Before Smallville, There Was Superboy

Before Smallville, There Was Superboy

The show about Superman before he was Superman before there was Smallville

With Smallville off the air, I feel that I should go back to another show about Superman before he was Superman. This show was created by The Salkinds who brought you the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and the flop Supergirl . It was 1988, a year after the flop Superman IV: Quest For Peace, The Salkinds saw that their franchise was sinking and decided to bring it to television in the form of Superboy. However at the time, Superman had been rebooted in the comics and did not have a career as Superboy. Despite the changes in the reboot, the show still premiered on October 8, 1988 starring John Haynes Newton (who would later be replaced by Gerard Christopher in Season 2-4) as the boy of steel and the beautiful Stacy Haiduk as the girl next door Lana Lang.

While the show had a rocky start in the ratings for its first season, the ratings started climbing in the remaining three seasons of the show. The show had completely captured the essence of the old Superboy and Superman comic series with episodes like “Luthor Unleashed”, “Metallo”, “Bizarro: Thing of Steel”, “Super Menace”, “Bride of Bizarro”, “Roads Not Taken”, and “Know Thine Enemy”. With Superboy, we actually got the chance to see Clark in the damn suit and not that CGI crap that we got in the Smallville series finale. If the Salkinds had presented the show 10 years ago, I can guarantee that it would have been better than Smallville.

Now time break down why Superboy was better than Smallville. For starters, Superboy was not Dawson’s Creek with superpowers and meteor freaks. It was actually a Superman show and felt like it. Next, Lana Lang on Superboy was not a weak and whiny bitch that held Clark back like in Smallville. She was a strong independent woman who was not always a damsel in distress. I mean I love Kristin Kreuk and think she is sexy as hell but Stacy got her beat when it comes to portraying Lana because Stacy’s portrayal stayed true to Lana Lang in the comics. Last and not least, Clark on Superboy knew that he had a destiny to fulfill and got right to it and put on the suit. While Smallville will be missed, Superboy will always be better than Smallville despite its flaws.

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LP4 - 5/20/2011, 4:21 PM
I liked the Lex on the superboy show. I liked when he lost his hair and he went crazy and started screaming, cool scene!

But Rosenbaum's Lex was leaps and bounds beyond Scott James Wells' version of Lex. Because then Sherman Howard replaced Scott and for me personally the character only went downhill. Sherman channeled too much of the campy Gene Hackman version.
JM4Superman - 5/20/2011, 4:34 PM
@LP4 Yeah that is the only thing I didn't like on Superboy, the Howard Lex, Wells should've stayed.
Spock - 5/20/2011, 4:43 PM
U know honestly I don't remember this all that well but I know it didnt last to long. What Late 80's!
JM4Superman - 5/20/2011, 4:47 PM
@ Spock It would have last longer if Warner Bros did not get rights to the Superman franchise back
Spock - 5/20/2011, 4:53 PM
I hear u!
LP4 - 5/20/2011, 5:59 PM
@JM4Superman- Exactly dude. Seems we agree a lot on this site, lol =D

btw- WB screws up EVERYTHING for Superman :(
JM4Superman - 5/20/2011, 6:21 PM
@LP4 Well I wouldn't say that WB screw everything up, we still got Man of Steel. Plus the only screw up from WB is Superman Returns because that let Singer take too much control
masterdisaster - 5/20/2011, 7:13 PM
They've already screwed that up.
LP4 - 5/21/2011, 10:54 AM
@JM4Superman- True, hopefully WB got their act together after the disaster that was 'Superman Returns'

If they can give Batman and GL good movies, why not Superman? ;D
MikkyJ - 5/21/2011, 2:07 PM
What's "Smallvie"? Must've missed that one.
JM4Superman - 5/21/2011, 2:36 PM
@MikkyJ I took care of that
mbomb22 - 5/22/2011, 8:07 AM
how come an add is blocking part of the last 2 paragraphs? it makes the last part kind of unreadable
marvelguy - 5/22/2011, 11:25 AM
The show was a better attempt at the mythos than the last Superman movie.

Your points would have been better made if you'd promoted your ideas/the shows rather than griping about "Smallville."

Don't forget, the second Superboy nearly had Welling's place until they realized he'd been Superboy.
JM4Superman - 5/22/2011, 2:11 PM
@ marvelguy Don't you mean he would've had Cain's place? Gerard auditioned for Superman for Lois and Clark not Smallville. I just compared and contrast how close the shows stick to the mythos .
LP4 - 5/22/2011, 4:23 PM
@marvelguy- Agree with you that it was a better attempt at the Superman mythos than Superman Returns...that film was total crap.

@JM4Superman- as usual man, NICE article!
Technoman81 - 5/22/2011, 4:37 PM
Personally, I would agree that Superboy tv series was good and that it would have been better than Smallville, but Smallville villains were better and less cheesy. I thought of the Superman mythos, I thought Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman was the best series and true to the comic book series at the time. I still think, that is the only series that Warner Brothers did get right in the way of Superman. I hope that the upcoming movie would have that feel similar to Lois and Clark.
JM4Superman - 5/22/2011, 6:25 PM
@LP4 Thanks
@Technoman81 Agreed
ar8898 - 5/23/2011, 2:48 AM
Warner Home Video has only released season 1 on DVD. Anybody know where I can get a bootleg copy of the other 3 seasons?? I hear they are available somewhere but I don't know where.
LP4 - 5/23/2011, 11:40 AM
@Technoman- Dude you are one of the few aside from me, JM4Superman and Knightstalker who actually saw the creativeness in the Lois and Clark series. It was nearly DEAD-ON to the comics!

JM4Superman - 5/23/2011, 12:58 PM
@ar8898 go on youtube look up "The Adventures of Superboy"
marvelguy - 5/23/2011, 3:08 PM
Oh yeah! Oops! Forgot that "Smallville" creators tried to include as many people/homages to prior shows...other than "Superboy."

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