|By Alex Ross|
My secret is out: I am a dog person. When I first decoded the cryptic telegram, sent via hawk, that told me I would be writing for Thought Balloons, the first thing I did was take my own dog (half Jack Russell, half shih tzu; a jack shit, if you will) for a walk and contemplated characters I could choose. Including everyone's favourite Super-Dog, Krypto.
The whole "super-pets" phase is one of the most used examples of Silver Age wackiness. You had Ace the Bat-Hound, of course, but it was Superman who had to clean up the most poop, with Streaky the Super-Cat, Comet the Super-Horse, and even Beppo the Super-Ape. And while most of them either vanished or became ordinary house pets in modern times, Krypto has endured.
|By Francis Manapul|
Just as Superman lives the life of an ordinary mortal albeit with amazing abilities, Krypto is at his best as a character when acting like a familiar, faithful dog... who can fly and shoot lasers out his eyes. This is best shown in Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul's Superboy, where we see that under the big, wide puppy-dog eyes and permanently stupefied expression, Krypto really does mean well. 'Cause all dogs take after their masters.