Superboy is the name of a few anecdotal superheroes showing up in American comic books distributed by DC Comics. These characters have been highlighted in five Superboy comic book arrangement, alongside different arrangement, for example, Adventure Comics and different arrangement including adolescent superhero gatherings. Superboy has additionally showed up in different enlivened and live-activity TV arrangement. There have been three noteworthy manifestations of the character: the youthful Superman; a teenaged clone named Kon-El; and the child of Superman and Lois Lane, Jonathan Kent.
The first Superboy was just Superman as a kid, going about as a superhero in Smallville, where Kal-El (Superboy’s Kryptonian name) lives under his mystery character, Clark Kent. The character was included in a few arrangement from the 1940s until the 1980s, showing up in Adventure Comics and two eponymous arrangement, Superboy and The New Adventures of Superboy. He built up a mythos and supporting cast of his own, including temporary parents Ma and Pa Kent, love intrigue Lana Lang, and time traveling partners the Legion of Super-Heroes.
At the point when DC Comics revised quite a bit of its coherence in 1986, Superman’s history was changed so he never took a costumed character until adulthood, deleting Superboy from the authoritative history of Superman, albeit numerous parts of the backstory made in the Superboy comics, for example, Clark’s kinship with Lana Lang, remained. Over the most recent quite a while, some extra highlights of Superboy’s history, for example, his residency in the Legion of Super-Heroes, have additionally been reintroduced into the tale of Superman’s childhood.
The character was adjusted into a Superboy TV arrangement (1988–1992), which likewise generated another, brief Superboy comic arrangement. An adolescent Clark Kent subtly utilizing his forces in heroic acts showed up in the very effective TV arrangement Smallville (2001–2011).
In 1993, DC presented a modernized Superboy, an adolescent clone, apparently of Superman yet additionally including human DNA. In the end, Superboy likewise winds up known by a Kryptonian name, Kon-El, and as Conner Kent, his mystery way of life as Clark’s cousin. Superboy was included in his own eponymous arrangement from 1994 until 2002, and in a few arrangement committed to adolescent superhero gatherings. Conner made his TV debut on Smallville. He is likewise included in the enlivened arrangement Young Justice. Conner was included in DC’s relaunch of Adventure Comics in 2009, and got his own arrangement again in November 2010, which kept running until August 2011. An amended rendition of Kon-El, complete with another beginning, appeared in a Superboy arrangement as a component of DC’s New 52 dispatch in September 2011.
In 2016, another Superboy, Jonathan Samuel Kent, was presented by DC Comics. In contrast to past renditions, this adaptation is the child of Superman and Lois Lane. Since 2017, he has co-featured with Robin (Damian Wayne) in the Super Sons comic books.
Because of DC Comics’ unpredictable Multiverse, a few different variants have showed up after some time, with the most prominent being the rationally flimsy Superboy-Prime, a parallel world-form of Kal-El.