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. 🙂 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). 🙂

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. 😀

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.

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

I’m not really refreshed enough to be commenting too much on these, but I will say that I’m glad this post will finish off the Doug Moench-penned issues. Even just flipping through them for this feature, they seem a tad … flat and not quite Selina-enough. Plus, and I think I’ve said it here before (or elsewhere), I think who Jim Balent is teamed with really makes a difference in the quality of his art work and … the Moench ones do not tend towards the impressive. There is Balent’s increasing slippage on anatomy and posing, but there are also overall problems with the art looking odd, unimpressive, and/or “dirty”/hard to read. But, enough of that. At least til we get under the “read more” cut. 🙂

She still has the awesome horror claws/hands here, but I think Selina is still beaten out by AzBat's claws. Sheerly due to size.

The last of the unsolved early-run covers to burn off, so AzBat is temporarily back on this blog. And having a claw comparison fight with Catwoman.

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

We are coming to the end of the Balent era and the end of the decline on his art on Catwoman, but we’re not done yet. Especially without a little help and/or luck in solving a few of the remaining covers in the 70s part of his run. Below this week’s stumper (which I still can’t find the cat on, and the same with previous week’s stumpers issues #71 and #74), find – cats! cleavage! cats! and did I mention cats? Also Catwoman attempting to use her late Balent era chest as an underwater flotation device and plenty of the No Man’s Land crossover labeling.

Also, it's just kind of a meh cover, especially with the No Man's Land crossover branding on it.

I’ve noticed that a problem with many of the No Man’s Land covers is that they have large areas of rather flat space/colour and the rest of the cover is taken up by whatever is the main object of focus, whether Catwoman sitting on her own headstone or a plane going down with Catwoman attached. I don’t think Balent skipped hiding a cat on any covers, but ones like these make me doubt it a bit.

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

Really late post this week (hungry, stressed, and struggling, unfortunately, so anyone who can throw a donation my way to help out would be much appreciated 🙂 – info at the end of the post), but – we’re almost out of the end of the Balent era! I would be merciful and skip back to earlier in the run, but I’ve already put in the work on the remaining late Balent era covers in finding and making answer keys for the hidden cats and I think we’ll all feel better once they’re done and over with. 🙂

Seriously. This has been driving me nuts for weeks. And I don't even like nuts. Just legumes.

Of course, this one still has me stumped. The answer is either the live cats hanging out with Selina or he did a ‘really’ good job of hiding a cat. No idea where though. And sometimes Balent does live cats and a hidden drawing of a cat.

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

Slightly late post this week, but I have a special bonus-sized post for you with the start of Catwoman’s campaign for mayor in it. Or, rather, the start of the storyline where her attempt to run for mayor is ruined and her covers are filled with money. And very 90s-ish guys. Yeah. This is not the best appearance of a Flash villain in a Catwoman comic …

She might be Catwoman guys. Might be.

This, on the other hand, is. Or, at least, Captain Cold isn’t suffering a painful case of the 1990s or trying to creepily hit on Catwoman. From the “Wild Ride” volume of Catwoman vol. 3, written by Ed Brubaker.

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

This week Catwoman does battle with the Joker and with the decline of Jim Balent’s cover and interior art. She also shows off my improving cover-solving skills and gets a case of painful late-era Jim Balent breasts.

Please note that the size of the breasts is not the problem. Please.

Seriously. Those ladies don’t look comfy anymore. Those breasts aren’t just defying gravity, they seem to have been replaced with rounded lightning rods or something. Catwoman #74, one of Jim Balent’s last issues on the series (his final regular issue is #77).

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

Low energy this week (insert joke about how that’s what every week is like for me here) and really in need of donations to get through August, but I have a special treat for everyone this week in the form of Catwoman Annual #2. With a potential bonus page showing the 90s comics glory that is Catwoman’s rival and enemy from her (martial arts – Catwoman never got as far as a high school education) student days, Hellhound. You have been warned. There may or may not be mullets ahead, but there are definitely knives. Plenty of knives. Because it was the 90s.

The decline isn't so bad here but it has started on the covers. Also, she's also horrified by all the giant Bat book events she's dragged into.

There’s nothing quite like the horror of your long-time artist’s slow decline and eventual decision to give up on drawing you with personality and without a plastic feel. Catwoman on the cover of Catwoman #56 (1998), written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent.

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