Jon Kent’s Age/Status – Poll Results

In the latest Superman Homepage Member Poll we asked you the following question:

Finish this sentence: Jon Kent should be…

Superman and Lois’ son Jon is a controversial figure. While a large portion of fans wish he didn’t exist at all, most of you are happy for him to be around… you just wish Brian Michael Bendis hadn’t aged him so quickly, wanting him to remain a pre-teen a little longer.

Here’s the complete voting breakdown:

Finish this sentence: Jon Kent should be...
  • a pre-teen. 35%, 64 votes
    64 votes 35%
    64 votes - 35% of all votes
  • removed from continuity. 24%, 44 votes
    44 votes 24%
    44 votes - 24% of all votes
  • a little kid. 16%, 30 votes
    30 votes 16%
    30 votes - 16% of all votes
  • whatever age the writers want him to be. 16%, 29 votes
    29 votes 16%
    29 votes - 16% of all votes
  • a teenager. 8%, 14 votes
    14 votes 8%
    14 votes - 8% of all votes
  • a young adult. 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
Total Votes: 183
January 13, 2021 - January 20, 2021
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Superman2878
Superman2878(@spidey2878)
January 21, 2021 2:24 am

While I see that 64 votes were for preteen Jon and 44 votes were for the not to exist at all, I notice if we were to add up the 30 votes for little kid, 29 whatever age the writers want him to be, 14 teenager, and 2 for young adult adds up to 75. So if we add 75 to 64 it comes up to 139. So from what I can tell more than half like having Jon as Superboy. The agreement about his age is what devides the fans. I am glad to see a lot of fandom… Read more »

Last edited 11 months ago by Superman2878
Superman2878
Superman2878(@spidey2878)
January 21, 2021 11:41 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Correction. I meant to say disagreement not agreement

Adekis
Adekis(@adekis)
January 21, 2021 10:53 am

I don’t hate Jon intrinsically, he’s a pretty fun kid, but he exerts too much gravity on his parents’ lives. Superman and Lois’s Top Priorities needs to be the Never-Ending Battle and journalism, not parenting. Jon’s okay in Super-Sons and theoretically in Legion, but he deforms the shape of CK’s adventures too much for main continuity imo.

NeoRanger
NeoRanger(@neoranger)
January 21, 2021 1:15 pm

I went with “whatever the writers want”, on principle if nothing else. There shouldn’t be too many arbitrary limits on what you can do with characters, especially on something like age. I also don’t dislike Jon at all, but children can create practical complications in the long term for these types of books and go from changing the dynamic to weighing the material down. There’s a reason why both Matrix and Conner went to live with the Kents or their super-groups, without cutting them out of continuity and why Chris… whatever happened to Chris, I don’t remember to be honest.… Read more »

kal-bert
kal-bert(@kal-bert)
January 21, 2021 10:40 pm

I personally never liked to have a character like Superboy in comics. But I’ll admit that the pre-teen Jon was a very good addiction to this reborn era. He gave Superman a nice sensation of character progression (something like it used to happen with Spiderman…until early 2000’s). The problem with having aged Jon so much is that now you don’t have a Superboy, but another Superman. They just collide and thats simply stupid. It also removes that nice idea of a Superboy who’s learning who he is and a Superman that’s learning how to deal with that too. Now you… Read more »