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The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Fourteen: Fierce, Friendly, and Flirtatious

August 14, 2017

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My new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale is available in bookstores and online now in a variety of formats, and I’ve been celebrating its release by looking at key moments from Catwoman’s history over on Tumblr. We reached the end of our nearly one hundred moments a week and a half ago, but I’ve been out of town so we’re getting to our recap a little late. The feature went out on a high note, though, with several fun panels and stills from Catwoman’s many incarnations across an array of media that offered interesting peeks at what is covered inside the book.

The final Catwoman moments included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week and the final Catwoman moment of this enjoyable run was Eartha Kitt as Catwoman on the classic Batman television show in 1967. Kitt wasn’t a huge part of the series; she came in during the third season, and only appeared in three episodes, while Julie Newmar showed up as Catwoman eleven times in the season previous. Kitt made a big splash, though. She was fierce and commanding, taking control of every scene in which she appeared. It was a bold, powerful take on Catwoman that served as a stark contrast to Newmar’s more languid approach to the character. Kitt’s casting was also remarkable because of her ethnicity. Women of colour playing major roles was rare in 1967, and Kitt not only took over a big part established by a white woman, she proceeded to make the character even more ferocious and cunning. Despite her brief tenure, Kitt left her mark on Catwoman and has been permanently associated with the character ever since.

You can catch up on all of the previous Catwoman moments here, and follow my Tumblr for more comics fun; the Catwoman posts have wrapped up, but I post and repost a lot of rad superhero material. And, of course, The Many Lives of Catwoman is available now in various formats! You can pick it up online or at your favourite local retailer!

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The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Thirteen: Guns, Grit, and Goofiness

July 31, 2017

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Now that my new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale is available in bookstores and online in a variety of formats, I’m winding down the key moments from Catwoman’s history that I’ve been posting on Tumblr. We’ll end up with almost a hundred overall, a random assortment of comic book panels and film stills that run the gamut of her numerous incarnations across all kinds of media. Some are significant, some are silly, and all of them highlight different, compelling aspects of Catwoman and offer a glimpse inside the book.

We’ve only got a few posts left, and the moments we looked at this week included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week comes from Batman #345 in March 1982, written by Bruce Jones with art by Trevor Von Eeden and Pablo Marcus. After Selina Kyle’s break up with Bruce Wayne, Catwoman got her own feature in Batman but it was a bizarrely dark affair. The story began with the panels above, a dream in which she married Bruce but turned into a cat monster and was killed in a hail of gunfire by Bruce’s family and friends. It showed that Catwoman felt guilty for the collapse of their relationship, and that she saw herself as a dangerous creature. The rest of the feature followed this theme, with Catwoman involved in gruesome stories in which women were injured and killed in retributive ways. One even had a murdered stripper who looked just like her. It was dark and twisted and the underlying message of the stories, intentional or not, was that Catwoman deserved punishment for breaking Bruce’s heart. The feature was bleak, and ended after six issues.

You can catch up on all of the previous Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more fun as we enter the last week! The Many Lives of Catwoman is also available in an assortment of formats, including print, ebook, and audio, so check it out and learn all about this great character!

The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Eleven: Pals, Plunder, and Punches

July 17, 2017

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With my new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale available now in bookstores and online in a variety of formats, I’ve been showcasing key moments from Catwoman’s history on Tumblr. They’re a random, fun assortment of comic book panels and film stills drawn from her nearly eight decades of unique incarnations. Some are lighthearted, some are heavier, and they all offer a peek inside the book and highlight Catwoman’s fascinating history.

Last week, the ten moments that we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week is courtesy of Catwoman #54 from February 1998, written by Devin Grayson with art by Jim Balent and John Stanisci. This era of Catwoman is best remembered for Balent’s art; he drew an exaggeratedly curvaceous Catwoman in a skin tight costume, and did his damnedest to showcase her figure in every issue. However, his hyper-sexualization of Catwoman was often at odds with the book’s strong, clever writing, and this issue was case in point. It was a one-shot story in which Catwoman stole a diamond from a museum and, displeased with the museum’s security system, returned it. After they upgraded their security, Catwoman stole it again with ease and returned it once more, beginning a cycle of thefts, returns, and upgrades. The exasperated museum curator eventually decided to pull one over on Catwoman and purchased a ludicrously expensive insurance policy for when Catwoman finally kept the diamond for good, but Catwoman found him out. She then decided to leave the diamond in his care, where he’d be forced to pay for both the policy and the latest in his lengthy series of new security systems. It’s a funny, enjoyable issue that perfectly captures the chaotic fun of Catwoman and is a real standout from this divisive era.

You can catch up on all of the previous Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more fun! With the book out now, we’re shifting down to once a day as we run out the remaining moments over the next few weeks. The Many Lives of Catwoman is available for purchase in a variety of formats, so pick it up and dig into her captivating history!

The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Ten: Manipulation, Inspiration, and Animation

July 10, 2017

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My newest book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale is now officially available in bookstores and online across a variety of formats, and I’ve been celebrating its release for several weeks now by sharing key moments from Catwoman’s history on Tumblr. It’s a random assortment of comic book panels and film stills that span her many incarnations across nearly eight decades of entertainment. Some are silly, some are serious, many are both, and they all showcase what is great and fascinating about the character while offering sneak peeks inside the book.

Last week, the ten moments that we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week is Gina Gershon’s take on the character in the animated series The Batman from 2004. Now, The Batman is no Batman: The Animated Series and Gershon’s Catwoman pales in comparison to Adrienne Barbeau’s brilliant take on the character. But that doesn’t change the fact that The Batman is a great, underrated show with unique versions of Gotham City and its villains, including Catwoman. She was a villain, but she was in the game just for the thrill of the heist. Catwoman saved Batman multiple times, flirted with him shamelessly, and was far more interested in the fun of the adventure than getting away with an item. She appeared in a handful of episodes during the show’s first three seasons, and they’re all delightful.

You can catch up on all of the previous Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more fun twice a day! The Many Lives of Catwoman is available for purchase in various formats, so check it out and learn all about her fascinating history!

The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Nine: Distress, Décolletage, and Dinner

July 3, 2017

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My new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale is now officially available across various formats, including paper, ebook, and audiobook, and I’ve been highlighting key moments from Catwoman’s history on Tumblr for several weeks to celebrate its release. Even though the book is out now, the online Catwoman fun will continue for a few more weeks yet as I continue to showcase randomly assorted panels and film stills from her fascinating career across a variety of media. It’s a mix of fun and informative moments that offer a sneak peek at what’s covered in The Many Lives of Catwoman and showcase what makes Catwoman such a great character.

Last week, the ten moments that we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week is from Batman: Dark Victory #2 by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, published in 2000. Loeb and Sale’s major Batman stories, Long Halloween and Dark Victory, featured a massive cast of Gotham’s citizens, and while the mysteries were sometimes a bit convoluted, they were gorgeous, enjoyable tales. The books are especially great because they include a delightful take on Catwoman, who romanced Bruce Wayne in her civilian identity while toying with the Dark Knight on her nocturnal outings. She was always flirtatious and fun, and so much more than a standard, simple love interest. Selina knew what she wanted and went after it, and this scene captured that very well. At this point in the story, there was a lot of emotional distance between Bruce and Selina, which was represented by them enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner at opposite ends of a lengthy table. Selina bridged this distance literally and metaphorically, dragging her chair down to Bruce’s end to share his plate and cozy up to her beau. It’s a cute scene from a wonderful series that did wonders in changing how Catwoman was depicted in comics moving forward.

You can catch up on all of the previous Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more fun twice a day! The Many Lives of Catwoman is available for purchase in a variety of formats now as well, so be sure to check it out and read up on this fascinating feline fatale!

The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Eight: The Widow, the Mayor, and the Urchin

June 26, 2017

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In advance of my new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale officially coming out on July 1 (though it’s available at some stores and online retailers now!), I’ve been posting key moments from Catwoman’s fascinating history on Tumblr. It’s a random assortment of panels and film stills from her incarnations across various media, and they go up twice a day to offer a peek inside all of the fun things that are covered in the book. Some moments are serious, some are silly, and they all showcase what a brilliant and enjoyable character Catwoman is.

Last week, the ten moments that we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week is Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle in Gotham. I’ll be honest with you all: I think that Gotham is a straight up terrible show. It was so bad that I had to stop watching it. While researching the book, I fast forwarded through every scene that Selina wasn’t in and frankly, I think that’s  the best way to watch the show. Bicondova’s Selina is the one enjoyable thing about the program. She’s clever, she’s funny, she’s a bad ass, and while she definitely lives outside the law, she’s the only character with a real moral code. Everyone else is willing to cross various lines and betray the values they hold dear, but Selina is steady. Her friends come first and she protects them, and that’s how she rolls. While Gotham is a relentlessly bleak program, Selina is a bright spot and Bicondova captures the spirit of Catwoman wonderfully each week.

You can check out all of the Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more Catwoman fun twice a day! You can order the book too, and dive into the entertaining and fascinating history of Catwoman. It’s the perfect book to enjoy during the upcoming holiday weekend!

The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Seven: Family, Friends, and Foes

June 19, 2017

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My new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale is officially out on June 1 (though some stores and online retailers have it available already!) and in advance of its release I’ve been posting key moments from Catwoman’s history on Tumblr. The posts go up twice a day, showcasing random scenes from her unique past across comics, movies, television, and more. Some are silly, some are significant, and several of them are both. Every post is a sneak peek inside all of the fun that the book covers in depth.

Last week, the ten moments that we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week from Detective Comics #521 in December 1982, written by Gerry Conway with art by Irv Novick and Sal Trapani. Catwoman became a major player in the Bat-books in the 1980s, first dating Bruce Wayne and later dating Batman (all while remaining in the dark that they were one and the same). But their relationship was a tumultuous one with many breakups, and during one of these separations Bruce began to date Vicki Vale. This did not go over well with Catwoman. She made threatening phone calls to Vicki, and in this issue she showed up at her house, yelled at her, and hit her with her whip. The stalking continued after this; soon after, Catwoman ran Bruce and Vicki off the road when they were out for a romantic drive. It was a bizarre period for Catwoman, and not one of her proudest moments. While it was nice to see Catwoman in such a prominent role, the various writers who handled her over this decade sometimes failed to do her justice, like in this arc when they engaged in gendered stereotypes and turned her into a jealous, unhinged ex-girlfriend.

You can check out all of the Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more Catwoman fun twice a day! You can order the book now as well, and explore the fascinating history of Catwoman with this fun, in depth book!


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