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.

Playful poking fun aside, I do rather like the Catfile section of Balent’s run onΒ Catwoman, although I only own hard copies of part of it. You don’t often get occasion to have a rather pissed off Catwoman wearing a wedding dress over her catsuit and toting a gun though. πŸ™‚ That’s a post for another week though, since we first need to finish off the last of the Knight- events, survive the next event, Zero Hour, and also fit in a Catwoman origin story before starting the Catfile.

So, first up, Catwoman finally finds the end of Knightsend in Catwoman #13, 1994, written by Jo Duffy and drawn by Jim Balent:

Of course, I also think those covers are from later in Balent's run so ... there's that too.

I don’t want to spoil the answer on this one so – comment comment comment. Actually, I love the expressiveness of this one and the wonderful long horror “claws”/hands that Selina has going on here. I’ve mentioned them before, but I really love seeing Catwoman drawn with elements that are genuinely horrific and even a bit gruesome. I also like that this cover manages a sense of depth better than some of the other ones, especially the covers where Selina is falling downwards.

Unfortunately, she then gets drawn into Zero Hour (and no, I wasn’t trying for a pun there. I just got lucky πŸ˜› ) in Catwoman #14, 1994, written by Jo Duffy and drawn by Jim Balent:

This is also the only issue of her own title that's involved in the crossover, which was admittedly smaller than the Knight- events.

Catwoman gets a dinosaur and a sabre tooth tiger. Worse things could happen in a crossover than that. Also, she still has those fabulous horror “claws”/hands that I love.

This next issue is best thought of as issue #14a, but officially this is Catwoman #0, 1994, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Jim Balent:

On the plus side, I kind of gave away the answer to this cover... or did I?

I just examined this cover again and apparently she’s not meant to be falling downwards toward the ground from a height. I’m not sure what is actually going on though, because she appears to be in front of a breaking window on a tall building (with a cat sitting on the sill of the window), but her positioning and the breaking of the glass and the angle of everything that isn’t here on the cover don’t quite add up.

Finally, we have the start of the Catfile storyline and the manila folders really aren’t as obvious as my joking might have made it seem. πŸ™‚ This is Catwoman #15, 1994, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Jim Balent:

And it's still not as terrible as sexy in defeat covers can get, but it is a tad awkward. Also not a very exciting way to open this story arc.

This is part of a four part story line and also one of the first covers in the series to veer away from the active, dynamic posing and have sexy, defeated and/or knocked-out Catwoman on the cover. On the plus side, it was very easy to find the creative team credits on this cover. πŸ™‚

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go

Not sure what else I can say about this, other than an "I just made a bad joke" style laugh. :P

It’s a catfish. Get it? Cat-fish.

Unless he hid another cat really, really trickily here.

The hidden cat here is Catwoman’s feline friend for this crossover. So, not quite so hidden. πŸ™‚

Yeah, I'm still not sure where Selina is falling from or to here.

Yes, I did give the answer away earlier. The hidden cat here is the witness to whatever kind of fall it is Selina is making and is sitting on the window sill on the right side of the cover.

Not as cat-tastic as one of the other covers but this is still multi-choice.

The answer is as obvious as it seems. Rather easy week for cover answers this time. πŸ™‚

As always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only and stay tuned for next week when I reveal the rest of the Catfile storyline and Catwoman gets married. Or does she?

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