Catwoman has always been one of Batman’s most cunning and dangerous rouges. The masterful feline thief and gymnast is about to celebrate her 80th anniversary. This super spectacular 100 page one shot comic is set to be released today. So let’s explore her modern origin within the DC Comic book universe.
Catwoman’s First Appearance
Since her introduction in the DC Comic book universe. Catwoman has always been a cunning thief. A masterful gymnast and a deadly foe to the world’s greatest detective, Batman.
Catwoman made her first appearance in Batman #1, spring 1940. From writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane.
Finger and Kane wanted to give a character the female readers could connect with. While also adding a love interest element for Batman.
Selina Kyle, Catwoman or The Cat is an expert thief, a skilled hand to hand combatant and gymnast. She also works with a variety of close quarter weapons. Such as her bull whip, bolas and metal claws. Making Catwoman a cunning and deadly adversary.
During the 1970’s, Catwoman’s story would become more entangled with her love interest, Batman.
In an Earth two storyline, Selina and Bruce Wayne eventually get married. The two have a daughter together, Helena Wayne. Better known as The Huntress.
In 1987, author Frank Miller and artist David Muzzucchelli took the characters origin and added a dark twist in the infamous Batman: Year One storyline. Miller had written Selina as a dominatrix prostitute, protecting a child from her pimp.
The series begins, at the start of Catwoman’s criminal career. The characters new dark origin had adult fans wanting more of the deadly feline criminal.
In 1993, Catwoman was given her first on going series. From writer Jo Duffy, artists Jim Blanet and Dick Giordano.The on-going series had focused the character as an international thief, and bounty hunter with a moral code.
The series changed hands from several writers and artists. Eventually, the series reached 94 issues before it was cancelled.
In 2002, the series was relaunched with writer Ed Brubaker and artist Darwin Cooke. It took a while for fans to adjust to the new on-going series. However, the series took an ambiguous turn by issue #44. When the creative team of Will Pfiefer, and artists Pete Wood & Adam Hughes joined in on the series. The creative team brought new life into the Catwoman series. Adding more layered storylines and a new series of iconic covers.
Catwoman is introduced, after the Rebirth of the DC Universe in Batman (3rd series) issue #9.
Selina is imprisoned in Arkham Asylum. However, she is released during the ‘I am suicide’ five part storyline. In an attempt to help Batman find and capture the Psycho-Pirate, on the island of Santa Prisca.
In May of 2018, comic book writer Joelle Jones was hired to take on the writing for the revamped series. It was released on July 4th, 2018. Jones wrote the first twenty one issues and drew the first six issues along with artist Laura Allred.
Most fans of Selina Kyle/ Catwoman, are more familiar with her movie or television portrayals. She has been played by several famous actresses over the years. Such as Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwheter, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfieiffer, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, and Zoe Kravitz in the upcoming movie, The Batman (2021).
80th Anniversary 100 page Super Spectacular Covers
Catwoman’s 80th anniversary celebration is happening. DC comics is proud to present a published 100 page super spectacular one shot comic. Filled with stories from writers like Ed Brubaker, Tom King, Paul Dini, Mindy Newell, Joelle Jones, Will Pfiefer and many more.
DC comics has gathered some amazing artists on this super spectacular issue. Artists such as J. Scott Campbell, Jim Lee, Joelle Jones, Adam Hughes, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Frank Cho, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair, Gabrielle Del Otto, Jeehyun Lee, and many other artists. Which will also release vendor only exclusives. Each artist seems to be bringing some of their best and most original cover art for this celebration issue.
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover A (A) Joelle Jones
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover B (A) Adam Hughes
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover C (A) Travis Charest
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover D (A) J Scott Campbell
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover E (A) Frank Cho
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover F (A) Stanley Lau
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover G (A) Gabriele Del’Otto
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover H (A) Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 Cover I (A) Jee-Hyung Lee
The Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Specutacular #1 retails at $9.99. The recent shut down of Diamond publishers and because of the COVID pandemic. The release was delayed to June 03, 2020.
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