#231 (Vol. 2 #3): Killing Katnip
During my lengthy leave of absence from writing “Comics in Context,” the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City and the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco jointly held a traveling exhibition on the art of Harvey Comics, many of whose most celebrated characters, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, originated in animated cartoons produced by Paramount’s Famous Studios
. I’m not that interested in Casper or Richie Rich
, but the exhibit did reawaken my interest in some of the less famous animated stars of the Famous cartoons.
Towards the end of 2009, character actor Arnold Stang
passed away, and I decided to write columns about two of the most memorable characters he voiced in animated cartoons. The first, starting in 1944, was Famous Studios
’ Herman the mouse, who was eventually teamed with perennial antagonist Katnip the cat, voiced by the late Sid Raymond