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Catwoman: The Life and Times of a Feline Fatale (Superheroes) Paperback – 30 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Cmc edition (30 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811835901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811835909
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzan Colon is the author of Smallville: Don't Tell a Soul (to be published by Little, Brown in 2003). She has worked as an editor and written feature articles for many magazines, including Mademoiselle, Jane, and Latina. She lives in New York City.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for all Catwoman fans! 5 April 2004
By Melissa N. - Published on
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This book is a great tribute to Catwoman, and it's just as stylish as she is! Readers will love the purple vinyl cover and will ooh and ahh over the hundreds of color photos. There is information on Catwoman from all the various phases of her life, including comic book, movie, and television appearances. The book contains a small amount of history on Catwoman, but it's not very in-depth. This is supposed to be a fun pictorial tribute to everyone's favorite feline fatale, and that's exactly what it is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Purrrrfect! 1 Jun. 2003
By Harrison Britton - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been a Catwoman (or "Catty" to her friends) fan since FOREVER! It was a wonderful surprise to see that she FINALLY got some recognition for her impact on comics and her illustrious career as comic's "felonious feline." I thank my special comic vendor for the special copy of this fine collectible! Her costume alone has been the epitome of feminimity and the deelite of adolescent males (and females?) everywhere for many generations. There hasn't been as much marketing and memorabilia for Catwoman over the years. Less popular female comic characters seemed to have garnered more (much to my chargrin), but Catty has managed to hold her own throughout the ages. Hopefully the upcoming "Catwoman" movie starring the spectacular Halle Berry will change this.
This book has been fun to read and a great tribute to a woman who has never taken life seriously and herself even less. It's this reason why she's immortally fabulously fierce and a world famous FELINE FATALE.... MeOw! >^o.-^<
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Print equivalent of a fan website 13 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was a very pretty book to look at, but it didn't offer much information. It listed the women who played Catwoman on TV and film, and it gave a bit of background regarding her origin story ... and that was it. The rest was a bunch of cute profile quips, fashion tips, and bits of attitude, all accompanied with collages of panels from the comics.
If you're looking a sassy coffee table book with gorgeous artwork, this book is great. It's spunky, well-designed, and fun to look at. Don't expect much actual background information, though. It didn't offer any info about the various books she's been in. No information about who has written her and who has drawn her (beyond call-out quotes from some of these creators). I really would have liked credits and more descriptive text to accompany the artwork. The additional sketchbook pages were nice but ultimately not much more than what you get in the current comic.
Overall it really reminded me of a puff piece in a women's magazine like Cosmo Girl - very nice to look at, but light on information.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining read for casual and die-hard fans 14 May 2003
By Christie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was very excited to discover this book at a local bookstore. Finally, something comprehensive on Catwoman! The book itself is interesting to look at with it's journal-style covers and scrapbook-like format (very thick card-like pages).
The book is a very light read, touching upon the various aspects of the Catwoman character (comic and live-action) like origins, history, actresses playing the role, costumes, and the relationship to Batman. The artwork is what I particularly enjoyed as it featured photographs of the live-action Catwoman, as well as samples of vintage Catwoman comics and the animated-style Catwoman. The writing is reminiscent of something flirty and light-hearted like articles in Cosmo or Glamour.
Although the cutesy writing got annoying at times, I think it's a good buy for the money--especially for those who want to see how Catwoman has evolved over the years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Deep Claws & Whips 9 Nov. 2013
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on
Format: Paperback
Batman has been the subject of many debates as to what team he plays upon and with the introduction of The Catwoman the story becomes even more complicated. Selina Kane, is a foe, a killer, a lover and a tormented loner forever trapped in the darkest of nights. This amazing character is most of what Batman is and Bruce and Selina look at each other like they are gazing into a mirror as they both see the image of themselves looking back at them. Catwoman is a woman of power and a damaged creature all in one slinky package.

Bruce Wayne, was supposed to be a Playboy and a ladies man but when The Catwoman is around all of that is out the window as he only has eyes for Selina. Catwoman is twisted and close to the brink of insanity but she is also very aware of her role in dominating Batman and control is on her side of the street. Children, will read these stories and see it all in black and white as good vs. evil but this isn't for the kiddies. Catwoman, is from an adult world that isn't simple or straight-forward. The story of this woman of the shadows has been told over and over since ancient times and as the decades unfold the story of The Catwoman only becomes a hotter tale.

This book isn't a straight biography of Catwoman as the author and editors choose to make this all about design and style and this book plays to the strength of the subject as the sex is indeed here for all to see and it plays out from 1940 throught to 2003 with many, many images of a cat in transition but as Adam West states in the introduction this woman is all you need and desire and logic will lose when she is near. The danger is real but you want it! The text of this document is not an expose full of insight as the demons that drive Selina and there is no story found here to bring any new light into Catwoman's background.

This book isn't essential Bat-reading by any means but it sure is a lot of fun and done up in proper style to make little boys of all ages happy.
Three & 1/2 Stars!
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