Real Name: Jacqueline Tavarez
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Singer; Adventurer
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Stan Lee
Enemies: Dr. Ecstasy; Amanda Gideon; Krak
Known Relatives: Beth (mother, deceased), Lou (father, deceased)
Aliases: Nightcat (see comments)
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
First Appearance: Nightcat#1 (April, 1991)
Powers/Abilities: Night Cat possesses many powers similar to a feline. She has "night vision," allowing her to see in the dark. Her fingernails can extend and become razor sharp. She has superhuman agility and leaping abilities. She is also exceptionally skilled as a musician and in the field of criminology.
Weapons: Night Cat employs a telescoping
metal staff. She also uses a vehicle she has dubbed the Cat-illac.
History: (Nightcat#1 (fb)) - Ten years ago, a
young Jacqueline Tavarez lived with her police officer father and
musician mother. She heard her parents arguing one night about
Beth's musical career and drinking. After failing an audition,
Beth literally drank herself to death. Lou, Jacqueline's father,
promised to never let her follow her mother's footsteps.
(Nightcat#1) - As a highschool student, Jacqueline disobeyed her father's wishes, and rehearsed with friends in a band. When her father found out, he grounded her. Not able to make the recording session, she was replaced in the band by her rival Melissa.
(Nightcat#1) - Now
in college, Jacqueline saw that
Melissa had become a huge music star. Taking inspiration from the comic
books she read, Jacqueline decided to dress up to sing without her
father realizing it was her, and thus, Night Cat was born. Winning a
record contract with LMR records, she became a star, and bought a
home. While at the recording studio, she recognized a man in the
hallway who had been linked to a drug bust in the news. Seeing a
briefcase he set down, she opened it to find a large amount of
cocaine. Another man, Krak, saw this and knocked Night Cat out,
bringing her with him to Amanda Gideon, who with Dr. Ecstasy, was
testing designer drugs that would imbue a human with animal
characteristics. After injecting Night Cat with the drug mixed
with cat blood, Ecstasy was shot dead by Lou Tavarez, who had gone
undercover with Gideon's organization. Lou was shot dead by
Gideon's agents. In a moment of passion, the designer drug
interacted with Jacqueline, causing her to sprout elongated,
razor-sharp claws. With her newfound agility, Night Cat took out
a number of Gideon's goons, and even made a superhuman leap upwards,
almost reaching Gideon's escape helicoptor in mid-flight.
With no proof except her word that Gideon was behind
Ecstasy's program, Jacqueline attended her father's funeral, and soon
after, pledged vengeance on the wealthy socialite. While trying
to go on with her normal life, she continued with her singing career,
and was even signed by Stan Lee to star in a Marvel comic book.
She used her new wealth to buy sophisticated computers and
weaponry. When she heard a news report about a garbage scow that
was going from port to port, she did some research, realizing it was
owned by Gideon, and must be a front for her to smuggle drugs.
She busted the ring, and a furious Gideon set a trap, inviting Night
Cat to perform at her casino.
Before her performance, a group of ninjas hired by
Gideon kidnapped and replaced Night Cat's back-up singers, attacking
her onstage. She defeated them, and found herself face to face
with Krak. She managed to electrocute him by forcing the drill
appendage on his hand into a power outlet. Finding Gideon on the
roof of the casino, the two fought before Night Cat flipped her
adversary over the side. Gideon grabbed at Night Cat's hair, but
fell to her death. With the Gideon drug ring busted, Night Cat
decided to use her new powers to fight other crimes.
(Damage Control III#3-BTS) - Night Cat contributed to
the soundtrack of the Damage Control motion picture.
Created by Jim Salicrup, Barry Dutter, Stan Lee, Denys Cowan and Jimmy
Night Cat only appeared in this
one-shot. The character was based on the real-life Jacqueline
Tavarez, whom Marvel hired to attend conventions in her Night Cat
outfit. Apparently, Marvel fired her later after she appeared in
a Joey Buttacuoco music video. Since then, the only information I
can find on her is that she appeared topless in the Troma film Tromeo and Juliet.
The title of the book is
Nightcat. The insignia for the book calls it Nightcat. She
is referred to throughout the book as Night Cat. I don't know why
they have the difference. Maybe there was a trademark with
someone else on books with the space between the words.
Here's a picture of live action Night Cat in-costume from an issue of
Marvel Age, along with a short newsbit. I don't remember what the issue
number was, but can find it out later.
Also, the actual Night Cat record (CD?) is worth mentioning. It was released in Real Life, but I don't know much about it beyond that.
Night Cat has no known connections to
Dr. Ecstasy has no known connections to
Amanda Gideon has no known connections to
Krak has no known connections to
A high-powered vehicle, the Cat-illac served as Night
Cat's means of transportation.
An alcoholic and would-be musician, Beth eventually
died of alcohol poisoning after being depressed from losing an audition.
--Nightcat#1 (Nightcat#1 (fb))
Jacqueline's father, Lou worked as an undercover police officer. After Beth's death, he forbade his daughter from pursuing a musical career. While doing undercover work in the guise of an agent of Amanda Gideon's, he saw Dr. Ecstasy inject the Night Cat, who he didn't realize was his daughter, with a designer drug. He shot Dr. Ecstasy and helped free Night Cat, but was mortally wounded by some of Gideon's agents. Dying, he told Night Cat, who he now realized was his daughter, that he was proud of her and that he wanted her to be happy.
--Nightcat#1 (Nightcat#1 (fb), 1)
Gideon's right-hand man, Krak had a hand either made
of, or encased in, metal. He could attach a specially-designed
power drill to the hand. He was electrocuted because of it while
fighting Night Cat when he plunged it into an electrical outlet.
Nightcat#1, page 3, panel 1 (Night Cat)
page 14, panel 2 (Jacqueline)
page 38, panel 4 (Cat-illac)
page 4, panel 5 (Beth)
page 13, panel 3 (Lou)
page 18, panel 1 (Dr. Ecstasy)
page 45, panel 3 (Amanda Gideon)
page 19, panel 5 (Krak)
Nightcat#1 (April, 1991) - Jim Salicrup & Barry Dutter (plot), Stan Lee (script), Denys Cowan (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Bob Budiansky (editor)
Damage Control III#3 (August, 1991) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Ernie Colon (artist), Fabian Nicieza (editor)
Last updated: 05/23/05
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