The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale

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Chicago Review Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine and Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter. He also contributed to Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth, and his work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Comics Journal. He lives in Halifx, Nova Scotia.


"Feed your kitty now, because once you start reading, you won't be able to stop. Tim's words are as mesmerizing as Catwoman herself." --Adrienne Barbeau, actress and voice of Catwoman in Batman: The Animated Series, and author of There Are Worse Things I Could Do
"Tim Hanley has done it again! His comprehensive history of Catwoman is as engaging and enlightening as his masterworks on Wonder Woman and Lois Lane. As in his previous books, Hanley walks us from Catwoman's on-paper origin through her myriad film and TV incarnations to her modern place in comic books, pulling on cultural and political threads to reveal what makes the world's most famous femme fatale a truly unique feminist hero. Catwoman has outlasted the male artists and writers who have perpetually denied her agency and projected their sexual fantasies onto her. In Hanley, she finds a writer who finally succeeds in honoring her voice." --Heather Hogan, senior editor, Autostraddle
"Catwoman is the best known and longest running femme fatale in the comics world, with a history behind her creation as sensationally sordid as the feline temptress herself. Tim Hanley, with his uncanny mind for digging out hidden trivia of popular comic characters brings out a side of Catwomen few know, with frank honesty of all her virtues and flaws. This book perfectly distills the complicated 70+ year history of DC's bad girl with a heart of gold. An engaging, entertaining and vastly enjoyable history!" --Hope Nicholson, author, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen
"Hanley's writing is comprehensive and straightforward, and fans and newbies alike will take great pleasure in reading about Catwoman's journey." --Publishers Weekly
"Comic book fan or not, The Many Lives of Catwoman offers an interesting look at society's perception of women over the decades through a fictional avatar used by writers and artists to work through their own issues, misogynistic or otherwise." --PopMatters
"Featuring trademark obstacles, unappreciated talent, and a bittersweet ending for Finger, Hanley's meticulously researched work sinks its teeth into meaty, historically significant subjects, including female gender stereotypes and homoeroticism." --Booklist Online
"Source notes, a bibliography, and an index enhance this scrutiny worthy of a literary scholar - or a devoted comic book connoisseur! The Many Lives of Catwoman is a "must-read" for Catwoman fans, highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review