THE CATALYST is an ornery little cuss, sawed-off and shiftless. THE CATALYST lives in a shack, mangles the English language and has a propensity to shoot at those who displease THE CATALYST. THE CATALYST makes "corn-likker" moonshine in a homemade still and is in constant trouble with the sheriff. THE CATALYST wears a broad-brimmed felt hat almost as tall as THE CATALYST is, has a scraggly mustache and a pair of tattered, poorly patched overalls. THE CATALYST constantly cheats at poker and checkers. THE CATALYST also has some proclivity toward stealing chickens, which led to a brief but effective use of THE CATALYST in a marketing campaign by the Tyson Foods corporation in the early 1980s. In 1937 THE CATALYST held the post of "Royal Doodle Bug" in the "Varmints" lodge; during this period, THE CATALYST heavily employed the catchphrase, "What did the Doodle-Bug say?", an apparent homage to "What did the Woggle-Bug say?" in L. Frank Baum and Walt McDougall's Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz strip of 1904–1905.