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Cat was a quivering puss who would turn to jelly
at the slightest sign of trouble - literally. You see, whenever
he was frightened (which was often) Scaredy could morph
into an endless stream of shapes and objects, like some
feline Terminator. But there was a catch. The object
turned in to had to feature the word "cat"
or "puss" or
something else catty-sounding within its pronunciation...
Quite where this "crazy" skill came from isn't
But who cares, when the strip is so much fun?
In his first ever encounter (Krazy #1), Scaredy has
with a Fisherman which gets the soggy moggy transforming
in to a CAT-amaran, and an octo-PUSS, before he ends
up with the angler's CAT-ch...
Scaredy's mousey mate was called Squeeky, by the way.
He was a later addition to the strip, missing from those
issues of Krazy. Squeeky became the Cheeky Sidekick,
helping Scaredy through his knee-trembling encounters,
and he never morphed at all.
In later strips a recurring antagonist was introduced.
Muggins was a mischievous monocled mutt bent on bettering
our flexible feline - quite why is anyone's business, but
him above, right...
The Scaredy Cat concept was just a cute reworking of
Whizzer & Chips, with a cat instead of a
floating football. The strips even shared the same artist
(Terry Bave). In Scaredy's case, however, the choice
morphs was rather limited, which might explain why, as
the strips progressed, Scaredy's transformations became
less and less common. Indeed, if you check the 1980
Krazy Annual you'll see Scaredy remains a normal -
though petrified - puss throughout...