Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wildcat and Black Cat



I originally thought to pair these two together because of the obvious cat-theme connection, but then I realized they shared another aspect in common with one another.  Both of them were quite famous in the public eye before they ever decided to become masked crime fighters.  I can see them getting along well because of that, and there's potential for a fun story to be told.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe this Black Cat and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

ELS said...

Holy cats!

LOVING the Golden Age characters! You always manage to show the best images! Bravo!

B Paganini said...

As for Black Cat and Casper the Friendly Ghost, both are owned by the same publisher, Harvey Comics, in addition to being from universes / realities with very different proposals. Not that this has prevented this blog before (lol)... It would be interesting to see Black Cat vs Black Cat from Marvel Comics.

Bob Greenwade said...

This is a fun pairing! I hope you can find enough images of this Black Cat to make this a recurring partnership. Most especially (and probably most challenging), I'd love to see a follow-up cover with these two in their civilian identities. (We haven't had a lot of covers, even in the real world, with superheroes in their civilian clothes.)

I also second the Linda Turner vs. Felicia Hardy pairing.

In finding Black Cat's listing on the Public Domain Super Heroes site, I also found that Harvey had a spy character named Agent 99. I think you can guess where my mind went with that one!

Jay Johnson said...

I always loved this look for Wildcat when I first started reading about Golden Age heroes. His cowl must have some sort of neck brace in it to be in line with his back muscles, and the real eyes have to be somewhere in the grey are. (Or Irwin Hansen never really cared much about anatomy).

Simreeve said...

Is Ted's gaze aimed where I think it is?

^_^

Carycomic said...

@Simreeve: why do you think nobody else male ever noticed that Linda Turner and Black Cat were the same height and had the same shade of red hair. ;-D

@Ross: seriously, though? The implied McCarthyist angle would make for a great plot device if this team-up were ever published as a real-world crossover. That's why I'm one of the few people who did _not_ object to the Cold War setting for "Indiana Jones (yada-yada-yada) Crystal Skull."

American society changed after WWII, so it makes sense that Indy would have to, as well. English translation: his body had gotten oldre and (a bit) heavier, so he wasn't as light-hearted as he was during the Never-Never Thirties.

Bob Greenwade said...

@Cary: It's a shame that George Lucas has decided to dispose of George Hall's portrayal of the (at the time) modern-day, elderly Indy. It would've been interesting to see how Indy lost that eye, but now few enough people even know about question that it may never be answered (retconned away along with everything else about those scenes).

Carycomic said...

@Bob Greenwade: I just blame it on a timeshift caused by that interdimensional wormhole at the end of "...Crystal Skull."

Anonymous said...

@carycomic: her costume is 100% modest compared to Tigra's "costume" @ STF #2551!

Carycomic said...

@Ross and Anonymous: I still think a Wildcat/Marga the Panther Woman team-up would be doable (given the "Ted Grant"connection).

Anonymous said...

Didn't they both also ride motorcycles?

Bob Greenwade said...

@Cary: Maybe. But I'll be among those going gaga if the next Indy movie includes that incident.

@Anon@1:34: Don't worry about Tigra. Cheetah is the least-dressed character in comics. (Even more than Cutey Honey! Boy, what a face-off between those two would be like....)

@Anon@5:12: I noticed that when I went to look for info on Ms. Turner. It would make a good basis (IMO) for a future meeting between these two.

Carycomic said...

@Bob: you mean, getting clawed out by a brainwashed Black Cat?


;-)

Bob Greenwade said...

@Cary: ???

B Paganini said...

this is a very interesting point. copyright on 'characters published in comics'. despite the list you indicate in your comments, it is worth clarifying that the character 'black cat/Linda Turner' is not in the public domain. neither were the publications between 1940-50.

with the publication of 'Black Cat The Origins # 1' in 1995 by Lorne-Harvey, where "Harvey revives its Golden Age superhero Black Cat for a new generation. In addition to reprints of the original hero's classic 1940s adventures, the reboot introduces a new Black Cat, stuntwoman Kim Stone, with art by comics legend Murphy Anderson ". https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=496361

The Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) of 1998 extended copyright terms to life of the author plus 70 years and for works of corporate authorship to 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication, whichever end is earlier. Copyright protection for works published before January 1, 1978, was increased by 20 years to a total of 95 years from their publication date. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Term_Extension_Act

Carycomic said...

@Bob Greenwade: As in, the STF-verse explanation for how novagenarian Indy lost his eye. Making him look like an anorexic Nick Fury!

Anonymous said...

@Bob & Cary: I'd buy a team-up story like that in a flash!

Speaking of which...I'd also settle for an Indiana Jones/Golden Age Flash team-up.

Anonymous said...

Ah, well! Half a wish (sort of) granted is better than none, I suppose.

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