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.

First up in What is going on with this cover? is Catwoman #49, 1997, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Jim Balent:

Seriously. This is somewhat of a horror issue, especially the villainess' death scene, but the cover is just ... not quite right. Especially for the tone of their actual interaction in-comic.

I think your parlour might be more inviting and tempting if it didn’t seem to painfully warp everyone’s anatomy …

Next up is Catwoman #50, 1997, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Jim Balent:

And Cyber-Cat's armour is verified as intentionally and oddly boob-shaped. Even without a person in it. Not sure how she gets it on then.

This cover is another in the unimpressive pile, with the added factor of not knowing what’s up with Catwoman’s anatomy or outfit. It ‘might’ be a nod to the fact that Cyber-Cat makes a return in this issue. Might.

And, finally, Catwoman #51, 1997, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Jim Balent:

Balent dos give Huntress a really awesome cape though. And he also uses it to partly frame some of the pages on the interior. I'm a sucker for ladies in really large, sweeping capes. :)

I’m not sure why Selina is so shocked by her own breasts. Also, kind of a missed opportunity for a more direct interaction-y pose with her and Huntress. It looks … pretty good even with slight anatomy issues, but it’s also not as awesome as it could be, especially for a Huntress/Catwoman stand-off, which is what we get in the issue (and then a team-up. while still standing off.).

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go!

Giving directions on these is hard sometimes.

The hidden cat here is part of the spider web below Catwoman’s hair, towards the bottom left corner of the cover.

I'd say this a tougher cover, just because of the number of elements and amount of grayscale. Or, at least, it's rough on 'my' eyes.

The cat here is an upside down line drawing hidden on Killer Croc’s left shoulder-neck-muscle-thing.

Had to figure out a different way to start that sentence. Also, not being able to repair the keys on my laptop or buy a suited-to-me-keyboard is making typing this much slower, with even more time to go and catch errors just from the manual process of typing. :/

Catwoman was so busy staring at herself in shock that she didn’t see the cat hiding as part of one of the clouds above her left thigh.

And that’s it for this time. 🙂 Now, I really really need sleep. ‘But’ this is halfway through what I had left of solved-but-unposted covers from the regular 90s Catwoman series. 🙂 And, as always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only. 🙂

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