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Wildcat


Wildcat Ted Grant Image File history File links Wildcat_grant. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Sensation Comics # 1 (January 1942)
Created by Bill Finger
Irwin Hasen
Characteristics
Alter ego Ted Grant
Affiliations Justice Society of America
All-Star Squadron
Abilities a former middleweight boxing champion and one of the top physical fighters in the DC Universe. Has trained many other superheroes, and was at some point mystically granted nine lives (though he lost them recently), has claimed to have cat's eyes and seems to possess at least Olympics-level agility

Wildcat is the name of four DC Comics characters, three of them superheroes. The most famous of these is the first one, Ted Grant, a long-time member of the Justice Society of America. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Bill Finger (February 8, 1914–January 18, 1974) was an American writer best remembered (though not officially credited) as the co-creator of the character Batman with Bob Kane as well as the co-architect of the series development. ... Irwin Hasen was a cartoonist whose work included the creation of the comic book character Wildcat as well as work on the comic strip Dondi. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... This article may contain original research or unverified claims. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...

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Wildcat of Tomahawk's Rangers

Wildcat (real name unknown) was a member of Tomahawk's Rangers, who fought for independence in the American Revolution during the 18th century. His first appearance was in Tomahawk #92 (May/June 1964), and was created by France Herron, Fred Ray, Murray Boltinoff and Dan Spiegel. His choice of pseudonym has no connection to Ted Grant or the "Wildcat" superhero legacy he started, and by convention, Ted Grant is usually referred to as "Wildcat I". Tomahawk is a comic book character whose adventures were published by DC Comics during the 1950s and 1960s in his own comics series. ... Dan Spiegle (born October 12, 1920) is a comic book and cartoon artist and illustrator (penciller and inker). ...


Ted Grant

Ted Grant is a normal human who was, at some unspecified point, given a magical "nine lives," none of which he has left. He remains at the peak of human condition due to extensive, regular exercise. He is a world-class boxer who trained Batman in the art. Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism, prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science (a common nickname among fans), is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists... It has been suggested that Skills and abilities of Batman be merged into this article or section. ...


Earth-Two

Ted Grant donned the Wildcat costume beginning in Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942), the same issue in which Wonder Woman and Mister Terrific premiered. Sensation Comics is the title of a comic book series published by DC Comics which ran for 109 issues between 1942 and 1952. ... For other uses, see Wonder Woman (disambiguation). ... Mister Terrific is the name of two different superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ...

Wildcat in the 1940's; art by Irwin Hasen
Wildcat in the 1940's; art by Irwin Hasen

As an orphan, Ted Grant took up a position as a heavyweight boxer, and eventually became tangled in his sinister managers' plans. As a result, his mentor "Socker" Smith was killed by a boxing glove loaded with a poison needle by Grant's managers Flint and Skinner. The dose was only intended to slow Smith, but the duo misjudged the potency. When Grant was arrested for the crime, Flint and Skinner, afraid he might know what had happened, arranged a hit on the young fighter. Ted Grant survived, but the policemen with him were dead. He became a fugitive and came upon a kid who was robbed of his Green Lantern comic. The kid, describing the mystery-man Green Lantern, inspired Ted to create a costume of a large black cat. He took the name of Wildcat and vowed to clear his name. He brought Flint and Skinner to justice, as the villains were forced to confess and Grant's name was cleared. Wildcat continued to fight against crime. Image File history File links Wildcat-1-.jpg‎ From Sensation Comics. ... Image File history File links Wildcat-1-.jpg‎ From Sensation Comics. ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, art by Ethan Van Sciver. ...


He became a member of the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Ted's legs were shattered by an out-of-control Red Tornado and he was told he would never walk again, but he soon discovered he had a god-daughter who became Wildcat II (see below). The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Red Tornado is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ...


Earth-One

An Earth-One version of Ted Grant existed pre-Crisis and teamed up with Batman on several occasions, himself a retired world heavyweight champion like his Earth-Two counterpart. This Grant had a relatively minor career, and much of his early years were left unchronicled as to his origin, although his origin is likely similar to the golden age Ted Grant. Initially, this variant of Wildcat was thought to have been a resident of Earth-B (an attempt to rectify discordant stories in Brave and Bold that did not fit neatly on Earth-One), however his later appearance in a few outside stories verified his existence on both mainstream Earths. This version of Ted Grant ceased to exist following the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, with the Earth-Two version becoming the dominant version on the new unified universe, although it was still said Post-Crisis that Batman received some training from Ted Grant.[citation needed] It has been suggested that Skills and abilities of Batman be merged into this article or section. ...


Post-Crisis

Post-Crisis, Ted later recovered from his injuries sustained during the Crisis, and joined the re-formed JSA as they entered a limbo state to save the world from an oncoming onslaught initiated by Hitler decades before. Later he and his fellow teammates were released from this dimension, and regained prominence as the forefathers of the heroic community. He recently claimed to have magically acquired "nine lives" early in his career, and has in fact survived several otherwise fatal injuries. Wildcat was also one of the many combat instructors sought out by a young Bruce Wayne on the path towards becoming Batman. He also helped mentor Black Canary, teaching her a variety of boxing techniques suited to her build (mainly without the knowledge – or consent – of her mother, the original Black Canary, who was strongly opposed to daughter following in her footsteps). Black Canary is a DC Comics superheroine character. ...


In the post-Crisis rebooted continuity, Ted Grant never experienced paraplegia. He was also still a former heavyweight champion of the world. He also appeared in an issue of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman titled "The Golden Boy". Reboot, in series fiction, means to discard all previous continuity in the series and start anew. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... Paraplegia is a condition in which the lower part of a persons body is paralyzed and cannot willfully function. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ...


He appears as a central character in JLA, where he is killed only for it to be revealed he has nine lives, and has done since 1945: hence how he can be over 70 years old, yet an athletic and powerful boxer. (It does not explain how he keeps his public identity as the same person, a famous boxer, for over fifty years, or how he explains away his youthful looks.)

Wildcat and Hippolyta share an intimate moment. Art by Phil Jimenez.
Wildcat and Hippolyta share an intimate moment. Art by Phil Jimenez.

Ted is one of the three original JSA members on the current team, and is seen as a kind (if rowdy at times), avuncular figure by the other teammates. He frequently scraps with the similarly rowdy Power Girl and may be attracted to her. Ted Grant has had several notable relationships with women, including Irina (the mother of Ted's son, Jake. After Jake was kidnapped by the Yellow Wasp, they soon parted ways), Selina Kyle (as well as training her in boxing, Ted and Selina have shared a mutual attraction and had a torrid affair at one time) and Queen Hippolyta (Ted and Hippolyta shared some romantic encounters, alluded to in John Byrne's run of Wonder Woman- where Hippolyta travels back in time to WW2. Ted was also visibly shaken up after Hippolyta's death in the DC crossover, Our Worlds at War). Image File history File links HippolytaWildcat. ... Image File history File links HippolytaWildcat. ... For the Marvel Comics character, see: Hippolyta (Marvel Comics). ... Cover to DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appeared in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... Cover of Catwoman #2, February 2002. ... For the Marvel Comics character, see: Hippolyta (Marvel Comics). ... For other uses, see John Byrne (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Wonder Woman (disambiguation). ... Cover to JLA: Our Worlds at War #1. ...

In February 2006, as seen in issue #9 of the ongoing series JSA: Classified, Ted recently lost the last of his extra "nine lives", when he was "killed" by his Justice Society ally Jay Garrick, the original Flash. The two did this intentionally in order to permit Ted to escape control of the Spear of Destiny, which can permit the holder mind control over superpowered individuals, and thus save the world from the spear being used to dominate Earth. The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a team of fictional superheroes whose adventures have been published by DC Comics. ... Barry Allen as the Flash. ... The Spear of Destiny features prominently in contemporary market-driven popular culture, for it enjoys a broad-based recognition factor, based on the legend of the Spear of Longinus, employed at the Crucifixion, and on the medieval legends that accrued around the relic, refigured as the Spear of Destiny. The...


In the new Justice Society of America series, it's been revealed that Ted has a son that he never met before by the name of Tom. Tom's mother has yet to be revealed. The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


Yolanda Montez

Yolanda Montez.
Yolanda Montez.

Born with meta-human powers due to the machinations of the villainous Dr. Love, Yolanda Montez became the god-daughter of Ted "Wildcat" Grant, a good friend of her father, "Mauler" Montez. Due to the prenatal treatments given to her mother, Yolanda was born with retractable claws on her fingers and toes, and cat-like agility. She concealed her abilities and lived a normal life. Yolanda became a journalist, working for "Rock Stars Magazine". In Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 (September 1985), Ted was injured in the Crisis and Yolanda used her powers to become the new Wildcat. She joined Infinity Inc. shortly afterward. She fought the good fight for years before being killed by Eclipso (Eclipso #13 (November 1993)), alongside her other teammates in the Shadow Fighters. Yolanda's cousin Alex later became Eclipso in the JSA: "Princes of Darkness" storyline. Yolanda Montez is a fictional superheroine in DC Comics universe. ... Image File history File links WildcatYM.jpg‎ This is a scan of a comic panel from This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher... Image File history File links WildcatYM.jpg‎ This is a scan of a comic panel from This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Shadow Fighters were a group of superpowered and non-superpowered DC Comics characters brought together, under the supervision of Amanda Waller, for the sole purpose of battling Eclipso in the Eclipso comic series. ...


Hector Ramirez

Hector Ramirez first appeared in Batman/Wildcat # 1 (April 1997), and was created by Chuck Dixon, Beau Smith and Sergio Cariello. He was a boxing protégé of Ted Grant, the Golden Age Wildcat. After learning that Ted used to be Wildcat, Hector aspired to be his successor, something Ted refused. Hector then took one of Ted's old costumes and went out as Wildcat in Gotham City. In an attempt to break up a secret fight club where caged villains fought to death, Ramirez was himself caught, and killed by Killer Croc in the ring. The operators of the Secret Ring, Lock-Up and Ernie Chubb, were eventually apprehended by Ted and Batman. Chuck Dixon is an American comic book writer, perhaps best-known for long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s. ... A rendition of Gotham Citys skyline. ... Killer Croc, is a fictional character in DC comics. ... Lock-Up is a DC Comics villain and an enemy of Batman, featured in one episode Batman: The Animated Series, in which he was voiced by Bruce Weitz. ... It has been suggested that Skills and abilities of Batman be merged into this article or section. ...


Kingdom Come Wildcat

In Kingdom Come, Alex Ross (and writer Mark Waid) portrayed Wildcat as a humanoid panther with the soul of Ted Grant. He is seen working with Batman's group (with the other offspring of the Justice League). He was killed when a UN plot to end a metahuman war culminated in the explosion of a multi-megaton bomb. The cover to Absolute Kingdom Come by Alex Ross (2006) Kingdom Come is a comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics, written by Mark Waid and painted by Alex Ross. ... Rosss rendition of the Justice League Nelson Alexander Alex Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. ... Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. ...


Other media

In the Justice League episode Legends, League members Green Lantern (John Stewart), Hawkgirl, The Flash and Martian Manhunter team up with The Justice Guild of America. JGA member, Cat Man, is a cross between Ted Grant/Wildcat and Golden Age Batman. Cat Man is voiced by comedic actor, Stephen Root. Justice League was an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, art by Ethan Van Sciver. ... John Stewart is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC Universe, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ... First and foremost, the term hawkgirl orignates from her being part Hawk, part Girl, and full idiot. ... The Flash. ... now. ... A Justice League two-part episode called Legends pays homage to the Justice Society with a team of imaginary comic book superheroes in a perfect world. ... Stephen Root. ...

Wildcat as seen in Justice League Unlimited.
Wildcat as seen in Justice League Unlimited.

Wildcat (Ted Grant) appeared in the animated series Justice League Unlimited. He had a prominent role alongside Black Canary and Green Arrow in the 2005 episode "The Cat and the Canary" where he was competing in Roulette's Meta-Brawl after he became less involved in missions leaving him to train the other heroes on the Watchtower. He defeated Sportsmaster and his match with the Atomic Skull was interrupted by Green Arrow and Black Canary. Black Canary made a deal with Roulette for her to fight her mentor. Green Arrow used a knockout gas arrow on Black Canary and he fought Wildcat and faked a death using an unseen stunner that put him in "metabolic stasis". This helped Wildcat see the horror of the match and quit. Afterwards, Wildcat is seen in therapy with Martian Manhunter. Wildcat is voiced by Dennis Farina. Image File history File links Wildcat_animated. ... Image File history File links Wildcat_animated. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Black Canary is a DC Comics superheroine character. ... Green Arrow is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Roulette Roulette is a fictional character, a supervillainess in the DC Comics universe. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Atomic Skull is the name of 2 different DC Comics supervillains. ... now. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Donaldo Guglielmo Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ...


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