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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Catwoman was a Prostitute?

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All throughout December, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the career of Catwoman as a prostitute…

In Batman: Year One, Frank Miller introduced the concept that Selina Kyle was a prostitute before she was Catwoman…



Mindy Newell elaborated on this time in Selina’s past in the Catwoman mini-series from 1989…


However, after she received her own series in 1993, DC used Zero Hour to eliminate the prostitute part of her origin, as seen her in the Doug Moench-penned Catwoman #0…




Oddly enough, though, a year later, in 1995, DC had a Year One Annual for Catwoman written by Jordan B. Gorfinkel, and the prostitute origin appears to sort of return (only merged a bit with Moench’s changes to Selina’s origin)….





When Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke relaunched Selina’s ongoing title in the early 2000s, they picked up from where the Newell mini-series left off (especially the character of Selina’s sister, Maggie, from that mini-series), but the prostitute angle was definitely de-emphasized.

Talk about a roller coaster ride of abandoning and returning to a story!!