Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Thirteen)

I have unfortunately been out of commission when it comes to writing (and somewhat with my regular job as well), but I am back this week with the first of two catch-up posts featuring our (or at least my 🙂 ) favourite superhero, Catwoman. This time Catwoman meets Robin (or, at least, ‘a’ Robin) and has an adventure in a house that wouldn’t be entirely out of place in a Steven King novel. Also, Catwoman tries to re-enact Godzilla (Grodzilla?) and I’m not the only to try being pun-y.

I was trying to give hints about the what the pun was referencing, but I'm not sure they helped.

I told you it was pun-y. Unfortunately I don’t think the issue involves Catwoman, Grodd, and others dressing up as hippies and singing about God. Also, check out the credits box in the bottom left corner.

First up this week (or, well, this catch-up post) is that rarest of things during the Balent era – a stand-alone issue of Catwoman. Robin is in it (somewhat), but this issue isn’t part of a crossover or event or part of a Catwoman-only multi-issue story arc. It’s just Catwoman trying to score a heist in an odd odd house and with too many other people trying to do the same (or slightly different – again, Robin is in it) thing at the same time. So, without further ado, Catwoman #25, 1995, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Jim Balent:

Seriously. Robin (and Batman) has a long history of being bound, hung, and otherwise involved in BDSM-esque scenarios by Bat-villains.

I’d have to look again, but I don’t think this scene happens in the actual comic. Robin has a kink quota to meet though and Catwoman was happy to oblige.

Next up is Catwoman #27, 1995, since issue #26 has already graced the pages of this feature. Written by Chuck Dixon (and drawn by, well, guess who), this issue was part of Underworld Unleashed, which, well, involved Hell and deals with the Devil. However, this is a nice done in one issue that doesn’t require you to track down and read anything else in order to understand it. Plus, Catwoman gets hired by the deposed leader of Gorilla City to steal an important symbolic amulet (that also just happens to be made of a big ole chunk of flawless jade) so that Gorilla Grodd can’t get it.

Grodd's ambitions thwarted by a human dressed as a cat. Pacts with devils can't fix everything and the devil at least knew better than to try dealing with Catwoman.

By which I mean, of course, that fun, magical things could happen in the 90s. Also, Catwoman ends up keeping the statue (and the advance she was paid) to use as a paperweight.

And finally, Catwoman #29, 1996. Unfortunately, I am rather stumped on issue #28, so we’re jumping in with issue two of a three issue story. Still written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by our buddy Jim Balent, this issue sees Catwoman in yet another unwilling team up and with yet another guy making unwanted advances at her. Fortunately, Catwoman can at least address that issue, if not the strange and unsettling one of Slyfox’s fox tail, which sometimes seems more like the strangest of custom ponytails/hair extensions instead of a regular fox tail attached to the back of his mask/bandana.

I really couldn't think of anything else to say since everyone is buried in lots of orange and black and goggles-wearing.

I … think it is fairly obvious that Balent is starting to slip on the cover art here. Or Catwoman slipped some balloons filled with explosives down her suit. Either way, it’s not the most expressive and fun of Balent covers and the anatomy slippage is starting to show.

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go!

Sometimes writing answers out is more difficult than finding them.

The answer is fairly easy this time, with the hidden cat being the preserved taxidermy specimen on the lefthand side of the cover, behind/next to Catwoman.

This one was evil. Eeeeevil.

This one is … a serious pain to find and makes me feel a lot better about the covers I can’t solve. The hidden cat is actually a teeny tiny drawing hanging upside-down off the gorilla’s forearm, below Catwoman’s hand.

Is it obvious I like Slyfox about as much as Catwoman does? Mouse isn't bad though and Giz has a pet squirrel.

This time, the cat is hidden in the drip of metal? coming down to the left of Slyfox (the creepy, widely grinning guy at the top of the group).

And that’s it for this post, although not for this week. This took longer than planned (unfortunate keyboard problems, plus research to figure out Catwoman’s involvement in Underworld Unleashed), but hopefully I’ll have the second catch-up post up soon as well. I also still want to do the back-up story from Catwoman #25 in its own post, but it touches on Catwoman’s morals and is also perhaps a bit too long to post in totality, so I’ll have to wait and see how I’m doing and what I figure out. 🙂

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

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