THE LEGACY OF BILL FINGER….CATWOMAN

 The Catwoman was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane and first appeared as “The Cat” in Batman #1 (spring 1940).

Batman #1
Batman #1

Partially inspired by Kane’s cousin, Ruth Steel, for the look, she talks about it below.

 

as well as, actress Jean Harlow for the personality of Catwoman.

Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow

Selina Kyle, first appears in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) in which she is known as “The Cat”. Debuted as a Jewel thief hoping to steal the necklace of a wealthy heiress aboard a luxury yacht. Robin having suspicions goes undercover to protect the necklace from thieves. Batman and Robin soon came across several gunmen and made short work of them, Batman even took time out for a Golden Age PSA

Batman PSA
Batman PSA

They return to the yacht and Batman crashes a fancy dress party, to be awarded with the first prize. He returns the stolen loot and Robin sets off the fire alarm. This is a trap to persuade The Cat to reveal him/herself. a Mrs. Peggs races off surprisingly well for someone with a bad ankle, But the dynamic duo still catch her.

The Cat reveals herself
The Cat reveals herself

Batman pulls off her wig and removes her make-up to reveal a pretty girl. the necklace is hidden under her bandage. Denny tries to take the necklace, but Batman knocks him out. The Cat tries to persuade Batman to join her as “King of Crime”, but he refuses. (this phrase would repeat itself when Catman has the same offer to Batwoman) read about it here:  dccomicsnews.com/2014/04/30/leg

The Cat exposed
The Cat exposed

Batman takes The Cat to the police himself. However, The Cat jumps over the side and Batman lets her escape. He’s clearly smitten, even though he still has a fiancée.

escape with Batman's help
escape with Batman’s help

Kane on the creation of Catwoman (The Cat):

Kane states he and Finger saw cats as “kind of the antithesis of bats.”

I felt that women were feline creatures and men were more like dogs. While dogs are faithful and friendly, cats are cool, detached, and unreliable. I felt much warmer with dogs around me, cats are as hard to understand as women are. Men feel more sure of themselves with a male friend than a woman. You always need to keep women at arm’s length. We don’t want anyone taking over our souls, and women have a habit of doing that. So there’s a love-resentment thing with women. I guess women will feel that I’m being chauvinistic to speak this way, but I do feel that I’ve had better relationships with male friends than women. With women, once the romance is over, somehow they never remain my friends.

From The Cat to Catwoman.

THE CAT
THE CAT
Dave Stevens Catwoman
Dave Stevens Catwoman

 

The Catwoman in other media:                                                                                                                             

Julie Newmar
Julie Newmar

 

Julie Newmar: Batman T.V. series 1966

Newmar modified her Catwoman costume, now in the Smithsonian Institution and placed the belt at the hips instead of the waist to emphasize her hourglass figure.

 

 

 

Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt: Batman T.V series 1966

She took over the role of Catwoman for the third and final season of the 1960s Batman television series, replacing Julie Newmar, who was unavailable due to other commitments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Meriwether: Batman the movie 1966

Lee Meriwether
Lee Meriwether

Meriwether portrayed Catwoman for the 1966 Batman movie, she also appeared in two episodes of the Batman TV series in 1967 as Lisa Carson, a love interest to Bruce Wayne in the episodes ‘King Tut’s Coup’ & ‘Batman’s Waterloo’, at the end of which she offered Bruce Wayne a nightcap of ‘Milk & Cookies’.

 

 

 

 

 

Batman/Superman hour 1968
Batman/Superman hour 1968

Jane Webb: (voice) Superman/Batman hour 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melendy Britt: (voice) New Adventures of Batman 1977

Catwoman 1977
Catwoman 1977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman:TAS
Batman:TAS

Adrienne Barbeau: (voice) Batman: The Animated Series

In the 1990s, Barbeau mostly appeared in made-for-television films such as Scott Turow’s  “The Burden of Proof” in 1992, as well as playing Oswald’s mother on “The Drew Carey Show” and gaining new fame among animation fans as Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series and Gotham Girls. Coincidentally, Barbeau’s on-screen son on “The Drew Carey Show”, Diedrich Bader, would go on to perform the voice of Batman on the animated series “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”.

 

                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

                                                       Gina Gershon: (voice) The Batman

The Batman
The Batman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nika Futterman: (voice) Batman: The Brave and the Bold

 

Batman the brave and the bold
Batman the brave and the bold

 

Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey

 

Maggie Baird: Birds of Prey

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Sheh: (voice) DC Nation..Batman of Shanghai

Catwoman of shanghai
Catwoman of shanghai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Pfeiffer: Batman Returns

Batman Returns Pfeiffer
Batman Returns Pfeiffer

 

Halle Berry Catwoman
Halle Berry Catwoman

 

Halle Berry: Catwoman

 

 

 

 

 

Kelley Huston: (voice) DC Universe Online

DCU Online
DCU Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Hathaway: Dark Knight Rises 

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathawa

Eliza Dushku: Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman The Dark Knight
Batman The Dark Knight

Tress MacNeille: Batman: The Dark Night Returns Pt. 2

 

 

 

Catwoman an evolution:

Evolution of Catwoman
Evolution of Catwoman

 

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Thomas ODonnell

Thomas ODonnell

My love of comics started at the age of 5, when visions of mythic beings fought their way across my TV screen. Batman '66, Super Friends, Wonder Woman, and Superman '78 filled my early childhood with imagination and adventure. Soon enough I found the spinner rack! Batman, Justice League and DC's Who's Who kept me coming back for more. I've seen the death of hope, justice broken, a light extinguished, and a universe torn! A kingdom come, the lightning return, a triumph of evil and a multiverse reborn!
  • Aaron Handy III

    1968 Filmation’s Robin totally looked like he was groping CW! 😳