The Non-Stop Parade of Horrors That is Superboy #105, Part Three
So far, the ISB's death-defying look at Superboy #105 has included a Superboy story wherein Our Junior Hero--apparently seeking to provide himself with more of a challenge--acts like a complete and utter moron for a few days to bring in some heroin dealers, and a Superbaby story involving a little girl in dire peril of being eaten by no less than two carnivorous animals.
Where, you may be asking, can we possibly go from here?
Multiple Super-dogs. THAT'S where.
I don't want to get anybody's hopes up here, so let me just go ahead and put this out there: Unlike his historic battle against Lex Luthor's dog Destructo, at no time in this entire story is there a scene where Krypto and Swifty battle to the death. What you actually get is even stranger.
Sure, things start out normally enough: Superboy and Krypto are out on patrol in Virginia one day when they catch sight of an aristocratic fox-hunter who has become extremely displeased with one of his greyhounds when it refuses to engage in the "cowardly" act of ganging up on a fox, and opts to resolve the situation by firing his rifle at a mountain until it buries the dog in an avalanche. Fortunatley, Superboy's able to save the Swifty from an untimely death, but he doesn't even bother to haul in the local Oligarch for charges of, I don't know, trying to kill a greyhound with a landslide, thus proving my theory that Superboy is just another tool of The Man.
Anyway, Swifty's understandably grateful, despite the fact that young Clark decides to abandon him somewhere in Appalachia shortly after they exchange pleasantries.
Two things I'd like to address here:
- Superboy is kind of a tool. Not just because he's leaving Swifty at the mercy of the elements in the middle of frigg'n nowhere, but because he's insisting that Krypto not be tied down with friends, right before he goes back to change into Clark Kent and catch the Smallville High football game with Lana and Pete Ross.
- Krypto is also kind of a tool. Much like Superboy's dialogue with the custard truck guy, I get the strong feeling that Swifty's response to Krypto's overexcited "HI, I'M AWESOME!" is meant to be read in an extremely sarcastic manner. And he wonders why Ace never returns his calls.
Anyway, after Superboy flies off, Swifty busts a move Incredible Journey style and ends up tracking Clark Kent down while he's on a camping trip with his folks, which, considering Clark was flying most of the way, is a pretty impressive feat indeed. So impressive, in fact, that Clark decides on the spur of the moment to bash his way into a mountain, creating a labrynth to test Swifty's intelligence, and--once that's done--giving him a cape and a serum that'll provide Swifty with super-powers.
Because, y'know, he had some left over from that time in Adventure #304 (Footnote Style!), and couldn't think of a better use for it than giving it to a random dog he found on a mountain one time.
After that, of course, there is one final test: A game of fetch, as played with a log.
I'm not going to say I was hoping for this to turn into an object lesson on how not to avoid angering a hive of bees, but I'll be honest: The thought was there.
Of course, while all this training is going on--which includes Superboy telling Swifty how much smarter and cooler than Krypto he is and taking him out into space so that he can bash up some Kryptonite meteors without fear of dying like his stupid, useless OTHER dog--Kyrpto is watching and listening (from space, of course), and growing more and more convinced that he's being replaced by a better model, a feeling that Clark does absolutely nothing to contradict.
Suitably depressed, Krypto decides to make a graceful exit and, after destroying the Doghouse of Solitude, heads off into space to find a new master.
And that's when things go completely insane.
What follows is a brief glimpse into the kind of madness lurking in the head of Jerry Siegel, and I've taken the liberty of breaking it down panel-by-panel for you:
Krypto finds a group of children and demands that they fight each other for the honor of being his master.
The children throw rocks at Krypto, who is perplexed as to why they hate him. My guess would be that it has something to do with the fact that in the previous panel, he was actively hoping they would battle each other for his amusement.
A PLANET WHERE DOGS EVOLVED FROM MEN?!
Jerry Siegel, everybody. Let's give him a big hand.
Anyway, Krypto--undertsandably freaked out at this point--decides that outer space isn't for him, and sheepishly returns home, where Superboy informs his "loveable idiot" of a pet that he wasn't creating a replacement, but a companion for Krypto, a friend that he could romp around the galaxy with, which just begs the question as to where Swifty was when Krypto needed some backup against Destructo.
Regardless, Krypto vows never to doubt Superboy's loyalty again, and having read through The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, allow me to inform you...
... that was probably a bad idea.
Bonus points of you direct it at your dullard coworker and fill that pause with a long, dramatic sigh.