Comic Book Cats, number 68: Superboy #131

Comic Book Cats, number 68: Superboy #131, penciled & inked by George Papp, published by DC Comics in July 1966.

“The Dog from S.C.P.A.” sees Krypto the Superdog joining several other super-powered canines as a member of the Space Canine Patrol Agents. Krypto must rescue the other members of the S.P.C.A. from the clutches of the Canine Caper Gang. The two sides fight to a draw, at which point the Gang agrees to leave if Krypto promises to take them “to a new world, where there aren’t any canine agents.” Krypto agrees, and the desperado dogs are elated at the thought of being able to carry on their larcenous activities unhindered… until they discover that Krypto has taken them to a planet with a different sort of S.P.C.A., specifically the Space Cat Patrol Agents!

What a great twist ending! I’m just a bit disappointed that we never got to see Atomic Tom, Crab-Tabby, and Power Puss team up with Streaky!

George Papp was one of the regular artists on Superboy from 1958 to 1968. Among his other credits, Papp drew some of the early Legion of Super-Heroes stories and co-created Green Arrow with Mort Weisinger. Unfortunately, he was one of several older creators who were fired by DC Comics in the late 1960s when they requested health & retirement benefits. Papp then went into advertising. He passed away in 1989 at the age of 73.

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