I really liked The Cat and was disappointed when she became Tigra, and then when her costume went off and had a solo career of it's own as Hellcat.
I don't know why I liked her, clearly nobody else did, as her comics career only lasted a meagre 4 issues ( even Black Goliath beat her! ), but there was something about this slightly tokenistic feminist mini-period in Marvel's history ( that also included short series for Shanna The She-Devil & Night Nurse ) that I thought was fun, and a bit different.
Maybe it was simply that first issue, with spectacular art from Wally Wood & Marie Severin:
That we first read over here in glorious black & white, in Marvel UK reprint weekly The Superheroes.
Or maybe it was simply the thrill of having a brand new character you could get in on the ground floor with, after all I have similar residual affection for fellow also ran's / never was's like The White Tiger or Jack Of Hearts, to name but two.
Whatever, I like The Cat, and I don't care who knows it. Sure it was fairly generic stuff, but it was fun generic stuff. And at least, unlike Ms. Marvel, it was a feminist superheroine actually written by a woman, even though scribe Linda Fite confessed to being none too impressed with the assignment: ' I thought: A cat? Oh my god how unoriginal. We'll have a woman and we'll call her cat and she can be in catfights. '
I'm sure you've all seen the first issue somewhere on the net, so for once, let's have a look at the last issue, with art by Jim Starlin & Alan Weiss, both of whom cameo on pg. 2 of the story. In an interview with Shaun Clancy for Back Issue, Starlin gave the background to this issue: ' I got the job and he ( Weiss ) lived down the block, and the job needed to be done in two days, and we were pretty well loaded the whole time we were working on it. My girlfriend was bringing us a round of wine, we were partying, and later on Alan Kupperberg came over and helped out a little bit'.
Well, we've all done that, haven't we? Got wrecked and drawn an entire comic in two days, I mean...