1972 was a time of attempted expansion and experimentation for Marvel Comics. In the month when Cat #1 came out, the publisher put 49 comics on newsstands, nearly double what it had done a year prior. There were five Marvel series launches on the stands that month, including Night Nurse #1, Chill Room #1, Shanna, the devil #1 and Supernatural Thrillers #1. Created by Roy Thomas, Marie Severinand Wally Wood and with the first numbers written by Linda Fite, Cat was an underrated part of that early 1970s Marvel moment, which would lead to another one of those moments where the character, Grant Greer, would become Tigra in 1974. A quintessential Marvel debut in the early 1970s, he there’s one Cat #1 (Marvel, 1972) CGC VF + 8.5 Blank Pages up for auction at the Sunday & Monday Selective Comics Auction September 4-5, 2022 #122236 at Heritage Auctions.
Three of Marvel’s debuts this month, CatNight Nurse and Shanna the She-Devil were aimed at female readers, according to an interview with Roy Thomas in alter ego. “[Stan] I wanted to make books that would have a particular appeal for 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 would be great. Stan tapped Marie… for The Cat. ..Linda Fite was working on staff, had done some X-Men backup features. “
Perhaps in interesting contrast to this, according to the book Marvel Comics: The Untold Storyinker Wally Wood inked the cat as if she were naked on this issue’s cover and inside story, and Severin then had to tweak some details to make it look like the character was wearing a skintight jumpsuit instead of s adventure naked. women.
As Tigra, the character would become a memorable part of the Marvel classic of the 1970s/80s and beyond. There is a nice copy of Cat #1 (Marvel, 1972) CGC VF + 8.5 Blank Pages up for auction at the Sunday & Monday Selective Comics Auction September 4-5, 2022 #122236 at Heritage Auctions. If you have never bid on Heritage Auctions before, you can get more information, you can check out their FAQ on the bidding process and related questions.
The cat #1 (Marvel, 1972) CGC VF+ 8.5 White pages. Origin and first appearance of the Cat (Greer Grant, later to become Tigra). Wally Wood cover and art. Marie Severin art. Overstreet Value 2022 VF 8.0 = $89; Value VF/NM 9.0 = $195. CGC 8/22 census: 89 in 8.5, 272 more.
CGC Leveler Notes:
slight spinal tension lines to cover
very slight crease to cover
very slight foxing on the cover
See certification for CGC Certification ID 2707775004.
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