BLACK CAT
(of Earth-8107)

Real Name: Unrevealed (see comments)

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-8107) human

Occupation: Thief

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: J. Jonah Jameson (loosely)

Enemies: Johnny Griffon, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), the people of New York City

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Curiosity Killed the Spider-Man" (October 3, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: The Black Cat was a skilled cat burglar with skills in agility, acrobatics and climbing. She also had access to gloves which allowed her to cling to most surfaces and had hidden blades capable of slicing through Spider-Man's webbing. She also had a large group of cats at her command but it was unrevealed if she actually commanded them or controlled them via other means.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 142 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Green
Hair: White

History: (Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Curiosity Killed the Spider-Man") - The Black Cat landed nimbly on a fence in an alley, scaring a stray dog. Leaping to a nearby telephone pole, she ran across the wires to the Daily Bugle building, where she jumped from the wires to the outside of the building. She climbed inside via an open window, unaware that Spider-Man witnessed her breaking and entering. Once inside, the Black Cat noticed that the New Year's Eve party was filled with people sporting diamond necklaces, gold watches and silver bracelets. Walking among the costumed revelers, the Black Cat easily helped herself to their valuables until Spider-Man arrived. After some banter with the wall crawler, the Black Cat found herself webbed and trapped. Her loot was taken away and given back to the rightful owners as she was slung over Spider-Man's back and carried off to the police. Using her hidden claws, she easily cut through the webbing and freed herself. With Spider-Man distracted, she kicked him off the Daily Bugle building and climbed to the roof. With Spider-Man in pursuit, she jumped off the edge, landing neatly on a telephone pole. Severing a line, she used it to swing away.

The next day, the Black Cat entered the office of J. Jonah Jameson and made him an offer. She promised to ruin Spider-Man's reputation and wanted Jameson to publish her challenge, namely her intent to steal the Maltese Mouse statue, with the added threat of destroying the art piece if Spider-Man interfered. She slashed Jameson's portrait for emphasis. When Peter Parker objected to her plan, the Black Cat noted that he was cute…"for a wiseguy" and left via the window. At some point, the Black Cat secretly switched the crate carrying the Maltese Mouse with a crate carrying live chickens and left a note for Spider-Man taped to the side (see comments).

Later, with Spider-Man on the truck seemingly carrying the Maltese Mouse, the Black Cat climbed onboard the ship carrying the actual Maltese Mouse as the captain pulled the real statue out of its hiding place. As the statue was admired, the Black Cat entered the hold. Shutting off the lights, the Black Cat easily dispatched the sailors. She turned the lights off again and snatched the statue. She promised the stunned men that she would take good care of the statue, at least as long as it would take her to remove the statue's diamond eyes. She ran past Spider-Man and tried to swing away, but was snagged by Spider-Man's webline and dragged back to the ship. Questioned about her reason for the theft, she answered by kicking a nearby lever, dropping the anchor and dragging Spider-Man overboard. She tried to escape via an overhead wire, but Spider-Man (who freed himself from the anchor) overtook her. She spun around on the wire, making Spider-Man lose his balance and fall into a pile of boxes. Climbing to the rooftop of a nearby warehouse, she tried to run off but Spider-Man easily swung after her and dragged her down to the street and webbed her to a nearby gate arm. With the Black Cat trapped, he easily took the statue away but the gate arm suddenly raised, sending dozens of cars rolling towards the water. Spider-Man left the Black Cat alone as he tried to save the cars and, with Spider-Man thus distracted, she easily cut her way free and escaped. Later overhearing Spider-Man's new role as the guard of the statue, Black Cat remarked her plan was working perfectly.

At some point, the Black Cat called J. Jonah Jameson and told him to be at the Johnny Griffon show in person if he wanted to see Spider-Man humiliated. That night, the Black Cat broke into the Johnny Griffon Show studio thanks to a large group of cats she had ordered to attack the guard. Once inside, she made her way to the catwalks above the studio floor. As Spider-Man joked around with Griffon, she watched from above. With a swipe of her clawed hand, she severed a rope holding a giant mousetrap and when the oversized prop crashed to the ground, she swung down and grabbed the state in the confusion. Leading Spider-Man on a chase through the studio, the Black Cat slipped out via the back door and into the streets. Cornered on a rooftop, she jumped back to the street and jumped into a passing cab. Noticing Spider-Man was following thanks to a set of webbing skies, the Black Cat ordered the cab to stop, launching Spider-Man through the air. Seeing that he had landed on a nearby roller coaster, the Black Cat followed and jumped into the idle carts sitting on the ride. Someone activated the ride and she rode the carts down, narrowly missing the hero. Following him into the ruined game booth, she set the statue on a shelf and prepared to finish the hero off, unaware that she was standing on a dunking booth. She was plunged into the drink thanks to a well shot web ball and knocked out. Spider-Man dragged her from the water and took her with him back to the Griffon show and the Black Cat was handed over to the waiting police.

Comments: Created by Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott and Marvel Productions, Ltd. (see Appearances list for list of artists involved).

No origin was given in this episode, and there was nothing to suggest to her name was Felica Hardy. Spider-Man seemed to know her, recognizing her as she climbs into the Daily Bugle.

Also, Spider-Man seemed to think the Black Cat arranged the armored truck that carried the fake crate away, but there's nothing to indicate how. The guards seem to think they are carrying the real deal though.

Spider-Man runs into a certain mild mannered reporter leaving a phone booth.
--or at least his Earth-8107 counterpart! - Proto-Man

Johnny Griffon is a mashup between Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, both talk show giants from the time period.

According to a few online sources, the Black Cat was voiced by Morgan Lofting in the '81 Spider-Man series.

Profile by David Lawrence.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Earth-8107's Black Cat has No KNOWN connections to:


The Maltese Mouse

A famous statue displayed by the French, the Maltese Mouse was worth about a million dollars. Its diamond eyes drew the attention of the Black Cat, who stole the Maltese Mouse and led Spider-Man on a chase until she was publicly captured. While the composition of the statue was not revealed, it was black in color, possibly suggesting obsidian.







--Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Curiosity Killed the Spider-Man"

Johnny Griffon

A talk show host based out of New York, his audience was around fifty million viewers. He witnessed Spider-Man humiliation at the hands of the Black Cat and saw the wall-crawler bring her back to the studio.








--Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Curiosity Killed the Spider-Man"

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Appearances:
Spider-Man
cartoon episode, "Curiosity Killed the Spider-Man" (October 3, 1981) - Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott (writers), Lyle Beddes, Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Larry Huber, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Keith Sargent, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bill Wray (layouts), Mario Piluso (layouts, storyboards), Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Henry Tucker (storyboards), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Kay Wright (animation directors)


Last updated: 08/09/17

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