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

Totally wiped out and can’t think of a good introduction for this post, so … straight on to Catwoman’s jungle adventures and a very special first page from one of them, because I just realized which storyline this is and am quite excited. ๐Ÿ™‚

Filming expensive movies on location in the jungle never ends well.

This page is as ridiculous as it looks and it’s meant to be that way. For this story arc, Catwoman’s on location where the latest big, adjective laden blockbuster is being filmed and she’s supposed to steal the script for a client. Spoilers: There is no script and Catwoman is not impressed with either the movie or its director/writer.

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

I’ve been sick all week and have had a death in the family, but, slightly belatedly, here is the conclusion of the Cat File and Catwoman’s shot gun wedding. Or, whatever type of gun it is she’s actually holding. So, read below the cut for this week’s covers and answers.

I almost wanted to post interiors for it, but this spot is for unsolved covers. And I'd also end up posting so much of the issue you'd be better off just finding and reading it.

Really good issue and I think the tagline for this cover really describes part of Catwoman’s core ethics/personal code well. It’s also good if you want a quick explanation of what’s up with Batman, since Azrael appears in the first few pages and then realizes this isn’t his book.

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

This week’s post is brought to you courtesy of two different DC Comics events, along with a very special Catwoman storyline that you know is special because all the covers incorporate manila file folders into them. It also involves Catwoman having a cyanide capsule put into her arm and being coerced into a mission where it will be detonated whether she succeeds or fails, but, really, you know it’s a serious storyline because of those manila file folders on the covers.

Seriously. I actually quite enjoy the early Balent covers and the tag lines, but I have to admit this one looks a wee silly. Especially if you don't know the story context for it.

Since the matter of whether all the covers from issues #1-12 have hidden cats on them is still up in the air, I think I’ll go through the unsolved covers from that part of the run in order. So, for your it was the 1990s and silly gun toting was a thing viewing pleasure, here’s the cover for Catwoman #4, writtten by Jo Duffy and drawn by Jim Balent.

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

Unfortunately we cannot celebrate eight weeks of this post series by finishing off the late era Jim Balent covers because I still cannot solve issues 71, 74, and 75, but we can jump back in time closer to the start of the series. So, prepare yourself for cats, cats, and more cats. Also a whole lot of claws, Catwoman’s and otherwise.

Also note that the boot claws/knives at least are dripping blood.

Seriously. Check out the wicked nails on this lady. Well, they’re actually retractable blades hidden inside her gloves (and shoes). I happen to particularly enjoy them and this is a good shot of them in action (and looking appropriately terrifying).

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

We are coming to the end of the Balent era and the end of the decline on his art on Catwoman, but we’re not done yet. Especially without a little help and/or luck in solving a few of the remaining covers in the 70s part of his run. Below this week’s stumper (which I still can’t find the cat on, and the same with previous week’s stumpers issues #71 and #74), find – cats! cleavage! cats! and did I mention cats? Also Catwoman attempting to use her late Balent era chest as an underwater flotation device and plenty of the No Man’s Land crossover labeling.

Also, it's just kind of a meh cover, especially with the No Man's Land crossover branding on it.

I’ve noticed that a problem with many of the No Man’s Land covers is that they have large areas of rather flat space/colour and the rest of the cover is taken up by whatever is the main object of focus, whether Catwoman sitting on her own headstone or a plane going down with Catwoman attached. I don’t think Balent skipped hiding a cat on any covers, but ones like these make me doubt it a bit.

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

Really late post this week (hungry, stressed, and struggling, unfortunately, so anyone who can throw a donation my way to help out would be much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ – info at the end of the post), but – we’re almost out of the end of the Balent era! I would be merciful and skip back to earlier in the run, but I’ve already put in the work on the remaining late Balent era covers in finding and making answer keys for the hidden cats and I think we’ll all feel better once they’re done and over with. ๐Ÿ™‚

Seriously. This has been driving me nuts for weeks. And I don't even like nuts. Just legumes.

Of course, this one still has me stumped. The answer is either the live cats hanging out with Selina or he did a ‘really’ good job of hiding a cat. No idea where though. And sometimes Balent does live cats and a hidden drawing of a cat.

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

Slightly late post this week, but I have a special bonus-sized post for you with the start of Catwoman’s campaign for mayor in it. Or, rather, the start of the storyline where her attempt to run for mayor is ruined and her covers are filled with money. And very 90s-ish guys. Yeah. This is not the best appearance of a Flash villain in a Catwoman comic …

She might be Catwoman guys. Might be.

This, on the other hand, is. Or, at least, Captain Cold isn’t suffering a painful case of the 1990s or trying to creepily hit on Catwoman. From the “Wild Ride” volume of Catwoman vol. 3, written by Ed Brubaker.

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

This week Catwoman does battle with the Joker and with the decline of Jim Balent’s cover and interior art. She also shows off my improving cover-solving skills and gets a case of painful late-era Jim Balent breasts.

Please note that the size of the breasts is not the problem. Please.

Seriously. Those ladies don’t look comfy anymore. Those breasts aren’t just defying gravity, they seem to have been replaced with rounded lightning rods or something. Catwoman #74, one of Jim Balent’s last issues on the series (his final regular issue is #77).

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

Low energy this week (insert joke about how that’s what every week is like for me here) and really in need of donations to get through August, but I have a special treat for everyone this week in the form of Catwoman Annual #2. With a potential bonus page showing the 90s comics glory that is Catwoman’s rival and enemy from her (martial arts – Catwoman never got as far as a high school education) student days, Hellhound. You have been warned. There may or may not be mullets ahead, but there are definitely knives. Plenty of knives. Because it was the 90s.

The decline isn't so bad here but it has started on the covers. Also, she's also horrified by all the giant Bat book events she's dragged into.

There’s nothing quite like the horror of your long-time artist’s slow decline and eventual decision to give up on drawing you with personality and without a plastic feel. Catwoman on the cover of Catwoman #56 (1998), written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent.

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July Wrap-Up: Catwoman cover solved! Plus, “Why Holly Isn’t Dead” from Catwoman Secret Files and Origins

One of my Patreon patrons solved last week’s stumper for “Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style,” so as a special end of the month bonus, check below the cut for the cover answer and credit to the solver, along with a special bonus upload related to my “So You Want to Read Sexworker Catwoman” guide and one of the comics mentioned therein.

Have I mentioned the 90s Catwoman series was an action/adventure series?

Still a tough cover to solve, but apparently not unsolvable. Catwoman #35, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Jim Balent, everyone.

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