Writer Grant Morrison has wide ranging interests in myth and magic, and the Back up writer Sholly Fisch certainly expands on the ghost-angel dog mythological trope.
The Black Dog is a wide ranging mythical spirit across the British Isles. A creature of the night, most often associated with death and those soon to die, sometimes with devil. These myths find there most well known interpretation in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventure, the Hound of the Baskervilles.
The Ghost Dog is larger than life, with big red glowing eyes.
Many Ghostly Dogs are demonic spirits, but some are angelic. The Gurt Dog of Somerset is an example of a such a benevolent force. It was said that mothers would allow their children to play unsupervised on the Quantock Hills because they believed that the Gurt Dog - that is Great Dog - would protect them. It would also accompany lone travellers in the area, acting as a protector and guide.
So Krypto for a while at least this angelic kind of ghost dog, and here the story is not of malevolence but of a guardian, of good not evil, and like the biblical watchful angel, Krypto insubstantially shadows his Kal-El as Clark grows up.
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