The Original Black Cat

    (Lorne-Harvey, 1988-1992)
™ and © Lorne-Harvey
Issue #8 is Black Cat; Issue #10 is Black Cat Comics

(From the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

“Linda Turner, Hollywood Star and America’s Sweetheart, becomes bored with her ultra-sophisticated life of movie make-believe and takes to crime-fighting in her most dramatic role of all as…The Black Cat!” Phew. This blurb ran in most 1940s stories of our eponymous heroine, and aptly evokes the breathless pace of the series. A successful alumna of Harvey’s Speed Comics anthology, the Cat was drawn by Joe Kubert in her first two issues, after which Lee Elias took over, and made the Cat a sophisticated Hollywood lady, as opposed to Kubert’s busty virago. One of the few heroines of the 1940s who didn’t start her career as a sidekick or a team member, the Cat was popular with both male and female readers. The girls liked the Hollywood setting, the cool toughness of the heroine, and Elias’ carefully detailed clothing and fashions, while the boys liked the action scenes, and the way the Cat fitted into her low-cut satin costume.

Sadly, it didn’t take, but the character was affectionately remembered, and was the subject of two later revivals. The first, entitled The Original Black Cat to distinguish her from Marvel’s impostor, ran eleven issues from 1988 to 1992, reprinting the Kubert and Elias work with occasional new covers. ~HS

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  NotesWriterArtist

#1

  10/1/1988
  $2.00
  $4.25
1 copy available for $19.99
Reprints from Black Cat Comics #4, 14, 20Alfred HarveyAl Gabriele, Lee Elias, Al Avison

#2

  3/1/1989
  $2.00
  $9.50
No copies available
Reprints from Black Cat Comics #22; 23; 28Bob HaneyLee Elias

#3

  9/1/1990
  $2.00
  $6.50
3 copies available from $4.99
Reprints from Black Cat Comics #18, 29, Speed Comics #34; B&WBob HaneyLee Elias

#4

  6/1/1991
  $2.00
  $4.00
1 copy available for $6.00
Reprints from Black Cat Comics #9, 18, 21, Speed Comics #35Bob HaneyJoe Kubert, Lee Elias

#5

  7/1/1991
  $2.00
  $3.75
1 copy available for $4.50
Reprints from Black Cat Comics #10, 33, Green Hornet Fights Crime #38, Speed Comics #1Bob Haney, Bob PowellLee Elias, Bill Draut

#6

  8/1/1991
  $2.00
  $20.00
1 copy available for $19.99
Reprints from Pocket Comics #1 (first Black Cat story), Black Cat Comics #1, 10Alfred Harvey, Bob HaneyLee Elias

#7

  11/1/1991
  $2.00
  $10.00
No copies available
  Bill Draut

#8

  2/1/1992
  $2.00
  $4.25
1 copy available for $5.00
Title changes to Black Cat for one issue only Lee Elias

#9

 
  $2.75
  $4.75
5 copies available from $5.00
Reprints from Black Cat Comics #14, 15, 29; ca. 1992Bob HaneyLee Elias

#10

 
  $1.00
  $18.00
1 copy available for $18.00
Title changes to Black Cat Comics for final issue; ca. 1993 Lee Elias