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).

Now, before I go any further, I do want to say that there seems to be conflicting information on whether Jim Balent hid cats on the covers of issues #1-12 of the series. Of course, there is also a lack of information on Balent’s cat hiding when it comes to the answers (which is a large part of why I’m doing this rather involved, prolonged project 🙂 ), so take this old Tripod page (which also has at least one inaccurate answer on it, since #43’s cover has a hidden drawing of a cat in addition to She-Cat’s tattoo) with an adequate grain of salt when it comes to there being no hidden cats on those early issue. Especially since I’ve already posted a hidden cat for one of those issues (#1) and am about to post three more. 🙂 Also, there is this (very brief) interview with Balent to take into consideration too. So, most likely, he did hide cats on every single cover and most of the ones in the #1-12 range are just especially tricky (and probably ones he himself can no longer remember), which is also the case for some late run ones of his.

Now, on with the show! 🙂

First up is Catwoman #10, 1994, written by Jo Duffy and drawn by Jim Balent:

Can you tell I'm tired and spent hours solving and making formatted answer keys for forty Catwoman covers today? :P

Catwoman and the tigers seem to be having a competition over who looks more fierce and full of life. Or she just wanted to brag about how long of retractable claws she can fit in her gloves. Although, given that she and the tigers seem to have about the same length claws, I’m not sure what she would be bragging to the tigers about.

Next up the claw competition continues with Catwoman #11, 1994, written by Jo Duffy and drawn by Jim Balent:

Seriously. I love that there is actually something gruesome to the way her hands are drawn here.

I think Catwoman loses this contest though. Those are some pretty darn big cybernetic claws. I do love how her hands and “claws”/blades look though. Unfortunately I think the retractable glove and boot blades eventually drop off as a feature of her costume and Catwoman loses the lovely horror/terror aesthetic her clawed hands have going on here and on the cover for #10.

And our last entry for this week, Catwoman #12, 1994, written by Jo Duffy and drawn by Jim Balent:

Begin the crossover invasions! Or, preferably don't, but it's way too late now.

Not only does she not get to pop her claws on this cover, but AzBat has even bigger ones ‘and’ he’s invading her series!

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go!

Isn't it nice to have it be easy sometimes? :)

This one is as obvious as it seems folks. Catwoman’s two lovely tiger friends are the not so hidden cats on this cover.

The number of cats kind of reassured me though.

Another bit of mercy from Balent, although this is still the type of cover where he might (and has on other covers) put both live cats and a cleverly hidden drawing of a cat.

Seriously. Selina got dragged into a 'lot' of crossovers in her first series of her own. Although, well, that kind of still happens too.

The hidden cat on this cover is in the shadows in the background of the scene at the bottom right of the cover. And the cat seems as pleased with this crossover as Catwoman is.

That’s it for this week folks. Stay tuned for next week, when we get more of the Knightsend crossover (and Catwoman is ‘still’ looking for the same plot device she was in issue #12), dinosaurs (courtesy of yet another event), and the start of the Balent-era Catfiles!

As always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only.

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