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365 Reasons to Love Comics #101

Comics’ greatest monkey is today’s Ape-ril star!

4/11/07

101. Beppo the Super-Monkey

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You bet your sweet Beppo!

Boy, I love this monkey. He’s easily the best “super-pet” out of the whole stable. You got your dog, your cat, your horse, your Proty II, but Beppo is the best. It’s not just because he’s a monkey with a cape, though that certainly factors in; but he’s such a fun character in comparison to the other Super-Pets. And he’s way better than that Bongo fellow.

Beppo first appeared as a nameless Super-Monkey in Superboy #76, seen above. His origin is fantastic– he was an experimental lab monkey Jor-El used to test baby Kal-El’s rocket flight! That’s just brilliant. And, rather than go down with the planet, our little Kryptonian monkey stowed away on Kal-El’s ship and made it to Earth. He must’ve found a way to keep himself busy, however, until he showed up in Super-Baby’s life in the issue seen above.

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In contrast to the brave and obedient Krypto, Beppo was characterized as a cheeky little monkey, constantly causing trouble through his mischevious ways. He’s the trickster of the Super-Pet world, and he proved to be the most fun and interesting. In later issues, he took the name “Beppo” in honor of an organ grinder’s monkey he met.

Because he was such a pain in the butt, however, Clark kept trying to get rid of him, but Beppo kept coming back. For a while there, he was the jungle’s #1 crimefighter (sorry, B’Wana Beast), enforcing proper laws among the animals:

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That first panel there is one of the greatest comics panels of all time. It’s not everyday you see a monkey with Superman’s powers beating up regular gorillas because they happened to be higher up on the food chain. Too bad the fight ended before Beppo got around to the super-poop-flinging. I bet he could throw his feces so hard, it’d put a whole through a guy. Or send a durable villain flying through a few walls. And you would never be able to clean it off.

Eventually, Superboy ditched Beppo in deep space, but he returned, years later, teaming up with Supergirl and becoming a founding member of the Legion of Super-Pets, along with Krypto, Streaky, Comet, and Proty II, everyone’s favorite gelatinous blob creature (sorry, Gloop and Gleep of the Herculoids. …actually, forget it, Gloop and Gleep are awesome. Sorry, Proty II. You’re the redheaded stepchild of the Super-Pet set).

Just don’t tick ‘em off:

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I fear for Saturn Girl. (You’ll notice Proty II doesn’t appear, because Matter Eater Lad confused him for mashed potatoes. Okay, okay, I kid– I love Proty II. He doesn’t get enough respect).

Beppo only had about a dozen appearances Pre-Crisis, and has barely been so much as referenced Post-Crisis. He did, however, just recently appear in Krypto the Super-Dog #6, or so I’m told. Run out right now and pick it up! Beppo deserves your love.

I see no reason why Beppo cannot return to continuity. They brought back Krypto, they can bring back Beppo! He’s way cooler, because he doesn’t play by Superboy’s rules, and he mainly just causes trouble for everyone around him. This makes Beppo a total badass. If they ever dared let me write the Super-books, I would most certainly unleash the return of Beppo upon the world.

Heck, give Beppo his own series. I think Dial M for Monkey of Dexter’s Laboratory (had to find a way to mention this) proved it can be done.

At least we’ve got a Beppo action figure available! Admittedly, it only comes packaged with the Superman Robot. Wait. Let me put that another way: there’s a free Superman Robot figure with purchase of Beppo.

Let the cry echo throughout the land: bring back Beppo or the Proty II gets it! After all, Beppo is the only Super-Pet that Lord Byron wrote a poem about.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is why Beppo is comics’ greatest monkey. To close out today’s column, I will share a hilariously awesome picture I found on Dial B for Blog:

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Oh, if only this existed.

15 Comments

Proty II, everyone’s favorite gelatinous blob creature (sorry, Gloop and Gleep of the Herculoids. …actually, forget it, Gloop and Gleep are awesome. Sorry, Proty II. You’re the redheaded stepchild of the Super-Pet set).

Let’s see… how many other gelatinous blob creatures are there? Proty (I and II), Gloop and Gleep, the Shmoo, Barbapapa and his family… Who else?

Let the pain of Ape-ril end! PLEASE!

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 11, 2007 at 6:12 pm

I tend to agree.

30 days of Ape-ril is just a tad bit too much.

Heretics!

Why the hatred for the monkey race?
unless you’re robots, in which case continue, for mere robots can never understand nature’s true beauty, monkeys.

30 days of Ape-ril is 335 days too few.

I’d be perfectly happy if this were called “365 Reasons to Love Comics, All of Which Involve Monkeys.”

Am I going to be called a heretic if I point out that Beppo has a tail and therefore isn’t an ape?

Did Beppo ever fight Titano?

If not, why not?

(Still waiting for Titano, but you’ve got plenty of time…)

I gotta admit, while I know many fans think that apes, gorillas, simians, monkeys etc etc are the be-all and end-all of comics, I’m not one of them (though I do like Grodd, Mallah and Gorilla Man from Agents of Atlas). Certainly I never thought 1/12 of the reasons to love comics would involve apes. I really wish this would end. Sorry, Bill.

In terms of this entry I’m disappointed not to learn what Red Kryptonite transformed Beppo into…and how he stopped the Red K ape Superboy!

One word…GLEEK!

Mobelius Rodelius

April 12, 2007 at 7:43 am

Check out Krypto going all “gay coppertone” on that Adventure cover. Cool.

There simply aren’t 30 really cool apes in comics. There’s about ten individually cool ones, then there’s the general “apes are awesome” canard, and you’re done. Dragging out Beppo is scraping the bottom of the ape barrel (all the worse that he showed up before Solivar and Sam Simeon).

Why does everything have to have a theme, anyway? This project started out as random cool things in comics. It might be nice to go back to that for a while.

Beppo? Scraping the barrel? Surely you jest. I love Beppo. He’s totally awesome. And there are several other cool apes and monkeys left to go. Trust me, they’re awesome. I promise I’ll quit before Cy-Gor.

People seemed to respond to the theme weeks, and I think it makes the column look less slapdash.

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