I was one of the people who was very much aware of him in 1993 onward. That's why I felt the way I felt about the retcons. It wasn't about "hardheadedness" or "not accepting a so-called iconic concept" or whatever. It was about someone just wiping a character wholesale with no regard for what was established just to shoehorn something that the character was never about or represented. It's like making Johnny Storm an emo goth whose powers came from the iconic Doctor Doom.
"I've studied him for years. I know more about the alien than anyone on earth. Kryptonite and magic will hurt him - but that's not what will destroy him. It never will be. You have to reach deeper to find something he loves. Or create something he will love. He loves his boy. And when his boy turns against the Justice League's children, when Superman buries those coffins.. Well, that.. that will kill him. You are my greatest invention. The genetic material I gave you. The programming I implanted inside you. All under Westfield's nose. His ambitions were shallow. Mine are righteous."
That made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Not just the fact that about a good 20+ things from the comic itself pretty much invalidated that nonsensical plan. It wasn't about "corrupting Superman's DNA" or other etc.
Match was cloned from Superboy, but he wasn't Superboy's son. Bizarro Superboy was an actual hybrid that proved human DNA couldn't stabilize Kryptonian DNA, but he wasn't Westfield's kid. Ben Reilly was cloned from Peter Parker, but he wasn't Pete's son. Nate Grey wasn't a hybrid clone of Scott and Jean, but made from their genetic material and Cable's counterpart.