Growing Up (SUPERMAN: LOIS & CLARK, 2015-2016)
When Jon was growing up, Lois and Clark both tried their best to keep their real identities secret from their son. Clark, while not operating as Superman on their adopted world, still acted secretly as a Super Hero when he was needed, while Lois wrote under the anonymous pen name “Author X.”
Eventually, however, Jon’s suspicions, due to his parents’ cagey behavior, boiled over. He and his mother were kidnapped by the Super-Villain organization Intergang, and Clark was forced to out himself as a Kryptonian when he mounted a rescue.
In time, the Superman of the world they called home experienced a fatal power flare (in 2016’s “The Final Days of Superman”), forcing Clark to retake his own mantle and act as Superman once more. In so doing, he began a new life with Lois and Jon.
Following his father’s return to the public eye as Superman, Jon found himself in the crosshairs of Clark’s old enemies. After the events of 2016’s DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1, Jon was made a target of the Eradicator, who sought to purify Jon’s half-Kryptonian DNA. The subsequent battle resulted in Clark officially introducing Jon as Superboy (SUPERMAN #6, 2016).
Jon continued to grow under the watchful eye of his parents, and—as his powers became stronger and more reliable—was allowed to take trips to places like the Fortress of Solitude and Dinosaur Island. These playful adventures, however, promptly ended when Jon was attacked by Mr. Mxyzptlk.
Mxyzptlk, like Jon, had been the victim of compounded cosmic catastrophes, which had left him forgotten by the world. Shunned and hurt, Mxyzptlk attempted to steal Jon’s memory from his parents’ minds and make them forget he’d ever been born. When Clark confronted Mxyzptlk, he caused a temporal merging of several shattered timelines. This merging rewrote Jon’s history (and the events of “The Final Days of Superman”) so that he had always existed in the Prime universe with his parents, and was no longer a castoff from a forgotten world (as explained in 2017’s “Superman Reborn” story arc).
Jon later formed an impromptu duo with Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, in 2017’s SUPER SONS. The two boys took it upon themselves to fight smaller-scale crime, often sneaking out and away from the watchful eyes of their parents in order to do so.
Damian tried to make Jon a member of his other team, the Teen Titans, but was outvoted by his teammates. Having witnessed Jon’s untested powers, in the 2017-2018 “Super Sons of Tomorrow” story arc, the Titans feared his abilities.