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Off My Mind: Supergirl Made Out With Her Horse?

It might have been the 60s but it's still pretty strange.

I thought I knew pretty much all there was to know about the Super Pets seen in the pages of Superman comics back in the Silver Age. Krypto was Superman's dog and Beppo was a test animal of Jor-El's who ended up on Earth. Streaky gained his powers from an radioactive experimental antidote to Kryptonite Supergirl was working on.

I always assumed Comet the Super-Horse was another animal refuge from Krypton that belonged to Supergirl before she made her escape. I just never bothered to look into Comet's history before now.It turns out that Comet is not from Krypton.

He first appeared in Action Comics #292 in 1962. Supergirl had been hit by Kryptonite rays and was falling to Earth. Out of nowhere came a white horse with superpowers that saved her life. It was in the next issue that we discover his true story.

== TEASER ==

Comet originally was a centaur named Biron who was in love with Circe. When he saved her life, she agreed to repay him. His wish was to become human. When she made an attempt, she gave him the wrong potion (it was actually switched by an evil-doer). Instead of a man, he was turned completely into a horse. There was no antidote but she was able to bestow super-strength, telepathy and immortality to Biron.

What about Supergirl making out with Comet?

Superman received a summon for help from Prince Endor of Zerox (who had helped Superman out in the past). Basically the prince needed a flying horse so Supergirl and Comet made the trip. Zerox was a sorcerer planet (of course) so as thanks, Prince Endor granted Comet a wish. Because magic had changed since he was first turned into a horse, he could reverse the spell...a little.

Comet would not have super-powers and would turn into a human on Earth when a comet passed through the solar system. Upon returning to Earth, a comet happened to enter the solar system. He gave himself the name "Bronco Bill" and soon met Supergirl in this form. And this is when she made out...with her horse.

"Bronco Bill" would make other appearances and apparently even had a brief romance with Lois Lane. Comet was in love with Supergirl but didn't want to tell her that he was also "Bronco Bill." Why did Comet not tell her? Because it would be weird, gross and illegal in most states.

As I put finishing touches to this article, my seven-year-old daughter walked in and I explained what was going on in the images. She had quite a perplexed look on her face and simply said, "That's weird."

This is one of the reasons why reading Silver Age comics can be a fun and interesting pastime. You never really know what to expect. It was a different take on one of the super-pets. It was good that they didn't all come from Krypton and somehow all land on Earth. Maybe Supergirl didn't really make out with her horse. She did but she didn't. The fact that Comet would trick Supergirl many times with this...shame on you Comet. Let's hope for Kara's sake she never comes across a white horse in the current continuity.

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Posted by leokearon


I agree with your daughter

 

 

I liked the Earth Angel version of Comet, that was a lot of fun

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Posted by TypingKira

Lol, your daughter is right. That's weird. 


Sweet, in a way, but still. . . so weird. . . and . . . no, not sweet. Weird. This would be a good article to break into the topic of psychedelic substance abuse by comic writers and artists in the 60s. 

Kidding. . . 
Posted by Shanana

O_o


LOL good ole Silver age
Posted by Shadow_Thief

Comics have gone to some pretty weird places, haven't they?

Posted by dorsk188

...I just... I don't know what to...

....
Maybe Wertham was right...
Posted by tonis

More proof your little one has inherited the super-intelligence that comes from the G-Force :)
Edited by NightFang

Can you say super- "bestiality", anyone?

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Posted by Eyz

 Ah, the infamous Comet! XD
Pure Silver Age-ism!

Posted by CrimsonTempest

Didn't Comet turn into an angel of sorts later on? That horse has gotten away with so much...

Posted by jubilee042

bronco bill is very majestic

Posted by antiterra

Must... resist... bareback riding... jokes...

Posted by GundamHeavyarms

Oh, you didn't know that G-man?  Yeah, the silver age comet was weird, then the 90's comet ramped up the weird by 10. 

Posted by tximinoman

Am I the only one who thinks that "Bronco Bill" is the coolest name for a pornstar ever!?? (not only because of the name, he was a horse, we all now what does that mean -and it explains his success with women)

Posted by Herx

oh silver age, where ever shall your silliness take us next :)

Posted by Arevish

I hate supergirl -.-

Edited by doordoor123

Im pretty sure he was also in a more recent comic macking with Supergirl. I think it was in Supergirl Vol.4
Although it could have been someone else horse-like.

Posted by Nerx

Bestiality is hot topic back then

Posted by mesosteros

nº1 Power Girl FTW

nº2 What is this, I don't even...
Posted by SpectrumBlur

I can just see, in the current Supergirl comic, Kara and a white horse looking at one another.  Kara says to no one in particular "I'm creeped out, and I don't know why..."

Posted by INFLUCATEXE

and here i thought i couldn't get any sicker...>.<

Posted by Mbecks14

Dear Silver-Age Superman stories,


We need to talk....

Sincerely,
Us
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Wow...just wow

Posted by dondasch

It's an interesting article, @GMan, if a bit convoluted in reasoning.

Posted by Silkcuts

Thank God Crisis knocked out stuff like that from the characters history

Posted by shockwave632

Supergirl making out with a horse - that doesn't really bother me.
But a planet called Zerox???????


What, can the natives all make copies of themselves???   
Posted by A_O_N

 What... did I just read? XD

Posted by BlueStarr86

Urgh... I was hoping this bit of history would remain forgotten.

Posted by cyberninja
Posted by sesquipedalophobe

I'll never look at my pony the same way again.

Posted by etragedy

Supergirl and Lois Lane?

Well, you know what they say about guys who used to be half horse!

Posted by Video_Martian

WOW, someone's been reading Cracked lately...  ;D

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Beastality....Grosss.

Posted by Moonleming

Well god bless those early Silver Age writers I had no idea how much background I wanted my Super-horse to have.  I was like wow a Super-horse.  I had no idea he was so layered and complex. And creepy.

Posted by Caligula

I didn't know Supergirl had a crush on Sarah Jessica Parker...

Posted by nolelantern

So this is why the Peter David version of Comet was so Bizarre in the late 90's SUPERGIRL. In this take, a bisexual female stand-up comic would turn into a horse-looking male humoniod, that Supergirl was at first attacted to. That was David's strange homage to the Silver Age.   

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

It's corny little nuggets like this that make me roll my eyes when I think of DC sometimes. 

Posted by Billy Batson

Silver Age ftw!

Posted by Phylos
@shockwave632: 
LMFAOOOOOOOOOO
Posted by Out_of_Space

Imagine what family would a horse and superhero be !

Posted by Unwritten Duck

Well I guess someone had to be into Bestiality....*shudders*

Edited by Zoom

Hey you guys know what's wacky?  Green Lantern's ring used to not be able to effect things that were yellow.


Like the silver age being weird qualifies as news...
Posted by Gambit1024

That's the Silver Age for ya, lmao. 

Posted by DH69

god so...many...jokes...AAAAAHHH! I HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE!

Posted by Kairan1979

And I thought I've heard about all the bizarre relationships in comic books...

Posted by JonesDeini

Oh silver age DC, you're were godbadawfully horridtrocious in the best way possible ^_^

Posted by The Psyentist

OH, my goodness. Yeah. Weird.

Posted by Neverpraying

OH GOD MY MIND *dies*

Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

O.o that`s weird,really really weird ! I think golden and silver age comics are weird ! That`s why I like the modern age most.

Posted by AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge

This article almost sounds like inter-species/zoo animal sex (where a person does 'it' with an animal - dog, horse, you name it. True story.....)
Edited by frogjitsu

This is hilarious.  Last week I was watching the Superman Animated series, and my brother doubted that a super horse existed so I came here to show him the page to prove I was right, and that he shouldn't question my comic book knowledge, lol.

Anyways, since I haven't read anything with Comet in it, I read his bio, and found out he could turn to a human, so I jokingly insinuated that Supergirl and Comet were more than friends, if you know what I mean.  So you can imagine how funny it is that my insinuations were actually true, and Supergirl did have a more intimate relationship with her horse.  Who knew?

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