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Look under 'C' in The Encyclopaedia of Comic Book Heroes and you'll find Catwoman described as "daring and beautiful, whose costumes, special equipment, and choice of crimes all revolve around a feline theme."

Catwoman made her comic book debut in mid-1940. Her real name is Selina Kyle and her occupation seems to be 'Burglar'. Unusually for a comic-book character who operates in disguise, her name, occupation and secret identity are well-known to the police, to Batman and indeed the rest of the world which makes one wonder why she needs the disguise!

As with The Penguin and other arch-villains, Catwoman's personality has ebbed and flowed through the years, usually not-quite-evil but sometimes not-quite-good either, with one consistancy; her love/hate relationship with Batman.
The physical origin of Catwoman was a combination of 1930s blonde bombshell Jean Harlow, the 1940s screen siren Hedy Lamarr, and Bob Kane's girlfriend at the time.

"I admired Hedy Lamarr," recalls Kane, "She had great feline beauty, and my girlfriend looked very much like her.
My girlfriend was kind of handy as a seamstress, and she made a cat costume in which she posed as my model for the character."

Why a cat? "Well, a cat has nine lives, so I figured that whenever she was caught, or wounded, she would survive and live to fight again. Also, I feel there's something very mysterious about cats, and I equate that with women."
Since Bob Kane's invocation of the character, Catwoman has been drawn by a number of other artists over the years and her physical appearance seems to change periodically, as does her costume. Here are some examples of Catwoman paintings and comic-book illustrations.
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