This is more a question of story identification, rather than checking on canon. Pre-crisis, Superboy is noted for becoming friends with the Legion's main trio, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy and Saturn Girl, in his mid-teens; they traveled back in time to meet the person who inspired their creation, and thus gave Clark some fellow super-powered teens to pal around with. However, Post-Crisis, Clark didn't begin his super career until well into adulthood.

In the early 2000s Superman series Secret Origin, a retelling of the Superman mythos combining elements from Post-Crisis, Pre-Crisis and whole new takes on older stories, including revamping elements from the golden age [Superboy, Krypto, and the Legion, for instance]. So I'm wondering if there is a story, both Post-Crisis and New 52, which explains when they met, and how the Legion came to be.

Would anyone be able to elaborate?

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    Minor nitpick. Chameleon boy wasn't part of the "main trio" . That was Lightning Lad. Sep 5, 2019 at 19:15
  • @EmsleyWyatt You right, no doubt. The first Legion comic i ever read with superboy was years ago, and Chams was really funny in that one, so it always sticks in my memory.
    – Russhiro
    Sep 5, 2019 at 19:29
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    Probably the one where Cham impersonated Clark Kent so he and Superboy could appear side by side and make Lana Lang flip out. Sorry I can't answer your question. I'm somewhat of a Legion buff, but all pre-Crisis. Sep 7, 2019 at 3:26
  • @EmsleyWyatt I appreciate the answer either way, friend. Thank you for the input
    – Russhiro
    Sep 7, 2019 at 18:10

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I know that this is an old question but ... I've been reading recently the Superman by Grant Morrison Omnibus that collects Action Comics vol.2 #0-18 and Action Comics Annual #1

In Action Comics vol.2 #6 - by Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert, John Dell et al - the first encounter between Clark Kent and the three founding members of the Legion is retold in a flashback.

From the DC Fandom Wiki entry corresponding to that issue

Superman recalls a time when he was just 13 years old, and he'd helped his father to subdue their neighbour's rogue bull. Jonathan marvelled at the boy's strength, which set Clark to thinking about his alien heritage. Jonathan believed that the rocket was a lifeboat, meant to send Clark where he could do some good. Clark agreed, wondering if his parents might ever come back for him. He suspected that they would not, and Jonathan commented that without any knowledge of his family, it would be up to Clark to determine for himself what the S-shield meant. Later that night, Clark noticed that he was being watched by three strangers. As it happened, it was Garth, Imra, and Rokk, observing the boy would become a hero to them. They introduced themselves, and became fast friends.

Action Comics vol.2 6 cover by Andy Kubert

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    Given that this is the New 52, I'm guessing this may not be canon (any longer?) Either way, its a valid answer to look up. Thank you, Friend.
    – Russhiro
    May 14, 2021 at 14:00

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