Low Point for Women in Comics Reprinted
Coming this September, a collection of comics best known for big breasts and body paint costumes. Jim Balent’s run on Catwoman is being reprinted.
He started as artist on this series relaunch in 1993, inked by Dick Giordano (although Balent inked his own covers), then Ande Parks and others. The stories were written by Jo Duffy.
It’s kind of fascinating how this book is being promoted. The comic shop copy says:
Gotham City’s Feline Fatale has turned a new leaf as she faces off with Bane, takes on thugs, and includes Knightquest, Knightsend, and Zero Hour crossovers!
Continuity is emphasized here. But look at what the Amazon blurb says:
Start your collection of Catwoman comics with the epitome of Catwoman artists, Jim Balent.
Jim Balent is the modern architect of Catwoman’s look all the way up until the New 52. His epic run on Catwoman from 1993 to 1999 defined Selina Kyle like never before and solidified her status in the DC Universe.
And, based on this image from issue #1, an early proponent of brokeback posing. That’s sad, to think that this balloon babe is considered an epitome of art.
By comparison, though, women didn’t have much choice for female-led comics. The same month this launched, the only other women-titled comics available from DC were the ever-present Wonder Woman, the second issue of a forgotten Zatanna relaunch, and a pretty good Black Canary comic written by Christopher Priest before he changed his name.
Here’s a few more examples of Balent’s covers in case skin-tight nudity by itself isn’t enough — you can also get kitty with a gun (held high enough to show off her breasts), or our hero scratched and ripped.
Catwoman by Jim Balent Book 1 is $29.99 for the first 15 issues (#1-14, 0) of the series. It is due out September 6 and can be pre-ordered in comic shops with Diamond code JUN17 0399.