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.

This week’s post is bumped up to four covers because my original selection included parts two through four of “I’ll Take Manhattan,” Devin Grayson’s final story for the Catwoman series. I didn’t want to leave part one out and come back to it later, so have some money, Mona Lisa, and the very 1990s-fied Flash villain who ruins all of Catwoman’s careful money-making and mayoral career-starting plans.

Catwoman #66, 1999, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Da Vinci Balent (just following the cover here folks :P):

Can we get a mehhhhh for whoever thought this was a good cover idea?

I’m mostly just not interested in this cover. No funky anatomy going on like other like Balent-era covers, but it’s also just not very fun.

Catwoman #67, 1999, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent:

Also the whole lower abdomen/area where her legs meet her hips is just oddly large and oddly shaped. Balent used to be able to make a pose with only minimal pushing of anatomy. Sigh.

On the plus side, she is someone accustomed to being paid in cash. On the other hand … she’s got some serious anatomical funkiness going on. Starting with the fact that I originally thought she was missing a leg. Apparently it’s just small and inexplicably right next to the other one though. No idea how she’s not in crippling pain and is holding that pose though.

Catwoman #68, 1999, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by … Jim Balent. Big surprise, I know.

Seriously. This is one busy cover.

Look hard enough to find the cat, but not so hard that you get caught up trying to make all the angles and depth and action make sense. I think the takeaway is supposed to be that Catwoman is caught in the crosshairs, but there are just way too many lines going on.

Catwoman #69, 1999, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent:

Also, Catwoman has remarkably little personality here, especially given that that's what Balent was praised for so highly early in his run.

And here’s the Trickster, all ready to ruin Catwoman’s plans by linking her to her legal name. Plus ready to be creepy. 1990s creepy.

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go!

Seriously. My vision is better today than yesterday but that cat is blending in quite well.

This one is almost easier because Balent isn’t trying anything tricky, but it can be really hard to distinguish the cat hidden in the landscape of the painting from the landscape itself. And by hard, I mean I’m glad I already found it and made the answer key a week or two ago.

Make it rain. Make it rain kitty faced money.

All of the falling money makes this cover a bit busy and really ups the amount of area to be examined, but after a few tries I found the cat hidden as the face on one of the bills below Catwoman’s anatomically disagreeable legs.

Twist and shout, Catwoman and lady assassins. Twist and shout.

This is a painfully busy cover, but the cat on it ‘is’ findable. The cat is hidden as part of the Statue of Liberty’s hair, above Catwoman’s right knee.

Yeah. I don't have much to say about this cover that's positive.

The money is a bit more controlled here and it is once again the cat’s hiding place.

And that’s it for this week’s Sunday Fun Day. As always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only. Stay tuned for the next installment, where I may try to burn off more of the remaining late-Balent-era covers.

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