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When We First Met #24

Each day in June you’ll get an entry showing you the first appearance of seemingly minor characters, phrases, objects or events that later became notable parts of comic book lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of what I’ve featured so far.

Today is a super-pets edition!


First Appearance of Krypto

In early 1955, we met Superboy’s pet dog, Krypto, in Adventure Comics #210…


First Appearance of Ace, the Bat-Hound

A few months later in 1955, Batman also found himself a pet dog in Batman #92…

Gotta love how Ace wears a mask to hide his identity.

First Appearance of Streaky

Streaky had to wait a full five years before he made his debut in 1960’s Action Comics #261…

Linda adopts the cat and names him Streaky.


Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to bcronin@comicbookresources.com!


When was the first time we saw Krypto’s thought balloons?

You’ve accidentally got one of the Batman pages up for Page 3 of the Streaky story….

Thanks! Fixed it.

When was the first time we saw Krypto’s thought balloons?

Good question!

I always liked Ace in Batman Beyond, myself.

Brian, your When We First Met archive only goes up to #18. Thank you.

It always kind of weirded me out back in the Silver Age that all the cats and dogs in the DC universe had human thoughts. It’s like they were little people trapped in animal bodies.

How did Krypto grow up inside the rocket? Shouldn’t he have starved a long time ago? Would baby Kal-El have grown up in his ship too? (Actually they did do that exact story, over at Marvel of all places- it was part of Wundarr’s origin, now known as Jesus C- I mean The Aquarian.)

And I had no idea Streaky’s origin was THAT cartoony; even the cape just fell on him on its own? Hah!

Of course that’s nothing compared to Comet the Superhorse who was a… centaur turned superhorse so he could be next to Supergirl? Cree-py! We need to see that one here, Cronin!


Matthew Johnson

June 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

Here’s a challenge — when’s the first time a light bulb was ever used to show that someone had an idea?

Loving this column, Brian. If you ever flip to a “When Last We Saw…” version, I’m curious as to the last time Roma’s “invisibility to electronic devices” enchantment on the X-men was used in-story. I seem to remember it cropping up fairly recently in an X comic (like in the last several years), but I’m not certain. I’ve always thought the unspoken reasoning was that members of the Aussie team that were subsequently altered (Storm) or Siege Perilous-ed (nearly everyone else) would lose the electro-whammy, but I think that still leaves Longshot and Wolverine, right?

One of my favorite odd comic book possessions is Bill (Lost In Space, B5) Mumy and Steve Leialoha’s first “Trypto The Acid Dog” comic. I didn’t know that they ever made more:

How funny is Krypto’s name? Kind of like if I named my dog “Eartho”. Might have made sense if Superboy had given the dog the name on earth as a bit of tribute or whatever. Oh well.

“When Last We Saw…” is a GREAT idea for a follow-up column Mel!

Thanks, T.! Perhaps B. Cro. will entertain the idea :). I know that some stuff just gets ignored by subsequent writers so that it will die a slow uneventful death in reader’s minds….but there are those other things that get leaned on so hard for so long (the “invisibility to devices” thing is a good example, I think) and then…poof, nothing. Might be interesting to dig up some of those.

And LOL at “Eartho”, XBen.

When comparing the Curt Swan artwork in Adventure Comics and comparing it to the Batman pages, you really appreciate how much slicker a product was being created over in Mort Weisinger’s line of comics. Note, I didn’t say better, as that’s very subjective, and there are definitely some merits to the Batman work, but for sheer slickness, the Swan stuff and the coloring also is very eye-catching

I really loved Ace in the Krypto cartoons of a few years ago. They play him as a grim Batman parody and it’s hysterical.

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