Streaky the Supercat

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Streaky the Supercat
Streaky, from the cover of Action Comics #334 (March 1966).
Art by Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #261 (February 1960)
Created by Otto Binder
Jim Mooney
In-story information
Alter ego Streaky
Species Felis catus
(enhanced by exposure to X-Kryptonite)
Team affiliations Legion of Super-Pets
Supporting character of Supergirl
Abilities Depowered
Originally flight, super-strength, super-vision, super-speed, invulnerability

Streaky the Supercat is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Streaky first appeared in Action Comics #261 (February 1960) and was created by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

One of a series of super-powered animals including Krypto the Superdog, Comet the Superhorse, and Beppo the Supermonkey that was popular in DC's comics of the 1960s, Streaky was Supergirl's pet cat that was given super-powers by an unusual form of kryptonite.

In Action Comics #261 (February 1960),[2] Supergirl was experimenting on a piece of green kryptonite in an attempt to find a way to neutralize its deadly effects. When her experiment failed, she tossed the kryptonite (or "X-Kryptonite", as it became known) out the window. Though her experiment failed, her pet Streaky came across the X-Kryptonite and was exposed to its radiation. As the comics described it, "Due to the unique combination of chemicals in X-Kryptonite, it has given Streaky superpowers!" Streaky's powers consisted of a smaller subset of those of Superman and Supergirl, including flight, super-strength, super-vision, super-speed, and human-level or better intelligence.

Streaky made sporadic appearances in comic stories through the 1960s, and even became a member of the Legion of Super-Pets, a group consisting of the aforementioned super-powered animals.

Streaky's last pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths appearance was in Adventure Comics #394 (June 1970).[3] When all of Earth's kryptonite was transformed into iron in Superman #233 (January 1971),[4] Streaky's X-Kryptonite power source was eliminated as well, ending his super-career and returning him to the life of a normal housecat. In an answer to a reader's letter in Supergirl #2 (January 1973), editor E. Nelson Bridwell confirmed the elimination of X-Kryptonite and that the now-powerless Streaky had gone to live with Linda (Supergirl) Danvers' foster parents in Midvale.

During Grant Morrison's run in Animal Man, an alternate, grey-furred Streaky (which left an orange contrail with the telltale lightning bolt marking) made a brief appearance in issues #23-24 (May–June 1990)[5][6] as one of the pre-Crisis characters that were returned to reality by the Psycho-Pirate's Medusa Mask. This alternate Streaky attacked "Overman," an evil parallel universe Superman with his heat vision before being hurled out of the asylum. Presumably, this Streaky vanished from existence when the Psycho-Pirate's episode of madness ended, along with his human counterparts.

Various cats inspired by and sometimes named Streaky have made appearances in the post-Crisis DC Universe, but none so far have acquired superpowers. In Peter David's Supergirl vol. 4 series, a particular cat named Streaky, identical to the pre-Crisis version, jumps from a tree as if trying to fly before being saved by Supergirl and returned to its owner, saying the town of Leesburg is not "ready for a flying kitten." The cat appeared in issues #25 (September 1998)[7] and #42 (March 2000).[8] At the 2007 New York Comic Con, when asked if Streaky would be returning, writer Paul Dini said that the "cat’s out of the bag."[9]

In Supergirl vol. 5 #10 (November 2006),[10] it is revealed Kara has a female pet cat. In issue #14 (April 2007), it is revealed that the cat's name is Streaky because "she doesn't get the concept of the litter box."[11] During the Final Crisis, Streaky is first seen in Supergirl's apartment as Supergirl urges her not to pee in the laundry. After the escape of the Anti-Life Equation, Supergirl takes Streaky to the Fortress of Solitude. Supergirl #38 (April 2009)[12] establishes that, when Supergirl began sharing an apartment with Lana Lang as "Linda Lang", she took Streaky with her. Now that Supergirl mostly lives on New Krypton, Lana looks after the cat.

Descendant[edit]

Streaky has a 30th-century descendant named "Whizzy" who first appeared in Action Comics #287 (April 1962),[13] and was created by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney. A lookalike for Streaky, Whizzy is an orange cat with white lightning-bolt markings on either side of his body.

Supergirl first encounters Whizzy, who wears a red cape like his ancestor, when she answers a summons from the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century. After defeating the Positive Man, Supergirl is addressed telepathically by a flying cat she assumes is her pet Streaky. She observes, "You have a 'W' insignia on your cape instead of an 'S'! The engraving on your collar explains everything!" True enough, emblazoned on the cat's collar is the following legend: "Whizzy, descendant of famed supercat Streaky."

The effects of the battle with the Positive Man, (defeated by use of a Negative Bird) have caused the Legionnaires to seemingly lose their powers. Supergirl covers for the team, but they betray her. She and Whizzy are tossed into the Phantom Zone.

While in the Zone, Supergirl learns the de-powered Legionnaires are really an invading race of "Chameleon Men". Whizzy assists in the escape from the Zone. The invaders are defeated and the heroes are rescued from their asteroid prison.

Other versions[edit]

As well as appearing in comics related to the Krypto the Superdog cartoon, Streaky appears in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade. He has a cameo in issue #3 (April 2009), but it is in issue #4 (May 2009)[14] that he is given superpowers by being exposed to an electrocuted piece of Kryptonite that Supergirl had discarded. He leads Supergirl under her school where she helps him free her fellow students. Then he takes off into space vowing to return as he has found something out about Supergirl's teachers. He returns in issue #5 (June 2009)[15] where he saves Supergirl by taking a blast from Belinda Zee's Bizarro vision. He is transformed into a Saber-toothed cat. With the second blast of this vision he reverts to a normal cat. He spends the rest of the series hissing at the bad guys, insinuating his intelligence has remained, but the powers and ability to express himself has gone.

Streaky has appeared in DC titles Super Friends and Tiny Titans. In Super Friends #14 (June 2009),[16] he helps the other super-pets save the world when humanity is immobilised. In Tiny Titans, he attends pet club meetings with Supergirl and the other super-pets. In Superman Family Adventures #2, Streaky encounters Fuzzy, the Krypto Mouse for the first time.[17]

A version of the character appears in Supergirl's Wednesday Comics strip along with Krypto.[18] The story was written by Jimmy Palmiotti[19] and drawn by Amanda Conner.[20]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • In Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, Streaky has made a few appearances as an ordinary housecat of the Kents. As an injoke in the episode "Mxyzpixilated", Mister Mxyzptlk demonstrated his powers by making Streaky fly around the room.
  • In the Justice League episode "Comfort and Joy", J'onn J'onzz does not feel the Christmas spirit until he wanders around Smallville. He meets Streaky near the beginning of the episode, beckoning him to come over by saying "Kitty", at which Streaky hisses and runs away. At the end of the episode, he is seen in true Martian form, petting Streaky while singing.
Streaky as he appears in Krypto the Superdog.
  • In 2005, Streaky became a supporting character on Cartoon Network's animated series Krypto the Superdog voiced by Brian Drummond. In this series, Streaky once again has superpowers, and is the pampered pet of Krypto's owner's next-door neighbor, Andrea. In the series, Streaky goes into a lab where he crashes into a duplicator laser. The laser shoots Krypto and bounces off him and into Streaky, giving him powers similar to Krypto's. Unlike the original comics version, who was immune to the effects of kryptonite radiation, this Streaky does share Krypto's vulnerability to green and red kryptonite.
  • Streaky appears in the Legion of Super Heroes animated series in the episode "Message in a Bottle." This version of the character is a native to the shrunken city of Kandor. When Brainiac 5 turns the Kandorian sun from red to yellow, Streaky receives superpowers.

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eury, Michael (2006). "Jim Mooney Interview". The Krypton Companion. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 44. ISBN 1-893905-61-6. Streaky the Supercat was my design. I think the writer came up with the initial idea, but I designed him so he looked a little bit more like an animated cat. 
  2. ^ Siegel, Jerry (w), Mooney, Jim (p), Mooney, Jim (i). "Supergirl's Super Pet!" Action Comics 261 (February 1960)
  3. ^ Bridwell, E. Nelson (w), Mortimer, Win (p), Abel, Jack (i). "The Mysterious Motr of Doov" Adventure Comics 394 (June 1970)
  4. ^ O'Neil, Dennis (w), Swan, Curt (p), Anderson, Murphy (i). "Superman Breaks Loose" Superman 233 (January 1971)
  5. ^ Morrison, Grant (w), Truog, Chas (p), Hazlewood, Doug (i). "Crisis" Animal Man 23 (May 1990)
  6. ^ Morrison, Grant (w), Truog, Chas (p), Hazlewood, Doug (i). "Purification Day" Animal Man 24 (June 1990)
  7. ^ David, Peter (w), Kirk, Leonard (p), Riggs, Robin (i). "Desperate Times" Supergirl v4, 25 (September 1998)
  8. ^ David, Peter (w), Kirk, Leonard (p), Riggs, Robin (i). "Mystery Date" Supergirl v4, 42 (March 2000)
  9. ^ Smith, John W. (February 24, 2007). "NYCC, Day 2: DCU, A Better Tomorrow - Today". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Kelly, Joe (w), Churchill, Ian (p), Rapmund, Norm; Lanning, Andy (i). "Secret Identities" Supergirl v5, 10 (November 2006)
  11. ^ Kelly, Joe (w), Churchill, Ian (p), Rapmund, Norm (i). "Special" Supergirl v5, 14 (April 2007)
  12. ^ Gates, Sterling (w), Igle, Jamal (p), Champagne, Keith (i). "Who is Superwoman? Part Two: Clashes" Supergirl v5, 38 (April 2009)
  13. ^ Siegel, Jerry (w), Mooney, Jim (p), Mooney, Jim (i). "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge!" Action Comics 287 (April 1962)
  14. ^ Walker, Landry Q. (w), Jones, Eric (p), Jones, Eric (i). "Secret Entity!" Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade 4 (May 2009)
  15. ^ Walker, Landry Q. (w), Jones, Eric (p), Jones, Eric (i). "Graduation Day Part 1" Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade 5 (June 2009)
  16. ^ Fisch, Sholly (w), Shaw, Scott, Kazaleh, Mike, and MacQuarrie, Jim (p), Beatty, Terry (i). "Man's Best Super-Friend" Super Friends v2, 14 (June 2009)
  17. ^ Baltazar, Art; Aureliani, Franco (w), Baltazar, Art (p), Baltazar, Art (i). "Streaky? Streaky the Super Cat?!!" Superman Family Adventures 2 (August 2012)
  18. ^ Wednesday Comics. DC Comics. June 2010. ISBN 1-4012-2747-3.  (Titan Books. July 2010. ISBN 1-84856-755-3)
  19. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (July 15, 2009). "Wednesday Comics: Jimmy Palmiotti". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. Streaky and Krypto are acting a bit weird and taking the city along for the ride. 
  20. ^ Trecker, Jamie (August 20, 2009). "Wednesday Comics Thursday: Amanda Conner Brings the Cute". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  21. ^ Montgomery, Paul (July 8, 2010). "Art Baltazar Unleashes DC Super-Pets Line of Children’s Books". iFanboy. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  22. ^ Sazaklis, John; Baltazar, Art (2011). Royal Rodent Rescue. Capstone Publishers. p. 56. ISBN 1404866221. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Korte, Steve; Baltazar, Art (2013). DC Super-Pets Character Encyclopedia. Capstone Publishers. p. 128. ISBN 978-1479520305.