Almost half a century after playing the role of the black jumpsuit wearing, cat-like Bat-Villain, Kitt’s acting legacy has spawned her re-birth in the superhero fiction genre. This time, as herself, a surfing loving, superhero with feral-like agility.
“How can Batgirl be the best anything when Catwoman is around,” questioned Eartha Kitt, as the villainous Catwoman in the 1960s “Batman” television series.
Earlier this month, Bluewater Productions released the first installment of its latest comic book series, Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale. Written by New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro, the tale, designed to appeal to all generations, begins with Kitt riding the “purrrrfect” wave, when she meets a huge, green, scaly monster.
“I’ve always been an Eartha Kitt fan, and not just for Catwoman,” said Bluewater Productions publisher Darren G. Davis. “I contacted her daughter [Kitt Shapiro] and asked if we could do something with her and really embody who she was instead of just making a funny comic book.”
Kitt’s career, spanning 65 years until her death in 2003, includes world-renowned musical stylings such as “c’est si bon,” in her distinct, raspy voice, role as Helen of Troy in Dr. Faustus, and a slew of cabaret, Broadway musical, television and film roles.
The quarterly comic book is a part of Bluewater Productions efforts to re-new the traditional superhero genre. In the comic book Kitt’s character is intertwined with actor Adam West and Julie Newmar, who were principals in the “Batman” television series in the 1970’s, to create a new-age “superhero team.” Kitt replaced Newmar as Catwoman
To create the character, the team studied the biography of Eartha Kitt, with the help of her daughter, to create a true-to-form depiction of Kitt.
“[Kitt Shapiro] wanted her mother’s voice really put into it. [Eartha Kitt] really embodies female empowerment,” said Davis. “We wanted to make it sit properly for the fans.
“We have so much respect for the people that we work with and we want to ensure that comes through in all of the comic books.”
The Kitt comic book is available for digital download through iTunes and Amazon. Print versions of the comic can be ordered through comicfleamarket.com.