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Occupation: Cadmus field agent, adventurer, home student
Base of Operations: Cadmus
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Cloned from Paul Westfield; DNA restructured by Roxy Leech´s genetic pattern, Superman (Considered a cousin)
Group Affiliation: Young Justice; The Ravers; Legion of Super-Heroes; formerly Justice League America
First Appearance: Adventures of Superman #500 (1993)
After the "Death of Superman", 4 super powered "Supermen" rose to power all claiming to be the real Superman. The Eradicator, a Kryptonian artifact. A Cyborg Superman. A scientist in a "Steel" Superman costume. A clone built from Kryptonian DNA. After a series of events that introduced Superboy to Supergirl, the Newsboy Legion and even Lois Lane. Lots of speculation as to who was the real "Man of Steel" many of the heroes themselves picked different heroes.
After Mongul and his war machines entered the Earth's atmosphere, Coast City was destroyed. The Cyborg Superman summoned him to investigate the crises at his side. Superboy quickly left for Coast City where he met up with the Cyborg Superman and a GBS News team all of whom then went into the blast zone in search of the rogue Superman. Just as the group was approaching the remains of Coast City the Cyborg used his heat vision to blow up the GBS helicopter killing everybody inside. Before Superboy had any time to react the Cyborg was over him and although he fought valiantly the Cyborg eventually brought him down.
While the Cyborg had Superboy restrained, he told him of his plans to destroy Earth and make it into another Warworld. While the Cyborg and Mongul were elsewhere planning their next move, Superboy panicked and triggered his tactile telekinetic powers, blowing up his restraints. Although exhausted The Kid managed to escape. Knowing that he couldn't take on the bad guys himself and knowing that the JLA were in space he went back to Metropolis to find help.
After a flight home, Superboy found Steel, Supergirl, and the real Superman who had come back to life, and to Metropolis The four heroes headed to the former Coast City, Engine City where they went up against the Cyborg, Mongul and their minions. When the Cyborg launched an Engine City missile, headed for Metropolis, Superboy grabbed onto it and managed to deflect it just before before impact and instead it blew up over the sea.
Superboy barely survived the blast, but headed back in Engine City and assisted Superman, Steel, Supergirl, the Eradicator, and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) in bringing down the Cyborg and Mongul.
They were victorious, and returned to Metropolis. Later at Superboy's apartment, The Kid was taking a well deserved rest, until he was woken by Tana, who stopped by to let him know that she has quit GBS and is leaving Metropolis.
Some days later Superboy was attacked by a group of Payback D.N.Aliens from Cadmus and only the timely intervention of Superman saved the kid. Later the Guardian caught up with The Kid and assured him that Cadmus wasn't trying to kill him. Superman showed up and asked The Kid to give the Guardian the benefit of a doubt and go back to Cadmus and furthermore he promised Superboy that he wouldn't be taken prisoner or harmed as he himself will go back with them to learn the truth about Superboy's origin. All three then went to Cadmus where they learned that that he is not really a clone of Superman and that his powers are connected to experiments involving Superman's aura. Guardian then suggested that they have Dubbilex keeping tabs on him while acting as the projects goodwill ambassador.
Even later back at Superboy's apartment, The Kid sold back the Superman trademark to the real Superman for a buck, who then allowed the SB to use the S-shield and the name Superboy if half the profits went to charity. After giving it a little thought he realized that maybe it isn't such a bad name after all. At least it indicated that he'd be next in line. Meanwhile, Rex decided that it was time for a world tour to establish the new name.
Before long Superboy found himself on tour. After stopping off in Hawaii, The Kid decided to remain there. Along for the ride were Rex, his tough-as-nails daughter, Roxy, and Dubbilex. Not long after arriving in Hawaii, Superboy learned that Tana Moon, the TV reporter who had covered his adventures in Metropolis, was now living in Hawaii as well. The two have since become something of an on-again-off-again item.
In a relatively short time, Superboy has encountered foes including Sidearm, Scavenger, King Shark, Silver Sword, Copperhead and many others! He'd formed a confusing and dangerously flirtatious relationship with the meta-human called Knockout, who would just as soon kiss him as kill him. He has also formed an alliance with head of the Honolulu S.C.U., Sam Makoa and run afoul of truant officer Mack Harlin, who has corralled Superboy into going to school. Later he allowed The Kid to be home schooled by Dubbilex.
The Kid has also earned the trust of heroes throughout the universe and timestream! He was a member of the old JLA, was the leading force of good in an intergalactic/interdimensional rave called the Event Horizon. In fact he was such an influence that his return inspired the ravers to victory against some evil Khunds, and the Earth clique even named them selves Superboy and the Ravers! He is also an honorary member of the 30th century's Legion of Super-Heroes where he saved Valor for death and even has had a romantic fling with Legionnaitre, Triad. He was invited to join the Teen Titans but declined, and most recently joined the junior version of the Justice League, Young Justice. Superboy has managed to survive a deadly clone plague, the meltdown of his genetic structure, fighting a mindless clone of himself, as well as helping save Superman from capital punishment at the hands of the Intergalactic Tribunal, and was a key factor in breaking up the Silicon Dragons, a deadly hi-tech gang of criminals that held Hawaii in a grip of terror.
Until lately Superboy was a very popular public figure in Hawaii. due to his mis-managed public appearances, and lack of respect to the old Hawaiian legends, he has found his approval rating falling. After his recent visit to the "Wild Lands" he has decided to be a field agent for the newly restructured Cadmus outside of Metropolis. He is a supremely confident, wisecracking hero who never doubts that he can win a battle. He always tries to do the right thing, and always has time for his fans, especially the female ones.
Superboy´s powers are connected to the experiments involving Superman´s aura that were an important factor in his creation. The scientists at Cadmus were able to translate that aura into a telekinetic field which gives Superboy the power of tactile telekinesis, a power that can simulate most of Superman´s powers.
Tactile telekinesis makes Superboy capable of doing a wide variety of things, but it seems he barely understands how to use these powers beyond their basics. It is possible they were on the verge of teaching him what he can really do with his abilities, when he prematurely escaped Cadmus.
Tactile telekinesis is pretty much an energy field that surrounds Superboy´s body much like Superman's. The difference though is that this is his only power. The theory now is that if he can picture moving it with his mind, and he can touch it, it will be done. This enables him the equivalent of super strength, practical invulnerability, and the ability to fly. As of yet, he doesn't know how to deflect energy, and gets hurt a lot easier by energy form attacks than by solids. He does keep improving though. Recently, he's learned he can extend his field under water, allowing him to move liquids. As time progresses, he's learning to develop an invulnerability to energy attacks, and can withstand much more than he used to. Recently, he and Green lantern were thrown into molten lava, and he was able to both save both of them and walk away from it virtually unscathed.
In regards to strength, Superboy can do a lot of the same things Superman can. About the heaviest thing he's lifted so far was Lex Luthor's world's largest yacht. He also has stopped two speeding trains from crashing into each other, and lifted a sheik's entire palace as well. Although this would rate him among the strongest heroes on Earth it can´t really be counted as true super-strength. Once he was bound up with chains that was surrounded by a force field, and since he can't yet manipulate energy, he was virtually helpless and unable to free himself. It is known that at least for now, he can get hurt by energy, but most forms can't kill him. This is mainly due to the fact that he seems to resist energy attacks better than a normal person can, and is getting better at resistance.
Tactile telekinesis seems to affect his metabolism as well. Superboy has a super-healing factor which means that if he ever gets hurt he heals really fast, and a lot faster than a normal human being would. This in part has probably helped him survive nuclear annihilation, recovering from diseases that would kill normal humans, and the ability to get up after getting smacked around by super-strong types such as Valor and Knockout. When unconscious, Superboy's telekinetic field drops, and he can get hurt like any normal human. Having a "super-metabolism" can also mean that under stressful conditions, Superboy's reflexes get lightning fast. He has stopped bullets in mid air, and has met fist with fist against Valor.
However, he does not by definition have super-speed. Although under normal conditions, if he and Robin had a race, Superboy would win quite easily. However, he once raced Impulse (he flew while Impulse ran), and got beaten quite badly. When flying, he is much faster, but still isn't considered to be super-speed. At top speed, he can outrun a high speed train, or fly coast to coast in under 4 hours, and has outflown a jet flying at Mach 3.
Since Superboy can't touch gases, he gets as easily hurt by them as any normal human would. He has been hit with knockout gases before and has never fared too well. Superboy has also gotten a little more creative with his powers and has learned to manipulate the ground to cause explosions through sheer will power. (Of course he must be touching the ground to do this). With the exception of Kryptonite and magic none of Superboy's weaknesses are a given.
For a time Superboy wore a eye-visor made by professor Emil Hammilton that gave him Infared Vision, Microscopic Vision, Telescopic Vision, X-Ray Vision, and Heat Vision. This weapon was lost, then used against The Kid, so he destroyed them to prevent anyone from getting hurt if they were ever taken by a villain again.