@Grimmy: To be fair, it's Geoff Johns' INFINITE CRISIS you have to thank for the gory villainy of Superboy-Prime. To an old-school Superboy fan like you, this annual's writing team should be a cringe-inducing nightmare scenario.
You don't know the half of it
I imagine it was a conspiracy between the two that started in a darkened room, with the words "OK, so Superboy comes back, and he's real pissed at the mess we've made of the DC Universe". And it just snowballed from there...
For our younger audience (that's all of you guys reading this), a bit of perspective. Superboy Vol 1 was published continuously from 1949-1977, that's a long time in anyone's book. It's target audience was grade schoolers who weren't ready for the more serious(?) adventures of his adult self. His hometown of Smallville was even more of a fantasy setting than Metropolis, and the stories were usually pretty silly. Then in 1985 DC Comics decided they didn't want to include that sort of concept in their new "more serious" universe. End of story... not quite
I accepted that, I had grown up and wasn't personally following Superboy's stories any longer, and I still had those old books to introduce my children (and grandchildren) to comics with. Now call me "old fashioned" (it's ok, I am), but I don't want to introduce little kids to comics with a heroic character that will one day become a homicidal maniac. That's a little too twisted, even for a lover of black comedy, like me.
Seriously, Go watch "Swimming with Sharks", that's my idea of a fun movie.
Everyone (DC, Marvel, etc...) seems to forget that even though "we" have grown up, comics used to be just
for kids, and that seems to be the only segment of society that "we're" too sophisticated to produce comics for today. And after the blatant bastardization
of such an innocent childhood character, I don't think I even want to encourage the next generation to read our new (anything for a buck) comics.
Annd, since none of what I just said had anything to do with Booster Gold, I'll shut up now.