The Superboy TV Series was not the first television conquest of the iconic superhero known as Superboy. In order to capatilize off the success of "The Adventures of Superman" with George Reeves, Whitney Ellesworth who had been the editor of DC comics back in 1961 thought of doing a Superboy TV show. 13 episodes were actually written for the screen but only the pilot episode was produced. In 1961, the pilot episode featuring the Superboy character in black and white was shot and edited. Like its' later incarnation that was in color, the Superboy pilot was titled "The Adventures of Superboy". Sadly, it was never released to television and the pilot episode is all that came out of its' development.
The pilot starred John Rockwell as Superboy/Clark Kent and Bunny Henning as Lana Lang. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel were given writing credits for creating the characters. It was Produced by Whitney Ellesworth (who had been the editor of DC comics) and Directed by George Blaire who also directed 27 episodes of "The Adventures of Superman" with George Reeves. Oddly, he stopped directing shortly after he did the Superboy TV pilot.
Superboy 1961 TV Pilot on youtube (watch the TV pilot below).