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The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Three: Pop Stars, Heists, and Wonder Woman

May 22, 2017

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My upcoming book, The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale, will be out on July 1, and in advance of its publication I’ve been posting memorable moments from Catwoman’s history over on Tumblr. They’re all randomly assorted and run the gamut of her many appearances across various media over the years, and go up once a day, Monday to Friday. It’s a fun, bizarre assortment of stuff, and offers a look inside all of the interesting things that will be covered in the book.

Last week, the five moments we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite moment of the week! As you can see at the top of the post, it’s Catwoman facing off against a depowered Wonder Woman during her mod Diana Prince era in Wonder Woman #201 in July/August 1972. It was an odd time for both characters; the mod era was a well-intentioned but poorly executed attempt to make Wonder Woman a more relevant character, while Catwoman had been largely benched at this point after the collapse of Batmania in the late 1960s as DC moved away from the villains associated with the TV show. So the duo ended up paired together in the mountains of Eastern Asia, both of them looking for the same artifact and ultimately pitted against each other in a fight to the death after they were captured. But they decided to work together, freeing themselves from their perilous position over the fire pit and defeating their captors before heading off into a different dimension to rescue a friend of Diana’s.

You can check out all of the Catwoman moments here, and follow along for even more Catwoman fun in the weeks to come! The Many Lives of Catwoman, is coming soon, so be sure to pre-order it now!

The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Two: Reformation, Crises, and Bombshells

May 15, 2017

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My new book, The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale, is coming out on July 1, and I’ve been posting peeks at the key moments in Catwoman’s history over on Tumblr. There’s one a day, Monday to Friday, all randomly assorted; in this second week of Catwoman moments we went from 1951 to 1989 to 1948 to 1985 to 2016! Each post discussed a different era of Catwoman, delving into her bizarre and intriguing past and offering a little snippet of what you’ll get when the book comes out in July.

Last week, the five moments we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite moment of the week! The image at the top of the post is classic 1940s supervillain Catwoman. It’s from Batman #47, published in June/July 1948, written by Bill Finger with art that’s allegedly by Bob Kane but probably drawn by Lew Schwartz. We see Catwoman lounging in a chaise with her cat Hecate by her side, casually smoking as she discusses her latest elaborate plan to rob the wealthy citizens of Gotham. In this outing, she posed as a fashion magazine editor in order to throw a soiree that would bring all of the rich women of the city together for an easy thieving opportunity. Catwoman was forever coming up with clever schemes throughout the decade, with Batman always on her tail.

You can check out all of the posts here, and follow along for more Catwoman fun in the weeks to come! And The Many Lives of Catwoman is coming soon, so be sure to pre-order it now!

The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week One: Origins, Romance, and Hip Lingo

May 8, 2017

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In advance of my new book, The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale, coming out July 1, I’ve been posting key Catwoman moments on Tumblr. I do one a day, randomly scheduled, to offer glimpses into the bizarre history of the character and take a peek at the important stories and moments I discuss in the book. It’s weird and informative and fun all around, and I hope you’ll check it out.

Last week, the five moments covered included:

And finally, my favourite moment of the week! You can see it at the top of the post. Batman #461 is an enjoyable issue, the second issue of a story in which Catwoman is essentially dared to steal an item and she does so anyway, knowing full well that it’s a trap. It’s also a rare early 1990s appearance for Catwoman, who had been largely sidelined since her dark reintroduction a few years earlier in  Batman: Year One. But the best part, as I point out in the post, is that it features Catwoman saying “Bye-eee!” It’s an expression that’s hip with the kids today, and it amused me to no end to see Catwoman saying it more than a quarter century ago. She was ahead of her time!

You can check out all of the posts here, and follow along for lots more in the weeks to come! Also, if you’re reading this and you’ve got your own Tumblr, let me know what it is in the comments and I’ll follow you back; it’s always fun to see what you all are into.

Cover Reveal For My New Book: The Many Lives of Catwoman, Coming In Summer 2017!

September 1, 2016

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There was a big reveal on the Chicago Review Press Instagram account yesterday: The cover of my new book! I’ve now written a trilogy! And the third book is The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale, due out in Summer 2017.

The book was an absolute blast to write. Catwoman is a fantastic and fascinating character with so many distinct incarnations over the past 75 years, and digging into all of the comics, shows, and movies was so much fun. Apart from the Halle Berry movie, I suppose. That sucked pretty bad, but so much so that it eventually became kind of hilarious, and I ended up writing an entire chapter on what went wrong with the movie and how it influenced the superhero film boom of the past decade. Plus I got to watch the good stuff too, like the old Batman show and Batman Returns, both of which are amazing in completely different ways.

And the comics! I had a rough idea of Catwoman’s comic book history before I started the book, but her journey over the decades was even more intriguing than I’d imagined. From her transition from small time cat burglar to supervillain to reformed citizen in the Golden Age to her disappearance in the Silver Age to her often dark and twisted romantic stories in the Bronze Age, the old comics were spectacularly interesting. And her more modern incarnations were just as compelling, from unpacking the sexualization and objectification of “Year One” and the 1990s series to exploring her renaissance in the 2000s. Catwoman’s always had something fascinating going on in her adventures; there was little in the way of flat, boring stories.

Ultimately, the book is an examination of the superhero genre from the perspective of a female villain, and the ups and downs of empowerment and exploitation that come with being a part of this world over the past 75 years. After doing two books on outright heroines, it was  fun to dig into the morally ambiguous world of Catwoman and see how the trends of the genre impacted her depictions in new and different ways.

The book’s not out for a while yet; it’s scheduled for July 2017 right now, so we’re ten months out. It’s not even available for pre-order yet, though you can be sure I’ll let you know when it is. But it’s written and it’s happening and it’s got a cover and I couldn’t be happier about it all. I’m really excited for you all to get to check it out, and I hope you’re looking forward to some Catwoman-centric fun as we ramp up to the book’s release starting early in the new year!


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