Per reader requests Balladeer’s Blog presents another overlooked superhero.
Secret Identity: David Merryweather, Private Investigator
Origin: As a child David Merryweather, his parents and his sister were traveling through the jungles of Burma when bandits attacked, robbed and killed all but David. Left to die, David instead bonded with his mystic totem animal – tigers – and survived. Over the years the boy was educated by Burmese villagers and learned to control the powers that his totem animals had granted him.
As an adult David Merryweather moved back to the United States, where he eventually became a Private Investigator. In order to battle criminals that were beyond the reach of traditional law enforcement he donned a costume and used his super-powers under the name Cat-Man.
First Appearance: Crash Comics #4 (August 1940). His final Golden Age appearance came in 1946.
Cat-Man had greater than human strength, could leap several times his own height and could see in the dark. His other senses were also enhanced, making him the ultimate urban hunter. In addition Cat-Man possessed incredible agility and speed.
The hero also had the fabled nine lives of a feline and came back to life after being killed in action. He had used up two of those nine lives as of the end of his Golden Age run.
Comment: Cat-Man was Holyoke’s most popular and longest-lasting superhero. He and his eventual sidekick Kitten (Katie Conn) are among the few characters from that company who still have a following here in the 21st Century.
The archenemy of Cat-Man and Kitten was the supervillain Doctor Macabre.
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