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Superboy Prime's first appearance was
in DC Comics Presents #87 (1985). The book has recently jumped up in
value since Superboy Prime became a villain and murdered Conner
Kent aka Superboy, a clone of Superman, and Lex Luthor.
Superboy Prime comes from Earth
Prime, a world where Superman and Batman are only comic book
characters. This Earth was originally meant to represent our Earth.
A place where comic writers and artists had somehow channeled into
other dimensions like Earth-1 and Earth-2. After the Crisis on
Infinite Earths all worlds were gone except for one which held
Superman and the many other DC Comics heroes. This Earth was a
combination of all Earths. Some heroes ceased to exist, while
others, like most of the JSA second stringers, still existed, as
long as there was not an Earth-1 counterpart.
Superboy-Prime was the adopted son of a family named Kent.
He was teleported to Earth by Jor-El instead of riding a rocket to
Earth. This Kal-El's Krypton was swallowed by it's own sun.
Naomi and Jerry Kent found him while doing some walking in a wooded
area. Despite the cautioning of her husband over saddling a kid with
the name Clark Kent in a world where that name is world famous for a
comic book hero, Naomi names her newly adopted son Clark after her
maiden name. Both are unaware of their new son's Kryptonian origins.
Instead of living on a farm, the
family lives near a small town on the New England sea coast. This
Clark's dad owns a successful computer business, and resembles
Superman's appearance more than Earth-1's Jonathan Kent. While Naomi
Kent works in law, and bears a striking resemblance to Lana
For years, young Clark lived as a normal boy, through his mid-teens. One night, while Clark was attending a costume party dressed as Superboy, his Kryptonian powers suddenly manifested themselves (with the passing of Halley's Comet and the beginning effects of the Crisis on Infinite Earths); at approximately the same time the
Earth-1 Superman found his way into Earth-Prime's reality, and the two versions of Kal-El met.
The Earth-Prime Superboy soon joined Superman in the fight against the Anti-Monitor, with Earth-Prime soon destroyed due to the effects of the Crisis. At the end of the conflict, with no home to return to, Superboy-Prime joined Alexander Luthor, Jr. of
Earth-3 and the Lois Lane and Superman of Earth-Two in a "paradise dimension".
Infinite Crisis: Secret Files & Origins 2006 revealed life in
this paradise dimension. Superboy Prime started to seclude himself from the others. He used the crystals to watch events from his life on
Earth Prime. His favorite memory was his birthday party, which he watched over and over.
Superboy Prime started to become frustrated and angry all the time. He reached out to Superman, but Lois's health drew most of
the Earth-2 Superman's attention. Alexander Luthor used this opportunity to persuade
Superboy Prime to help him return to reality. He was hesitant until he overheard Superman say, "I wish this world would let him grow up. He'll never be Superman here". Alex also showed him his parents and his girlfriend Laurie in the new Earth dying in an accident.
Furious, Superboy Prime pounded on the barrier to
our reality but was unsuccessful. A side effect to this assault on the universe
were "ripples" that disrupted reality and caused history to repeat itself for several characters.
This has been used to explain the recent revamps and strange events
in DC Characters history like:
- Jason Todd was resurrected.
- Superman's multiple origins, including The Man of Steel and Superman: Birthright.
- Hawkman's many incarnations and reincarnations.
- Superman's death, resurrection, electrical powers and his return to normality at the hand of the Millennium Giants. Hal Jordan,
Hex, Green Arrow, Donna
Troy, Maxwell Lord, the Metal Men, and Batman were also affected
in their comic book histories.
- The "first appearance" of the original Doom Patrol. They debuted years before, but recently reappeared as though they, along with the resurrected Elasti-Girl, were starting out as heroes for the first time.
- Donna Troy's multiple origins after the first Crisis.
- The various incarnations of the Legion of Super-Heroes since the first Crisis.
Alex Luthor and Superboy Prime
joined together to reek havoc in the DC universe. They put into
effect a series of events that would lead to the Infinite Crisis
Superboy Prime moved the orbit of Thanagar closer to Rannís, destroying its ecosystem and making the planet uninhabitable. This sparked the Rann-Thanagar War and moved the center of the universe away from Oa.
Alex posed as Lex Luthor and started the new Society of Super-Villains.
Alex recruited the Psycho-Pirate, who gave the Black Diamond of Eclipso to Jean Loring, who in turn seduced the Spectre into destroying all magic.
Superboy Prime destroyed the JLA Watchtower and took the Martian Manhunter.
Alex stole control of Brother Eye from Batman. This gave him control over the OMACs and Checkmate's files on all of Earth's meta-humans.
Superboy Prime attacked the
modern version of Superboy, Conner Kent. Superboy Prime felt
an intense jealousy against Conner. He felt as though he had been
cheated out of his life that Conner seemed to enjoy. In the first
battle DC Comics speedsters including Bart Allen and Wally West were
able to whisk Superboy Prime away, but in the second battle Conner
gave his all and died at the hands of the enraged Superboy Prime. He
was, however, successful in stopping Alexander and Superboy from separating
the Earth into a multi-verse once more.
Webmaster note: You really have
to wonder if there is some kind of metaphor here for a comparison
between the classic Superboy who wears Superman's costume and the
new Tom Welling Smallville hero. Conner Kent would seem to represent
him with his jabs at Superboy Prime for wearing tight underwear,
while Superboy Prime taunts Conner for not even having a cape.