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CATWOMAN: The First 80 Years (1940 - 2020) and Beyond

Category:  Character Runs
Last Modified:  12/6/2021
Set Description
CATWOMAN: The First 80 Years (1940 - 2020) and Beyond!

Wonder Woman may be the world’s most widely recognized female comic book character, but another character who debuted a year earlier would win the 2nd place award in that category. Since her first appearance in Batman #1 (1940), CATWOMAN (Selina Kyle) has clawed her way into 80 years worth of comic books as well as into Batman’s affections, leading up to their 2017 engagement and 2018 planned wedding. In television and movies, she has appeared in both in live-action and animated form, with many actresses lending their likeness and/ or their voice to the character.

Just like a cat has 9 lives, this Feline Femme Fatale has donned at least 9 costumes in her different incarnations. Whether it be her classic Golden Age purple dress with green cape, Silver Age look that inspired the 70’s Mego action figure, Cat-like appearance seen in her first solo series in the 80’s, purple outfit as seen in her first ongoing title in the 90’s, grey jumpsuit from Batman: The Animated Series, or black jumpsuit from the ‘00’s. Whether the villainous cat-burglar, or whether the heroine, Catwoman has PURRRRR-fectly grabbed our attention for 8 decades.

This set was 10 years in the making, and showcases 250 of Catwoman’s Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Copper Age, and Modern Age key issues, and more in the first 80 years after her debut (1940 - 2020).

Includes the following issues - some keys and highest graded copies (as per the latest CGC census information through June, 2020):

Millennium Edition:Batman #1 and Millennium Edition: Batman #1 Chromium Edition CGC 9.8 White Pages
- Reprints of Batman #1 (1st appearance of Catwoman/ The Cat), both Highest Graded.

Batman #35 CGC 7.5 Off-White to White Pages
(Catwoman dons new costume; the first version of her classic Golden Age purple costume with green cape, that would continue on and off into the Copper Age as well).

Detective Comics #122 CGC 7.0 Off-White to White Pages
(1st Catwoman Cover)
- Rare in high grade.

Batman #42 CGC 8.5 Off-White to White Pages
(1st Catwoman cover in Batman title)
- 5 copies graded higher.

Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #70 CGC 9.6 White Pages
(1st Silver Age Catwoman)
- Second Highest Graded (1 copy graded higher).

Detective Comics #369 CGC 9.6 White Pages
- 1 of 2 Highest Graded.

Batman #197 CGC 9.6 White Pages (Twin Cities Pedigree)
(Catwoman dons new costume)
- 1 of 4 Highest Graded.

Batman #210 CGC 9.6 White Pages
(Catwoman dons new costume)
- Second Highest Graded (2 copies graded higher)

Wonder Woman #201 CGC 9.6 White Pages
(Catwoman vs. Wonder Woman)
- 1 of 10 Highest Graded.

Batman #256 CGC 9.6 White Pages
- 1 of 19 Highest Graded

Batman #266 CGC 9.6 White Pages
(Return of Catwoman’s Golden-Age costume).
- Second Highest Graded (6 copies graded higher)

Batman Family #2 CGC 9.8 White Pages
- 1 of 4 Highest Graded.

The Joker #9 CGC 9.8 White Pages
(Catwoman vs. The Joker)
- 1 of 13 Highest Graded.

Batman Family #8 CGC 9.8 White Pages
- 1 of 8 Highest Graded.

Catwoman (1989) #1- #4
- Complete set of Catwoman’s first solo series.

Catwoman (1993) #1 CGC 9.9 White Pages
- Second Highest Graded (1 copy graded higher).
- Catwoman’s first ongoing title.

Catwoman (2002 series)
- Includes #1 and all 41 Adam Hughes covers.

Batman #608- #619 plus variants
- Complete set of the ‘Hush’ storyline includes:
- 10 CGC 9.9's (some Single Highest Graded).
- #608 Retailer Incentive Edition CGC 9.8 (rare, approximately 300 copies produced).
- 8 Signature Series signed by Jim Lee.
- Batman develops a romantic relationship with Catwoman (Selina Kyle), and reveals his identity to her. Included in the Gallery are bonus photos of limited edition original hand-drawn sketches by Jim Lee in my copies of 'Absolute Batman: Hush' hardcover books: Catwoman and Batman in photo slots for Batman #608 and #608 Second Printing.

Batman Confidential #17- #21
- Complete ‘Bat and the Cat’ storyline, including 4 Signature Series signed by artist Kevin Maguire, 3 are the single highest graded).

Gotham City Sirens #1- #26
- Complete set with variants, features Catwoman’s team-up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.

Detective Comics (2011) #27 Miller Variant Cover CGC 10 GEM MINT
(Catwoman wraparound cover by Frank Miller)
- Single Highest Graded Universal copy.
(As the original owner, this is the only comic book I submitted myself that ever received the highest CGC grade attainable!)

Catwoman in TV and Movies:
- Batman ‘66 issues (featuring the likeness of Julie Newmar as Catwoman from the classic 1960’s ‘Batman’ TV show);
- ‘Batman Returns’ movie adaptation (featuring the likeness of Michelle Pfieffer as Catwoman).
- Batman Adventures; Batman and Robin Adventures issues (based on ‘Batman: The Animated Series’).
- Gotham Girls #1 - #5 (complete set, based on the ‘Gotham Girls’ animated series).
- ‘Catwoman’ movie adaptation (featuring the likeness of Halle Berry as Catwoman).

Other issues in this 80-year run include Bronze Age, Copper Age, and Modern Age appearances (all CGC 9.8 or higher) in issues of Batman; Batman Family; Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Dark Knight: The Last Crusade; Catwoman (1993 series); Batman: The Long Halloween; Batman: Dark Victory; Solo; All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder (including a CGC 9.9 recalled last issue); Catwoman (2011 series); Convergence; All Star Batman; Catwoman (2018 series, including an original art sketch cover by famed Catwoman artist Jim Balent); Detective Comics (including 3 CGC 9.9 Catwoman covers of the landmark issue #1000); Catwoman one-shots; and more!

Set Goals
This set showcases the evolution of Catwoman in the first 80 years after her debut in the Golden Age.

Slot Name
Item Description
Grade
Owner Comments
Pics
1st appearance of Catwoman (The Cat) - 2000 reprint Millennium Edition: Batman 1 Modern 9.8 1st appearances of The Joker and The Cat (Catwoman/ Selina Kyle). Hugo Strange appearance. Batman and Robin pin-up on back cover. Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson cover and art. Embossed gold foil logo (2000 reprint). View Comic
1st appearance of Catwoman (The Cat) - 2000 Chromium Edition reprint Millennium Edition: Batman 1 Modern 9.8 1st appearances of The Joker and The Cat (Catwoman/ Selina Kyle). Hugo Strange appearance. Batman and Robin pin-up on back cover. Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson cover and art. Chromium cover (2000 reprint). View Comic
Catwoman dons new costume (the first version of her classic Golden Age purple costume with green cape that would continue on and off into the Copper Age) Batman 35 Universal 7.5 Catwoman dons new costume (the first version of her classic Golden Age purple costume with green cape, that would continue on and off into the Copper Age as well). Bill Finger story. Dick Sprang cover and art. Bob Kane art. View Comic
1st Catwoman cover Detective Comics 122 Universal 7.0 1st Catwoman cover. Catwoman appearance. Bill Finger story. Bob Kane and Charles Paris cover and art. Kurt Swan, Harris Levey, and John Daly art. View Comic
1st Catwoman cover in Batman title Batman 42 Universal 8.5 1st Catwoman cover in Batman. Bill Finger story. Jack Burnley and Charles Paris cover. Charles Paris art. View Comic
1st Silver Age Catwoman Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane 70 9.6 1st Silver Age Catwoman appearance. Batman, Robin, and Penguin appearance. Leo Dorfman story. Kurt Schaffenberger cover and art. View Comic
Silver Age Catwoman (cameo) Detective Comics 369 Universal 9.6 4th appearance of Batgirl. 1st Batgirl/ Robin team-up. Batman, Robin, and Batgirl cover. Catwoman cameo last page. Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson cover. View Comic
Catwoman dons new green costume Batman 197 9.6 5th appearance of Batgirl (1st in Batman title). Batgirl and Catwoman cover and appearance. Gardner Fox story. Carmine Infantino and Mike Esposito cover. Frank Springer and Sid Greene art. Twin Cities Pedigree. View Comic
Catwoman dons new costume (used in first Catwoman action figure produced, Mego 1974) Batman 210 9.6 Catwoman cover and appearance. Catwoman dons new costume (basis for the first Catwoman action figure produced, Mego 1974- package art is taken from this issue, shown in second photo). Frank Robbins story. Neal Adams cover. Irv Novick and Joe Giella art. Twin Cities Pedigree. View Comic
Catwoman vs. Wonder Woman Wonder Woman 201 Universal 9.6 Wonder Woman vs. Catwoman cover. 1st appearance of Fafhrd and Gray Mouser (cameo last panel). Catwoman appearance. Denny O’Neil story. Dick Giordano cover and art. John G. Fantucchio Pedigree. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 256 Universal 9.6 100 Page Giant. Catwoman cover and appearance. Bondage cover. Denny O'Neil story. Nick Cardy cover. Irv Novick and Dick Giordano art. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 266 Modern 9.6 Catwoman cover and appearance. Denny O’Neil story. Dick Giordano cover. Irv Novick and Dick Giordano art. View Comic
Silver Age Catwoman (cameo)(reprint of Detective Comics #369) Batman Family 2 Modern 9.8 4th appearance of Batgirl (1975 reprint of Detective Comics #369 included). Gardner Fox story. Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson cover and art). Giant-Size Issue, includes a Batman Family portrait with art by Bob Kane, and a 2-page CBS Saturday morning cartoon ad with art by Neal Adams. View Comic
Catwoman vs. Joker The Joker 9 Modern 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. Last issue. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman Family 8 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. View Comic
Batman’s Rogue Gallery of Villains cover Batman 291 9.8 Many major Batman villains cover and appearance. Jim Aparo cover. View Comic
Bronze Age Selina Kyle (Catwoman) appearance Detective Comics 479 9.8 Clayface cover and appearance. Hawkman backup story. View Comic
Bronze Age Selina Kyle (Catwoman) appearance Batman 317 9.8 Riddler cover and appearance. Dick Giordano cover. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 323 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. Dick Giordano cover. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 324 Modern 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. Jim Aparo cover. View Comic
1st Catwoman solo story Batman 332 Modern 9.8 1st Catwoman solo story. Talia and Catwoman cover and appearance. Jim Aparo cover. 1st Direct edition of this title in my collection. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 333 9.8 Jim Aparo cover. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 334 9.8 Catwoman and Talia cover and appearance. Ra's Al Ghul appearance. Jim Aparo cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 335 9.8 Ra's Al Ghul, Catwoman, and Talia cover and appearance. Jim Aparo cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman Batman 355 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. Ed Hannigan and Dick Giordano cover. View Comic
Catwoman and Batman romance Brave and the Bold 197 Modern 9.8 Catwoman. Scarecrow appearance. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Bronze Age Catwoman appearance Detective Comics 526 9.8 Anniversary issue (Batman's 500th appearance in Detective comics). Batman, Robin, and Batgirl cover. Bob Kane pin-up. 'Death' of Jason Todd's parents. View Comic
Batman and Catwoman go on a date for ‘A Night on the Town’ Batman 392 Modern 9.8 Batman and Catwoman go on a date for a ‘Night on the Town’. Doug Moench story. Tom Mandrake cover and art. Direct Edition. View Comic
Copper Age Catwoman Batman 397 9.8 Two-Face cover and appearance. View Comic
Copper Age Catwoman Batman 398 9.8 Catwoman and Two-Face cover and appearance. View Comic
‘Dark Knight Universe’ Selina Kyle Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 3 Modern 9.8 Frank Miller story and cover. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson art. View Comic
‘Dark Knight Universe’ Selina Kyle Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 4 Modern 9.8 'Death' of The Joker. Frank Miller story and cover. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson art. View Comic
Copper Age Catwoman Detective Comics 559 Modern 9.8 Catwoman, Black Canary, and Green Arrow cover and appearance. Doug Moench story. Brian Bolland cover. Gene Colan art. Direct Edition. View Comic
Copper Age Catwoman Batman 400 9.8 Doug Moench story, Bill Sienkiewicz cover. George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Art Adams, and Brian Bolland art. Introduction by Stephem King. Pin-ups by Bernie Wrightson, etc. View Comic
Copper Age Catwoman Detective Comics 569 9.8 Joker and Catwoman cover and appearance. Alan Davis cover and art. View Comic
Copper Age Catwoman Detective Comics 570 9.8 Joker and Catwoman cover and appearance. Alan Davis cover and art. View Comic
1st Modern Catwoman (Batman ‘Year One’ storyline) Batman 404 9.8 1st appearance of modern Catwoman. 'Year One' storyline begins. Frank Miller story. David Mazzucchelli cover and art. View Comic
Batman ‘Year One’ storyline Batman 406 9.8 Part 3 of 'Year One' storyline. Frank Miller story. David Mazzucchelli cover and art. View Comic
Batman ‘Year One’ storyline Batman 407 9.8 Part 4 of 'Year One' storyline. Frank Miller story. David Mazzucchelli cover and art. View Comic
1st Modern Catwoman (Batman: Year One - reprint) DC Comics Essentials - Batman: Year One Special 1 Modern 9.8 Flipbook. Reprints Batman #404. David Mazzucchelli cover and art. View Comic
1st Catwoman solo series. Origin of Catwoman Catwoman 1 Modern 9.8 Origin of Catwoman. View Comic
1st Catwoman solo series. Limited Series 2 of 4 Catwoman 2 Modern 9.8 Catwoman cover. View Comic
1st Catwoman solo series. Limited Series 3 of 4 Catwoman 3 Modern 9.8 Batman appearance. View Comic
1st Catwoman solo series. Limited Series 4 of 4 Catwoman 4 Modern 9.8 Batman appearance. View Comic
Modern Catwoman Batman 460 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. Alan Grant story, Norm Breyfogle cover. Norm Breyfogle and Tim Sale art. View Comic
Modern Catwoman Batman 461 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. Alan Grant story, Norm Breyfogle cover and art. View Comic
'Batman Returns' Catwoman, portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer Batman Returns: Official Motion Picture Adaptation nn 9.8 Prestige format. Movie adaptation. Wraparound cover featuring Michael as Batman, Danny DeVitto as The Penguin, Michelle Pfieffer as Catwoman. View Comic
'Batman: The Animated Series' Catowman Batman Adventures 2 Modern 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. Joker appearance. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
'Batman: The Animated Series' Catowman Batman Adventures 21 Universal 9.8 Catwoman cover and appearance. View Comic
'Batman: The Animated Series' Catowman Batman Adventures 35 Universal 9.8 Catwoman cover. View Comic
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