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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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Conjuring Witches Then and Now

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The Supervillain Reader

Hannah Ryan

University Press of Mississippi

Much the way Sherlock Holmes was one of the inspirations for Batman, so Catwoman may also have roots in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Irene Adler, famous as “the woman” in the Holmes saga, appears to be a model for the Cat (as she was first known). The connection includes comparable personalities and the parallels between the Holmes/Adler and Batman/Catwoman relationships, as well as the way both Adler and Catwoman defy gender stereotypes in taking power in cultures where men have dominated. Although Adler’s fame rests on a single Holmes story, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” and Catwoman was banished from Batman’s world for more than a decade, both have long fascinated readers, leading to new interpretations and renditions which continue to underscore the originals’ connections.

Keywords:   Catwoman, Batman, Sherlock Holmes, comic books, gender roles

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