Catwoman is a fiction
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al character
Character (arts)
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 associated with DC Comics
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' Batman
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Media franchise
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. Historically a supervillain
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, the character was created by Bill Finger
Bill Finger
William "Bill" Finger was an American comic strip and comic book writer best known as the uncredited co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series' development...

 and Bob Kane
Bob Kane
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, partially inspired by Kane's cousin, Ruth Steel. Kane, a frequent movie goer, also mentioned that Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
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 was a model for the design.

The original and most widely known Catwoman, Selina Kyle, first appears in Batman
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#1 (Spring 1940
1940 in comics
-Year overall:* Another boom year for the burgeoning American comic book industry, as Ace Comics, Columbia Comics, Farrell Publications, Holyoke Publishing, Novelty Press, and Street & Smith Comics all begin publishing.-January:...

) in which she is known as The Cat. She is a sometimes-adversary of Batman, known for having a complex love-hate (often romantic) relationship with him.

Patience Phillips: "You are so addicted to that stuff, Sally."Sally: "Mmm... happily."

Patience Phillips: "Amateurs! You boys thought you could come in here and steal all these beautiful things? What a purrrfect idea!"

Bartender: "What can I get you?"Catwoman: "White Russian, no ice, hold the vodka... hold the Kahlua."

Laurel Hedare: "You're just a scared little girl playing dress-up."

Laurel Hedare: "Game over!"Catwoman: "Guess what? It's overtime!"

Laurel Hedare: "How do I get in touch with you?"Catwoman: "Well, I'm not exactly listed."