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COOL MCCOOL

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Full Name: Cool McCool
Nationality: American
Organization: Secret, Inc.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Bob Kane, Al Brodax
Time Span: 1966 - 2017

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Cool McCool is an agent with Secret, Inc.
       That organization appears to be an international anti-crime organization dedicated to fighting some pretty inventive and quite resourceful arch-villains who routinely use phenomenal means to carry off their outrageous and highly illegal activities. Secret, Inc. is run by a man of mystery himself who goes only by the tile of Number One and whom we never, ever see except for glimpses of his limbs as he sits in a large office chair smoking a cigar and having to deal with the actions of Cool McCool.
       McCool is a tall, thin, supposedly handsome operative with slightly longish wavy black hair who sports a full wiry mustache. This last piece of body hair is interesting in that it also, apparently, is hooked up somehow to be a telephone that he can use on occasion to talk with Number One.
       McCool, like all good secret agents of the time, has his own theme music. His comes with lyrics:
Ohhhhh
Double O.
C-double O.
C-double O-L.
C-double O-L Mc.
Cool, Mc Cool.
Danger is his business.
The Owl is flying high, frightening to the eye.
The Rattler is nearby, Cool is on the fly.
Danger is his business.
Madcap's back in town, yeah bought Cool a crown.
Boxes are a-poppin', Cool is kept a-hoppin'.
Danger is his business.
That's Hurricane Harry, with all the wind he can carry.
Oh that cool's the coolest, Danger is my business.



     That last stanza is one of McCool's catchphrases which he loves to utter. Danger is, indeed, his business.
       McCool would like the world to know how he, dressed routinely in his full-length yellow trenchcoat and armed with an amazing amount of super neat weaponry, defends that planet from the various super-bad guys and does so with aplomb and style and ease. He doesn't but he would like it thought.
       Unfortunately for Number One, McCool is the epitome of ineptness who bungles just about everything he tries. Fortunately for the people of the world, McCool is probably the luckiest person alive and he somehow manages to fall (sometimes literally) into success.
       His incompetence notwithstanding, McCool is at heart a very nice guy and when he accidentally blows up his boss or his assistant, Breezy, he is invariably sorry and wants to make amends. Unfortunately, his acts of contrition and assistance usually exacerbates the problem, though he does mitigate the situation with a heartfelt promise of "This will never happen again, Number One" (though it usually does).
       While McCool has an assortment of very nifty weapons and gadgets, created mostly by a chap named appropriately 'Riggs', none can top his super-awesome Coolmobile. I really could use a vehicle like that.
     The super-bad guys that McCool has to deal with really number five, at least based on the adventures we have. The Owl is a fellow who enjoys the company of birds and can control them to help in his illegal activities. The Rattler is a human who resembles in many ways a snake (hence his nickname) complete with a practice of hissing. Dr. Madcap has a penchant for wearing and using hats of all shapes and sizes and most of them have surprises in them. Hurricane Harry is a super-villain with the ability to suck and blow really hard. Jack-In-The-Box is a trickster who loves to spring out of literally a box to startle and rob people.
     Considering how powerful these adversaries are and how bungling McCool can be, it is a wonder the planet survives!

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:60
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1967
Network:NBC

REGULAR CAST
Bob McFaddenCool McCool [ 1 ]
Chuck McCannOther Voices [ 1 ]

     The famous creator of Batman, Bob Kane, joined with another comic veteran to create a spoof of the spy/arch-criminal genre in this series of 20 episodes with 2 Cool McCool episodes in each.
     The cartoon adventures came out in 1966, one year after the zany live-action adventures of Maxwell Smart, agent 86, in Get Smart and there is no doubt that his crazy and wonderfully ineptness was a prime source for Cool McCool.
     It is important to remember that the target audience for McCool was young children and that meant that nothing had to make sense. In keeping with that, nothing did make sense.


     There were also an additional 20 stories sandwiched between those two McCool tales, these dealing with the zany cases handled Keystone Kop style by Harry McCool, a policeman who was Cool's father. Those episodes were entitled:


The Phantom of the Opera House
Horsehide and Go Seek
The Vanishing Shoehorns
Here's Pie in Your Eye
The Wood-Chopper
Gym Dandy
Big Top Cops
The New Car
Three Men on a House
Fowl Play
The Jet Set, Yet
McCool Jazz
Dog Tired
High Jokers
Time Out
Monkey Dizziness
Green Dragon
A Lot of Ballooney
Goat Chasers
In the Dough


     There is some disagreement between the order of and initial airing times of the Cool McCool adventures. I have taken the data used by IMDB but I have no way of knowing for sure which is correct and, since the dates are so close to each other and none of the episodes relate to any others, it hardly matters.
1 The Big Blowout
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/10/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Hurricane Harry is using his great power of blowing things down by threatening the destruction of the world's monuments like the Eiffel Tower unless he is paid $1 million.

2 Fine Feathered Fiends
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/10/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - The super-villain The Owl is taking control of all sorts of birds, including the NBC peacock, to steal great riches and bring them to him. Cool McCool must stop him.

3 If the Hat Fits...Watch It
Episode 1-2, first aired 09/17/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Dr. Madcap has a lot of hats which he uses in his thieving exploits which McCool must stop.

4 The House that Jack Built
Episode 1-2, first aired 09/17/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Bad guy Jack-In-The-Box sends Number One a present, a box that contains a very angry bull.

5 The Odd Boxes Caper
Episode 1-3, first aired 09/24/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Jack-In-The-Box is in prison but that does not stop him from getting revenge on police Detective Sherlock Klotz during a testimonial.

6 Garden of Evil
Episode 1-3, first aired 09/24/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - The Rattler has created a "venom ray" which turns all people violently against the nearest individual.

7 Rocket Racket
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/01/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Jack-In-The-Box is back and this time he has a powerful magnet which he uses to capture missiles shot from Cape Carnivorous. He is wanting these missiles for his scheme to take over the Moon.

8 Queen's Ransom
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/01/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - When Hurricane Harry kidnaps Queen McQueen for a ransom of $1 million, the government decides they cannot afford it. Cool McCool decides to rescue her on his own.

9 The Big Brainwash
Episode 1-5, first aired 10/08/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Using a huge hate, Dr. Madcap steals an armored car with a zillion dollars worth of gold. Cool McCool is assigned the job of getting it back.

10 Shrinking the Slinker
Episode 1-5, first aired 10/08/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - The shrinking formula created by Professor B. Fuddled is stolen by the Rattler. When Cool McCool tries to apprehend him, the Rattler shrinks him to the size of a golf ball.

11 The Box Fox
Episode 1-6, first aired 10/15/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Using a few giggle grenades, Jack-In-The-Box overcomes the people in an armored car.

12 Bagging the Windbag
Episode 1-6, first aired 10/15/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Hurricane Harry vows to blow so hard into the Earth that is expands until it pops. His demand is to be made king. When McCool tries to stop him, it is McCool that gets inflated.

13 Will the Real Cool Mobile Please Stand Up
Episode 1-7, first aired 10/22/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - After purchasing a hat at Dr. Madcap's shop, wealthy Mrs. Greenbucks is attacked by that hat and robbed.

14 Owl on the Prowl
Episode 1-7, first aired 10/22/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - The Owl uses an attack on the city's power grid to enable him to steal Secret Formula G-22 from Number One.

15 Sniffin, Snoozen, and Sneezen
Episode 1-8, first aired 10/29/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Hurricane Harry is back and using sleepy smoke blown from his island to put the world to sleep.

16 How Now Foul Owl
Episode 1-8, first aired 10/29/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - New villain The Mockingbird imitates Number One and makes Cool McCool think that the Owl is really a secret agent.

17 Caps and Robbers
Episode 1-9, first aired 11/05/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Using a new hat that turns the wearer into a complete idiot, Dr. Madcap is out to steal the priceless Pearl of Punjab.

18 The Romantic Rattler
Episode 1-9, first aired 11/05/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - The Rattler has a Truth Telling Machine that he uses to rob eight different banks.

19 Jack in the Boxer
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/12/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Jack-In-The-Box pretends to be a photographer so he can get close enough to movie star Sophie Alluring to steal a valuable necklace.

20 Love Is a Gas
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/12/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Dr. Madcap's latest creation is a love gas that makes people love him so much they just give him their valuables.

21 Who Stole My 32 Secret Agents?
Episode 1-11, first aired 11/19/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1s of 2 stories in this episode - Dr. Madcap has kidnapped 32 secret agents and is going to use his scary Brain-Drain Cap to steal all their secrets.

22 The 500 Lb. Canary Caper
Episode 1-11, first aired 11/19/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Under the control of The Owl, a 500 lb. canary robs two national banks.

23 Fun and Games
Episode 1-12, first aired 11/26/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Jack-In-The-Box is now in the toy business but the toys he sells to unsuspecting customers will turn around and rob their new owners.

24 Mother Greta's Wrinkle Remover
Episode 1-12, first aired 11/26/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Dr. Madcap has a formula which will remove wrinkles from the wearer's face, making it very popular. Unfortunately, after 24 hours the wearer has a plaid face.

25 The Sombrero Affair
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/03/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 3 stories in this episode - Dr. Madcap and Greta Ghoul team up to rob the Potts Gold Co. and race off to Mexico with their booty. McCool follows them but ends up having to fight a bull in the ring.

26 The Moon Goon
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/03/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Studying photos of the Moon, Number One sees that The Owl has already set up a base there and is using it to stash his loot.

27 Two Fats and a Fink
Episode 1-14, first aired 12/10/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - [plot unknown]

28 Rockabye for Rattler
Episode 1-14, first aired 12/10/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - The Rattler is able to steal an armored truck filled with gold while Cool McCool is guarding it.

29 High Jacker Jack
Episode 1-15, first aired 12/17/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Jack-In-The-Box steals an armored car and then vanished with it.

30 The Wind Goddess
Episode 1-15, first aired 12/17/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Hurricane Harry has stolen the Wind Goddess, an ancient Egyptian idol.

31 Hot McHot
Episode 1-16, first aired 12/24/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - That old windbag Hurricane Harry sucks up the rays of the sun and uses them to melt bank vaults and armored cars.

32 A Growing Problem
Episode 1-16, first aired 12/24/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - After covering all the earth with vegetation, the Rattler demands $100 million or he will do something far worse.

33 Oh Say Can You Seed
Episode 1-17, first aired 12/31/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Back again, the Rattler has a new weapon, a seed grenade which instantly grows vines to ensnare victims. He uses it to rob a bank.

34 What Goes Up... Must Come Down
Episode 1-17, first aired 12/31/1966
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - Hurricane Harry has stolen the Statue of Liberty and taken it to his personal island.

35 Birds of a Feather Flop Together
Episode 1-18, first aired 01/07/1967
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - The Owl returns in a scary plot to rob a bank using a flock of birds.

36 The Box Popper
Episode 1-18, first aired 01/07/1967
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - After Jack-In-The-Box escapes from prison and commits a few robberies, Cool McCool goes after him using the Box Popper to bring him down.

37 Owl's Well That Ends Well
Episode 1-19, first aired 01/14/1967
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - Poor Cool McCool is on vacation on a tropical island with a beautiful mermaid when Number One calls him back to take on the Owl again.

38 A Tree Is a Tree Is a...Tree?
Episode 1-19, first aired 01/14/1967
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - When Number One takes a night off and leaves McCool to watch the office, the Rattler fools McCool into buying a rare tropical plant when then devours everything in the place.

39 The Whistler's Mommy Case
Episode 1-20, first aired 01/21/1967
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

1st of 2 stories in this episode - The Rattler secretly plants his magic seed in a museum and the foliage which then grows steals valuable artwork for him.

40 The College of Crooks
Episode 1-20, first aired 01/21/1967
Director: unknown
Writer: unknown

2nd of 2 stories in this episode - In a mansion where Cool McCool is staying a series of robberies have perplexed him because it looks like all of his archenemies have joined together.

REFERENCE BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 Hero-A-Go-Go! Hero-A-Go-Go!
Written by Michael Eury
Copyright: 2017

This book is subtitled "Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters & Culture Of The Swinging Sixties." It mentions and gives details on a number of Spy Series within! Welcome to the Camp Age when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm and good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch. Celebrate the Camp Craze of the Swinging Sixties when just about everyone was a secret agent.

MY COMMENTS

       I was 14 when this show came out. While I am certain I saw it on television a time or two because my younger siblings might have been watching, I would never had spent any time viewing it myself because I had aged out by then - there were girls out in the real world!
       Watching a couple of episodes now, I still have no interest in this show but I am impressed at times with how much adultness was able to creep into the designed-for-children episodes. There is a fair amount of undoubtedly satiric banter going on and the show does make for a good parody of crime and spy shows of the time.
       I did get a kick out of the 'mystery' of the voice of Cool McCool. Watching these episodes just now, I really struggled to place the person McCool sounded like. It was there - just on the edge of my brain just out of reach. Luckily I believe it was the entry in Wikipedia that answered my question. Legendary entertainer Jack Benny was the person being imitated. Oh, yeah, now I hear it!

GRADE

My Grade: C

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