Monday, August 2, 2010

Cat-Man vs. Dr. Macabre (Holyoke; 1946)

Hey, it's hot out there so like the grizzled old dude in the Dos Equis commercials says, "Stay thirsty my friends". Here is the final golden age story from Holyoke's Cat-Man Comics #32 (Aug.1946), written by Ken Fitch and illustrated by Bob Fujitani - and at last starring Cat-Man!

David Merryweather, was raised in Burma by a tigress after his parents had been killed. After living with tigers for many years, he gained super-human abilities, such as super-strength, enhanced agility, natural night vision plus the legendary "9 lives" of cats. Eventually, David returned to the U.S., where he was horrified by criminals preying on the innocent. To stop this, he first became a private investigator and later, he would become an Army officer. Assigned to stateside duties, he then donned a costume with a black cat's-head symbol and became Cat-Man.

Cat-Man soon encountered Katie Conn, an 11-year-old circus acrobat who had fallen under the guardianship of her unscrupulous uncle (after her parents died in a fire). The uncle forced Katie to steal things for him. Cat-Man intervened on her behalf and made sure her uncle was brought to justice and David adopted Katie. She tried to help him fight crime, sewing a matching costume and calling herself the Kitten. At first, Cat-Man tried to prevent her from helping him, but Katie eventually proved herself and they became partners.



Barry Sachs Illustration said...

Wow. Reading the description of this comic series reminds me of a superhero tv show that was on UPN in the 90s. It was called the Sentinel.
It was very similar, except the hero was in the army and after spending time in the jungle was given super senses and was made the protector. When he returned to the U.S.A. as a detective he used these abilities to fight criminals. It was a good series. Lasted about 2 seasons. You should look for it sometime and occasionally Sci Fi channel has marathons of it.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same Cat-man that would later become a Bat Villian?

Chuck Wells said...

That would be a "no"!