Spider-Man and the Black Cat Comic Book Essentials

Continuing on the theme of essential issues of Spider-Man love interests (see the Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy posts), the next logical essential issues list subject is Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat.

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Essential Issues

The Black Cat’s First Appearance

Spider-Man and the Black CatThe Black Cat made her first few appearances in the Amazing Spider-Man #194, almost immediately after MJ left the picture. She first plays more of an enemy than ally. She “drowns” in Amazing Spider-Man #195

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Essentials
Amazing Spider-Man #194 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #195 (BUY)

The Black Cat Reveals Her Love

Spider-Man and the  Black CatThe first three runs featured a standard template of two-issue-runs which end with the Black Cat seemingly dying, playing off the theme of nine lives. Her next appearance begins in the Amazing Spider-Man #204, where Spider-Man learns of the Black Cat’s obsession of him. In Amazing Spider-Man #205, we learn more of her origins.

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Essentials
Amazing Spider-Man #204 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #205 (BUY)

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Try To Get Together

Spider-Man and the  Black CatIn Amazing Spider-Man #226, the Black Cat returns, and Spider-Man and the Black Cat start to fall for each other. Spider-Man manages to get amnesty for the Black Cat, but the Black Cat “dies” before he get the good news in Amazing Spider-Man #227.

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Essentials
Amazing Spider-Man #226 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #227 (BUY)

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Begin Dating

Spider-Man and the  Black CatForgoing the two-issues runs for a more long term, permanent role in the Spectacular Spider-Man title, the Black Cat returns in Spectacular Spider-Man #74 just as Peter ends his latest relationship with Debra Whitman. The decide to begin a relationship, but only to have the Black Cat severely between by Doctor Octopus in Spectacular Spider-Man #75. She gets admitted to the hospital in Spectacular Spider-Man #76

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Essentials
Spectacular Spider-Man #74 (BUY)
Spectacular Spider-Man #75 (BUY)
Spectacular Spider-Man #76 (BUY)

Spider-Man Reveals His Identity to the Black Cat

Spider-Man and the  Black CatSpider-Man and the Black Cat get closer once she heals up and joins him on his rounds, so he reveals his identity to her in Spectacular Spider-Man #87. However, Felicia would rather not want to know his real identity, as she’s only in love with the “Spider”.

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Essentials
Spectacular Spider-Man #87 (BUY)

The Black Cat Gets Real Powers

Eventually, the Black Cat feels the need to get her powers to match those of Spider-Man’s, so she sells out to the Kingpin, who grants her “bad luck” powers in Spectacular Spider-Man #89. After succumbing too often the bad luck powers himself, Spider-Man discovers the truth in Spectacular Spider-Man #98, which leads to their split in Spectacular Spider-Man #100.

Spider-Man and the  Black Cat
After Spider-Man and the Black Cat split, Spider-Man goes to Dr. Strange who removes the Black Cat’s powers, which plays out from Spectacular Spider-Man #115 to Spectacular Spider-Man #117. Unfortunately, she is battling Sabretooth at the time, a battle she loses badly in Spectacular Spider-Man #119.

Spider-Man and the  Black Cat

The Black Cat’s Revenge

Since Spider-Man and the Black Cat broke up, Felicia has been plotting her revenge. In Spectacular Spider-Man #129, Spider-Man learsn that she has been working with the Foreigner. She leaves for Europe in Spectacular Spider-Man #156, only to return in Amazing Spider-Man #316, where she learns of Peter’s recent marriage to MJ and also unfortunately runs into Venom, who breaks her nose.

Spider-Man and the Black Cat

Felicia Hardy and Flash Thompson

The Black Cat decides to get even with Peter by dating his friend, Flash Thompson, seen in Amazing Spider-Man #329. She threatens MJ in Amazing Spider-Man #331, eventually aids Spider-Man when he loses his powers in the Powerless storyline running from Amazing Spider-Man #341 to Amazing Spider-Man #343

Spider-Man and the Black Cat

Spider-Man and the Black Cat Team Up Again

Spider-Man and the Black Cat continue to occasionally team-up, and Felicia gets some new gear courtesy of the Tinkerer during the Invasion of the Spider-Slayers storyline. She also plays a role on Spidey’s team during Maximum Carnage.

Spider-Man and the Black Cat

The Black Cat Falls In Love With Flash, Gets Dumped

Eventually, the Black Cat realizes she loves Flash and proposes to him in Spectacular Spider-Man #209, only to have him reject her offer in Spectacular Spider-Man #210, revealing that he knows her secret identity.

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