Saturday, June 19, 2010
Dog of the Geek: Ace the Bat-Hound!
Original Appearances: Batman and Detective Comics from 1955 to about 1964.
Other Appearances: DC Direct plush figure, “Krypto the Superdog” cartoon and toy line (see Miscellaneous)
Biography: Ace the Bathound was a german shepherd owned by John Wilker. Bruce Wayne found the dog after Wilker was kidnapped, and used him to find Wilker. Because of Ace's distinctive markings, when the dog insisted on going out with Batman and Robin, Robin fashioned a mask for the dog. Later, Wilker gave Ace to Bruce Wayne.
Powers: No special abilities, other than being very well-trained.
Group Affiliation: None
Miscellaneous: DC introduced a post-Crisis Ace in the 1990s that didn't last very long. The Kingdom Come miniseries featured a very different Ace as well. In “Batman Beyond,” the elderly Bruce Wayne had a great dane named Ace, who is not referred to as “Bathound.” In “Krypto the Superdog,” another version of Ace is introduced, equipped with a variety of gadgetry he uses as Bathound. This Ace insisted he was Batman's partner, not his pet. Another animated version of Ace appeared in the “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” episode “Legends of the Dark Mite,” although it's unknown if this Ace will reappear.