Publication Dates: April 1985 – June 1987
Number of Issues Published: 14 (#1 – #14)
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine
Following the cancellation of this series, Top Dog stories appeared in several issues of Heathcliff (Marvel, 1985 series).
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
Top Dog is a character from the comic book of the same name, published by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics). Top Dog was created by Lennie Herman (writer) and Warren Kremer (artist).
Top Dog is a very intelligent, talking dog who befriends a human child named Joey Jordan. Top Dog goes on to live with Joey, who promises not to expose the fact that Top Dog can speak. The duo go on to have adventures involving spies, criminals and mad scientists, after it is revealed that Top Dog was formerly “Mr. X”, a government agent who was valued for his intelligence, but had to disguise his canine nature with a cover ID and a full-body cloak. Amongst these adventures were several crossovers with other Star Comic characters such as Heathcliff and Royal Roy. One story even seemingly involved a Spider-Man team-up. Although it was actually an actor in a Spider-Man suit, the real Peter Parker does make an appearance. The series ran for fourteen issues after which, the character continued to make appearances in Heathcliff comic books (starting in issue #22) in both crossovers and backup stories.