The “Furry Foes of Felony!”

– – It’s not well known that Batman creator Bob Kane also created a comic parody called Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse.  Originally run from 1960 to 1962, the series almost anticipated the campy extremes of the later-appearing live action Batman TV series.  The ‘toons averaged five minutes in length, and 130 were produced, intended for use as airtime filler to accommodate a movie or another feature which didn’t quite fill a time slot. 

Parallels to the Batman series were numerous, with “Courageous Cat” and “Minute Mouse” anthropomorphic animal superheroes who lived in the “Cat Cave,” were summoned by a “Cat Signal,” and drove a sleekly-feline “Cat Mobile” which could convert to a plane or boat.  The villains were likewise furry, with a frog a recurring archenemy.

The theme music for the show was fashioned after the memorable theme for Peter Gunn!  All in all, Courageous Cat was campy fun decently done…

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2 Comments on “The “Furry Foes of Felony!””

  1. carycomic Says:

    Yes, indeed, they were!

    I first saw them on a regionally syndicated children’s show called MR. GOOBER (videotaped at a New London, CT, affiliate of ABC), during that same time period. The Frog was deliberately voiced as a spoof-cum-homage of the aforementioned Edward G. Robinson. His dim-witted assistant, Harry Ape, was a real gorilla. And, on one occasion, Courageous even had to do battle with his lariat-twirling, gunslinging Western cousin (I’m not making this up)…Outrageous Cat!


    • vulpesffb Says:

      I believe that the western cousin sounded like “Yosemite Sam!” There was even a villainous fox or two! BTW, This post is now improved with the “Courageous Cat” theme music!


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