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

This should be a bit more momentous, but here’s the final (regular) Jim Balent Catwoman post for 2014 and one of the very last ones in this format period. πŸ™‚ I’ve really, really enjoyed doing this feature even if the scheduling for it has gotten badly thrown off at times by, well, bad things happening. ‘And’ I do have some ideas as to what to do in a Catwoman-y vein once I finish up with the non-regular series Jim Balent drawn covers I missed putting on my list, but those are for the new year. For now, head below the cut (and the last two unsolved+unposted covers). πŸ™‚

What? The cover has orange and zombies and Catwoman in an action pose. I'm set.

Still not sure if this cover has a cat on it, but it does have zombies. πŸ˜€

Where are you hiding the cat, Skelecatwomen??

Okay, so I may have accidental ended up with a theme for these. And, again, I cannot find the cat on this one either.

First up (remember, as excited as I am to be in Devin Grayson’s run, I am … extremely pressed for time – catching up due to a rough month is, well, rough πŸ˜› ), Catwoman #55, 1998, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent:

Granted, this guy isn't secretly a serial killer, but Selina, in both her inner dialogue and her actions, comes off much more in character here than in Moench's attempt at Selina+gender stuff.

Funnily enough, this issue is partly set at New Year’s. Also, I only have time to skim right now, but I think this issue makes a good contrast/example in how to handle writing Selina dealing with dangerously misogynistic men. Also, it’s another one-off, no guest stars issue. Very nice. πŸ™‚

Next up, Catwoman #56, 1998, again with writing by Devin Grayson and drawn Jim Balent:

Maybe she hurt herself in the fall?

Another crossover is coming for you Selina. Also, the dodgier side of Balent’s art and drawing of anatomy.

And, finally, Catwoman #57, 1998, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent:

Yeah. Without being too spoilery ... if you don't want close-up graphic detail of roots and branches and leaves growing out of and in somehow's muscle and skin and eyes and things, this is 'not' for you. o.O

These issues are a … lot better than the covers would lead you to believe. I thinkI like the previous one a bit better, because I have very serious feelings about writers showing off Catwoman as a hero, ‘her’ kind of hero, but this one is also good. Fair warning that it gets really gross on the last page though. There are certain things you don’t want thrown directly in your face, like custom fertilizer for a secret villainous plan.

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go!

Some kind of clever and/or amusing comment should go here. I'm tired though and using this stand-in keyboard is really hard work.

This one is kind of a freebie. Although given that Balent will put a hidden cat ‘plus’ bonus live cat on a cover, you can never be too sure. I think this one is just live cats though.

Hard to find 'and' hard to describe where to find it.

The hidden cat here is an ink/line drawing on the bottom (in terms of placement on the cover) wall of the elevator shaft Catwoman is falling down into.

I'm so tired. So. Tired.

And this one is a line drawing hidden in the tree above Poison Ivy’s head.

And that’s all folks! πŸ™‚ Still much to be done for me, but hopefully I can still follow this up with a post collecting all the unsolved covers in one place. In case anyone has better luck (and better eyes) than me. πŸ™‚ And a bit more of this feature to come in 2015, including an installment with a Catwoman/Vampirella crossover, and then on to something new to do with all these covers and my favourite superhero. πŸ™‚ And, as always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only. πŸ™‚

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