First appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1979)
It’s not that the Black Cat is a bad character; in fact, she’s quite interesting once you give her a chance. But, unfortunately for Felicia Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises already gave us a convincing take one of the most popular feline femme fatales in all of comics. Next to Catwoman, the Black Cat comes off as pathetic imposter, even though much of Selina Kyle’s modern personality is derived from Hardy. She simply just got beat to the punch.
Unlike Catwoman, though, the Black Cat never really stood out on her own. She always needed characters like Spider-Man or the Avengers there to lend support. So with no memorable conflicts or personal relationships of her own, the Black Cat is probably better off just sticking to illustrated pages.