Mad-Dog - Comic book veterinarian superhero with the adrenal
glands of a Doberman pinscher on the sitcom BOB/CBS/1992-93.
When 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 Comics. 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. Click here
to see one of the comic covers.
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