GUMMY

Real Name: Gummy

Identity/Class: Crocodile

Occupation: Pet

Group Membership:

Affiliations: Ascott, Crystal Clear, Lorna Loot (loose), Duchess of Muchess, King Regal, Queen Regalia, Prince Roy

Enemies: Archduke Kraven von Krunch, poachers

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Cashelot (see comments)

First Appearance: Royal Roy I#1 (May, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: Gummy had the strength and capabilities of a crocodile, but was tame and toothless, and susceptible to cold temperatures. His behavior was distinctly dog-like, being able to follow a scent, and he was very loyal to Prince Roy. He lived in a long kennel and could be walked on a leash. Gummy thought he could bark, but no sound came out.

Length: 12'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 700 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: None (green scutes)

History: (Royal Roy I#1/2) - Prince Roy of Cashelot came to own a tame and toothless crocodile called Gummy through unrevealed means.

(Royal Roy I#6/1 (fb) - BTS) - Prince Roy's bibliophilic mother, Queen Regalia, set up scores of book clubs, including one for Gummy.

(Royal Roy I#1/2) - Prince Roy used Gummy's dog-like nature to sniff out the location of a special royal crown, which had gone missing days before Roy's official coronation. Gummy correctly found it hidden in a haunted portrait, but only Roy believed him.

(Royal Roy I#1/4) - Gummy begged for scraps from the dinner table, but the king made him leave. Prince Roy took a bowl of food out to Gummy later outside the croc's very long kennel and had to wait until Gummy backed out to eat. Roy and Gummy then went for a stroll and found two poachers. Gummy roared and chased them up a tree until castle guards arrived. Roy told his disbelieving parents of Gummy's achievement and Gummy thought he was barking like a happy dog, but Roy couldn't hear anything.

(Royal Roy I#4/2) - Preparing the insidious Lorna Loot to be a princess, Prince Roy had her take Gummy on a leash for a parade, but she didn't realize Gummy was a crocodile; Gummy enthusiastically slobbered over her face as she frantically tried to get away.

(Royal Roy I#4/4) - General Battlescar pushed the Cashelot royal family to enter the space race with Roy as the astronaut. Budget restraints left it to an air balloon with boat and wings. However, feeling cold, Gummy wrapped himself up in the deflated balloon overnight. Gummy was still asleep on the balloon when it was inflated and sailed into the air. A tussle between Gummy and an eagle caused the balloon to rip and crash into a lake, where Gummy steered Roy's boat to shore. As he was up highest, Gummy was awarded the Space Medal and considered Cashelot's first astronaut.

(Royal Roy I#6/1) - Prince Roy and Crystal Clear investigated the source of power in Cashelot, secretly followed by the nefarious Archduke Kraven von Krunch, who sought to take over the kingdom. Gummy tried to prevent Kraven following Roy but the villain escaped his toothless jaws. They all soon found the power source was just the castle's fuse box; Kraven ran off when Gummy kept crawling after him to protect Roy.

(Royal Roy I#6/3) - Prince Roy looked over Gummy's obedience school report card, but Gummy then chased after the royal mailman!

Comments: Created by Lennie Herman (writer), Warren Kremer (pencils) and Jon D'Agostino (inks).

Gummy is initially called a crocodile, but in #6, he's an alligator. Given Gummy's trouble with cold temperatures, he's more likely a crocodile (found in tropical climates). Alligators are mostly found in the USA, so maybe this is an American-centric issue with the writing/audience. Or maybe let's just put it down to King Regal getting confused.

The X-Babies mini-series (2009) confused the status of the Star titles a bit, where versions of Royal Roy, Planet Terry, Wally the Wizard and Top Dog (possibly even Alf!) were shown to be creations of Mojo usurper Mr. Veech. While Veech's Terry and Wally differed to the Star comics versions, Veech's Roy (with Gummy) and Top Dog were much closer to their Star counterparts. The X-Babies released Veech's prisoners Delroy (from the nation-state of Kashir), Terry, Wally and cyborg canine Top Dog. The series implied that the Star comics represented Veech's creations.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Gummy has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Royal Roy I#1/4, p1, pan1 (main image)
Royal Roy I#6/3, p1, pan1 (headshot on leash)
Royal Roy I#1/4, p5, pan4 (against tree)


Appearances:
Royal Roy I#1/2, 1/4 (May, 1985) - Lennie Herman (writer), Warren Kremer (pencils), Jon D'Agostino (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
Royal Roy I#4/2, 4/4 (November, 1985) - Lennie Herman (writer), Warren Kremer (pencils & inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
Royal Roy I#6/1 (March, 1986) - Mort Gerberg (writer), Warren Kremer (pencils & inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
Royal Roy I#6/3 (March, 1986) - uncredited writer & artist, Sid Jacobson (editor)


First posted: 08/03/2020
Last updated: 08/03/2020

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