As some of you may know, my entrance into comics was through the Batman TV show and led to my life long love of one character - Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.
Tomorrow Batman 66,the comic set in the television world, debuts their Batgirl and, bonus, the artwork is by Colleen Coover.
Here’s a look.
Remember, Yvonne Craig was a brunette as Barbara Gordon.
Batgirla and Eartha Kitt Catwoman? This could definitely be one of my favorite comics of this year.
There has been plenty of superhero nightwear for ladies that let you channel your inner Wonder Woman, Batgirl or Supergirl. But what about someone who wants to channel DC’s favorite “kinda bad/kinda good” lady - Selina Kyle?
Lucky you, your day (or in this case, night) has come.
Now available from the Spencer’s Gifts.
The set (sadly not a one piece ala Catwoman’s - although better for middle of the night bathroom runs and visits from the Caped Crusader for rooftop nookie).
DC Comics by Underboss : You’ll feel like a superhero in this Cat Woman sleep set. Made of a spandex and cotton blend, this is a soft and comfortable way to spend your night and cozy up. Set includes a sleek long sleeve top and elastic-band sleep pants.
And to truly channel the comics, the pajamas have the zipper partially unzipped and a wasp thin waist as seen from the pencil of artist’s like Jim Balent and Guillem March. This line is called “anatomical” - I assume to refer to the built-in waist line.
Also available are Wonder Woman and Batgirl in similar styles.
Creating album covers for superheroes isn’t a new idea - Cliff Chiang has been doing it for years - see Cliff Chiang’s mash up of Purple Rain and Batgirl.
But recently Artist Robert Jimenez created one of a kind art pieces by taking old album covers from the 50s and 60s and 70s and tweaking them to include some of the women of DC Comics. All the covers are sold now but here’s a look. If you’re arty you can probably hit a garage sale this weekend and try it yourself.
The Original Cast Album for “Red Head” (which just missed the 60s) starring Gwen Verdon (who today is known to many as the woman from whom Beyonce borrowed her “Single Lady” dance moves) has been changed into something starring Selina Kyle.
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(Source: Boing Boing)
The new 52 has eradicated the popular Batman arc “Hush” by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee from continuity but that doesn’t mean that DC will ignore it. This month the company solicted a new statue based on a memorable kiss between Batman and Catwoman from the series.
Here’s the moment in comics
Hush is a divisive series - there are those who absolutely hate and those that adore it. It remains one of the most popular Batman arcs ever due to both Lee’s art and the all-star cast. I have mixed feelings on Hush but given the appearances of both Oracle and Helena Bertinelli (albeit wit the first appearance of the belly window) I’m increasingly happy to have it around. (You can order a copy here.)
And there is not question that that Bat/Cat kiss is hot.
Let’s be glad they don’t have a statue celebrating that last page of Catwoman #1.
DC and Warner Bros. are going all in on retro Batman. The first floppy of the digital comic was out this week and my LCS owner was smiling ear to ear about sales.
There is also merchandise including this Barbie Catwoman Julie Newmar doll (there’s a Ken as Batman available, too.)
How many of you downloaded the first chapter of Batman 66 last week? Kelly and I will be reviewing the first issue on “3 Chicks Review Comics” which should post later today.
TV Guide just posted the preview of the next chapter and I’m please to see Catwoman showing up already.
One of things I’m excited about is that there will, as in the show, more than one look for Catwoman so we’ll get both Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt. PURR-FECT!
The musical team-up chairs continue in Batman and this time the winner is Catwoman! And lucky us we get probably the best cover she’s had since the new 52 began.
BATMAN AND CATWOMAN #22
Dear Catwoman or rather those of you who are responsible for her appearances in comics. I want to bring a problem to your attention. This week in Justice League of America #2 Catwoman’s costume was broken. No really, the zipper just didn’t work. See:
I am sure you are more than aware that Catwoman is a professional thief. She is supposed to be stealthy and runs with a dangerous crowd. Guns, knives, magical mumbo jumbo, you name it, can come flying at her at any minute.
In this role it is incredibly important for the zipper to work. For one thing, her costume, much like that of her “friend” Batman acts to protect her from all those items I named above. While it may not prevent a bullet it could prevent road burn, an errant knife or other dangers. This is particularly important because Catwoman does not have powers and thus could be seriously hurt or killed given the zipper is open where her heart is. You may remember that at one time a villain named Hush removed Selina’s heart and almost killed her. It therefore makes sense for her to cover up for many readers remember that.
Secondly, Catwoman’s skin stands in dramatic contrast to the rest of her costume. The black costume makes her less visible at night. It’s why most of the folks wearing tights and kevlar in Gotham wear black. The problem is when Selina is unzipped her skin makes her less stealthy and easier to spot.
That’s not good.
I’m sure Catwoman is very comfortable with her her body and may like to show some cleavage. Hey, a lot of women do. No one wants to stop that.
But really the level to which the broken zipper had her showing cleavage was distracting. And not just for the readers.
And I understand that being stealthy and stealing stuff can make one hot. But it doesn’t seem to bother her in own book where she has a working zipper … finally.
So please fix that zipper. She will still be sexy. When Anne Hathaway portrayed Catwoman she was zipped and it was fine.
So far the JLA book has been a fun read. I’ll have more fun not worrying about that broken zipper.
Spotted by someone from the Batman66 forums at the Threadless store in Chicago a new design, “The Bat and the Cat”. It’s not currently online but should be soon.
I find it alternately fascinating and creepy.
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale JUNE 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Following the events of the CATWOMAN ANNUAL, Catwoman and the Penguin declare war on each other—and Gotham City is set to burn in their wake!
When DC rebooted their universe for the new 52 they redesigned the costumes of every major character - Superman lost the red underpants, Wonder Woman lost the stars, and even Batman got tweaked. One character remained virtually unchanged - Catwoman. When she popped in the new 52 she was wearing the same costume that Darwyn Cooke had designed for her years before albeit the zipper seemed to be down more than ever before.
But that wasn’t always the plan.
Guillem March actually submitted a variety of new costumes for the character. And not surprising they show are either skin tight or show a lot of skin.
Despite the many changes in the new 52, Catwoman’s costume stayed the same including her flat heeled boots.
Here’s a good look at her boots from the cover of Catwoman #19
But in today’s Justice League of America she is wearing footwear that resembles that worn by Anne Hathaway in TDKR.
TDKR’s Catwoman, of course, wore a boot with a sharp metal heel as seen in this poster.
The Justice League of America are supposed to be “World’s Most Dangerous” perhaps Catwoman’s costume change is to make her more dangerous?
Earlier this week I showed you a wrap-up of all the new toys featuring DC Women at Toy Fair. Here’s one more:
That’s a set of 2” Mez-Itz figure featuring the “Gotham Gals”. Save your money!