Comic Book Cats, number 63: Valentina in Boots
Comic Book Cats, number 63: Valentina in Boots, written & drawn by Guido Crepax, published in Ali Baba Magazine in May 1968. Translated to English and published in The Complete Crepax: The Time Eater and Other Stories by Fantagraphics in January 2017.
Italian artist Guido Crepax is well-known for his highly-detailed artwork, and for stories that are suffused with sexual and psychedelic imagery. Crepax’s most famous creation was Valentina Rosselli, a beautiful fashion photographer modeled on actress Louise Brooks. Valentina starred in a number of strange, kinky stories that frequently segued into extended erotic dream sequences, with the line between reality and fantasy often blurring.
Crepax was also very fond of cats, and from time to time he drew them into his stories. The final two pages of “Valentina in Boots” features Valentina with a distinctive-looking black cat… specifically an alien shape-changing robot that Valentina convinces to transform into a black cat. As I said, the Valentina stories were quite bizarre, but certainly beautifully illustrated.