If you’re not familiar with the character, behind the Black Cat’s mask in the comics was actress Linda Turner. She’d started out her career originally as a stuntwoman, but had successfully transitioned into becoming a lead actress. The various skills she’d picked up during her stuntwoman career enabled her to fight crimes and solve mysteries incognito as the Black Cat. The ‘40s Hollywood milieu gave her stories a little different feel from other, more typically NYC-flavored superhero comics.
Several artists drew her stories, but the artist most associated with the character would have to be Lee Elias. Elias was clearly a Caniff disciple, and he did that style very well. He gave his heroine (and the strip in general) a real charm and appeal.
Obviously I didn’t bother trying to mimic Elias’ work here. For some reason, I envisioned this from the beginning as using a vector-based Adobe Illustrator approach. Yet another experiment. The beauty of this being my site, I can experiment with all kinds of approaches.
If you’re curious to see some Black Cat comics for yourself, I’m not sure where you could buy them now (without paying the usual prices for golden age comics). I picked up a set of reprints some years back now via Bud Plant (and thanks once again to my buddy Eric Wight for alerting me to those back then!). Unfortunately though, I don’t think those are in stock anymore. But, the good news is, you can view just about every issue of Black Cat online, courtesy of The Digital Comic Museum (What a great resource!).
And that’s a wrap for this one!