Krypto #167: Smallville Krypto

From: "Krypto", Smallville Season 4 episode 14 (Feb.16 2005)

Live action Krypto? Well, almost. The EPISODE is called Krypto, but the golden retriever was called Einstein when Lois hit him with her car. Clark takes it in out of the goodness of his heart and discovers the dog has super-strength, as a result of Luthor Corp experiments with kryptonite. At one point, Lois gives him a bath and drapes him in a red towel, so you could say he wore the cape six years before Clark did. The powers are temporary however and the dog is integrated into the Kent farm's stable of animals, at which point they suggest names for him. Clark wants to go with Krypto, but that's damn suspicious, so he explains it away to Lex as meaning he has "cryptic origins". Oh, CRYPTO, I get it. Lois doesn't like it and tells him he can call his NEXT dog Krypto (alas), and he's christened Shelby instead. Notably, Clark also suggests Skippy, which was Krypto's secret identity in the New Adventures of Superboy comic.

Shelby would continue to appear, as a normal farm dog, through the remaining seasons of Smallville, including the Season 11 comic.



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