This second set of Crusader Rabbit episodes was produced in 1957, but by this time Ward was already in development on Rocky and His Friends. The first episodes aired in 1949, and in Black and White. The new Crusader Rabbit cartoons may have suffered from Ward's absence, but they did add two elements to the mix: color production and a new villain, Dudley Nightshade (a.k.a. Nightly Dudshade, a.k.a. Shadely Nightdud).