|First appearance||Adventure Comics #304 (January 1963)|
|Created by||Henry Boltinoff|
|Place of origin||Galapagon|
|Abilities||Same range of powers as Superman|
Super-Turtle (or Super Turtle) is a fictional character from DC Comics, created by Henry Boltinoff; he's depicted as a bipedal anthropomorphic turtle wearing a cape like Superman's. His emblem, which is on his cape, is a letter T in a shield.
An accepted part of DC Comics history, Super-Turtle tends to show up once in a while in one form or another; e.g., a Super-Turtle figure hangs from the ceiling of the Planet Krypton restaurant in Kingdom Come, and he had a cameo appearance in the one-shot Superman and Batman: World's Funnest. Two one-page Super-Turtle stories were created for and appeared in the 2000 Silver Age series.
His most recent comic book appearance was in issue #3 of the 2008 miniseries Ambush Bug: Year None, in which he plays a role like the one Superboy-Prime played in Infinite Crisis; after living in limbo with Kal-L and company, Super-Turtle (who now calls himself Clark Kent) starts destroying anyone he considers to be a phony Super-Turtle, including Bat-Mite and Connor Kent.
Super-Turtle makes a cameo in the final issue of Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Batmite is upset of the comic's cancelation and states several missed crossover opportunities including Super-Turtle.
Super-Turtle has since appeared in Sleepy Time Crime from Capstone Publishing's DC Super-Pets line of children books.
Fictional character biography
On the planet Galapagon (a parody of Krypton and the Galápagos Islands), the scientist Shh-Ell (a parody of Jor-El) of an advanced race of turtles realized that their planet was doomed, and convinced the Science Council that they should build 1,000 spaceships to evacuate it. Slow by nature, the turtles only managed to build one spaceship, in which Shh-Ell's infant son, Tur-Tel (Kal-El), was sent to Earth. Found by a kindly homespun farming couple, the turtle grew up and gained super-powers, becoming Super-Turtle, the Reptile of Steel.
Powers and abilities
Super-Turtle has the same powers as Superman: Flight, invulnerability, superhuman speed and strength, vision powers, et cetera.
Super-Turtle appeared in the following comics:
- Action Comics #299, 301, 305, 309, 318, 321, 336, 374, 381 (1963-1969)
- Adventure Comics #304, 312, 316-317, 326, 329, 341-342, 363, 377, 379 (1963-1969)
- Superboy #103, 105, 107-108, 110, 113-114, 127, 130, 156 (1963-1969)
- Superman #159, 162, 170, 175, 181, 188, 190 (1963-1966)
- World's Finest Comics #149, 151-152, 154, 156, 158, 166, 181 (1965-1968)
- Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #90-91, 115 (1966-1968)
- The Brave and the Bold #70 (1967)
Modern Age revivals
- Ambush Bug #1, 3 (1985)
- Silver Age 80-Page Giant #1 (2000)
- Silver Age Secret Files #1 (2000)
- Superman and Batman: World's Funnest (2001)
- Ambush Bug: Year None #3 (2008)
- Becattini, Alberto (2019). "Super-Animals". American Funny Animal Comics in the 20th Century: Volume Two. Theme Park Press. ISBN 978-1683902218.
- Eury, Michael (2006). The Krypton Companion. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 192. ISBN 9781893905610.
- Batman: The All New Brave and The Bold #16
- "Sleepy Time Crime".
- Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 428. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0.