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CC HiSTORY

Script:Svetozar Obradovic (1), Slavko Dragimcic (4-8),Bane Kerac (2,3,9-44)

In 1981, the redaction of YU STRIP decided to enrich the content of the magazine with the comic which could have been close to the tradition of the American super heroes. There was the idea that there should be established the teams of script makers,pencilers and inkers. Out of all called authors, only two of them , Toza Obradovic and Bane Kerac, came up with three suggestions:GEA, as a match to Conan, meaning Red Sonya, CAT CLAW as female version of Spiderman and CYBORG like... well, the Terminator had not existed at that time. Bane did a couple of pages of each of the suggestions (pencil) and they were offered to Belgrade comic drawers to be the inkers. Moste of them, disgusted, refused the offer,and  a half of them who accepted, never took the job seriously. The rest of them just were not able to take part in something like that. Well, if they had known that Cat Claw would be published in USA, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Turkey...
Finally, everything was up to Bane, who had already been working on Cobra (Cindy episodes), so two other super heroes had to be dumped. Cat Claw, being too close to Bane, who always liked John Romita Sr., the best drawer of Daredevil and Spiderman, had been chosen. The first episode (Bane Claws) had been made according to all Marvel's rules, including the appearance of Peter Parker on the bench in the park, but it soon came up that it was a dead end. Slavko Dragincic had tried to bring up some disorder into Sten Lee's clishe, but for his numerous obligations, could not accept the place of regular script man. Accepting the script as well, Kerac took the advantage to make everythig upside down. He did it in such a ration, that some of the readers could have understood Cat Claw as a parodyor spoof.  Fortunately, most of them realised that Cat Claw was a simple super hero, neither better, nor worse than any other, but with a significant addition: already absurd superheroic situations were brought to even bigger absurdities. Simply said, nothing was sacred to Bane. He mixed up the genres, (common thrilers, soaps, horrors and SF), maliciously bringing the clishees to extremes ( slippery dying of Phil Fireball on Xtremity's hands); he made real Mac Sennet's
commedy (chasing of Cat, Catminator, police, Helloween Gang and TV crew in City) just to work in the folloowing episode in the most serious comic in the world (dramatic uncover of Dr.Stein), to push in some character out of his private surroundings (his wife as TV reporter, marriage witness as a cab driver, colegue Igor Kordej, drawing Black the Rock, which is absolutely not joinable etc. He had also imagined some moronic onomathopeic sound effects (DUMUOKO - HITINTHEYE, RASPIZD - STROKEINTHEBALLS, TJORAAAK - MIIISSED!  etc, flirted with music (Helloween, Eithne N'Bharonian), movies (Berthold Schwarzenberger) and other comics from Phantom, through Rip Kirby to Snoopy. The top of the uncritical stupidities is certainly the character of Cameron Hill (James Walter sounds foolish, doesn' t it?), who makes the joint of Bane himself and James RedHeat Belushi, and it had been made just to prevent Cat Claw to be fucked by somebody else (some kind of a parajelousnoya, or else!) . Bane had never avoided to infiltrate some of his temporary or permanent obsessions and to share them with the readers, laughing to them or to himself (most of the titles are grimaced and not distorted visions of well known movies, most of Clint Eastwood's, r'n'r songs and heavy metal albums. Pouring male chovinism into weird feminism in Cat Claw comic becomes regular and it makes laugh out both of them. Enough to make feminists look themselves as gentle housewives, and macho men don't even understand the scene where mad Cat Claw breaks balls to a "poor" raper. There is some of Bane's covered Vigilante nature (Eastwood-Bronson connection) but we honestly hope that the drawer won't start to dig into containers and climb over the roofs.
The synopsis of the Cat Claw comc is rather simple. Caroline Connor, biology student, was scratched by the cat radiated by sygmatrone races (genial, isn't it?) so she became a girl who sees in the dark, she can use her claws, has proportionaly enlarged strenght, alwas jumps onto her Iwantout - o'boy long leggs and, probably, gets mad in February. Just to be different from other super heroes, who take their costumes as sacred thing, she tears her net (whoreish?) stockings and looses parts of her bikini costume in her battles (mostly upper than lower, but Bane still cares to keep her as an erotic, not hard core heroina).
According to some opinions, characters who are around her are more interesting than Cat Claw herself. Doctor Bruce Baker (Eastwood again), the scientist who turns into a monster (genial, ain't it?), Lieutenant Battleball Bullet, hyphohondric policeman (intended to be like Jonah Jameson, but had much exceeded his pattern) potential rat and father of the reporter Phil Fireball who was supposed to be the anker for a potential comic "love story" but came up to be unsuccessfull Renate Roseblood (Xtremity) husband. She got her nickname according to her enormous breast "talent" and is the typical female negative charachter - she doesn't know what she want, but she wants it now! Berthold Schwartzenberger aka Catminator, temporarily Grgur the Monster, and permanent Xtremity's loverboy, who loves Cat Claw so much to kill her; Dr Sigismund Morse, Grgur's manufacturer and of a very few who got killed in this comic (even twice); Ninja Deathbringer, patological  killer; Walter Schockley (Eastwood again!), Cameron Hill's boss, in fact a Celtic warrior and his children - druid Nicolas and warrior Eithne; Warlock, sorcerer whose task is to bring three 6 onto Earth; Ginnie Jones, weird Carol's roommate who illustrates a person who would be taken to bed straight away by a real man- the only brunete with a brain of blonde. Clive Carson -rather stupid and rather honest muscle bunch;frustrated student Steven, called Hawkeye alias Dr Stein and the rest of Helloweeners who got their names by the songs of HM band Helloween (Dr.Stein, Gorgar, Iwantout, Rise & Fall); Cameron Hill, a mixture of Dirty Harry Ridzik Detective and Sledge Hammer- meaning a public rowdy frustrated by a Micheline tyre taken around his waist and very unhappy if anybody has bigger than him (meaning gun), but as good inside as a baker's helper. Alsoo there are many well known faces and Bane's friends (Hermann Hupen barman, Sergio Argones - psycho, Ervin Rustemagic, the owner (what else could he be?) of the bar on the corner, Lena Ollmark, editor of Swedish magazine MAGNUM as mud wrestler, Sigbjom Stabursvik - editor of Norway MAGNUM , as Walhala mutant, Manfred Sommer, Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Jean Giraud, W.Axl Rose - a cup, Beavis and Butthead -drawn realistic, Ken Parker, Arnold Schwartzenegger as Donaldminator, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, La Bionda, Tank Girl, Lucky Lucke etc.

44th episode (Catsolute Power-Firecat, part IV) was made in 1995. For three years, Bane has been trying to face Cat Claw with Warlock. He even made a title of the album -CATMAGEDDON, so it seems that Cat won' t stay where she is now. Yugoslav readers have never had the oportunity to read the episoded RATSODY IN BLUE, CITY CAT, CATHATTAN and FIRECAT, which were made as classic albums og 46 pages, but who dares winns. There is a little hope that some of the publishers would deal with these four episodes, for old times sake

INDEX OF EPISODES

album#1 OTROVNE KANDZE / BANE CLAWS

#

original title

english title

made in

pages

01 OTROVNE KANDZE BANE CLAWS Jun 1981

22

02 MACO, KAZI ‘FRRR’... PURRR... Oktobar 1981

10

03 NEMOJ RECI DA SAM MACJI KASALJ! DON*T CALL ME POOR LITTLE KITTEN Decembar 1981

10

album #2 KRV NIJE MLEKO / THE GAUNTCAT

04 KRV NIJE MLEKO BLOOD IS NOT MILK Mart 1982

10

05 IDE MACA OKO TEBE... CATTIE GO ‘ROUND... Maj 1982

10

06 CATCH AS CAT CAN   Jul 1982

10

07 THE GAUNTCAT   Decembar 1982

10

08 DOSLA CICA NA KOLICA! CATS WILL BE CATS 1984

10

album #3 SIC! / THE GOOD, THE CAT & THE UGLY

09 SIC! SHOO! Jan 1986

10

10 MACKATASTROFA CAT-ASTROPHE April 1986

10

11 CUVAJ MIJO REP CAT*N*DOLL Avg 1986

10

12 MACKA NA USIJANOM LIMENOM KROVU SUPERMARKETA CAT ON THE HOT TIN SUPERMARKET ROOF Okt 1986

10

13 THE GOOD, THE CAT & THE UGLY   Dec 1986

10

14 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW THE CAT’S FACE   Mart 1987

10

album #4 CICMINATOR / CATMINATOR

15 CICMINATOR! (MACKOTREBAC) CATMINATOR! April / Maj 1987

10

16 MACKOSMAR U ULICI HRASTOVA CATMARE ON OAKS STREET Novembar 1987

10

17 MACKENBAL CAT*N*BALL Februar 1988

8

18 CATBREAK RIDGE   Jul 1988

10

19 PLAY *MEOW* FOR ME   Avgust / Sept 1988

10

20 THE CATFORCER   Oktobar 1988

10

album #5 CAT OR ALIVE

21 EVERY WHICH CAT BUT LOOSE   Septembar 1989. 10
22 DEATHBRINGER   Oktobar 1989 10
23 CAT OR ALIVE   1-17/1983 18-20/1989 20
24 NO MILK TODAY!     10
25 CAT-ACLYSM!     10
26 HELL*S CAT     10
27 CAT POOL     10
28 THE FINAL CAT     10

album #6 PACOVDIJA U PLAVOM / RATSODY IN BLUE

29 CATING FOR TOMORROW   Februar 1991 10
30 RAT CAT BLUE     10
31 TWO FOOLS FOR SISTER CATTIE     12
32 KITTEN IMPACT   Jul 1991 14

album #7 OLUCARKA / CITY CAT

33 KITTY HEAT   Decembar 1991 14
34 CLAW DEAL   Januar 1992 10
35 HELLOCAT   Februar 1992 10
36 CLAW *EM HIGH   April 1992 12

album #8 CATHATTAN

37 CATTIE*S HEROES   April 1993 12
38 CATSTREMITY!   Jul 1993 10
39 CATTRICK!   Septembar 1993 12
40 CATROPE   Novembar 1993 12

album #9 FIRECAT

41 METALCICA CATALLICA Februar 1994 12
42 MACHINE CAT   April 1994 10
43 CAT-O-WAR   Jun 1994 12
44 CATSOLUTE POWER   Oktobar 1994 12

album #10 MACKAGEDON / CATMAGEDDON

44 KELTSKA VESTICA THE CELTIC WITCH RADI SE!!!! ?

 

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