Super-Pets: A Brief History of DC Comics’ Animal Heroes by Jerry Whitworth
Recently, Collider broke the news that Jared Stern (LEGO Batman Movie, LEGO Ninjago Movie) will write and direct an animated film based on DC Comics’ Super Pets. At this time, few details are available about the project but DC Comics has a rich history with animal heroes. Comic books got their start collecting comic strips which frequently featured animal protagonists and when superheroes began to run out of fashion, animal characters made a return (in fact, Green Lantern found himself becoming replaced by his canine sidekick Streak the Wonder Dog in his own book). Animal analogies even emerged of these heroes as the Flash had a turtle version called the Terrific Whatzit and Superman received a similar treatment with Super-Turtle. By 1982, an entire animal version of the Justice League appeared in the Just’a Lotta Animals as part of the series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! Regarding animal companions, heroes like Dr. Mid-Nite, Hawkman, Robotman, and Doll Man were some of the earliest adopters of the phenomenon with Hooty, Big Red, Robbie the Robot Dog, and Elmo the Wonder Dog, respectively. However, everything seemed to change around the start of the Silver Age when Superman acquired a Super-Dog in Krypto.