That's What's Up: Who's the best animal sidekick in comics?
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Q: Who is the best animal sidekick? — @YellFeat
I don't know if there's anything that instantly dates a comic as much as an animal sidekick. I mean, there was a time when everyone had one—and when some superheroes were running around with an entire menagerie of super-powered pets—but for some reason, the industry hit a point where publishers and creators just assumed that nobody wanted to see a crimefighting dog anymore. I think the record of, you know, the entire internet will show that they were very, very wrong on that score, but either way, there's a proud tradition and legacy for animal sidekicks that makes figuring out which one is actually best a pretty difficult task.
I'll tell you this, though: it ain't Comet the Super-Horse, that's for damn sure.