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Black Cat

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Black Cat
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Real Name

Linda Turner

First Appearance

Pocket Comics #1 (1941)

Original Publisher


Created by

Alfred Harvey & Al Gabriele

Golden Age Origin

Linda Turner, daughter of a movie star and a stunt woman, became one of Hollywood's biggest stars who got bored with the make-believe life of Hollywood. When she came across a plot by Nazi spy and director Garboil she realized she could help her country and have fun by taking on the identity of the Black Cat. She has no superpowers but is a skilled fighter, knows karate and acrobatics, and is good with javelin and lariat. She was assisted by Rick Horne, a reporter for Los Angeles Daily Globe, and her sidekick Black Kitten.

In Speed Comics #23, the Black Cat teamed up with Shock Gibson, Captain Freedom, Ted Parrish, War Nurse and the Girl Commandos to repel the Japanese invasion of Hollywood. She also teamed up with Gibson and Captain Freedom in several text stories based on covers of Speed Comics.

In Pocket Comics #4, Black Cat teamed up with Spirit of '76 and Agent 99 in two separate adventures. Black Cat ran into Agent 99 while he was in Los Angeles rounding up Gestapo agents at the request of the FBI. Black Cat, Rick Horne and Agent 99 worked together to bring the Gestapo agents to justice. Before the adventurers parted ways, Black Cat gave Agent 99 a kiss. Noticing Rick's jealous reactions, the British agent said that much as he would love to stay with the beautiful heroine, his work would always have to come first.

Among her more notable enemies are Fire Bug, The Sceptre, Cleopatra, and the Crimson Raider.

Historical Note

In the Golden Age, since publishers were required to pay a registration fee to start new series, they often used the titles and/or numbering of canceled series for new ones. Thus Black Cat changed titles and genres several times. Issues 16-19 were Black Cat Western, which featured Linda Turner's adventures in the West. With #30 it changed to a horror title, Black Cat Mystery, and after appearing on one cover Linda Turner was dropped entirely. Black Cat Mystery, which eventually changed back to just Black Cat, featured the sort of infamously gory stories and covers that brought down the wrath of moral guardians and led to the creation of the Comics Code. To comply with the Code the title changed back to Black Cat Western for three issues (the first one was actually called Black Cat Western Mystery!) with Golden Age reprints before changing to the toned-down Black Cat Mystic. Finally, in the Silver Age Harvey published three more issues of reprints along with their ill-fated new superheroes such as Bee-Man.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Black Cat #1-29, 30 (cameo), 54-56, 63-65
  • Pocket Comics #1-4
  • Speed Comics #17-38,40,44
  • All-New Comics #6
  • Super-Dooper Comics #6,15
  • Joe Palooka Comics #8,10,15-16,23-24
  • Terry and the Pirates #5,12,15,23
  • Humphrey Comics #1
  • Thrills of Tomorrow #20

Legal Note

  • Although all the 40s and 50s issues of Black Cat in all its variations and most of her appearences elsewhere are public domain, the last three reprint issues are still under copyright.
  • Marvel comics owns the trademark to the name Black Cat.

See Also

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