Cat Claw

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Cat Claw
Publication information
Publisher Dečje novine, Eternity Comics
First appearance June 1981
Created by Branislav Kerac (artist)
Svetozar Obradović (writer)
In-story information
Alter ego Carol Connor
Partnerships Cameron Hill
Abilities Cat's agility, claw-like fingernails, superhuman strength, night vision

Cat Claw is a fictional comic book superhero created by Serbian artist Branislav Kerac and writer Svetozar Obradović.

History[edit]

In the early 1980s, the publisher Dečje novine and editor Sibin Slavković called for comic strips that would resemble American superhero comics for their magazine YU Strip.[1] Of the creators solicited, only Branislav Kerac and Svetozar Obradović responded. Their suggestions included Gea, a Red Sonja-type character, Cyborg, a Terminator-type character, and Cat Claw, a female version of Spider-Man.[1] Kerac stated in a 1991 interview: "I tried to imagine what the wet dream of every male pig would look like, and Cat Claw was the answer."[2] Kerac penciled several pages and they were shopped around the Belgrade inkers, but most of them disliked the concept of the comic.[1] Kerac ended up performing both duties.[1] He was busy with his Kobra comic book, so one of the characters had to be dropped.[1] Kerac chose to retain Cat Claw, which allowed him to emulate the work of one of his idols, John Romita.[1] The first episode, "Bane Claws", written by Obradović, was very much in the Marvel Comics style.[1] It even included a cameo appearance of Peter Parker.[1] Soon after, Obradović, due to various obligations, had to drop his work on Cat Claw.[1] After a short cooperation with writer Slavko Draginčić,[3] Kerac became the complete author of the comic[1] As writer, Kerac started to incorporate humor and allusions to various films, other comics and rock music, mostly heavy metal, into stories,[1] which led part of the readers and critics to belief that Cat Claw was a parody of superhero comics.[1]

In 1995, Kerac drew the last, 44th Cat Claw episode.[3]

In 1989, Strip Art Features started distributing Cat Claw on foreign market.[2] Cat Claw was translated and published in USA, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Turkey. Malibu Comics's imprint Eternity Comics republished 9 issues of Cat Claw's adventures.[2] The beginning of Yugoslav Wars prevented more successful breakthrough of the comic on the foreign market.[2]

In 2006, Cat Claw was published in hardcover albums as Cat Claw Ultimate Collection.

Fictional character[edit]

Carol Connor, an introverted university biology student, was scratched by a cat which had been used in an experiment.[2] Later that same evening, when she attempted to shut down an experiment in Dr. Baker's lab she was exposed to "Sigma radiation".[2] As a result, Carol found she had developed a cat's agility and claw-like fingernails. She was also superhumanly strong and could see in the dark almost as well as during the day.[1]

At first, Carol just used her powers for her own amusement. However, when she heard her roommate Jenny Jones being attacked outside their apartment building, she jumped to her defense and drove the attackers off. Carol enjoyed the experience and decided to create a costumed identity. Carol "borrowed" some special fabric, woven from metal, to create her mask, gloves and boots, from the Gray's Institute. There was insufficient fabric to create a complete costume, so Carol used a black bikini Jenny had given her (but she had never dared to wear) and fishnet pantyhose. (The ordinary fabric of the bikini and hose got torn up and had to be replaced after every fight. Later, Carol adopted a black leotard and black leather jacket to replace the bikini.

Cat Claw went on to battle ordinary criminals and her own rogues gallery: Xtremity (aka Renate Roseblood), Berthold Schwartenberger (aka Catminator and, later, Grgur the Monster), Dr. Sigismund Morse (Grgur's creator), Dr. Bruce Baker (who also turns into a monster), Ninja Deathbringer, and the Helloweeners.

TV film[edit]

In 1992, as part of a Radio Television of Serbia show about Bane Kerac, a short film based on Cat Claw, City Cat, was recorded. The film was directed by Miša Milošević, and featured actress Daniella Peyich as Carol and Kerac himself as policeman Cameron Hill.[4]

In other media[edit]

Cover of GeroMetal's 1996 album Cat Claw

Cat Claw was the name of the 1996 album by Novi Sad heavy metal band GeroMetal, in which Kerac played the drums. Cover art was designed by Kerac and featured Cat Claw.[5]

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