The Legion of Super-Pets
Created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Adventure Comics #293 (Feb. 1962)
The Legion of Super-Pets was a group of super-powered animals from the 20th century who were drawn together by the Legion of Super-Heroes. Two of these animals were Superboy's pets:
Krypto the Super-Dog was baby Kal-El's puppy on Krypton. The dog was lost in space before the destruction of Krypton. After Kal-El had grown into boyhood on Earth, Krypto found his way to that planet as well, and the two were reunited. » FIRST APPEARANCE: Adventure Comics #210 (Mar. 1955); created by Otto Binder and Curt Swan.
Beppo the Super-Monkey was a lab monkey owned by Kal-El's father, Jor-El. The monkey stowed away aboard Kal-El's rocket and plagued the Boy of Steel with much mischief. » FIRST APPEARANCE: Superboy vol. 1 #76 (Oct. 1959); created by Otto Binder and George Papp.
The other two were not Kryptonian. They were Supergirl's friends:
Streaky was Supergirl's normal Earth cat who became a super-cat from exposure to a Kryptonite isotope called "X-Kryptonite." » FIRST APPEARANCE: Action Comics #261 (Feb. 1960); created by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney. (Supergirl also later met Streaky's 30th century descendant, Whizzy. Whizzy was never a member of the Super-Pets. [Action Comics #287])
Comet aka Super-Horse
Super-Horse was actually an ancient centaur named Biron. Around 1000 BCE, 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).
Superman called on Comet and Supergirl for a mission to the planet Zerox, the Sorcerer's World. There the horse met Prince Endor, who cast a spell that enabled Comet to become human whenever an astral comet was in Earth's vicinity. In these times, he used the human identity of cowboy "Bronco Bill," and flirted with Supergirl (who was unaware this alter ego). (Action #301)
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Adventure Comics #293 (Feb. 1962); created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan.
When the Brain Globes of Rambat mentally enslaved Superboy, his friends in the Legion (Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl) came to the 20th century to stop him. When Krypto came upon the scene, they learned that the Brain Globes could not control his animal mind, so the Legionnaires "drafted" him and three more special pets in the 20th century. Streaky the Super-Cat and Comet the Super-Horse were summoned from Supergirl's time; they joined forces Krypto and Beppo the Super-Monkey to save the day. (Adventure Comics #293)
The Super-Pets reconvened several times, mostly in the 30th century. When all of the female Legionnaires were stricken with a "Crimson Plague" by the masked Satan Girl, Supergirl enlisted the aid of the Super-Pets. (Satan Girl was revealed to be an evil Red Kryptonite duplicate of Supergirl.) (Adventure #313)
They even appeared on a television program honoring Superman. (Action Comics #309)
On their second trip to the 30th century, the Super-Pets added another member. Proty II was a small amorphous creature from Antares II, the second such being in Legion tales. The first Proty was the "pet" of the Legionnaire called Chameleon Boy (Jimmy Olsen #72) who died sacrificing his life for a Legionnaire's. (Adventure #312) » SEE: The Proteans
The Super-Pets met Proty II when they were asked by the Super-Heroes to guard the Legion clubhouse. Proty recounted how the his race gained their shape-shifting abilities centuries ago, and underwent a series of trials to prove his worthiness and joined the Super-Pets. (Adventure #322) It was later clear that Proteans were no mere animals; they were equally as sentient and intelligent as humans.
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])
After the Super-Pets
Krypto stayed true to his master, Superman, throughout Kal-El's life. The final fates of Beppo and Streaky are unrevealed.
Proty II took up a career in film. He was on-hand to film the rededication of Legion headquarters. (Legion vol. 2 #301) For years, he was also secretly active in the campaign to restore his people. (Legion vol. 3 #17)
Several years after the creation of the Super-Pets, Krypto the super-dog formed his own Legion-like group in the 20th century. This group of all dogs was called the Space Canine Patrol Agents (Superboy vol. 1 #131, July 1966).
The SCPA was an interstellar law enforcement group of aliens with super-powers. They operated from the planet Sirius (the Dog Star). It was also suggested that the SCPA was a mere figment of Krypto's imagination. There is no direct connection between the SCPA and the Legion; they never met.
They made three appearances, and members included:
- Bull Dog
- Chameleon Collie
- Hot Dog
- Mammoth Mutt (deceased)
- Mammoth Miss
- Paw Pooch
- Tail Terrier (Top Dog)
- Tusky Husky
» FEATURED APPEARANCES:
- Superboy #131 (July 1966)
- Superboy #132 (Sept. 1966)
- Superboy #136 (Mar. 1967)
Legion of Super-Pets
» FEATURED APPEARANCES:
- Action Comics #309, 323, 387
- Adventure Comics #293, 313, 322, 343, 351, 364, 380
- Superman vol. 1 #176
- Action Comics #277, 309, 318, 323, 387, 293, 313, 322
- Adventure Comics #343, 351, 364, 380
- Superboy vol. 1 #76, 142
- Superman vol. 1 #173, 176
- World of Krypton #3
- Action Comics #292–294, 300–302, 304, 306, 307, 309–312, 318, 321, 323, 336, 387
- Adventure Comics #293, 313, 322, 343, 351, 364, 380, 392
- Superman vol. 1 #157, 176
- Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #56, 92
- Action Comics #387, 390, 316, 320, 322, 323, 325, 326, 334, 337, 340––343, 364, 375, 376, 380
- Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, 8
- Legion of Substitute Heroes Special #1 (1985): "You Can't Keep a Good Villain Down"
- Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 #300, 301
- Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 #7, 9, 16, 33
- Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 Annual #3
- Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #72
» SERIES: Krypto was a regular co-star in several series:
- Adventure Comics #254–314 (1958–1963)
- Superboy vol. 1 #51–148 (1956–1968)
- Superman Family #182–193 (1977–1979)
- Action Comics #258, 266, 270, 272, 276–278, 281, 284, 286–288, 290, 293, 309, 323, 330, 349, 387, 440, 441, 462, 467
- Adventure Comics #210, 214, 220, 226, 239, 241, 322, 343, 351, 364, 380, 396
- DC Comics Presents #14
- New Adventures of Superboy #10, 17, 22, 24, 50, 52, 53
- Superboy vol. 1 #154, 162, 163
- Superman vol. 1 #130, 134, 137, 139, 140, 142, 144, 147, 150, 154–157, 160, 165, 173, 176, 177, 179, 195, 287, 287, 309
- Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #29, 30, 45, 50, 51, 58, 68, 107
- World's Finest Comics #151
- Action Comics #261, 266, 271, 277, 279, 287, 292, 306, 309, 323, 387
- Adventure Comics #293, 313, 322, 343, 351, 364, 380, 394
- Superman vol. 1 #154, 176
- Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #60