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.
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:
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:
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:
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!
The hidden cat here is part of the spider web below Catwoman’s hair, towards the bottom left corner of the cover.
The cat here is an upside down line drawing hidden on Killer Croc’s left shoulder-neck-muscle-thing.
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. 🙂