42
- 'Featuring Phantom Girl & The Grim Ghost'#46
- 'Ghost of Stone'
#1 Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2007)
- 'The Past...Seen Darkly'#2
- 'R.J. Brande Is Dying!!'#3
Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes (2011)
Superboy (Australian) (1982)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (1977)
TPB Superboy Spectacular (1980)
- 'Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes'
Superboy: The Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told (2010)
#79 Superman (1939)
- 'Many Happy Returns, Part 5: Strange Visitor'
#97#125#130 Superman (1982)
- 'The Town That Hated Superman!'#131
- 'Superman's Future Wife'#137
- 'The Two Faces Of Superman!'#146
- 'The Story of Superman's Life!'#156
- 'The Last Days of Superman!'#169
- 'The Bizarro Invasion Of Earth!'#173
- 'The Triumph of Luthor and Brainiac!'#174
- 'Clark Kent's Incredible Delusion!'#175
- 'Clark Kent's Brother!'#176
- 'Superman's Day of Truth!'#211
- 'The Name Of The Game Is Superman!'#249
- 'The Challenge Of Terra-Man!'#270
- 'The Viking From Valhalla!'#286#296
- 'Who Took The Super Out Of Superman!'#300
- 'Superman 2001!'#306
- 'Backward Battle For The Bizarro World!'#318
- 'The Wreck Of The Cosmic Hound'#330
- 'The Master Mesmerizer Of Metropolis!'#330 (Whitman Variant)
- 'The Master Mesmerizer Of Metropolis!'#359
- 'Today Superman... Tomorrow The World!'#362
- 'The Last Days Of Lois And Lana!'#362 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Last Days Of Lois And Lana!'#365
- 'When Kryptonians Clash!'#366
- 'Revenge, Superman-Style'#366 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Revenge, Superman-Style'#370
- 'Better Vengeance Through Chemo-Stry!'#370 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Better Vengeance Through Chemo-Stry!'#374
- 'Love Is Deadlier... The Second Time Around! & Pete Ross' Crowning Achievement!'#380
- 'A Mind-Switch In Time!'#382
- 'Where Trouble Goes--Euphor Follows'#382 (Canadian Variant)
- 'Where Trouble Goes--Euphor Follows'#404
- 'Born To Be Superman!'
#3 Superman In The Forties (2005)
- '«L`amour est plus dangereux...la seconde fois!»'
TPB Superman the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
- 'Superman In The Forties'
#1 Superman-Batman (1966)
- 'The Origin of Superman!'
#1970-03 Superman: The Secret Years (1985)
- 'Die gefährlichsten zwanzig Meilen in Gotham City'#1974-16
- 'Superman: Erdbeschützer GmbH'#1975-11
- 'Superman und Batman mit Deadman: Des Todes goldene Maske'#1978-07
- 'Superman: Der Rachen des Kosmo-Hundes'#1981-16
- 'Superman/Robin: Satanischer Zombie-Zirkus!'#1982-16
- 'Superman: Der Tag, als CHEMO wiederkam'
#1 Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
- 'Dreams And Schemes And Feeling Proud!'#2
- 'Reach Out And Touch'#3
- 'Beyond Terminus'
#51 Tales of the Legion (1984)
- 'The Three Wives Of Superman!'#99
- 'Is Lois Lane Guilty?'
#317 Tales of the Unexpected (1956)
- 'Death Trip!'#319
- 'If Memory Should Fail'
The Adventures of Alan Ladd (1949)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
nn The Best of DC (1979)
- 'The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition'
#1 The Brave and the Bold (1955)
- 'Year's Best Comics Stories'#15
#192 The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
- 'You Can Take The Boy Out Of Smallville...'
#1 The Super Heroes Monthly (Volume 2) (1981)
- 'The Most Important Year of Superboy's Life!'#2
- 'The Demon Next Door'#2 (Whitman cover)
- 'The Demon Next Door'#3
- 'The New Super Star Of Smallville'#4
- 'Look At Me world.. I'm Astralad!'#5
- 'Secret of the Super-Power failures'#5 ((Whitman Cover))
- 'Secret of the Super-Power failures'#6
- 'Too Big For Smallville'#7
- 'This Planet Is Condemned'#8
- 'Clark Kent Must Die'#8 (Whitman Cover)
- 'Clark Kent Must Die'#9
- 'How To Stamp Out A Superboy'#10#11#12#13
- 'Superboy's Wild Weekend Out West!'#14
- 'Luthor's Power Ploy!'#15
- 'A New Life For The Orphan From Krypton'#16
- 'The Super-Secret Of Smallville'#17
- 'To Fight The Unbeatable Foe'#18#19
- 'Zero Hour For The Kents'#20
- 'The Planet That Kidnapped Superboy'#21#22
- 'The Heroic Failures Of Superboy'#23#24
- 'Blind Boy's Bluff'#25
- 'The Man Who Kidnapped Nature'#26
- 'Clark Kent - - The Grooviest Guy In Smallville'#27#28
- 'Our Son, The Super-Betrayer'#29
- 'The Man Who Took The Small Out Of Smallville'#30
- 'The Secret Of The Crystal Curse'#31#32
- 'Save Superboy... Or Die'#33
- 'Kill Superboy... And Conquer'#34#35#36#37
- 'Wright Makes Might'#38#39#40#41
- 'The Teen Of Steel ...For Real'#42
- 'A Blast Of Dyna-Mind'#43
- 'The Forty-Hour Wonder!'#44
- 'The Traps That Are My Mind'#45#46#47
- 'The Secret Of Sunburst'#48
- 'One Super-Power Too Many'#49#50
- 'Dial 'V' For Villain'#50 (With UPC)
- 'Dial 'V' For Villain'#51
- 'The Last Time I Saw Smallville!'#52
- 'The Caveman Of Smallville!'#53
- 'To Slay A Superboy'#54
- 'The Dumbbell That Saved The Earth'
The Superman Family (1974)
The Superman Story (1983)
TPB Two Guns for Johnny Thunder (1982)
- 'The Superman Story'
Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes (1988)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'The Super Mystery Of Metropolis!'#153
- 'The Clash Of Cape And Cowl!'#247#271
- 'The Secret Origins Of The Superman And Batman Team!'#285
- 'Deliver Us From Evil!'
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