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Name: Felicia Hardy Occupation: Adventurer, former burglar Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a
criminal record, granted legal amnesty Identity: Known to legal authorities
Former Aliases: Felicity Harmon
Place of Birth: Queens, New York Marital Status: Single Known Relatives: Walter (father, deceased), Lydia
(mother) Group Affiliation: Former partner of Spider-Man Base of Operations: New York City First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194
History: Learning that her father had
been an infamous cat burglar, Felicia Hardy decided to follow
in his footsteps. She undertook a rigorous training program
that increased her strength, endurance, and agility, learned
such criminal skills as lock picking and safecracking, and
gained a knowledge of martial arts such as karate. Donning
a costume to conceal her identity, she set out to seek her
fortune as the Black Cat.
In keeping her chosen nom du crime, the Black
Cat decided to create the impression in her adversaries
mind that she could give them bad luck through
some power of her own. Hence, before committing a crime
in a certain area, she would carefully prepare objects
in the same area so that apparent accidents
would befall any of her pursuers later on. For example,
she would rig brick walls so that they would collapse,
prepare ropes so that they would break, and rig fire escapes
so that they would fall. Through trick such as these,
she managed to convince her principal opponent, Spider-Man,
that she did indeed have the powers to affect probability.
Upon finally being captured, the Black Cat
feigned insanity, and some time later escaped imprisonment.
She had become greatly attracted to Spider-Man, and joined
him battling criminals, thereby winning amnesty from the
New York City legal authorities for her own past crimes.
She sought to become the regular crime fighting partner
of Spider-Man, who had by now reciprocated her love for
him, going so far even as to reveal his secret identity
to her. However, she revealed to him that she had no superhuman
powers, and, after she had severely injured in one of his
clashes with Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man considered it to
be too dangerous for her to join him in fighting his superhuman
Distraught, the Black Cat determined to gain
superhuman powers by some means. Meanwhile, the Kingpin,
the most powerful organized crime leader on the East Coast,
sought vengeance on the Black Cat. She had stolen a detonator
for a nuclear device from him that had later fallen into
the hand of Doctor Octopus. Feeling helpless to stop Octopus,
Kingpin vowed to punish the Black Cat for her theft of the
detonator. Concealing his identity from her, the Kingpin
offered to grant the Black Cat superhuman powers in exchange
for her services. The Black Cat suspected that her unknown
benefactor was a criminal, but accepted the offer, telling
herself that she would turn him over to the law after fulfilling
her debt to him.
The scientists in the employ of her benefactor
discovered that the Black Cat had latent abilities within
her genes, and were able to activate those powers, using
information from the notes of the late Dr. Farley Stillwell,
who had given the Fly and the Scorpion their superhuman
abilities. She now had the power to cause her adversaries
bad luck that she had only pretended to possess
before, Moreover, the Black Cats agility and speed
had also been enhanced. Only after she received these powers
did the Black Cat learn that her benefactor was the Kingpin.
At first the Black Cat concealed the origin
of her new powers from Spider-Man, but eventually he learned
that the Kingpin was responsible for them. The Black Cat
then confronted the Kingpin, who informed her that he had
given her, her powers in order to get revenge both on her
and on Spider-Man. The Kingpin revealed to her that her
powers would, in time, bring bad luck to any
one who was regularly in her presence. Indeed, Spider-Man
had been uncharacteristic clumsy recently when near the
Cat. The Kingpin said that the Cats powers would increasingly
affect Spider-Man the more time she stayed with him, and
implied that the end result would be Spider-Mans death.
The Kingpin pledged to Spider-Man never again
to force the Black Cat to do his bidding. The Black Cat
decided that, to save Spider-Mans life, she would
end her affair and partnership with him, but before she
could tell him this, he put an end to them himself due to
his dissatisfaction with her amorality and her disdain for
his life apart from being Spider-Man.
The exact whereabouts and present activities of
the Black Cat are unknown.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in. Weight: 120 lbs. Eyes: Green Hair: Platinum blonde
Strength Level: The Black Cat possesses the normal
human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build
who engages in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Black Cat has certain
superhuman powers which are the result of latent mutations
which were activated by radiation and chemical injections.
Her principal power enables her subliminally and psionically
to affect probability fields, causing improbable (but not
impossible) things to occur within her line of sight. This
phenomenon can cause walls and ceilings to collapse, ropes
to break, machinery to explode, guns to backfire, and people
to drop their weapons, or collide with each other. This
talent would seem to be a natural unconsciously controlled
ability to manipulate probabilities in extremely localized
areas, which is triggered when she is in a stressful situation
(such as fighting or escaping). Although the Black Cat cannot
consciously control her ability, she can activate it by
putting herself in a position in which she could be harmed.
The Black Cat's power ordinarily only cause such improbable
events to befall people or objects which intended to cause
her harm. However, over a period of time, her power will
increasingly come to affect anyone who spends a great deal
of time near her, regardless of that person's intensions
toward her. Hence, that person will also fall victim to
those distortions of probability fields.
The Black Cat's power always adversely affects its target;
it never affects probability so as to bring them "good
Abilities: The Black Cat has trained herself to be
an Olympic level athlete with superb gymnastic skills. She
is extremely agile, able to execute complicated flips, springs,
and rolls with minimal effort. She is nimble footed and
possesses excellent reflexes. She moves with the grace and
stealth of her namesake. She has been known to do standing
high jumps of almost six feet and standing broad jumps of
nearly ten feet. The Black Cat has a black belt in karate
and judo, making her proficient in unarmed combat.
Weapons: The Black Cat sometimes carries a length
of cable which can be strung between buildings and walked
on like a tightrope, or use simply to swing on. The cable
is attached to a grappling hook. She once used a cable which
terminated in a super-adhesive ball, but has since abandoned
the device for reasons undisclosed.