Cosmo the Spacedog

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Cosmo the Spacedog
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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Nova vol 4 #7
Created by Dan Abnett (writer)
Andy Lanning (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Cosmo
Species Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever Hybrid
Team affiliations Guardians of the Galaxy
Abilities Various telepathic abilities

Cosmo the Spacedog is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Cosmo, a telepathic Soviet dog, is the security chief of the space station Knowhere and a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Publication history[edit]

The character was created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning as a reference to Laika and first appeared in Nova vol. 4 #8.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Cosmo was a former test animal of the Soviet space program. He was launched into Earth's orbit as part of an experiment but he drifted off into space at some point during the 1960s, arriving in Knowhere and at some point being mutated, he eventually came to serve as the station's security chief. Cosmo met a distraught Nova shortly after he witnessed Suspensor turn into a zombie. He tells Nova that he's on Knowhere, a city right inside the severed head of a giant Celestial. Beings from all over the universe come to Knowhere waiting for the end of the universe.

When the Luminals bring something in a big box the city's population has to go into hiding. The Xandarian Worldmind then informs Rider that he had deciphered the writing on the wall, which is a countdown to a timer.[1]

Suspensor attacks them and he is forced to kill her in self-defense only to have her allies Cynosure, Crater and Discharge blame him for her death. Unable to fight the three aliens, as he retreats he makes a discovery of a talking dog. However, Cosmo gained Nova’s trust and friendship, and the two set out to find the fiend responsible for all the recent deaths on Knowhere. Cosmo brought Nova up to speed on when the events started, and the Xandarian Worldmind added any data he had at his disposal. Cosmo was mainly concerned with the safety of the remaining citizens of Knowhere who were safely hidden away in a dimensional envelope he wore on his collar. It was not long before Cosmo and Nova were ambushed by more zombies including the surviving members of Suspensor's former team the Luminals and determined that the creature known as Abyss was behind the mayhem. Together, they fought off the attacks, sealed Abyss inside his prison.[2]

Cosmo then charted a course to the birthplace of the Phalanx, the planet Kvch, in hopes that he can find a way to cure himself of the Transmode Virus that is slowly killing him. Then alarms were triggered when a murderous Gamora and Drax the Destroyer (now under the control of the Phalanx) slaughtered many residents in search of Nova. Cosmo arrived too late to stop them before they could follow the same path as Nova through the Continuum Cortex.[3]

During The Thanos Imperative storyline, the true nature of the Fault began to reveal itself and the corrupted beings of the Cancerverse began their invasion. The Guardians of the Galaxy allied with Thanos to stop the evil Lord Mar-Vell. In the end, the team disbanded, losing Adam Warlock, Phyla-Vell, Drax and their leader Starlord. But before he died, Starlord left Cosmo with a task collect the greatest heroes in the universe to form a band of Annihilators, the team Starlord believed was what the Guardians of the Galaxy should have been. Cosmo one by one convinced the Silver Surfer, Gladiator, Beta Ray Bill, Quasar and Ronan the Accuser to team up and protect the universe together, as was Starlord's final wish.[4]

Cosmo was seen injured after Captain Skaarn's takeover of Knowhere.[5] Skaarn had poisoned Cosmo and shot him with something that dampened Cosmo's psychic telepathy. Using the Nova Force, the young Nova tried to push the poison out of his body. In the process, he found the foreign body inside of the psychic dog that disrupted his powers and thus, saved Cosmo's life.[6]

Cosmo is seen with several new Knowhere enforcement allies called the Knowhere Corps. They assist him in capturing a violence-loving gangster called Yotat.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Cosmo has numerous powers including Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telepathic Defense, Telepathic Cloak, Psionic Shield, Telepathic Illusions, Telepathic Camouflage, Telepathic Manipulation, Mind Control, Mental Paralysis, Mental Amnesia, Mental Sedating, Psionic Blast, Mental Detection, and Extended Longevity.

In other media[edit]


  • Cosmo the Spacedog appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, voiced by James Arnold Taylor in a Russian accent. He first appears in "Road to Knowhere" Pt. 1 where he is encountered by Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot's stick form. His history on Earth and him working on Knowhere are still intact. When Knowhere comes alive, Cosmo flies off with Groot's stick form to warn the inhabitants at the time when the Guardians of the Galaxy" were fighting Korath the Pursuer's group and Yondu's Ravagers. In the episode "Space Cowboys", Cosmo welcomes the Guardians of the Galaxy back to Knowhere as the Milano is being repaired while mentioning that the technology on Knowhere is still being repaired following Thanos' attack. He tells them that the Collector is here on Knowhere. During the fight between the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Ravagers over the Moombas, Cosmo contacted the Nova Corps and vouched for the Guardians of the Galaxy by telling Rhomann Dey that Collector hired them to take the Moombas to the Grandmaster on Conjunction.
  • Cosmo the Spacedog has a non-voiced appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man vs The Sinister Six.[8] A pirate version appears in "Return to the Spider-Verse" Pt. 2 where he is an inhabitant of a pirate reality and assisted the pirate versions of Howard the Duck and Rocket Raccoon in a mutiny against Web Beard the Pirate Lord. Though both sides were persuaded by Spider-Man and Kid Arachnid to settle their differences and help to defeat the Kraken.


  • Cosmo the Spacedog appears in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he is a living exhibit in the Collector's museum and is freed after an explosion caused by the Collecter's assistant. In a post-credits scene, he is shown having a drink with the Collector and Howard the Duck.

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Nova Vol. 4 #8
  2. ^ Nova Vol. 4 #9
  3. ^ Nova Vol. 4 #10
  4. ^ Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1
  5. ^ Nova Vol. 5 #14
  6. ^ Nova Vol. 5 #15
  7. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #5 (Feb. 2016)

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