Cat-Man first appeared in Crash Comics Adventures #4, published in September 1940 by Holyoke Publishing. The character was created by artist Irwin Hansen, who was also known as “”Bob Irwin”” during his career in comics.
Cat-Man, also known as David Merryweather, is an orphan who gains cat-like superpowers after being exposed to a secret experiment conducted by his father. These powers include enhanced strength, agility, and the ability to scale walls like a cat. After his parents are killed, David decides to use his newfound abilities to fight crime and adopts the superhero identity of Cat-Man.
Crash Comics Adventures was an anthology series that featured various superhero and adventure stories. Cat-Man was introduced in issue #4 but soon became popular enough to receive his own self-titled series, “”Cat-Man Comics,”” which began publication in May 1941.
In the Cat-Man Comics series, the character was often accompanied by his sidekick, Katie Conn, also known as Kitten, a young orphan girl who fights crime alongside him. The duo battled various criminals and evildoers throughout the series’ run.
Cat-Man Comics was published by Holyoke until 1946, with the character’s adventures spanning 32 issues.
From a young age, David always felt a unique connection to the feline creatures that surrounded him. Growing up in an orphanage, he never knew his biological parents or why he had been abandoned. However, he found solace in the company of a stray cat that seemed inexplicably drawn to him.
He named the cat Luna, and she quickly became his best friend and confidant. Luna remained steadfastly by David’s side, watching over him and shielding him from harm. As the years passed, David started to comprehend the true depth of their bond – he could communicate with Luna telepathically and even influence her actions to some extent.
One restless night, the walls of the orphanage felt suffocating, and David decided he could no longer stay. With Luna’s help, he climbed out of the window and escaped into the moonlit darkness. As he ran, David discovered that his physical capabilities had been augmented – he could leap to extraordinary heights and sprint with a speed he never thought possible, as if Luna’s presence magnified his own powers.
The two companions ventured into the night, following Luna’s instincts. Eventually, they came across a traveling circus, where they cautiously entered the den of a pride of lions. The lions, rather than attacking, welcomed David and Luna, providing them shelter until the circus moved on. The animal trainer, noticing David’s exceptional rapport with the lions, took pity on him and offered him a place within the circus.
Over time, David honed his abilities, and the circus community embraced him. He became known as “”Cat-man,”” and his performances enthralled audiences wherever the circus traveled. However, when the circus returned to David’s hometown, his aspirations began to shift. No longer satisfied with being a performer, he desired to use his unique abilities for a greater cause, helping others and protecting those he cared for.
Animal empathy, agility – Enhanced physical capabilities, telepathic communication with felines, and influence over their actions.
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