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“I know Krypto was Superboy’s pet dog. Were both Streaky and Comet Supergirl’s “pets”? Are there other Kryptonian “pets” out there? Given all the post-COIE crisis/multiverse changes over the years, do any of these super “pets” still exist? Any idea where there origin stories are? Was there any COIE-type mourning for them? (Ala Barry Allen and Earth 2 Supergirl.)”
These are quite a number of questions you have here, DSa. I’ll do my best to address them all for each of the three (that’s right, three) Kryptonian Super Pets.
Fun fact about Streaky: she’s not even from Krypton! That’s right, Streaky the Supercat is just Kara’s plain old, run-of-the mill Earthborn pet housecat — or at least she was, until Supergirl inadvertently exposed her to “X-Kryptonite” while working on an experiment to neutralize the effects of Kryptonite in ‘Action Comics’ #261. This accident granted Streaky the super powers of a Kryptonian, supporting Kara in her adventures until all of the effects of Kryptonite were neutralized in ‘Superman’ #233. Kara said her goodbyes to Streaky off panel when she left her with her adoptive family to attend college in her first solo series, and that was the last we saw of her in Pre-Crisis continuity. Since then, practically every iteration of Supergirl has had some kind of cat named Streaky at one point or another.
Like Streaky, Comet the Super-Horse was never actually from Krypton. Comet was introduced as a member of the “Legion of Super-Pets” in ‘Adventure Comics’ #293, and began appearing as Supergirl’s own pet horse in ‘Action Comics’ #292. But it’s not until ‘Action Comics’ #301 that Comet’s surprising origins are revealed. As it turns out, Comet was once an ancient Greek centaur named Biron who longed to be human. After rescuing Circe from a rival sorceress, the witch brewed Biron a potion that could convert him into a full man. But the potion was brewed incorrectly, and accidentally and irrevocably turned him into a full horse instead. As recompense, Circe brewed Comet an additional potion that would grant him super powers. At some point, Comet found himself trapped on an asteroid, until Supergirl’s rocket freed him on its journey to Earth. Eventually, in ‘Action Comics’ #311, Comet was able to regain a human form, and even pursued a brief romantic relationship with Supergirl. Truly, anything can happen in comic books. Comet has made no reappearances in modern continuity, but he was featured in ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle.’
But before Comet, and before Streaky, there was one more Super Pet: Beppo the Super-Monkey. Beppo made his debut in 1959’s ‘Superboy’ #76 — and unlike Supergirl’s Super Pets, Beppo is in fact of Kryptonian origin. As his origin story has it, Beppo was originally one of the test animals in Jor-El’s laboratory, who stowed away on baby Kal-El’s rocket at the last second. Most of Beppo’s appearances were alongside Krypto, Streaky, and Comet in the Legion of Super-Pets stories of the Silver Age, and has been all but lost to time since ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths.’ But if you’re a fan of all-ages material, you’ll find Beppo all over the run of ‘Tiny Titans.’
If you'd like to see Krypto and Streaky in action in a post-Rebirth world, check out ‘Super Sons Annual’ #1, where they're joined by Robin's pet dog Titus, Flexi the Plastic Bird, Clay Critter, and Bat-Cow as the Super-Pets. Bonus points for the crush that Streaky appears to harbor towards Krypto, species be damned!
“I was thinking about the Teen Titans and realized that I couldn't name any teenage villains. Who are some teen villains?”
It’s true. Rather than contend with villains their own age, DC’s deep bench of teen heroes spend most of their time fighting the tyranny of grown-ups. But that isn’t always the case. Allow me to introduce you to some contenders for the Junior Varsity Legion of Doom:
Alias: Lonnie Machin
Essential Reading: ‘Anarky in Gotham City’
Anti-authoritarian vigilante and rival to Tim Drake.
Alias: Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong
Essential Reading: ‘Detective Comics’ (2016)
Military strategist and soldier of fortune with an obsession for Batman and Robin.
Alias: Cameron Mahkent
Essential Viewing: ‘Young Justice’
Son of the Golden Age Green Lantern villain, Icicle. In the comics, he eventually married Artemis Crock!
Alias: Thaddeus Thawne
Essential Reading: ‘Impulse’ #50-53
Evil clone of Bart Allen.
Essential Reading: ‘Superboy’ #35-36
Evil clone of Conner Kent.
Alias: Nasthalthia Luthor
Essential Reading: ‘Adventure Comics’ #397-424
Lex Luthor’s Silver Age niece and enemy of Supergirl. Returned after decades of obscurity for a memorable cameo in ‘All-Star Superman.’
Alias: Elise Kimble
Essential Reading: ‘Terror Titans’
Modern day incarnation of Persuader of the Fatal Five. Wields an Atomic Axe which can cut through anything. (ANYTHING.)
Alias: Grant Wilson
Essential Reading: ‘New Teen Titans’ #2
Grant Wilson only fought the New Teen Titans once. It... didn’t go well for him. But their encounter made the Titans an enemy for life out of his bereaved father, Slade Wilson. You may know him better as Deathstroke.
Alias: Cindy Burman
Essential Reading: ‘Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.’
Courtney Whitmore’s first rival, both in and out of costume as a classmate at Blue Valley High and a legacy super-villain. Be on the lookout for Shiv in the upcoming DC Universe original series, ‘Stargirl,’ in which she'll be played by Meg DeLacy.
Thaddeus Sivana, Jr. & Georgia Sivana
Essential Reading: ‘The Multiversity: Thunderworld’
Junior and Georgia appeared throughout the early adventures of the original Captain Marvel (now known as Shazam) as the wicked (though sometimes inept) children of his arch-enemy, Dr. Sivana.
Alias: Tara Markov
Essential Reading: ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’
By far the most infamous of DC’s teen villains. We all know the story -- a promising new recruit for the Teen Titans who Beast Boy falls madly in love with, only to sell the whole team out to Deathstroke the Terminator. Currently, Terra stands on the precipice of a similar betrayal in ‘Young Justice: Outsiders.’ Will history repeat itself on Earth-16? We’ll just have to keep watching.
I’m afraid that’s all we have time for this week, but I’ll be back to address your inquiries next week. Remember that nothing in life guarantees you answers. But you’re always welcome to ask...The Question.