Comic Book Cats, number 131: Black Cat #1

Comic Book Cats, number 131: Black Cat #1 variant cover drawn by David Nakayama, published by Marvel Comics in August 2019.

Today is Black Friday, so here’s a striking and sexy cover featuring cat burglar Felicia Hardy, aka the Black Cat, accompanied by a trio of her real-life namesakes. It’s definitely a nice cheesecake piece, but what makes it really stand out is Nakayama’s detailed depictions of the actual black cats. I asked Nakayama about it on Instagram, and he confirmed that the cats were modeled on actual felines.

Honolulu-based artist David Nakayama got his start at Dark Horse in 2003 drawing a story for Star Wars Tales. He was then the artist on City of Heroes from Top Cow / Image. Nakayama has since drawn numerous covers for Marvel, as well as for Valiant and Zenescope, and has also worked as a concept artist in the video game industry.

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