Superman: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 3

New Kids in Town

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 31, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Brainiac travels back in time from the year 2979 to destroy a young Clark Kent before he can become Superman. The Legion of Superheroes, however, send three of their own to stop him: Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and Chameleon Boy.

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  • The Legion Of superheroes...

    That's right, the legion of superheroes have to travel back from the year 2979 to stop brainiac from destroying a young clark kent. 3 of them go back Saturn girl, Cosmic boy, And Chameleon boy. This was a very well written episode for the series. I like some of the references they put in there like clark kicking the can and it going the whole way across town, that is like the scene from superman the movie when young clark kicks the football. When they are hiding from brainiac they say to clark that he should put a pait of glasses on to hide who he is and he replies by saying, Glasses? like that is going to fool anybody. If you want to see more legion of superheroes I would suggest watching that episode of justice league unlimited. I have not seen the new legion of superheroes show yet. Later...moreless
Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley

Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy

Guest Star

Chad Lowe

Chad Lowe

Rokk Krinn/Cosmic Boy

Guest Star

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Young Clark Kent

Guest Star

Corey Burton

Corey Burton


Recurring Role

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Jonathan Kent

Recurring Role

Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares

Martha Kent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof The name of the alter ego of Saturn Girl is misspelled in the credits. It should be Imra, not Irma.

    • This episode is one of two episodes in which Clark Kent/Kal-El does not actually appear as Superman. The other is "The Last Son of Krypton (1)," which focuses exclusively on Jor-El.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Lightning Lad's exclusion in favor of Chameleon Boy was probably due to the fact that at the time of the show's production, (the early 90') the character was known as Live Wire, and would have been confused with the Villainess of the same name.

    • The Legion of Super-Heroes made their first appearance in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958), which took place during Superman's teenage years as a superhero, Pre-Crisis. The three Legionnaires (Lightning Lad instead of Chameleon Boy seen here) came from the future to offer Superboy membership in the Legion out of respect for the legend of Superman, and Superboy traveled back and forth to the future to assist the Legion on many occasions. Post-Crisis, Clark Kent was never Superboy in the comics, although his teenage clone, Conner Kent, did join. After Infinite Crisis, continuity was rewritten again, and now Clark Kent was a member of the Legion as Superboy.

    • Lana Lang appears in this episode.

    • Martha makes the comment, "Jonathan, aren't The Dukes of Hazzard on now?" On the TV show Smallville, the actor that plays Jonathan Kent also played Bo Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard. This is especially interesting since this episode aired several years before Smallville premiered.


    • Chameleon Boy: Up, up, and away!

      Up, up, and away is a quote that was often said by Superman in early appearances before taking flight and is also the title of a Superman comic book series that ran in 2006.

    • Clark Kent: Kareem here says he can burn my butt.

      Reference to the basketball hall of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

    • Jonathan Kent: You almost gave me a heart attack!

      In the 1978 film Superman and in most comic continuities, Jonathan Kent dies of a heart attack when Clark is a teenager. This line is likely a reference to that.

    • Lana Lang: You are so weird.

      Lana's comment to Clark when she sees him trying on the glasses almost exactly echoes Lois Lane's (Teri Hatcher's) comment to Clark (Dean Cain) in the pilot of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman when she said, "You are so weird. Works for you, though."