Krypto #58: Tales of the Super-Pets

From: Superman #176 and Action Comics #323 (April 1965)

Our first story begins with the reading of a millionaire's will who leaves his greedy family members a buck apiece and his millions to charity. One charity in particular interests us:
There's no mention of him being eccentric or anything, but he just put four animals in charge of running a 2-million-dollar-in-1965-dollars shelter for homeless pets. That's a little eccentric. And he does it to atone for his grandfather's wrongs. No records of these exist, so Superman and the Pets travel to the 1860s to find out what the deal was, posing as circus folk (Superb-o and his Superb Pets) so as not to destroy the timeline.
They soon discover the time period isn't kind to animals, especially the Big Top. For example, one animal trainer makes his bear dance by subjecting its feet to hot coals. In the whole of 1866 Metropolis, there's only really one friend to the animals, a man called Henry Bergh. So the Super-Pets take it upon themselves to get a little revenge on the period bullies.
When we finally meet the millionaire's granddad, one Cyrus Atwill, junk dealer, we discover his many animal abuses. He works his horse to death, and goes out of his way to kick or torture dogs, cats and monkeys. (My dad used to cross the street to kick cats, which may or may not account for my great love of animals and estrangement from the paternal figur--FAKE TALK!) So Superb-o and his menagerie decide to teach him a good lesson. Take it away, Comet.
After Comet, it's our boy Krypto's turn, cementing Atwill's bad day (HAW! geddit?).
And then Streaky and Beppo, until Atwill turns himself in to the police for animal cruelty. And Henry Bergh, friend to the animals and crusader for animal rights legislation? You might not have realized it, but he was a historical celebrity all along:
Oh Superman, have you learned nothing from Henry Bergh? Forcing your pets to do administrative work is surely a form of cruelty. At least I would think so if I were a pet. I really want to see the follow-up about the shelter's terrible mismanagement.

Meanwhile, in Action Comics #323, Supergirl is turned evil by the Evil Three - Lucrezia Borgia, Mata Hari and Lady MacBeth - and she tries to poison the Super-Pets.
Krypto runs away before he drinks from the kryptonite cocktail. Not the best showing, pupper!



Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zero Hour Strikes Zine