Batman 210 – Catwoman trains her crew

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Neal Adams did the cover for Batman 210 (March 1969), and designed her new costume.

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Robbins, Novick and Giella spin this tale, which sees Catwoman recruit a number of women about to leave prison.  I really love the names these women call themselves by.  Florid Flo is my favourite.

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Catwoman trains the women to be more athletic, making them her new gang.  There is a weird “women’s lib” element to this, forming a gang that is all female.  Batman and Robin have already deduced Catwoman’s goal, a large pearl being brought to Gotham by Nepalese royalty.

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While on the cover we see women dressed in a variety of cat-suits, in the story itself, Catwoman garbs her gang in costumes identical to hers.  This is actually a bit more practical, as the goal is to make it more difficult for Batman and Robin to determine which one really is Catwoman.

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As it turns out, her decoy gang is not really that important for the climax of the story, as Batman has laid a trap for her, with a fake pearl, and then telling her the real one is in a ball of yarn, which she traps herself with trying to unravel the sticky twine.

Catwoman next appears in the Black Canary story in Adventure Comics in three years.

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