Krypto #75: Revolting Super-Pet

From: Adventure Comics #364 (January 1968), plus Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #107 (December 1967)

Sometimes Krypto was less than obedient, which was true of all the Super-Pets, but were he, and they, right to be? Case in point "The Revolt of the Super-Pets!", a 30th-Century adventure (which I questioned until I saw both Superboy and Supergirl on an extended stint with the Legion; you gotta bring some comforts from home) where the animals' loyalty is put to the test. It begins when the Super-Pets do a good thing by stopping crime machines from going to Earth. which the Legion says "YOU SUCK, SUPER-PETS!" Not a hoax, not an imaginary story, the Legion straight up calls them fools for not letting some of the machines survive and trailing them back to their origin point (as if machines would retreat). The Legionnaires go in search of the people responsible without so much as a lead, and leave Krypto and friends home to guard the clubhouse and not cause any more problems.
I know what you're thinking. Where's the Human Society when you need it. Or that other question, how do the Pets communicate with one another AND the Legion. Well that, at least, can be answered. It's because Saturn Girl's powers used to not make sense.
Telepathic charges aside, the "pet" treatment is galling, especially given that no matter what we think of Streaky, Beppo and Krypto's IQs, Comet and Proty are most definitely sentient. Basically, the Legion has just pushed the LSP into the arms of the very people who would send crime machines to Earth. Rikkor Rost takes them to Thanl via teleportation, which makes me wonder why the crime machines weren't just teleported directly to Earth, though the Legion in the meantime does find more crime machines that do make an escape teleportationally (connection!). When they get home, they are outraged to find their pets have flown the coop, but den mother Saturn Girl was spying on them so they know they were headed for Thanl. Time to retrieve some pets. But what if they won't return? After all, this appears to be a planet dedicated to animal heroes.
The Legion's reaction: "What do Thanlians have against human heroes?" Better check your humanoid privilege there, Superjerk. And not how Rikkor has even changed the Pets' branding to the less derogatory "Legion of Super-Animals"! When the LSA hesitates in coming back with the LSH - again, not a hoax, not an imaginary story, just terrible characterization - Chameleon Boy goes ballistic and starts a fight.
The Legion is sent packing, unable to calm or capture a team that contains four Kryptonian-powered beasts, after all. Rikkor adds fuel to the fire by saying the Legion is probably plotting against them. But he underestimates them. Their plan: To send Proty as Blockade Boy II and Comet as Biron the Bowman (he reverse were-horses by passing near a comet) to apply for Legion membership and spy on the team. They both make it in despite Biron not having any powers, but the Legion is all business as trying to track the crime machines. There's no Pet-trash talk behind their backs. Instead, they discover Thanl is the source of the machines and the Super-Pets join the Super-Heroes in dismantling the operation.
So is all forgiven? Apparently. Even though the Legionnaires admit they knew the two applicants were Comet and Proty all along. In other words, they faked being nice about the Pets and in any case, there's no way to explain Cham's violent behavior... Stupid Super-Pets have short memories, I guess.

Meanwhile, back in time in Jimmy Olsen #107... Superman is forced to take on menial jobs through Silver Age ridiculousness, one of which is dog-catcher.
Quoth the Super-Dog: "Traitor!" Again, I'm with him.



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