Real Name: David Merrywether
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Not related to the later DC creation, unless you count name, costume, and general idea of being vaguely Tarzan-like. This guy was lost in the jungle as an infant and, you got it, raised by tigers. He was not, however, even ambiguously a villain, like his modern DC equivalent. His sidekick was his female ward, Kitten.
As best as can be determined, DC's version was almost certainly based on the Holyoke creation, but not in the same way that other non-DC Golden Age characters came into the fold. Holyoke, Cat-Man's creator, had a number of financial upheavals and weren't able to successfully protect their copyright. The character fairly quickly went into the public domain. DC thus had no real fears about copying many of the design elements, but, to their credit, at least gave the character a different and more villainous spin, which was still being explored as late as 2006.
In the one-shot Project Superpowers: Chapter Two Prelude, it was stated that he'll be brought back the 2nd volume of Project Superpowers as a feral being called Man-Cat.
No narrative line was ever drawn between the Merryweather and Blake Cat-Men. Crash Comics Adventures (1940)
First Appearance: Crash Comics Adventures (1940) #4
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Cat-Man Comics (1941)
#52 Golden Age Greats (1994)
- 'in the Clutches of the Claw, Part 3'
#10 Men of Mystery Comics (1999)
- 'Heroes vs. Villains'
#17 Project Superpowers (2008)
- 'Stuntman by Joe Simon'
Project Superpowers (2009)
Savage Dragon (1993)
The Official Golden-Age Hero & Heroine Directory (1997)
public domain characters
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