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

This week brings a new (or is that, temporary? Chuck Dixon returns afterwards) writer and a new story arc that will take up all of this week’s three covers/issues. It also brings the start of what I find to be a decline in Balent’s art and the end of a lovely continuous run of solved and not previously posted covers. It also apparently brings long sentences with it too. πŸ™‚ So, head below the cut for “Family Ties” (and not the sitcom either. unless that had a deadly, cursed dagger in it) and a teaser of what’s to come in the next installment. πŸ™‚

I think he wins just because he's nightmare sized here.

I still have some early Balent covers to burn off, so here’s Catwoman #6 to give you a good look at how good the art originally was. Also, I think AzBats is trying to show Catwoman that his claws are more awesome than hers.

I do want to note here that the decline in the art I’m noting with this arc is nowhere near as bad as the problems and disappointments I’ve already (heavily) exposed you to via the latter part of Balent’s run. But I did notice, flipping through the image files for this post, that the art isn’t quite as well done and isn’t quite so playful and dynamic as before. It’s nowhere near the plastic-y looking Catwoman from near the end of Balent’s run on the series, but she seems a little less expressive and I’m starting to notice Escher Girls style problems that aren’t simply Balent popping a leg out of joint to get a more dynamic pose for story and character purposes. Which, well, once you see the cover for issue #24, you’ll understand.

But, first, Catwoman #22, 1995, written by Deborah Pomerantz and drawn by Jim Balent:

Trust me, though, there is actually a hidden cat on here and I know where it is.

I suppose this is a suitably ominous cover to start out a storyline about an allegedly (actually?) cursed dagger that our (anti?)heroine makes the mistake of stealing. Then again, this cover is basically empty clothes in a Catwoman shape.

The first interior page of this issue kind of has me questioning what exactly Selina’s suit is made out of at this point in time, given that she’s stashing a vey sharp stolen dagger in the top of her boot (which, until Balent drops it later on, is the classic storage spot for he whip and something he would include even on very small panels and distance shots). So, for your shared puzzlement:

Especially given how difficult it must be to find repair materials for a one of a kind volcano mountaineering suit.

Just as a reminder, the original purple suit (and original grey suit) were created by college kids who wanted to climb inside a volcano. So pretty darn sturdy. I don’t know/kind of doubt this is the same suit though.

Next up is Catwoman #23, 1995, written by Deborah Pomerantz and drawn by Jim Balent:

Thankfully, it's still mostly in service of making the cover look cool/dynamic, not in a trying to make "sexy" ladies way.

I think the girls have developed some kind of anti-gravity and flight powers. Especially Catwoman’s opponent.

Aaaand the cover for Catwoman #24, 1995, written by Deborah Pomerantz and drawn by Jim Balent:

Or maybe she looks like that because of the curse?

Catwoman seems to have dislocated something in her attempts to fight so many opponents. I hope she finds a chiropractor once the matter with the dagger is finally sorted and she’s not cursed anymore.

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go!

And, yes, I know it's there because of the artist. But I like cute jokes. :)

I’m not sure why the cat is hiding on a cursed dagger, but that’s where it is. πŸ™‚

I think this is cover number two I've posted that has Catwoman+fencing foil.

The cat is actually hiding upside down on the fencing foil above Catwoman’s hands.

Ouch.

The cat is a bit trickier here. It’s on the stack of bills between the bottom-most pair of legs on the cover. And please, don’t try to figure out whose legs those are. Catwoman’s not the only one having anatomy problems and I think the fellas are having some combination of missing, bonus, and distorted legs.

And that brings us to the end of this week’s post. I was going to include the last issue in this chain of solved covers, but it’s a stand-alone issue with a cover that I think may interest some (Catwoman + Robin bondage-esque imagery, anyone?) and an interesting back-up story that I may put as its own post or just include as a bonus at the end of next week’s post. Also, Catwoman ends up in a weird spooky with, well, spoilers. πŸ˜‰

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

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