The most recent iteration of the Legion of Super-Heroes is led by Jonathan Kent, the son of Superman himself.  Seventy-odd years ago, Papa Kent joined the original Legion, and in-between a different Superboy headlined a completely different LSH.  It’s pretty much expected that there be a Super-Person in the Legion, save for a brief period in the mid-80s where the editorial teams weren’t playing nice, but WHICH Superboy (or Supergirl) tends to vary.  Of course, you don’t even have to know anything about the Legion to play a little game I like to call Father, Son or Clone, leading to today’s Kryptonian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a soft spot for Kon-El, simply because of the cool and utterly unnecessary leather jacket, asking: Which Superboy is your favorite: Young Clark, Kon-El or Jon Kent?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Superboy the father is really just more Superman, except because it’s in the past there’s even less of a worry that something really bad will happen to him.

    Superboy the clone is a clever way to have a unique character in the present with a nice sense of risk that anything could happen.

    Superboy the son is a solid way to blend the first two, giving us a unique new personality that still has the cornfed upbringing by good-hearted parents as his guiding light.

    TLDR: Jon Kent.

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Jon Kent is the most interesting. Also, a fun fact: In Finland, first issue of Superboy was released in 1961 and it was mistakenly translated as “The son of Superman”. It continued to be this way all the way to at least 70’s. There was also Superman book, which of course often contradicted with the whole “son” concept, but nobody cared back then.

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