Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Catwoman and The Cat



Dave Stevens and John Romita Sr. are remembered for for the heroic exploits of The Rocketeer and Spider-Man (among other heroes), and for good reason.  But when I think of these legends, my mind immediately goes to their gorgeous depictions of the supporting female players in the comics they illustrated.  For my money, it's hard to top these two as far as beautifully drawn women in comics go.  Many other artists have concentrated on the sex appeal aspect, and while that was present in their work, Stevens' and Romita's ladies had a personality and inner beauty that always seemed to shine through even in static comic images.

Catwoman would cross paths again with Greer Grant in her later career as Tigra...

13 comments:

Simreeve said...

I'd definitely read that.

The amazonian blonde whom Greer's battling there is 'Mankiller', isn't it? Who's the other "mutt"?


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Just a thought: Some of Marvel's staff appeared in their comics from time to time, at least back in the '60s & early '70s before the darkness set in.... so, in theory, there could have been a team-up between the Hulk and 'Stan the Man' himself... thus giving Marvel its own version of "Stan Lee and His Monster", perhaps then to team-up [here] with the Dc versions.
^_^

Ross said...

The dude with the gun is the other Mutt. Stan has made two appearances on the Lost Issues already...

Alaric Shapli said...

I love the way the dialog perfectly captures a certain period of Marvel covers.

Simreeve said...

I could see "the dude with the gun", just wondered whether his name was known...

Ross said...

I'd dig into the back issues for Marvel Team-Up 8 for that answer...

Anonymous said...

I remember the cover this is based on! The volume 1 issue of Marvel Team-Up featuring Spidey and Greer "the Cat" Nelson.*


*Back when comics were "STILL ONLY 20 CENTS!"



Matthew Baugh said...

I think the bulk of the cover is from an issue of MTU with Catwoman taking Spiderman's place. At the time Man-Killer was (IIRC) a section head for Hydra. The other "mutt" is a no-name Hydra agent. In the lower right you can see the muzzle of a gun that is held by another Hydra mutt.

I agree completely about the women drawn by Stevens and Romita. Too much "sexy" comic art these days focusses on overblown proportions and contorted poses. These guys created more realistic figures and used body language to convey personality.

Sonofjack Well said...

I always thought that Nick Cardy drew very attractive women in comics like The Teen Titans and The Brave and the Bold (I loved his art on the one and only appearance of "The Bat Squad"). I also always liked the sexy-cute women that Bob Oksner drew such as Angel of "Angel and the Apre" and Supergirl when she wore her hot pants outfit.

Ross said...

Oh yes, those are two more great examples.

Simreeve said...

Matthew Baugh said...
"I think the bulk of the cover is from an issue of MTU with Catwoman taking Spiderman's place. At the time Man-Killer was (IIRC) a section head for Hydra. The other "mutt" is a no-name Hydra agent. In the lower right you can see the muzzle of a gun that is held by another Hydra mutt."
Thank you for the information.

Anonymous said...

@ Matt & Sim:

Actually, the MTU issue in which she debuted featured Man-Killer as unknowingly working for AIM (which, at that time, was still a independent splinter faction headed by MODOK). It was only during the "Foggy Nelson, Agent Of SHIELD" story arc in DAREDEVIL AND THE BLACK WIDOW that she was listed as a Hydra division chief. Which was also the start of Silvermane's leadership of it, if I recall correctly.*

*And, I'm dead certain I do. :-)

Matthew Baugh said...

That sounds right. In fact, now that you say so, wasn't MK learning that she had been duped into working for men a plot point for that MTU?

Cary Comic said...

Exactly! She had been tripped up by a sexist male rival in some kind of Winter Olympic-style downhill ski race. And the resulting paraplegia made her a total misandryist.

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