Every day this month a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets the spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!
Patsy Walker sports an impressive history as a comic character. She first debuted in Timely’s MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE #2 way back in 1944 and has been making a name for herself in various ways ever since.
Initially Patsy became a teen comedy sensation for young readers, but made her first appearance in the Marvel Universe as a guest at Sue Storm and Reed Richards’ wedding in 1965’s FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3. After that, Walker played a part in Hank McCoy’s transformation from the Beast of the original X-Men team to the furry creature we’re familiar with today, so even though her own series ended in the mid-1960’s, she still popped up from time to time.
With 1975’s AVENGERS #141, Patsy started hanging out with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, finally becoming a costumed adventurer in her own right with the next year’s AVENGERS #144. While on an adventure with Iron Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Captain America, and Beast in the heart of a massive Brand Corp. facility, Walker and company stumbled upon Greer Nelson’s old Cat suit—remember, she turned into Tigra in GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1—and used it over the next few issues to help the Avengers battle the Squadron Supreme.
By AVENGERS #150, Walker had proven herself enough to garner consideration as a full member of the team, but instead Moondragon took her to Titan to train her to use her psychic abilities which eventually broadened to include the power to sense mystical energies at play in objects and individuals.
While she didn’t necessarily show off much in the way of supernatural or mystical abilities in these first appearances, Hellcat sure proved that she belongs in the super hero world.
FRIGHT FACT: After training with Moondragon, Hellcat returned to Earth where she joined the Defenders. Eventually she met and married Daimon Hellstrom, but the union led to him driving her insane. Eventually Patsy made her way out of hell and will star in her own solo book PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT! by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams coming soon.
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