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1617: The Cat #3

" From Far Beneath the Mirror of the Moon "
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The Cat #3
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Rich Buckler
Writers: Linda Fite
Pencilers: Paty Greer
Inkers: Bill Everett
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Jean Izzo (Jean Simek)
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: April 1973
Release Date: January 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 216                 Times Rated: 145
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Following her confrontation with the Owl, Greer decides to bring her mentor to a lake house retreat to recover. When her senses pick up strange sonar emanations in the lake, she can't help but investigate.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Cat
The Cat last appeared in The Cat #2. The Cat next appears in The Cat #4.
Supporting Characters
  Joanne Tumolo
Joanne Tumolo last appeared in The Cat #2. Joanne Tumolo next appears in Giant-Size Creatures #1.
  I. O. Belag
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by I. O. Belag in the mainstream continuity.
  Ben Richards
Ben Richards last appeared in The Cat #2.
  Commander Kraken
Commander Kraken last appeared in Sub-Mariner #27 (v1). Commander Kraken next appears in Iron Man #93 (v1).
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Issue Review
   March 31, 2016
Quality takes a nose-dive with this third issue.
It was average superhero fare until the last few scenes, where it was off into 'Huh?!' territory.
Greer was way too trusting of her new-found friends (unless you count her woman's intuition) and the twist that they are aliens made no great amount of sense.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-06-01 12:23:54  
  Kap'n Kraken is back with the most bitchin' boots in the biz!  

  Kez Says:    
  2012-10-02 15:25:59  
  Well at least it didn't have aliens... Oh wait. :/  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-12-01 22:36:19  
  I really can't help myself. Greer just kicks butt so thoroughly with almost no himt of sexism in the plot line that I have to love this. It's a shame, really, that this character will spend the rest of her career in a bikini.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-13 16:37:37  
  The Owl, Commander Kraken, they just plain never gave Cat the chance to succeed as a series.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-09-06 07:40:08  
  And the point of that story was...? Eh, whatever.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-03-13 08:37:08  
  Witty puns and quips is just not her forte.  

  duncanm @ skalchemist (original post):    
  2015-05-14 19:15:22  
  Well that's like saying that Beast will spend the rest of his career in a speedo. While technically true, neither are flashing any skin since they're covered in fur head to toe.
I actually liked the aliens twist at the end, though it makes the fact they had a bunch of Navy uniforms pretty dark. Either they've infiltrated the US armed forces, or they kidnapped and/or murders navy officers for their uniforms.

  jareth Says:    
  2016-04-03 10:38:33  
  I want to see the part where her date realizes that the keys to his boat are missing and asks her "what the hell?"  

  Namtrahj Says:    
  2016-05-12 13:52:04  
  The Cat visits Sealab.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-07-12 10:23:10  
  You mean I have to wait until 1976 before Commander Kraken returns AGAIN? Darn.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-07-12 10:42:20  
  Fun Fact: Frank Miller sent a letter that appeared in the Letters Page of this issue - praising the Cat and saying it had 'good writing'. Perhaps he read a different book to what we did.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-03-04 21:35:55  
  Just 2 stars for the Cat fishing for some calamari!!!

Credit Due - Paty Greer pencils this issue who usually is the colorist. I wonder if that is where they got Cat's first name from??

House Call - I wouldn't mind that nurse taking care of me!!!

Things To Come - Greer already looks good in a bikini!!!

Nine Lives - Cat was just a little too trusting in telling her life story to a bunch of strangers...

'Nuff Said - "COMMANDER KRAKEN! Surely you've heard of me, captain!"-Commander Kraken, Fry Cook at Long John Silver's

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-29 08:00:06  
  Two stars for the art, too bad about the story.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-05-24 13:20:11  
  I echo what others are saying about the art and the story; great artwork, meh story. Paty Greer makes our heroine look gorgeous out of costume! The story itself, however, left a lot to be desired. Commander Kraken just kinda seemed to be there. And no explanation for Belag and those aliens(??) Maybe I didn't read it thoroughly enough, but I just didn't get the point.

2 stars. Looks like no fish dinner for this kitty.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-06-05 07:36:15  
  Whatever else you can say about this, it still wasn't the Plunderer, and that will always be worth an extra star in my book.  

  HeffElf Says:    
  2017-06-15 03:19:05  
  My wife commented to me that she liked the way the cat was drawn because she looked like a real wOman and I totally agree! Check out the last couple of pages; when she is bent forward her stomach pooches, her thighs look muscular and strong, her boobs are large but proportionate to her hips and body. Nice going Paty Greer!  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-12-06 21:53:16  
  The art was reminiscent of early Jack Cole or Basil Wolverton. I liked it. The plot was a throwback to all the alien stories in Journey into Misery and Tales to Astoundish. Until the end, I really liked the whole thing. The aliens at the end ruined it.

Still 3 stars.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-02-19 09:31:24  
  The overall story and pacing was pretty good. There were some good twists, and I liked the denizens of the sea-base not being villains, but being secretive.

I just don't see what them being aliens brought to the story. It was weird and out of place.

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Date User Name Update
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   April 10, 2017 Neskit Changed comic details.
   July 12, 2016 MattzLadd Added I. O. Belag to the issue.
   July 12, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Commander Kraken.
   July 12, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for The Cat.
   July 9, 2016 fragsel Added Ben Richards to the issue.
   July 22, 2013 TStarnes Updated the listing for The Cat.
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