The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Four: Disguises, Escapes, and Heartbreaks

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My new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale is officially out on July 1 (though it looks like Amazon and other retailers may be shipping them out already, so you can go nab one now!), and in advance of the book’s release I’ve been posting moments from Catwoman’s history on Tumblr. It’s a random assortment of important and amusing snippets of Catwoman’s past that offer a look inside the book and the myriad depictions of Catwoman throughout the decades that are discussed in it.

Last week, the moments we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite moment of the week, which comes courtesy of Batman #1 way back in the spring of 1940. Written by Bill Finger with art by Bob Kane, the debut of Catwoman, then known as the Cat, ends in a memorable way that coloured her relationship with Batman for the next eight decades. After she was captured for trying to steal a diamond necklace, the Cat boldly suggested she and Batman team up to become the king and queen of crime. Batman didn’t go for it, but he was clearly intrigued by her, so much so that he let her escape. He took her to shore by Bat-boat instead of leaving her at the scene of the crime, then impeded Robin when the Cat inevitably made her escape. When Robin called him out on it, Batman denied it all, but he was clearly infatuated with her. This affection would be a constant throughout all of her subsequent appearances, always giving Catwoman a leg up on Batman because she was the one criminal he had a soft spot for.

You can check out all of the Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more Catwoman fun in the weeks to come! And you can order the book as well and enjoy an in depth look at everyone’s favourite villainess!

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3 Responses to “The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Four: Disguises, Escapes, and Heartbreaks”

  1. Darci Says:

    I’m not as much a fan of the “Birds of Prey” musical segment. I find it too full of sexual innuendo. However, I love Lee Meriwether’s version of the character and wish we’d seen her again. When your book comes out, can we count on more about where Julie Newmar went?
    Thanks!

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      Yes, there’s a lot on Julie Newmar! And where she was during the filming of the movie (no one’s particularly sure what happened there!) and the show’s third season (she was filming a big budget Western).

  2. Darci Says:

    Thanks! I definitely remember Mackenna’s Gold!

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