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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAdventure Comics #304 (January 1963)
Created byHenry Boltinoff
In-story information
Full nameTur-Tel
Place of originGalapagon
AbilitiesSame range of powers as Superman

Super-Turtle (or Super Turtle) is a fictional character from DC Comics, created by Henry Boltinoff; he's depicted as a bipedal anthropomorphic turtle wearing a cape like Superman's. His emblem, which is on his cape, is a letter T in a shield.

Publication history[edit]

Created to be a lighthearted parody of Superman, Super-Turtle appeared mostly in one-page comic stories in Silver Age comic books, starting in Adventure Comics #304 (January 1963).

An accepted part of DC Comics history, Super-Turtle tends to show up once in a while in one form or another; e.g., a Super-Turtle figure hangs from the ceiling of the Planet Krypton restaurant in Kingdom Come, and he had a cameo appearance in the one-shot Superman and Batman: World's Funnest. Two one-page Super-Turtle stories were created for and appeared in the 2000 Silver Age series.

His most recent comic book appearance was in issue #3 of the 2008 miniseries Ambush Bug: Year None, in which he plays a role like the one Superboy-Prime played in Infinite Crisis; after living in limbo with Kal-L and company, Super-Turtle (who now calls himself Clark Kent) starts destroying anyone he considers to be a phony Super-Turtle, including Bat-Mite and Connor Kent.

Super-Turtle makes a cameo in the final issue of Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Batmite is upset of the comic's cancelation and states several missed crossover opportunities including Super-Turtle.[1]

Super-Turtle has since appeared in Sleepy Time Crime from Capstone Publishing's DC Super-Pets line of children books.[2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

On the planet Galapagon (a parody of Krypton and the Galápagos Islands), the scientist Shh-Ell (a parody of Jor-El) of an advanced race of turtles realized that their planet was doomed, and convinced the Science Council that they should build 1,000 spaceships to evacuate it. Slow by nature, the turtles only managed to build one spaceship, in which Shh-Ell's infant son, Tur-Tel (Kal-El), was sent to Earth. Found by a kindly homespun farming couple, the turtle grew up and gained super-powers, becoming Super-Turtle, the Reptile of Steel.

Super-Turtle's enemies and allies include parodies of Superman's (such as Brainy-yak, who is a parody of Brainiac and Lex Luthor) and, in curious circumstances, Superman himself.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Super-Turtle has the same powers as Superman: Flight, invulnerability, superhuman speed and strength, vision powers, et cetera.


  1. ^ Batman: The All New Brave and The Bold #16
  2. ^ "Sleepy Time Crime".

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