Krypto #59: An UnSuperman's Best Friend

From: Superman (1939) #177 (May 1965)

Krypto's loyalty is tested in "When Jimmy Olsen Stole Krypto from Superman", a title that's a big lie, but not the last the story will tell. And it starts during a sleepover at the Fortress of Solitude, where Krypto sleeps in his very own basket.
The next morning, Superman goes out for coffee or bacon or something, but is surprised to find an alien machine on his doorstep. He brings it in, activates it, and his powers are all "permanently" transferred to Jimmy. So Jimmy gets to replace Superman, but Krypto shows a surprising amount of empathy by not immediately joining the Ginger of Steel on his never-ending mission.
Instead, he goes on tour with Superman, who gives talks about the olden days. But he's not much of a draw.
But something is off about Super-Olsen. When someone he saves complains about not seeing Krypto at his side (dog hater?), Jimmy tries to recruit the Dog of Steel to no avail. And then Jimmy goes crazy.
He next sends a Krypto robot on an errand, then destroys the Doghouse of Solitude. Krypto follows back to Earth and discovers monuments and works of art have his paw prints all over them.
Krypto doesn't respond well to emotional blackmail and smells a frame-up. So Jimmy keeps hounding him (ha!), sabotaging his good works and so on. Still the dog refuses to play ball (ha again!). So Super-Olsen gives up. Maybe he's NOT a dog person after all. Maybe just use that alien machine to steal Krypto's powers and give it to... a donkey?
And I imagine an EVIL donkey if the machine is indeed responsible for Jimmy's bad attitude. So how is Krypto going to get out of this one? Answer: He's not.
A DREAM?!! Oh come on, Silver Age! This is only supposed to be what people THINK you're like. Sheesh.

Krypto is in another story in this issue, but this one ISN'T a dream. See if you can spot the difference. It's the follow-up to the one where a piece of Green Kryptonite is narrator; in this one, it's been turned red. At first you think Krypto's not really going to matter because his only job is delivering homemade diamonds to charities.
But he DOES return to help Superman out of a secret identity problem after the Red K protagonist makes Superman/Clark speak and write only in Kryptonese. Lois is damned suspicious until Clark reveals, in English, that Superman's been giving him language lessons. The truth? Superman used another piece of Red K to give Krypto the power to speak English, and counted on his super-ventriloquism to fix everything. Like so:
So I ask you. Which of these two stories feels more like a dream?



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