‘Frankenweenie’ Special: When Comic Book Pets Came Back To Life

by Ryan Rigley

It’s alive! Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” formerly a live action short film of the same name, is now a feature length stop-motion animated movie thanks to Disney and Tim Burton Productions. The film is a retelling of the classic “Frankenstein” story but with a clever twist; featuring a young Victor Frankenstein who brings his dog Sparky back to life after a tragic accident.

In a similar vein, resurrection has become a reccurring staple of the comic book industry. Major characters will often be killed off during the events of an important story arc and then brought back to life as if they had never died in the first place. But with “Frankenweenie” now in theaters, we thought it best to compile our own list of dead pets that have come back to life. Comic book pets, that is!

One of Jor-El’s many test animals, Beppo is a superpowerful monkey from the planet Krypton. Luckily, Beppo managed to hide inside of Kal-El’s rocket to Earth as Krypton was destroyed, hopping out of the ship and going off on his own adventures upon impact. He was retconned out of existence during the original “Crisis on Infinite Earths” but then inexplicably returned 25 years later during the events of “Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds.”

Another one of Jor-El’s test animals, Krypto was actually sent to Earth in a separate ship which got knocked off course and didn’t land on our planet until Superman was well into his teenage years. The original Krypto dies from radiation poisoning after ripping the throat out of a villain called the Kyptonite Man. However, in the early 2000s, Krypto returns as a super dog from a fake Krypton that was created as a trap by Braniac 13.

Born on the island of Attilan, Lockjaw is a giant alien bulldog with the ability to teleport himself and those around him. He currently resides on the moon with the Royal Family of Inhumans, acting as their official escort/teleporter/pet. Although Lockjaw never dies in actual continuity, he is portrayed as a zombie in an alternate universe (“Marvel Zombies 3″) where he is tricked into teleporting Machine Man back to our universe and then subsequently explodes.

A longtime companion of Kitty Pryde (a.k.a. Shadow Cat) and member of both the X-Men and Excalibur, Lockheed is a small, purple dragon with the ability to understand and speak English. At one point in the comics, Lockheed is believed dead as a result of unrevealed circumstances. However, it turns out that he’s really just terribly injured. Soon, Lockheed is healed by a young girl with witch-like powers and sent back home to Kitty Pryde.

Old Lace
Named after the film “Arsenic and Old Lace,” OL is a genetically engineered dinosaur that shares a psychic link with Gertie Yorkes and, later, Chase Stein of the Runaways. Old Lace dies protecting a fellow Runaway, Klara, from an unmanned airship that crashes into their house. Soon, Old Lace’s body mysteriously disappears. Years later, it’s revealed that Old Lace had actually been transported to another dimension and rescued by the Avengers Academy, who just so happened to be in that other dimension as well.

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