Krypto #57: At War with Superboy

From: Superboy #118 and Superman #174 (January 1965)

This is Howard Koss-El, and today we witness a clash of titans, a battle between Boy and Dog, a conflict for the ages. Superboy v Krypto. And you won't believe how far these Kryptonian giants are willing to go to hurt one another. But why would they fight, you ask? It's all because of the Superboy Revenge Squad who think they have Red Kryptonite radiation figured out. Sample #3, to wit, is supposed to fill them with Super-Hate!
What's at stake? THIS is at stake: The sweetest, most devoted relationship Superboy/man has ever had!
The Squad openly nya-nya-nyas as Superboy, telling him he and Krypto will fight to the death under the influence of their red rock of HATE, and that should make your Silver Age sense ping, but I won't ruin it for you. ROUND ONE: Krypto attacks!
While Superboy is merely annoyed, Krypto wins that round. ROUND TWO: Destroy the stuff you love!
Superboy charcoals his dogs' massive stash of bones, and in return, Krypto demolishes one of the Teen of Steel's monuments to his Super-Vanity! Though bleeding from the ego, Superboy wins the round by throwing Krypto into the sun!

He survives! ROUND THREE: Monkey business!
Truly, Superboy has more in his arsenal than even Batman! He's got Krypto on the ropes! ROUND FOUR: HEAD TO HEAD!
The two hateful heroes are sent spinning into the time barrier! Krypto winds up in a future where dogs don't exist and ruthless animal dealers want his hide,  while Superboy ends up in the far past where he is almost eaten by a dinosaur. They both make it back in time for THE FIFTH AND FINAL ROUND! Uh-oh, Superboy's got Green Kryptonite rods stashed in a museum!
And so Krypto dies, the Squad has won. Or has it? Don't these guys read comics? They shouldn't have exposed their plans!
That's right. They were just askin' for a trollin'. But cool fight, right?

Meanwhile, in Superman #174...
an android Superman creates a robot Krypto in a bid to make Clark Kent think he's got crazy
A couple months later, Krypto would also appear in a 80 Page Giant #8 "More Secret Origins" reprinting Superman's history from Superman #146 (which we covered in Krypto #32).



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