The strange sight occurs in the opening pages of the first story within the tome, Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey, originally published in a prestige format miniseries in 1994. This was long before the television show Smallville hit the airwaves. What's that got to do with anything, you ask? I'll show you.
IT'S TOM WELLING! Do you see it? TELL me you see it! To my eyes, this is how Welling would be drawn as a young boy. Compare it with this picture of Welling.