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Top Dog (comics)

Top Dog is a character from the comic book of the same name, published by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics). Top Dog was created by Lennie Herman (writer) and Warren Kremer (artist).

The Series

Top Dog is a talking dog who befriends a human child named Joey Jordan. Top Dog goes on to live with Joey, who promises not to expose the fact that Top Dog can speak. The duo go on to have adventures involving spies, criminals and mad scientists. Amongst these adventures were several crossovers with other Star Comic characters such as Heathcliff and Royal Roy. One story even seemingly involved a Spider-Man team-up. Although it was actually an actor in a Spider-Man suit, the real Peter Parker does make an appearance. The series ran for fourteen issues after which, the character continued to make appearances in Heathcliff comic books (starting in issue #22) in both crossovers and backup stories.

Titles

Top Dog

The titles of the main 14 issue Top Dog series:

  1. "The Secret Life of Top Dog" (AKA "The Dog-Gone Beginning")
  2. "Spies"
  3. "Mad Biter"
  4. "Top Dog's Secret Past is Revealed" (AKA "The Secret of Top Dog")
  5. "Mr. Invisible"
  6. "Frank N Stein"
  7. "Special Team Up: Royal Roy and Top Dog" (AKA "Crisis in Cashalot") (featuring Royal Roy)
  8. "The Strange Disappearance of Top Dog" (AKA "Missing")
  9. "Special Team Up: Heathcliff and Top Dog" (AKA "The Mystery of the Missing Millions") (featuring Heathcliff)
  10. "The Team Up of the Year: Can This be Spider-Man?" (AKA "The Spectacular Comic Book Caper!") (featuring Peter Parker and a Spider-Man look-a-like)
  11. "Enter: Dirty Dog" (AKA "The Return of Dirty Dog")
  12. "The Revenge of Frank N Stein N Mervin"
  13. "Front to the Future"
  14. "Please Don't Go T-Top Dog!"

Heathcliff

The regular series continued in the back of Heathcliff comics starting with issue #22. Issue numbers 36, 40, 46 - 56 did not feature a Top Dog story. Issue #45 is one of Warren Kremer's last published stories after his paralyzing stroke in 1989 (the issue was published in March 1990):
  1. "On the Road"
  2. "Going Home" (changes to Marvel Comics)
  3. "Ghost of a Chance"
  4. "Hats Off"
  5. "The Bark of Avon"
  6. "How to be Pup-ular!"
  7. "Beach Blanket Bow-Wow"
  8. "The Gimmick Mimic"
  9. "Rocks in his Head"
  10. "Teacher's Pet!"
  11. "What a Cat-astrophe"
  12. "Working Like a Dog"
  13. "Kanine Krunchies"
  14. "Bark to the Future"
  15. No Top Dog story in this issue
  16. "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tail"
  17. "The Write Stuff"
  18. "Bark Seat Driver"
  19. No Top Dog story in this issue
  20. "Doggie Daddy"
  21. "Shape Up Pup"
  22. "Fast Food Folly!"
  23. No Top Dog story in this issue
  24. "He's No Man" (AKA "He Sno Man")

Characters in the Series

  • Top Dog
  • Joey Jordan
  • Lizzie Jordan (Joey's sister)
  • Mom Jordan
  • Dad Jordan
  • Mervin Megabucks
  • Dirty Dog
  • Frank and Stein
  • Mr. Invisible

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