This is the Reade family portrait I was commissioned to do for Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, and I finally got my hands on a copy from the lovely Paul and Anina so I could see it in print.  It’s credited to Charles Dana Gibson, which is simultaneously flattering and daunting, but a year after inking it I’m actually kinda happy with how it turned out.  Kinda.

The original is about 11 x 17", in pen & ink- yeah, that’s right, sometimes I don’t draw on a computer.  Occasionally.  Almost never.


Catwoman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and first appeared in Batman #1 (1940)

Catwoman is Selina Kyle

Batman and Catwoman as great a love story as Pride and Pejudice

Catwoman was partially inspired by Bob Kane’s cousin, Ruth Steel, as well as actress Jean Harlow.

Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in Red Dust

As for using cat imagery with their Catwoman, Kane states he and Finger saw cats as “kind of the antithesis of bats”.

“I felt that women were feline creatures and men were more like dogs. While dogs are faithful and friendly, cats are cool, detached, and unreliable. I felt much warmer with dogs around me—cats are as hard to understand as women are. Men feel more sure of themselves with a male friend than a woman.”   

—Bob Kane

“You always need to keep women at arm’s length. We don’t want anyone taking over our souls, and women have a habit of doing that. So there’s a love-resentment thing with women. I guess women will feel that I’m being chauvinistic to speak this way, but I do feel that I’ve had better relationships with male friends than women. With women, once the romance is over, somehow they never remain my friends.”       —Bob Kane

Batman’s creator, Bob Kane, was a movie fan, film provided inspiration for several of his Batman characters, like Catwoman. Selina Kyle was partially inspired by 1930s film star Jean Harlow who at Kane’s then-early and “impressionable age … seemed to personify feminine pulchritude at its most sensuous.”

Bob Kane and Bill Finger wanted to give their comic book sex appeal, as well as a character who could appeal to female readers; they thus created a "friendly foe who committed crimes but was also a romantic interest in Batman’s rather sterile life.”

Catwoman was meant to be a love interest and to engage Batman in a chess game, with him trying to reform her. At the same time, this character was meant to be different from other Batman villains like the Joker in that she was never a killer or evil.

Like many real life relationships, (at least from a woman’s perspective) Catwoman has a complex love-hate relationship with Batman.

However, Catwoman has been Batman’s most enduring love interest.

Boilerplate artist Paul Guinan patiently waits for Catwoman’s opinion 

Night Flight Comics @ Library Square • 2012 • bigredhair

Zombie Nation artist Carter Reid with daughter, Catwoman and Batman

Night Flight Comics @ Library Square • 2012 •

Paul Guinan has been bringing in his dog to the studio occasionally, a weimaraner named Bowie (he has two different colored eyes). Paul’s previous dog was also a wiem (named Sisko after the Trek captain), and posed for this Krypto illo by jumping for treats.