Black Cat

 In: Characters
 Posted: 1995
 Staff: Dave Sippel (E-Mail)
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)
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Platinum blonde




120 lbs


Superb gymnastic and fighting skills


Ropes and claws (for climbing), balance earings, contact lenses to see in the dark, and something that increases agility


Currently none

Strength Level:

Enhanced by uniform




Citizen of the US

Created By:

Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, Frank Giacoia

Current Occupation:

Private Investigator

Dual Identity:

The Black Cat



Former Aliases:

Felicity Harmon

Former Occupation:

Cat burglar

Known Allies:


Known Confidants:

Spider-Man, Mary Jane Parker

Known Relatives:

Walter (father, deceased), Lydia (mother)

Legal Status:

Criminal record, but granted legal amnesty

Major Enemies:

Kingpin, Doctor Octopus, the Owl, Tombstone

Marital Status:


Place of Birth:

Queens, New York

Real Name:

Felicia Hardy

Usual Bases:

New York City


Felicia Hardy is the Black Cat, who first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #194. She began a career in crime out of respect and adoration for her cat-burglar father. She broke Walter Hardy out of jail as he lay dying, promising him that she would carry on in his foot steps. She left before he could tell her that he told her mother to lie to Felicia that he had died in a plane crash. He hadn't wanted her to be tainted by his crimes. He died soon after.

Felicia stayed a criminal in a misguided attempt to attract the attentions of Spider-Man. She stole many works of art to prove her love for him, such as "The Two Lovers" statue and the "Eyes of Eros" diamond. Spidey only saw Felicia as a disturbed young woman, who was more a child than a grown woman. "His death must have shattered her emotional balance...So she latched on to me as a substitute father! In her own, childlike way, she really does love me!" He took her to a psychiatric hospital, hoping she would get the help that she needed. Her plan to fool him about her sanity worked, as it was much easier to break out of a hospital than a prison. Eventually, Felicia and Peter became very close and she is fully aware of his secret identity.

Initially, Felicia's abilities were 100% natural, with the 'accidents' which seemed to befall those who crossed her path being merely well-planned stunts. After her near-death at the hands of The Owl and Dr Octopus in Spectacular #72, Felicia feared that her lack of powers made her a vulnerability to Spider-Man, and that she would lose him.

While Peter was away in Secret Wars, Felicia turned to Kingpin, and made a pact with him in return for his scientists giving her super-powers. She kept the secret from Peter for quite some time. What she didn't realize was that her newly-gained genuine 'bad luck' power was infectious, and that it was permanently jinxing Spider-Man. That of course was the Kingpin's plan all along.

”Things Fall Apart”

After Felicia and Peter split up, she tried to take a “Robin Hood” approach to crime. Her first target was the Foreigner, an assassin so secretive that many security agencies claimed he didn’t exist. She planned to donate the stolen goods to an orphanage or kids hospital. Even though they had split, she wonder what Spider-Man would think of her plan. Soon she was crawling through a window that had carelessly been left unlocked and she was making her way into Foreigner’s hideout, avoiding the detection beams and floor sensors. She hid behind a door as one of Foreigner’s guards got some cigars from the room.

Spider-Man was meeting with Doctor Strange, concerned about the impossible string in bad luck he’d been having. Strange confirmed that his aura had been distorted by a combination of natural gene mutation and advanced science. Strange could try to remove the hex but was uncertain of it’s consequences. Spider-Man was willing to risk it and Strange removed the hex but as Black Cat had encountered one of Foreigner’s guards. As Strange feared, removing the curse had a negative effect on the source of the hex. Spider-Man wasn’t concerned, ashe knew his ex-girlfriend could take care of herself. Meanwhile Cat was helpless against the massive guard. (Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #115)

”With(out) Great Power...”

Peter had given up his powers with the help of Doctor Turner, an alias for the Chameleon. Being normal was strange, as he didn’t have the energy that he was used to. They were met by Felicia and Flash, who said going to a picnic would help him. Peter and MJ had been trying to avoid Felicia, since she had been using Flash to punish Peter for marrying Mary Jane. MJ tried to make an excuse by saying she needed to go read a script but Peter stopped her. He said they should go on the picnic, to the surprise of both women. Peter and MJ went to get food and Peter explained that Felicia loved Spider-Man more than Peter Parker, so now that he no longer had his powers, she’d have no reason to love him.

At the picnic, Flash brought her some popsicles with a heart necklace around it. She said he couldn’t afford it but he said she was special to him. They heard on the radio about a hostage situation involving the Tarantula (Alvarez), who demanded to see Spider-Man. Peter went to stop him, despite his loss of powers. His bacon was saved by Flash and Felicia. She saved Spider-Man but Flash was poisoned. The police arrived and Spider-Man and Felicia fled, despite her worrying about Flash. He said he’d be ok when the paramedics arrived and she reluctantly agreed. After meeting with MJ and a recovering Flash, Felicia said that Spider-Man didn’t seem like himself. (Amazing Spider-Man #341)

”The Jonah Trade”

As Peter took some air in the roof, he was surprised by the Black Cat. His being taken by surprise confirmed to her that he had lost his abilities. In frustration he told her that since he wasn’t Spider-Man anymore, she could leave Flash alone and she told him to butt out. What happened between her and Flash was her business. She apologized and said he and she had been close and she had trouble adjusting to his marriage to “that redhead!” Cat was still angry but didn’t know if hurting Peter was worth hurting Flash.

Later at the Bugle Jameson was kidnapped by the Scorpion and Peter was without his costume. He had called other superheroes, none of whom were available. Peter reluctantly called Flash and had Cat bring him his costume. They both took on Scorpion and Spidey was tossed around easily. Black Cat managed to keep Scorpion occupied while Spider-Man covered him in webbing. Scorpion broke free and was knocked into a rooftop pool, which shorted out his tail. Scorpion escaped and Spider-Man and Cat went back to Doctor Turner’s lab. It had been emptied and abandoned but Spidey had a good idea who was behind it all. (Amazing Spider-Man #342)

“Electric Doom”

Felicia bought an upgraded Cat costume from the Tinkerer. (Amazing Spider-Man #369)

”Life Stings”

Cat had to calm Spidey down when he found her at the Tinkerer’s workshop. She reassured him that she was only there for an upgrade to her costume and tools. They were then attacked by the Scorpion, who was also there as one of Tinkerer’s clients. During the fight, a robot amoeba attacked Spider-Man, who used Scorpion to defeat the robot. Scorpion fled and Spider-Man commented that several robots had attacked him recently. He believed that the Robot Master could be behind it but he had been dead for years. (Amazing Spider-Man #370)

Felicia briefly tangled with the Black Fox when she returned home to find him stealing a gold necklace from her. (Granted she had stolen it from the Borovian Royal Family, but that was beside the point.) The Fox escaped from her with the necklace, leading her on an adventure across Europe.

"Maximum Carnage"

Felicia and Flash showed up at Harry Osborn's funeral, silently wondering what really happened when Harry died. She kept quiet and put on a supportive face for Peter. (Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 1) #1)

She woke up the next day, having missed the news that Carnage, Shriek, Doppelganger and Demogoblin had begun their riot across the city. Spider-Man arrived and told her about what was happening, and how Venom had come to him in desperation. Felicia immediately agreed that they had to help Venom against Carnage, much to Peter’s dismay. As she got dressed, she defended Venom’s methods, saying that sometimes “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” She confronted Venom at Peter and MJ’s apartment, and told him she was with him in wanting to put Carnage into the ground. Spider-Man followed behind her and also said he was in but would stop anyone that tried to kill anyone else. The three went looking for the murderers but only found them after one of Shriek’s sonic blasts tore through the warehouse roof they were hiding in. Cloak had tried to take on the bad guys alone and was about to be killed when the calvary arrived. Carnage and his group escaped but Black Cat was caught in the burning rubble. (Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #35)

Spider-Man went back to save her, to Venom’s rage. He was about to tear Spidey apart but Cat called him out on his hypocrisy. Then she turned around and told Spider-Man she didn’t need him to rescue her. She was going to save herself, and Venom was right to put stopping Carnage first. Spidey refused to cooperate with them any further, saying he wouldn’t compromise his beliefs any further. Venom went after Carnage and Cat followed him. They found Cloak at the scene of one of Carnage’s slaughters and Venom swore to find the most ruthless allies possible to end the violence. (The Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #201)

Their first recruit was Michael Morbius, who was about to drain the blood of a gang that was robbing a woman. Cat was sickened that Morbius was going to kill them and earned a mocking from Venom. She reiterated that Carnage and the others had to be stopped but murder was unnecessary. Morbius disagreed. As they returned to hunting for their enemies, Morbius smelled blood flowing at The Deep, a dance club. A melee broke out at the club as the combatants arrived and Spider-Man showed up despite his distrust of Venom. Carnage fled, and Venom wanted to go after him but Spider-Man convinced them to stay and help the victims trapped under a collapsed balcony. After they finished helping, they went back to the pursuit. (Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #102)

Spider-Man took them to the ruins of St. Estes Home for Boys, the orphanage where Cletus Kasady grew up, hoping that being there would give ideas. They remembered that since Carnage is a spawn of Venom, they have the same weaknesses. They decided to get Mister Fantastic’s sonic gun from Four Freedoms Plaza, taking them back to Manhattan. Shriek’s mind control was taking a toll on New York’s citizens, turning them mindlessly aggressive. Spidey saw a carjacking taking place and paused to stop the theft. The car thief almost shot him, but was stopped by Black Cat, who wasn’t happy that he stopped to play traffic cop. Soon they were at Four Freedoms, and had acquired the sonic gun. Cloak showed up with Firestar, who could control fire, another of Carnage’s weaknesses. (Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #379)

Black Cat and the others showed up at the Daily Bugle to force Jameson to print a special edition, telling Carnage to meet them at the orphanage. The sonic gun was ineffective but Firestar weakened him severely. (Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #36)

The fight went on, and both Spidey and Firestar were uncomfortable with the level of violence that Venom and the others were willing to use. Cat snapped at both of them, saying she didn’t like working with Venom or Morbius either but dozens of people had been murdered. The others were putting their lives on the line and weren’t spending hours wringing their hands. However, when a group of rioting citizens attacked them all, Black Cat stopped Morbius from killing one of them. Part of her wondered if Spider-Man was right and if Morbius was as bad as Carnage. She was then hit by a rioter and knocked out. Morbius turned to help but was badly hurt by Demogoblin. Carnage and Shriek left with an unconscious Venom, planning to torture him. Behind them they left many dead and dying, and many injured superheroes. (Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #202)

She recovered well enough to go back on the hunt with Morbius and Cloak, but they were taken by surprise by Demogoblin, Doppelganger, and Carrion (Malcolm McBride.) Morbius was badly injured by Carrion and needed to be taken away by Cloak. She tried to hold off their enemies to give them time to escape but was overpowered by them, nearly being beaten to death. She was snatched away at the last moment by Nightwatch, who then aided Morbius and Cloak. That beating left her too badly shaken and she returned to her home. (Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #103)

Felicia considered returning to the fight as she rested at her apartment but didn't feel capable with her hurt arm and blurry vision. She had to admit, Peter might be willing to die for what he believed, but she wasn't sure about herself. (Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #380) She called Mary Jane to see if Peter got home safe but was told he hadn't come home yet. She knew that he was still out there and that Carnage was still free, despite what the news was claiming. She was terrified to go back but just as terrified to leave Peter alone. The final show down was underway in a cemetery between Spider-Man, Carnage and Venom. As Carnage was about to cut Spidey in half, he was sent flying from behind by the Black Cat. Carnage tried to run but Venom's attack sent both of them into Central Park's power generators. The explosion gave Venom cover to escape and the fire deeply burned Carnage, who was taken away by the Avengers. (Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 1) #2)

"Mark of Kaine”

Felicia first met Ben Reilly while he was covering for Peter in jail. Peter had been arrested for the murder of a Salt Lake City police officer and Ben took his place while Peter looked for answers. She went to the prison to talk to "Peter" about his arrest and was confused when he didn't seem to recognize her. She knew that she hadn’t spoken with Peter in jail and had seen the Scarlet Spider fighting the Sinister Six on TV. Just then, her doorbell rang and Mary Jane was at the door asking for help. (Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 1) #9)

MJ needed Felicia to find out more about the murder that Peter was accused of. She agreed to do it, especially after learning Mary Jane was pregnant. (Web of Spider-Man #126)

"The Skull Jackets"

Ben Reilly worked with Felicia again when she was under suspicion of murdering Andrea Havershaw. Havershaw was a New York socialite who was found clawed to death and security camera footage showed a silver haired woman near the scene of the crime. Felicia had formed a bond of trust with Peter Parker, but Ben Reilly was a stranger to her. He had to earn her trust, which he failed to do by nearly accusing her of committing the murder. He was sorry he had hurt her feelings (mostly because he was so attracted to her) and set out to catch the real killer. It didn't help that she flirted with him the whole time, enjoying that he was so tongue tied around her.

Turns out that Jason Havershaw, Andrea's son, had substantial drug and gambling debts and connections to the Russian mob. He used those connections to hire a Chameleon wannabe called "Skull-Jacket" to impersonate the Black Cat and kill his mother, who was worth $24 million. Naturally, by the end Felicia had learned to trust Ben because his sense of responsibility was as strong as the original Spider-Man's. (Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 1) #14)

"The Evil That Men Do"

During one such partnership, Peter and Felicia were investigating the disappearance of two teenagers that they were connected to. The clues led to Garrison Klum, the brother of Francis Klum. Cat went after Garrison but was immobilized by him. Francis came to the Cat's rescue, but Felicia was found by the police next to Garrison's body and charged with murder. Francis teleported into Ryker's Island and freed Felicia, taking her to the Brooklyn Bridge. It was there that he revealed that Garrison had controlled him by molesting him. Felicia was later saved by Spider-Man, Nightcrawler and Daredevil.

Felicia pitied Francis and related her own story of how she had been raped in college. Felicia described how she had gone to a party and was nearly raped by a drunken student in a bathroom, when she was saved by another student, named Ryan. Felicia and Ryan became close friends, spending most of their time together. One night, Ryan demanded that it was time for their relationship to become physical. Felicia's protests were in vain.

Felicia's rage lead her to begin to contemplate killing Ryan, until fate intervened and Ryan was killed in a drink-driving accident. Felicia's anger was left unabated, making her become reckless. Turning to crime, Felicia justified the theft of her first diamond by telling herself that something had been stolen from her, so she was going to steal back. Her father gave her the inspiration to be a thief, but rape gave her the motivation. From the rage of her attack, The Black Cat was born.

"Without a Trace"

Felicia got payback for helping Spidey break out Osborn when he helped her get into the Latverian Embassy. This was no simple task, as Latveria is the home of the dictatorial maniac, Doctor Doom. Felicia needed to steal something from Doom but refused to let Spidey know what it was. He was uneasy but knew he owed her after the Sinister Twelve debacle. After dealing with flamethrowers, lasers and a Doombot, they found the technology that Felicia was so worried would destroy so many lives: a Spider-tracer. Peter was indignant that she would have him break into the Embassy for one of his useless old tracers.

That's when Felicia explained why she didn't tell him what they were after. He would always take the superior attitude with her, not realizing that she knew the tracer was dead. The tracer was useless, but the finger print of Peter Parker that was on the tracer would be more valuable to certain people who would love to hurt Spider-Man and his loved ones. (Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 1) #14)


After Spidey was injured and chased to a rooftop by the Lizard (and Billy Connors, who was also in a Lizard form), he ran into Black Cat. She was feeling sarcastic, seeing the injury and asking if MJ had caught him with another woman. The Lizards showed up immediately, which served her just fine. She said she had wanted to tear into something all night. Spider-Man was appalled at how much she enjoyed hurting the Lizard, but he didn't have time to scold her. A resident of that building came to the roof with a shotgun and shot Billy as the boy fought Spider-Man. The Lizard screamed in anguish at seeing Billy get shot and Cat used the opportunity to kick it off of the roof. Spider-Man wanted to know what she had been thinking and she replied that she didn't know, she just couldn't stop. They stopped arguing when they saw that Billy was bleeding to death. (Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #24)

They took the dying boy to the Fantastic Four, and he was placed in a vat of liquid that would heal him. Mister Fantastic wondered if the sudden outbreaks of violence around the city, the attack of one of Mole Man's monsters, the return of the Lizard and Black Cat's violent urges were connected. He ran tests on both Spider-Man and Black Cat, believing that something was happening in the city that was making people like them act out. During one of the tests, Spider-Man's spider sense went off, telling him that Aunt May and Mary Jane were in danger. (They were being attacked by the Man-Wolf.) Black Cat left suddenly after Spider-Man, hating being poked and prodded. Mister Fantastic also made her feel creepy. (Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #25)

Felicia tried to calm herself on a rooftop, trying to fight the urge to kill and eat something. She was confronted by the Puma, who had also been feeling uncharacteristically aggressive. He had smelled her fear and anger from thirteen blocks away and wanted her to fight him, to get it out. She didn't resist. After a good punch in the face, she felt less desperate. Puma warned her that the feeling would come back and build up. (Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #26)

Cat and Puma showed up at the Natural History Museum, just in time to see the Lizard and Vermin tear each other apart. Puma went after Vermin (Cat said she had a thing against rats) and she had been interrupted from the Lizard, so she wanted a second try. She tried to reason with him but he wasn't listening, so she swung him into a tree. He was unconscious immediately. Vermin was also quickly beaten, which Puma credited to both of them already being exhausted. They caught up to Spider-Man inside the museum, where he was dangerously close to ending the source of the violence: Dr. Vincent Stegron. They assured him that when he cut off the radiation that was infecting the city, their violent urges ended. Later, Felicia and Thomas (Puma) had a date. (Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #27)

“The Last Temptation of Eddie Brock”

After Peter betrayed Iron Man, he went on the run with May and MJ. This left them vulnerable to his many enemies, eventually leading to May being shot by a sniper. She was taken to a hospital and was comatose, not expected to live long. Peter needed to talk to his aunt one last time, and he enlisted Madame Web to read her mind. Felicia stood guard as Peter, Mary Jane and Anna Watson said their goodbyes. (Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 2) #39)

Felicia forgot Spider-Man's secret identity after Peter and Mary Jane made their marriage ending bargain with Mephisto. Spider-Man ran into the Cat as she was breaking into the penthouse apartment of Dexter Bennet, the current owner of the Daily Bugle. (Felicia had returned to crime after she was financially broken and couldn't get a loan to re-start Cat's Eye investigations because of her past robberies of various banks.) They found the body of a dead man behind a painting of Bennet, which came as a surprise to Felicia. She started to leave with the book that she came looking for, but the body was booby trapped. Black Cat and Spider-Man survived the steel spikes that exploded from the body, only to face the man behind the trap: Diablo.

Spider-Man and Cat escaped but Felicia gave Spidey the cold shoulder. He caught up to her, reminding her that she was the one that dumped him. She may have forgotten his identity but not the fun, the thrills and the heartache. She and Puma had ended their relationship, as Fireheart had some sort of "control issues," so Felicia and Peter had no qualms about a quick smooch on a rooftop. Unfortunately, a camera man was taping the kiss and broadcasting it live to the Times Square mega TV for Mary Jane to see.

Peter and Felicia rekindled their old relationship, with no strings attached and masks kept on at all times. They became an on again off again team, working together against Mr. Negative and others. Felicia sold a vial of Peter's blood back from Negative and promptly sold it to a group of vampire wannabes, leading Spidey to Morbius. Cat was forced to work for Sasha Kravinoff after her mother was kidnapped. She was forced to steal back the lost family possessions that had been missing since the Russian Revolution.

"The Sting That Never Goes Away"

The relationship ended and Peter began dating Carlie Cooper. This didn't keep Spidey and Cat from working together, as they both broke into the Kingpin's headquarters to steal back a substance called reverbium. The material had been pilfered by the Hobgoblin (Phil Urich), who accidentally destroyed the skyscraper they were in by using his sonic laugh. The sonics were amplified by the reverbium, which caused the building to collapse. Kingpin, Hobgoblin, Spidey and Black Cat escaped. Montana was not so lucky. (Amazing Spider-Man #651)

Felicia was later arrested for stealing a hologram machine from Horizon Labs. Spider-Man believed her to be innocent and teamed with Daredevil to prove it. He was seemingly proven wrong when they fell for a hologram induced trap, with Cat standing over them. After the misunderstanding was cleared up, Daredevil, Cat and Spidey tracked down the machine's creator to his apartment, where Felicia had to be kept from tearing him apart for her being framed. The scientist had been poisoned by the men he had sold his device to and Spidey took him to the hospital, while Cat and Hornhead tracked down the machine. Afterward, Felicia stole a device from Daredevil that had information regarding some of the biggest crime organizations in the world, as per the deal she made with a mysterious man.

"Necessary Evil"

She had a brief but intense encounter with Spider-Man (Octavius) after she was caught leaving the scene of a burglary. Expecting the usual banter from her ex, she was instead stunned when he punched her in the mouth, knocking a tooth out. He then webbed her to a wall and swung away, hardly giving her a second thought. She swore that she would never forget what he had done. (Superior Spider-Man #20)

"Original Sin"

Felicia was humiliated by her arrest and was soon cut off from her high society friends. Her humiliation was worsened by Octavius's public comments that he hadn't given her a second thought after her arrest. As she stewed in anger at the New York County Jail, her luck changed when Electro arrived to break out all of the inmates. His attempt failed and he accidentally fried the inmates, except for Felicia, whose luck powers saved her. She was soon free and plotting revenge on Spider-Man, who by this time was Peter Parker again. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #1)

Felicia soon found Spidey in battle with Electro and observed the fight. Her bad luck powers prevented Spidey from using a fire hydrant to short out Electro but a small amount of water did cause him to flee. She decided to keep an eye on Max. (Amazing Spider-Man #2 vol. 3) While Spider-Man was evacuating people from a burning building, Black Cat attacked him, reminding him of what he did to her. He tried to explain that Doctor Octopus had taken over his body but she didn't care. Spider-Man had ruined her life and Spider-Man was going to pay for it. He fooled her into thinking that he was still Otto Octavius and she fled. Outside the building, she found some Parker Industry scientists and their "Electro tracker." She took it from them and followed Max, making a deal with him. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #3)

Later, Black Cat arrived at Parker Industries to learn what they were working on. As she wasn't a scientist, she kidnapped Dr. Sajani. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #4) She soon showed up at a gambling parlor where the Eel was planning his comeback. She showed up to steal his thunder, with the help of Electro. He soon fried Eel's underlings. Black Cat announced her arrival at a meeting between Mister Negative and the Hobgoblin (Phil Urich) by tossing Eel's body through the sky-light. They had been waiting for Eel's arrival and Cat claimed that she just took his place in their group. Mister Negative and Hobgoblin were reluctant to let her join but she persuaded them that she could squash the spider and break the man. As Peter Parker was being interviewed on TV regarding Parker Industries attempts to create new super villain containment systems, the studio was attacked by Black Cat and Electro. Cat and Electro were held off by Spidey's new ally, Silk, while Peter changed to Spider-Man. While Electro and Silk fought, Spidey got hit by a electric bolt. Felicia took advantage of the situation by threatening to take his mask off for the TV. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #5)

Cat's plan to expose Peter was ruined by Jonah Jameson, who was standing in the way of the camera after he was unmasked. Silk managed to web up Peter's face and carry him to safety. Felicia noted that Spidey had some new muscle behind him, and she decided that it was time for her to do the same. She told Max to keep an eye on Dr. Jaffrey and she went to The Bar With No Name to recruit some other super-crooks. The group was uneager to work for her, as she was paired with the unstable Electro. Felicia soon went to speak with Dr. Jaffrey, who told her exactly how to short out the Electro-depowering device.

Max and Felicia disguised themselves as Parker Industry employees at the demonstration of the depowering machine. Felicia planned to use the machine to increase Max's power, but the arrival of Spider-Man and Silk made her decide to use the machine to overload Electro, making him explode. Spider-Man begged her to use her luck powers to stop the malfunctioning machine and she told him she'd rather watch him fry. Her previous relationship with him made her weak and that he had been an unlucky part of her life. After Silk rescued Max and Spidey, Felicia escaped and headed back to meet with various criminals at The Slide Away (former headquarters of the Eel.) She told the assembled (Spot, Beetle, Speed Demon, Boomerang and others) that if they joined her, they'd get whatever they wanted. She soon planned on becoming the Queen of New York crime. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #6)


After she went straight again, Felicia met with her former employee, Hammerhead. He told her that since he had become an independent gangster again, he had become partners with the Owl, who had gone missing. Owl's contacts were too important to be lost, so Hammerhead needed Cat to find him. Owl had a nice collection of artwork that she was welcome to steal in return for bringing him back. Rumors had gone around that criminals with animal themes were disappearing, all thanks to Taskmaster and Black Ant. Black Cat found the two at the Port of New York on a ship carrying many missing criminals in cryochambers. Among them was Billy Connors, the son of Curt Connors. She promised him that she was there with other superheroes, who would be with him in a moment. She found Owl and debated if she should take him and then come back for Billy, rescue both of them, or save Owl and let someone else know about the kid. She went back for Billy, but was kicked in the head by Black Ant, who had been watching her the whole time.

She was soon attacked by both mercenaries and tried to run, knowing that as they were both former S.H.E.I.L.D. agents, she was outclassed. After briefly blinding them with a flash bomb, she ran and activated a spider-tracer that Spidey had given her years ago. Speaking into it, she told him her situation but was knocked out by Taskmaster before she could finish the message. The tracer flew away and made it's way to Spider-Man. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #16.HU)

The message was unclear but he made out that Felicia and Billy were at the Port....but he didn't know they had been moved to the Plaza Hotel. She was okay with the change in location, but not happy about sharing her room with Billy. He sat in the corner crying about wanting his mother and being scared. She never liked kids and she resented that she was in her situation because she went back for "Snake Kid." (Billy was in a human/lizard form, part of the hazards of being the son of the Lizard.) Still, she forced herself to be compassionate and told Billy they'd be ok and she had a plan. She was interrupted by Sergei Kravinoff, who certainly hoped she had a good plan. Kraven told them that they were bait for Spider-Man, which absolutely infuriated Cat. If Spider-Man didn't kill him, she would. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #17)

She and Billy were moved again, this time to the Central Park Zoo, in a separate cage from the animals. She asked a guard to get a sweater for Billy, but they guard refused. He did say that he had seen her stare at him all night but he was too smart for the seductive woman act. She admitted she had been staring, but only to focus her bad luck power. Cat explained her bad luck could come as slipping on a banana peel, jamming a gun, or breaking the lock on a cage. The cage to the snow leopard then opened and the big cat killed the guard. She took the swipe key off of the dead guard and freed them, but had to convince the terrified Billy that they had to save themselves. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #19)

As they made their way out of the zoo, they were confronted by one of the robots that had been built by Arcade and piloted by a rich hunter wannabe. (The whole point of this was that wealthy jerks paid Arcade to build robots that they would pilot, for the purpose of hunting and killing the kidnapped animal themed criminals that had been disappearing. This served Kraven's desire to kill those that would sully nature by taking the likeness of animals. He always wanted to see the criminals kill the weaklings that thought of themselves as hunters.) The robot/hunter that faced the Black Cat was glad to see her, because he always hated cats. She didn't have much luck against the machine but tried to draw him away from Billy. The robot detected him hiding in the bushes, and Cat was shot while trying to defend him. The pilot was surprised to see that the "lizard guy" he found was just a kid and walked away. He thought he was killing monsters, not kids. Meanwhile, Cat was injured on the sidewalk. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #20)

She put on a brave face despite the pain, telling Billy his dad would find them soon. Billy said he didn't want his dad to find them, because of what a monster he is. At the same time, they were being recorded and the footage was being sent to a cell holding Spider-Man and Billy's father. Kraven wanted them to watch as his son (a clone of himself) attacked Cat and Billy. The clone was soon threatening them with a knife. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #21) Kraven's son beat Black Cat with punches and kicks, without her able to respond. She was soon stabbed in the back and left on the ground. The clone turned to Billy and raised his knife but was tackled by the Lizard. The clone was taken by surprise and driven off, spared only because the Lizard stopped when it saw the look of horror on Billy's face. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #22) Cat returned Billy to the Connors family hideout in the sewer, still holding the injury from the fight. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #23)

"King in Black"

Having stolen the spider-buggy, Dr. Korpse and Bruno Grainger were hauling down the ceiling of an underground S.H.E.I.L.D. service tunnel and following a truck carrying items from the decommissioned agency. The tunnel collapsed suddenly, ruining their heist. The tunnel caved in due to a huge dragon-like creature, which then reassembled and flew back into the sky. There had been an evacuation order of a possible alien invasion but it hadn't been taken seriously, as the Avengers always stopped invasions. Cat ordered her team to evacuate to New Jersey and went above ground to see what happened. She saw Captain America giving orders to push the symbiotes back, no matter how. She immediately knew this to be "Venom stuff." Cap told her they were having a hard time but the X-Men and Doctor Strange were on the scene, keeping things from getting worse. Cat confidently watched Strange battle the dragon symbiotes in the sky but just as quickly they overwhelmed him. She then witnessed the arrival of Knull, god of the symbiotes, who easily tore apart the Sentry. Other heroes, like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men were consumed by the living blackness as well.

After seeing all of this, she retreated to Alchemax in order to talk to Dr. Steve, who had experience with Venom. He was the company's expert on alien biology and would know how to handle a full symbiote invasion. He became a part of her crew, even if he called Venom a hero and Felicia called him "a dangerous loser." Her plan was to steal Doctor Strange back from Knull. (Black Cat (Vol. 3) #1)

She was soon riding a Green Goblin glider to the symbiote hive on the Chrysler building with two containers of Anti-Venom, knowing it’s usefulness was only minutes. She also brought Strange’s ghost dog, to help find his master quickly. Strange was unconscious but was soon enveloped in Anti-Venom and being rescued. Cat’s picked them up in the spider buggy but were pursued by symbiote dragons. They made it back to Alchemax but the buggy was destroyed. In desperation Cat used an artifact, Yggdrasil, that the dog had brought with him from the Sanctum, despite it’s objections. She was soon wearing Asgardian armor. (Black Cat (Vol. 4) #2)

She awoke in a dark, empty space and assumed she was dead. She was greeted by a being that claimed to be ancient and magical. It took the form of the Black Fox and it told her the fight with the symbiote dragons was going badly. By using the artifact, she gave the ancient entity the chance to be free. It wanted to carve it’s mark onto Creation and he needed her to be the conduit. On one hand she was fighting the dragons but was also speaking with the entity, who asked her when was the first time she really felt powerless. She remembered being told by her mother that her father had died in a plane crash when he had actually been sent to prison. (Meanwhile in reality, Doctor Strange had awoken to find that she had used Yggdrasil. He said that she was using raw power, worse than Knull’s invasion. She needed to stop using it but of her own free will.) She had been resisting the creature’s temptation until offered her the ability to punish all of her enemies. It offered her the power to make superheroes and villains bow to her and to make every past lover return to her. She was insulted and refused to make someone love her with magic. She gave up the power and was returned to reality. Doctor Strange was impressed that she hadn’t killed them all. She had him send her crew to safety and then she and Strange went to work on the invasion. (Black Cat (vol. 4) #3)

She was later targeted by Lily Hollister, who was calling herself Queen Cat. Hollister’s mind had been wiped after falling into the river by the Goblin King. She claimed that Lily Hollister had died then and might as well have been someone else. Her life was rebuilt with help from Roderick Kingsley, the Hobgoblin, during the Axis event. All she remembered that that Lily Hollister ruined everything she touched and she never wanted to go back to that. She had taken a job as security at an art museum that Black Cat robbed, so she was going to bring her to the police. Felicia and her crew overwhelmed her quickly but Felicia was entertained by her. If she wanted the Black Cat to be her arch enemy that was fine. She knocked Hollister out anyway. (Black Cat (vol. 4) #4)

”The Guilded City”

Black Cat decided it was time for revenge against the Thieves Guild and planned to rob them. Black Fox led the way and surprised her with the route he took to the Guild’s vaults. He told her that the vaults weren’t actually vaults but were underground caves. The treasure was protected by a supernatural being called The Guilded Saint, who could grant wealth and immortality. He said they would not fight the Saint but Fox needed him, because he was dying.


Peter was badly poisoned by radiation after battling the U-Foes and was in dire condition in the hospital. As he slowly recovered, she and Captain America gave him extra physical therapy and training. He had difficulty keeping up with Felicia as they bounded across rooftops. As a test, she had him and Cap chase her and her crew after they robbed a jewelry store. Later, they posed as thieves and let Peter attack them but they quickly beat him. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #87)

This didn’t deter his determination to stop an attack by the Queen Goblin (Ashley Kafka) at the Daily Bugle. Cat stopped him by webbing him to his hospital bed, then went after the new Goblin. Cat rescued MJ from Queen Goblin and went after her but was immediately overwhelmed and subjected to her Goblin Gaze. This let Goblin look into her mind and see Black Cat’s insecurities. She psychically told Cat that the world would be better without her, and Felicia stepped stepped off the glider. She was saved by Peter, who was still weak. MJ waited for them on the ground and gave him a spare costume while Felicia recovered. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #88)

Quiz: Quick Quiz on Black Cat.

Image Gallery


Cover Date Appearance Information
Jul 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #194
Aug 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #195
May 1980 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #204
  Revealed to be in love with Spider-Man
Jun 1980 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #205
  Origin fully told
Mar 1982 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #226
Apr 1982 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #227
Jan 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #74
Feb 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #75
  Nearly killed by Doctor Octopus and The Owl
Mar 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #76
Apr 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #77
Apr 1983 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #239
May 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #78
Jun 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #79
Aug 1983 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #243
Sep 1983 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #244
Aug 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #81
Sep 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #82
Oct 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #83
Nov 1983 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #84
Feb 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #87
Mar 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #88
Apr 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #89
May 1984 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #252
May 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #90
Jun 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #91
Jul 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #92
Aug 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #93
Sep 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #94
Oct 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #95
Year 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) Annual #4 (Story 1)
Sep 1984 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #256
Oct 1984 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #257
Nov 1984 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #258
Nov 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #96
Dec 1984 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #97
Year 1984 App: Marvel Team-Up (Vol. 1) Annual #7
Jan 1985 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #98
Feb 1985 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #99
Apr 1985 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #263
Mar 1985 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #100
  Splits with Peter
Jul 1985 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #266
Mar 1986 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #112
Apr 1986 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #113
Jun 1986 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #115
  Powers are mutated
Jul 1986 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #116
  Discovers Peter was responsible
Aug 1986 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #117
  Confronts Dr. Strange, joins the Foreigner
Oct 1986 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #119
Feb 1987 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #123
May 1987 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #288
Jun 1987 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #289
Jul 1987 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #128
Aug 1987 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #129
  Skirmish with Peter, relationship with Foreigner discovered
Sep 1987 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #130
Date TBD App: Strange Tales (Vol. 2) #10 (Story 1)
  Appears with Cloak & Dagger
Oct 1988 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #306
Nov 1988 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #308
Jun 1989 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #316
Sep 1989 App: Moon Knight (Vol. 3) Marc Spector #4
Oct 1989 App: Moon Knight (Vol. 3) Marc Spector #5
Sep 1990 App: Marvel Comics Presents #57 (Story 1)
Oct 1989 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #155
Nov 1989 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #156
  Departs for Europe
Feb 1990 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #329
  Returns and starts dating Flash Thompson
Apr 1990 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #331
Jul 1990 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #335
Aug 1990 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #337
Nov 1990 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #341
Dec 1990 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #342
Jan 1991 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #343
  Loses her natural powers
Apr 1991 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #346
May 1991 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #347
Jun 1991 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #77
Jul 1991 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #78
Sep 1991 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #80
Jun 1992 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #23
Feb 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #359
  Goes to a 50's dance with Flash, Peter and MJ
Year 1992 App: Web of Spider-Man Annual #8 (Story 1)
Aug 1992 App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #367
Aug 1992 App: Infinity War #3
Aug 1992 App: Infinity War #3
Aug 1992 App: Infinity War #3
Nov 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #368 (Story 1)
Nov 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #369 (Story 1)
Dec 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #370 (Story 1)
  Gets new gear from Tinkerer
Dec 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #371 (Story 1)
  Helps Spidey fight Max Young robot
Jan 1993 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #372 (Story 1)
  Helps Spidey fight Spider-Slayers
Feb 1994 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #209 (Story 1)
  Proposes to Flash Thompson
Mar 1994 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #210 (Story 1)
  Breaks up with Flash
Jul 1994 App: Black Cat (Vol. 1) #1
  Helps Spidey fight Cardiac, upset over breakup with Flash
Aug 1994 App: Black Cat (Vol. 1) #2
Sep 1994 App: Black Cat (Vol. 1) #3
Oct 1994 App: Black Cat (Vol. 1) #4
Apr 1995 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #400 (Story 1)
May 1995 App: Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Sep 1995 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #128
Nov 1995 App: Web of Scarlet Spider #1
Jan 1996 App: Spider-Man Unlimited #11 (Story 1)
Aug 1996 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #7
Jun 1997 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #17 (Story 1)
Jul 1998 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #29
Aug 1998 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #30
Date TBD App: Wolverine (Vol. 2) #134
May 1999 App: Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #5
Year 2000 App: Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) Annual 2000 (Story 1)
Jan 1995 App: Morbius: The Living Vampire (Vol. 1) #29
Aug 2002 App: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #1
Sep 2002 App: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #2
Oct 2002 App: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #3
Sep 2002 BTS: Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #46
Jul 2004 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #2
Sep 2004 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #4
Dec 2004 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #7
Feb 2005 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #9
Mar 2005 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #10
Apr 2005 App: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #11
Jul 2005 App: Spider-Man: Breakout #2
Feb 2006 App: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #4
Feb 2006 App: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #5
Mar 2006 App: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #6
May 2006 App: Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 3) #14 (Story 1)
Jun 2006 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #25
Oct 2006 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #29
Nov 2006 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #30
Dec 2006 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #31
Feb 2007 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #33
Mar 2007 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #34
Jun 2007 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #37
Sep 2007 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #39
Oct 2008 App: Amazing Spider-Man Family #1 (Story 1)
Nov 2009 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #606
Nov 2009 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #607
Apr 2010 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #621
Apr 2010 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #622 (Story 1)
Jul 2010 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #630
Aug 2010 App: Black Cat (Vol. 2) #1 (Story 1)
Sep 2010 App: Black Cat (Vol. 2) #2
Oct 2010 App: Black Cat (Vol. 2) #3
Oct 2010 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #11 (Story 1)
Nov 2010 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #12 (Story 1)
Nov 2010 App: Black Cat (Vol. 2) #4
Jan 2011 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #648 (Story 1)
Jan 2011 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #649
Feb 2011 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #650
Feb 2011 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #651
Mar 2012 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #677
Mar 2012 App: Daredevil (Vol.3) #8
Dec 2013 App: Superior Spider-Man #20

Thanks To

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.

 In: Characters
 Posted: 1995
 Staff: Dave Sippel (E-Mail)
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)