Name: Patricia "Patsy" Walker Hellstrom
Occupation: Former housewife, former
model, former adventurer, now supernatural investigator
Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Place of Birth: Centerville, California
Known Relatives: Joshua (father), Dorothy (mother,
deceased), Bee (stepmother), Robert "Buzz" Baxter (ex-husband), Daimon
Group Affiliation: Partner in Hellstrom and Hellstrom,
Paranormal Investigation, former provisional Avenger, former Defender
of Operations: San Francisco, California
First Appearance: (as
Patsy Walker) FANTASTIC FOUR #3, (as Hellcat) AVENGERS #144
History: Patricia Walker was the only daughter of
Joshua Walker, an aeronautical engineer, and Dorothy Walker,
a comic book writer. While she was still a child her mother
acted as her agent, helping her at modeling and commercial
work. Dorothy Walker's greatest success was the creation
of a comic book named after her young daughter, featuring
romantic adventures of Patsy and her real-life friends as
teenagers. The Patsy Walker comic book was very popular
and continued for over a decade, as Patsy grew into and
out of her teens. Soon after graduating high school, Patsy
married her childhood friend, Robert Baxter (who had appeared
in the Patsy Walker comic as her romantic interest). Baxter
was in the officers training program of the Air Force, and
Walker spent the next several years of her life on numerous
Air Force bases.
While her husband was assigned to a security post at the
heavily government-subsidized Brand Corporation in New Jersey,
Patsy Walker met the Beast and learned his secret identity.
Walker had long idolized "super heroes," and she
elicited the promise from him that in exchange for keeping
his secret, he would help her become a "super heroine."
Walker's marriage eventually came to a bitter end, and she
sought out the Beast, who was now a member of the Avengers,
to remind him of his promise. Tagging along with the Avengers
to investigate criminal activities at the Brand Corporation,
Walker discovered the strength-amplifying costume worn by
Greer Nelson in her identity as the Cat. (The man who financed
the creation of the Cat, Mai Donalbain, was a former employee
at Brand. His property, including the prototype Cat-suits,
was later confiscated by the Brand Corporation.) Putting
the costume on, Walker dubbed herself Hellcat and used her
natural athletic abilities to help the Avengers.
Although she hoped to join the Avengers, Hellcat was persuaded
by the Titanian priestess Moondragon to accompany her to
Titan to undergo a period of training. During her stay on
Titan, Hellcat's minor psionic potential was artificially
enhanced by various electronic/organic devices and she was
given extensive martial arts training. Upon her return to
Earth, she met the Defenders and decided to accept their
offer of membership rather than the Avengers'.
Hellcat remained a core member of the loosely organized
Defenders for several years. Eventually she met Daimon Hellstrom,
who in his costumed guise of the Son of Satan, joined the
Defenders for a short time, and, after he was cured of his
demonic aspect, found that she was in love with him. Renouncing
her costumed identity, Patsy Walker decided to marry Hellstrom.
The couple was married in Greentown, Ohio, where her father
resided. The wedding, attended by several of her Defenders
colleagues, was interrupted by her ex-husband "Buzz"
Baxter who had assumed the costumed guise of Mad-Dog, and
the Mutant Force. The Defenders repulsed the attack and
Hellstrom himself subdued Mad-Dog. The Hellstroms then moved
to San Francisco where they established themselves as occult
investigators. In this capacity, they helped several superheroes
in mystical problems, notably the Avengers' West Coast branch.
In helping the Avengers, Pasty again donned the Hellcat
costume and remained on hand to help them capture the villains
Tiger Shark and Whirlwind.
Sometime later, however, Hellstrom's dark soul reasserted
itself and Patsy was driven mad at the sight of it. She
languished in a near-vegetable state for months afterward
until the mercy-killing entity Deathurge sensed her despair
and, at her request, freed her spirit from her body, effectively
killing herself. She soon after contacted Earth from a spirit
plane and announced her intention via radio to return in
the near future.
had ended up in the realm of the demon Mephisto, fighting
an eternal battle in the so-called Arena of Tainted Souls,
alongside fallen Avenger Mockingbird. Months later, the
Avenger villain Grim Reaper resurrected Patsy and Mockingbird,
among others, tainting them with his hatred for the Avengers
and setting them against the team. With the help of the
Scarlet Witch, Patsy and the others reverted to their true
personalities and aided the Avengers against the Grim Reaper
before returning from whence they came. Before she disappeared,
Mockingbird was able to send a warning to her husband Hawkeye
about a plan Hellstrom was developing. Hawkeye and his team
the Thunderbolts confronted Hellstrom and then used their
sorcerous connections to go to Hell in order to restore
Mockingbird. They were tricked however, by Hellstrom, and
the Thunderbolts rescued Patsy instead, restoring her bodily
Pasty remained despondent and depressed due to her perceived
failures in life and time spent in Hell. She nevertheless
presented a good front, wrote an autobiography and began
a book tour. Shortly thereafter, Patsy returned to Centerville
to find her high school rival Hedy had joined with the corporation
that was built upon the Patsy comics fortune and turned
Centerville into a tourist attraction. Patsy discovered
the town was also infiltrated with demonic forces, led by
the evil warlock Nicholas Scratch. Scratch had allowed a
cult called the Sons of the Serpents to use the citizens
of Centerville for their occult purposes, and altering the
Avengers, Patsy resumed her Hellcat identity and defeated
the Serpents alongside her team.
Patsy was still despondent about life when later Scratch's
minions attacked Hellcat. She then uncovered a plot by the
extradimensional villain Dormammu to take over the various
dimensions of Hell, each led by different demons, among
them Mephisto, Hellstrom, and Satannish. Hellcat helped
Mephisto thwart Dormammu by uniting the demons along with
the death gods Pluto and Hela. She also revealed Hellstrom's
father was actually Satannish, a pawn of Dormammu. Ultimately,
she escaped back to Earth by proving to Mephisto that he
would be better served to have her on Earth. Revitalized
by her adventure, Pasty rededicated her life to super heroics
One day, Patsy's supernaturally-tinged senses brought her
to the attention of a homeless man. She tried to recuperate
him, and he turned out to be the Defenders' villain Yandroth
the Magician, who began systematically attacking Earth by
binding the spirit of Mother Earth itself. Patsy escaped
and managed to contact the various members of the Defenders
to stop him, re-forming the team after a long hiatus. As
a result of the battle, several of the Defenders were cursed
to continually band together, and Patsy and the remaining
Defenders elected to stay together as a team to support
Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 135 lbs.
Strength Level: Patsy Walker Hellstrom possesses
the normal human strength of a woman of her age, ~height,
and build who engages in intensive regular examisa. Her
strength is extended, though not to superhuman levels, when
she wears her Hellcat costume.
Known Superhuman Powers: Hellcat once possessed
enhanced psionic abilities, due to the mental stimulation
of Moondragon's Titanian technology. She could move small
objects telekinetically, resist mental control, and on one
occasion was able to generate a psychokinetic force-blast.
Moondragon has since used her own advanced psionic powers
to undo the effects of her psychic augmenter. Since then,
Hellcat's psychic abilities have returned but to a far lesser
degree than at their peak. She no longer has any psychokinetic
ability, but she is still sensitive to certain psychic phenomena.
Abilities: Patsy Walker Hellstrom is a natural athlete
who was coached in field combat techniques by the Avengers
and the martial arts by Moondragon.
Paraphernalia: Hellcat wears a costume designed
for Greer Nelson, formerly the Cat, which extends the strength,
speed, and agility of any woman wearing it (though not to
superhuman levels). The costume is outfitted with retractable,
casehardened, steel alloy claws on both the gloves and boots,
enabling Hellcat to rend brick or stone. Hellcat can employ
her cable-claw, which straps to her wrist and uses a compressed
gas firing mechanism to propel a four clawed grappling hook
connected to a 30 foot length of steel-niobium alloy memory
cable (that coils itself back into its spool upon rewinding),
which she uses for swinging or tightrope walking.
Hellcat used a Shadow-Cloak confiscated from an Agent of
Fortune for a brief period, employing it to move psychokinetically
and to produce weapons from its inter-dimensional pocket.
Eventually deciding it was too dangerous to use, Hellcat
folded it up into its own pocket dimension.