Comic book veterinarian superhero
with the adrenal glands of a Doberman pinscher on the sitcom
BOB/CBS/1992-93. When a mild mannered veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey
Austin is transformed when a bizarre scientific experiment
gone awry, he is endowed with the powers of super hearing,
super strength, super speed and super smell in the guise of
superhero Mad Dog. Mad Dog wore blue tights with an orange "M"
on his chest. He was assisted by two humans, Penny, his
girlfriend and Buddy, his loyal sidekick. Mad Dog’s arch-enemy
is the Evil Mazza.
The Mad Dog character was created by
cartoonist Bob McKay (Bob Newhart) but canceled after the
twelfth issue in the 1950s. It was later revived for Ace
The cover of the classic 'Mad Dog' comic [12
issues in all] read: “Mad-Dog, Mankind’s Best Friend. It cost
$0.12. The comic was resurrected by Chuck terHorst, the
Chairman of the American-Canadian Trans-Continental
Communications Company who owned Ace Comics.
Marvel Comics published a short-lived
licensed Mad-Dog comic book series. The comic
was a flip-book. Side 1 featured a 90s
version of the Mad Dog Character while
the flip side portrayed the adventures of Golden Age version
as done by Bob McKay.