Black Fury was a 1950s comic about the adventures of a wild mustang (the titular Black Fury) as he roamed the Old West. Being a Cool Horse of unrealistic intelligence, these adventures included everything from fending off leopards to capturing bandits.
This series includes the following tropes:
- Androcles' Lion: A rare example where the "lion" is the viewpoint character. Fury feels bound to protect those who treat him kindly, and actually hangs around someone's house for days until he finds an opportunity to repay them.
- Cool Horse: Black Fury is a mustang who wanders around the Old West, bringing evildoers (who he can invariably identify) to justice and fighting off various apex predators. People know better than to even try catching a horse from the herd that Black Fury leads- they will fail, they always have, and he will make you look like an idiot into the bargain. Besides, most of them owe their lives or livelihoods to Black Fury's intervention.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Total strangers, predatory animals, minions of the bad guy- if there is an ounce of good in them, Black Fury will know.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Jeb Kincaid, a character in issue #26, goes within the space of a page from "I'll kill the Indian who tried to strand me in the desert" to "well, I can just leave him to die of exposure", to "I'll bandage up his injured leg". (By the next day they've saved each other's lives several times and become bosom companions.) In Jeb's Not-So-Final Confession, he admits that despite all his boasting, he's never actually killed someone.
- Invincible Hero: Being a comic for children. Fury may be defeated or captured temporarily, but by the end of the issue he's always rallied.
- The Wild West: The story is set in the USA Frontier during the 1800s.