Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Twenty-One-Point-One)

In celebration of making it through all of the solved Jim Balent-era Catwoman covers I’ve shared and discussed in this feature, here’s all of the unsolved regular issues in one place. If nothing else, at least y’all can get a decent mix of Balent’s varying cover art styles on the series. 🙂 Although hopefully someone can solve those gosh darn lingering No Man’s Land covers for me. 🙂

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Twenty-One)

This should be a bit more momentous, but here’s the final (regular) Jim Balent Catwoman post for 2014 and one of the very last ones in this format period. 🙂 I’ve really, really enjoyed doing this feature even if the scheduling for it has gotten badly thrown off at times by, well, bad things happening. ‘And’ I do have some ideas as to what to do in a Catwoman-y vein once I finish up with the non-regular series Jim Balent drawn covers I missed putting on my list, but those are for the new year. For now, head below the cut (and the last two unsolved+unposted covers). 🙂

What? The cover has orange and zombies and Catwoman in an action pose. I'm set.

Still not sure if this cover has a cat on it, but it does have zombies. 😀

Where are you hiding the cat, Skelecatwomen??

Okay, so I may have accidental ended up with a theme for these. And, again, I cannot find the cat on this one either.

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Twenty)

I’m not really refreshed enough to be commenting too much on these, but I will say that I’m glad this post will finish off the Doug Moench-penned issues. Even just flipping through them for this feature, they seem a tad … flat and not quite Selina-enough. Plus, and I think I’ve said it here before (or elsewhere), I think who Jim Balent is teamed with really makes a difference in the quality of his art work and … the Moench ones do not tend towards the impressive. There is Balent’s increasing slippage on anatomy and posing, but there are also overall problems with the art looking odd, unimpressive, and/or “dirty”/hard to read. But, enough of that. At least til we get under the “read more” cut. 🙂

She still has the awesome horror claws/hands here, but I think Selina is still beaten out by AzBat's claws. Sheerly due to size.

The last of the unsolved early-run covers to burn off, so AzBat is temporarily back on this blog. And having a claw comparison fight with Catwoman.

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Nineteen)

As I work through the last of the solved but unposted covers, it seems as though Balent’s art work has really, solidly hit the start of its decline. And also more of a weird phase where the covers seem to want to be rather terrible, somewhat nightmarish (if you did not enjoy the spiders in the previous post in this series, I’d suggest you skip this one) lesbian erotica. Also, Catwoman does have covers with her characteristic expressiveness that earned Balent deserved praise but … she’s making those faces at her anatomy, not her antagonists.

I also don't know how her outfit works. Other than magic.

It seems their romance was ill-fated. Another unsolved cover to burn off, from earlier in Balent’s run. Still a slight case of the butterfly villainess, but also still much better than what will follow under the “read more” cut.

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Eighteen)

Sooooo, I’ve had a heck of a month (granted, I’ve been having a lot of those, but December decided to send 2014 out with a nasty bang) but I wanted to try to get as many of my normal planned posts in as possible still. 🙂 Not sure how well that’s going to go given that I’ve been trying to catch up on an inadvisable amount of work at my regular job in a very short amount of time, but hopefully typos keep to a minimum and everyone at least enjoys getting a few select Two-Face panels. Trust me, they’re good. Or bad. Or … something. It was the 1990s, Two-Face had/has a gimmick, and I’m mostly faking consciousness and functionality at this point anyways. 😛

I'm silly and tired. What did you expect? :P Plus imagining it as a dating ad or dating site match is amusing.

I still have some unsolved+unposted covers to burn off, so here’s the one that tries to set up Catwoman with a butterfly-themed villainess. It’s all right there in the tag line. ;P

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Seventeen)

Recovering from a head injury (and the resultant damage to my ability to work) and trying to even up the number of solved-but-unposted covers I have left, so only two covers this time. However, they involve She-Cat, Cyber-Cat, and, well, I think you can already tell that there is going to be some very … special 90s-ness going on this time. And Balent seriously pushing a pose … for the sake of a cool layout (and it is cool – he just ends up making Selina’s stretch resemble what a ball-joined figure would do, not a person, so all of her fits within a certain part of the page). Also some wobbles on his art and badness that I think may be down to the writing he’s paired with and what designs were asked of him.

I kind of want to be done looking at this cover. Plus I can't quite get She-Cat's tattoo to actually look like a cat in my mind.

Seriously. I don’t think Balent is solely to blame for the … logistics of Cyber-Cat’s armour. And the dialogue justification for it. And She-Cat is … something. And I don’t think her cat tattoo is the hidden cat on this cover, so it’s still unsolved.

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Sixteen)

Trying to push through and salvage a bad chronic pain day by catching up on this feature for the month so far, so, finally, it’s time for Catwoman: Year Two. And for Batman to say, “Cat-nap chop.” I think a less than stellar comic (especially a three-parter that’s trying to follow up to the actually quite good although still very 90s Catwoman: Year One and cache in on the general pattern of Year One issues) can be forgiven a little if it throws something like that in. Especially when it’s an annoyingly serious and stiff Batman saying it. So, head below the cut for Catwoman, Two-Face, and not leaving a good thing alone by stopping at one.

We want to channel Frank Miller's Year One by ... including something the 60s tv Batman would say.

I was going to go back to burning off unsolved covers here but look at it!! So terrible and yet so … cat-nap chop.

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Fifteen)

I think the week numbering on these posts is now shot, other than as a way of keeping them organized, but I am going to try to make up for it (key word try) by doing a double set of posts in one day, starting with a special one that only covers one issue. Only one issue you say (that I say)? Yep, only the one issue because I’ve already posted the other three issues of that arc (and there are two additional ones in it that are not a part of Catwoman’s own comic) and because this first issue of the arc has some great interactions between Catwoman and a major player from Catwoman: Year One. So, head below the cut to find out who it is and to get some great character bits with, and information about, our hero.

By which I mean, somebody please please find where the heck the cat is at on this one!!

Nope. Not it. But this does lead into another Catwoman-in-an-unwilling-team-up story. And I do need to get back to burning off unsolved covers in this spot. Catwoman #28 (1996).

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Fourteen)

The week numbering on these isn’t quite accurate anymore (at least in terms of one of these posts coming out each and every week til I run out of covers), but I am back with another installment and, unfortunately, we are moving into the middle part of Balent’s run on Catwoman. As I’ve already noted in previous posts, the art does stay mostly solid, especially on the interiors, but Balent starts to slip on the covers and the pizzaz with which he executes both covers and interiors can get a bit inconsistent in application.

Just try not to look at it too long. Instead, try to figure out whether Slyfox's fox tail is his own hair with a unique dye job or if it's an actual fox tail. That attaches ... somewhere.

However, some of it is fantastically 90s, so there is that. 🙂 And I do enjoy the sometimes inexplicable outfits that Selina suddenly shows up in. Plus, this page is a good example of an earlier, more forgivable type of Balent art sin, where he is trying to push the pose but for dynamism and expression purposes, not to try to contort the character to be more “sexy.” And Slyfox also seems to have a case of spaced-too-far-apart badass legs going on. That said, Selina’s left leg looks significantly smaller and like something went horrifically wrong where it joins her hip.

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Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Twelve)

This week brings a new (or is that, temporary? Chuck Dixon returns afterwards) writer and a new story arc that will take up all of this week’s three covers/issues. It also brings the start of what I find to be a decline in Balent’s art and the end of a lovely continuous run of solved and not previously posted covers. It also apparently brings long sentences with it too. 🙂 So, head below the cut for “Family Ties” (and not the sitcom either. unless that had a deadly, cursed dagger in it) and a teaser of what’s to come in the next installment. 🙂

I think he wins just because he's nightmare sized here.

I still have some early Balent covers to burn off, so here’s Catwoman #6 to give you a good look at how good the art originally was. Also, I think AzBats is trying to show Catwoman that his claws are more awesome than hers.

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