1972 was a time of tried growth and experimentation for Marvel Comics. Within the month that The Cat #1 was launched, the writer put 49 comedian books on the newsstands, practically double what they’d achieved one yr prior. There have been 5 sequence launches from Marvel on the stands that month, together with Evening Nurse #1, Chamber of Chills #1, Shanna, the She-Satan #1 and Supernatural Thrillers #1. Created by Roy Thomas, Marie Severin, and Wally Wooden and with the early points written by Linda Fite, The Cat was an underappreciated a part of this early Seventies Marvel second, which might result in one other of these moments when the character, Grant Greer, would turn into Tigra in 1974. A quintessential early Seventies Marvel debut, there is a The Cat #1 (Marvel, 1972) CGC VF+ 8.5 White pages up for public sale within the 2022 September 4-5 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122236 at Heritage Auctions.
Three of the Marvel debuts this month, The Cat, Evening Nurse, and Shanna the She-Satan have been geared toward feminine readers, based on a Roy Thomas interview in Alter Ego. “[Stan] wanted to do some books that would have special appeal to girls. We were always looking for ways to expand our franchise. My idea…was to try to get women to write them. And of course, if we could get a woman to draw them, too, that was great. Stan tapped Marie …for The Cat. ..Linda Fite was working on staff, had done a couple of X-Men back-up features.”
Maybe in attention-grabbing distinction to this, based on the e-book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, inker Wally Wooden inked the Cat as if she was nude on the duvet and inside story of this subject, and Severin needed to then modify sure particulars to make the character seem like she was sporting a skin-tight catsuit as a substitute of adventuring as a unadorned girl.
As Tigra, the character would go on to turn into a memorable a part of basic Seventies/80s Marvel and past. There is a good copy of The Cat #1 (Marvel, 1972) CGC VF+ 8.5 White pages up for public sale within the 2022 September 4-5 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122236 at Heritage Auctions. In case you’ve by no means bid at Heritage Auctions earlier than, you will get additional data, you possibly can try their FAQ on the bidding course of and associated issues.
The Cat #1 (Marvel, 1972) CGC VF+ 8.5 White pages. Origin and first look of the Cat (Greer Grant, who later turns into Tigra). Wally Wooden cowl and artwork. Marie Severin artwork. Overstreet 2022 VF 8.0 worth = $89; VF/NM 9.0 worth = $195. CGC census 8/22: 89 in 8.5, 272 increased.
CGC Grader Notes:
mild backbone stress strains to cowl
very mild creasing to cowl
very mild foxing to cowl
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