These adventures marked the animation debut of Superboy, as well as his teenage alter ego Clark Kent, who acted as the bespectacled, mild-mannered disguise for the young hero, Lana Lang, and Krypto the super-powered dog who would accompany his master on every dangerous mission. Other characters such as Pa and Ma Kent, foster parents of the Boy of Steel, and the town of Smallville were also faithfully recreated from comic book adventures. As a result of the production's budget, the show featured a great amount of stock animation as well as limited movement from the characters.
Each episode featured the Boy of Steel ducking out of high school and racing into action to battle a wide array of adversaries, from dognappers in "Krypto, K-9 Detective," androids run amok in "The Revolt of Robotville," and alien menaces in "The Spy from Outer Space," to another young hero with similar powers in "Superboy Meets Mighty Lad," and a slew of otherworldly monsters ("The Deep Sea Dragon," "Visitor from the Earth's Core"). He even wound up being captured and successfully having to fight a gang of small-time crooks—all while in his disguise as Clark Kent—in "The Gorilla Gang." Most of the stories were written by DC writers such as Bob Haney and George Kashdan, while character designs were based closely upon the Superboy comic books of the time.
In 1985, Warner Home Video released eight selected episodes of the series on VHS in the "Super Powers" video collection along with Aquaman, Batman, and Superman. These videos were rereleased in 1996 and are out of print.
Although the first 36 segments of The New Adventures of Superman have been released on a 2-disc DVD set, it does not include the Superboy shorts because of an ongoing legal battle between Warner Bros. and the estate of Jerry Siegel over the rights to the "Superboy" name.
Eight Superboy segments were produced that season:
Forget Me Not, Superdog - Breaking up a meteor shower, Superboy and Krypto are struck by a kryptonite meteor, which gives Krypto amnesia.
Superboy Meets Mighty Lad - An alien youth has created superpowers implanted in a blue costume and begins showing off on Earth.
King Superboy - After destroying a fireball that bombards Earth, Superboy is hailed as a king by an alien civilization whose populace is held hostage by Chrystal people, the source of the fireball.
Double Trouble, Double Doom - Space authorities recruit Superboy to help them track down a gang of pirates.
The Trap of the Super Spacemen - Alien beings capture astronauts and drain their energy into their warriors, and proceed to do the same to Superboy.
The Space Refugees - Three vicious prospectors attack a pair of aliens who seek only sanctuary in a mountain countryside.
The Monster Molecule - A Universal Molecule is used in an experiment that goes wrong; a scientist is irradiated and Superboy must fly 1,000 years into the future, where the Molecule will have grown to large size.
The Great Kryptonite Caper - A gang hopes to use a kryptonite amulet against Superboy, but in trying to lure him into their trap they accidentally detonate an underground oilfield - which causes them to lose the amulet, which is later found by Lana Lang.