The Legion of Super-Pets

Created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan

FIRST APPEARANCE: Adventure Comics #293 (February 1962)

+ History

Subs v. Super Pets—too close to call. From Adventure #351 (1966). Art by Curt Swan.

The Legion of Super-Pets was a group of super-animals from the 20th century whose name was inspired by the Legion of Super-Heroes of the 30th century. They met the Heroes through their "masters," Superboy and Supergirl. When the Brain Globes of Rambat mentally enslaved Superboy and the Legion, the Legion of Super-Pets was called to action! Krypto, Streaky the Super-Cat, Comet the Super-Horse, and Beppo the Super-Monkey joined forces to save the day. (Adventure #293) Two of these pets were Superboy's:

Krypto the Super-Dog: Kal-El's puppy, Krypto, was lost in space before the destruction of Krypton. After Kal-El grew into a boy, Krypto found his way to Earth and the two were reunited. (Adventure #210)

Beppo the Super-Monkey: Beppo was a lab monkey of Superboy's father, Jor-El. The monkey stowed away aboard Kal-El's rocket and plagued the Boy of Steel with much mischief. (Superboy v.1 76)

The other two were Supergirl's:

Comet the Super-Horse: Circa 1000 BCE, a centaur named Biron was granted super-powers by the sorceress Circe. But Circe's enemy, the sorcerer Malador, transformed Biron into a horse and banished him to a planet in the constellation Sagittarius, where he remained for almost 3,000 years. Biron was freed from his imprisonment by Kara Zor-El's passing rocket ship. He then followed her to Earth, where she became Supergirl and named him Comet. (Action #292; 1st app. Adventure #293)

Streaky the Super-Cat: Supergirl's Earth cat Streaky became a Super-Cat through exposure to a newly created Kryptonite isotope called X-Kryptonite. (Action #261) Supergirl later met Streaky's descendant, Whizzy, in the 30th century. Whizzy was never a member of the Super-Pets. (Action #287)

Krypto
Beppo
Comet
Streaky
Proty II

It was never really clarified how Supergirl's pets traveled backwards in time to meet with Superboy's. They were most likely aided by the Legion. The Super-Pets were active for many years, thought the frequency seems sporadic. They were still together a decade after their formation to appear on a television program honoring Superman. (Or the direction of time travel could have been reversed.) (Action #309)

After this, they appeared mostly in the 30th century — the Legion's time. When the female Legionnaires are stricken with a "Crimson Plague" by the masked Satan Girl. Supergirl enlists the aid of the Super-Pets to battle Satan Girl, who is revealed to be an evil Red Kryptonite duplicate of Supergirl. (Adventure #313)

On their second trip to the 30th century, the Super-Pets added another member. They met…

Proty II, a small amorphous creature from Antares II. The Super-Pets met Proty II when they were asked by the Legion to guard the Legion clubhouse. Proty recounted how the his race gained their shape-shifting abilities centuries ago. He underwent a series of trials to prove his worthiness and joined the Super-Pets. (Adventure #322) NOTE: Read more about Proty's race. Proty was introduced to the Legion as Chameleon Boy's pet (Jimmy Olsen #72) but it was soon clear that his race were fully sentient, and far more intelligent than normal Earth animals. Like his predecessor, he was selfless and quick to enter dangerous situations. When one of Triplicate Girl's three bodies was slain by Computo, Proty II attempted to distract Computo by posing as the Weirdo Legionnaire. (Adventure #341)

After being chastized by the Legion, the Legion of Super-Pets won the acclaim of the people of the planet Thanl. In order to prove themselves worthy (again), Comet and Proty II actually joined the Legion as Biron the Bowman and Blockade Boy II. (Adventure #364) The last time this group was seen in action, they helped the Legion outwit the evil Skyzznx and his partner Alrrk. (Adventure #380) (Though they did weigh in when Supergirl was forced to resign her Legion membership. The Super-Pets threatened to disband if she left. [Action 387])

Krypto stayed true to his master, Superman, throughout Kal-El's life. The final fates of Beppo and Streaky are unrevealed.

Years after the Super-Pets had stopped meeting, Superman suggested that Comet visit the planet Zerox, the Sorcerer's World. The horse met Prince Endor, who cast a spell that enabled Comet to become human as long as he is in sight of a passing comet. He adopted the human identity of cowboy "Bronco Bill," but Supergirl was unaware this new development. (Action #301)

Proty II took up a career in film. He was on-hand to film the rededication of Legion headquarters. (Legion v.2 #301) For years, he was also secretly active in the campaign to restore his people. (Legion v.3 #17)

The Space Canine Patrol Agents

If some is good, more is better right? The Space Canine Patrol Agents, were a 20th century group of dogs formed around Krypto in Superboy v.1 #131 (July 1966).

» SEE: Again with the Comics: SCPASpace Canine Patrol Agents

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

Action Comics #309, 387

Adventure Comics #293, 313, 322, 364, 380

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