When Guillem March’s Catwoman Was Just Too Naked For DC Comics

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Guillem March has been posting original artwork from Catwoman – from pages that he was asked to redraw. And featuring a Catwoman who appeared more brazenly naked than at any other time in the comic, before or since.

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These pages were initially from issues 3 and 4 of the New 52 relaunch. A lot more was changed than the nakedness, the entire plot seems to have shifted, to Catwoman dealing with the death of her friend and fence, Lola. So we got violence porn instead of, well, porn porn.

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In this version we see Selina Kyle comparing kisses between Bruce Wayne and Batman, and finding them rather identical. So deciding to go and do something about her newly discovered knowledge.

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Which, yes, means taking all her clothes off. And somehow, in the process, giving us a ten foot tall Catwoman

Catwoman 03 page 20_colGuillem talks about the changes,

I got an explanation about why DC wanted to change the story and get some new pages done, but I guess it all have to do with the sexy depiction of Selina in these original pages. I didn’t mind at all, since it wasn’t my fault and I got paid for the extra job. The only thing I don’t like is to work on stuff that remains unused.

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Some people will say they were censored, but that´s not exact. The new pages were not a toned down version of these, they were telling another story. Actually, we had a big turning point here that could have changed the whole book from this point: Selina knows who Batman is. You don’t need balloons to get that from yesterday’s pages..

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Maybe DC didn’t want to explore that storyline, so it’s not that obvious that the new pages were drawn just to remove the sexy content. It’d have been much more easy to censor these pages than having to redraw them all.

This is the funny thing: who knows?

Guillem also talks about why he’s showing these now.

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I’m not going to keep them secretly in a drawer until I die, and I´m not going to burn them, right? I’m doing a selection of original art for sale and if I don’t show them, the buyer will anyway, so…

And as to what he thinks of these pages now,

I must confess I don´t like them at all. I don´t like how Selina looks like when she´s naked. Both the body and the face. I´d like to think today I´d do a much better job, and a bit more classy. The colored pages look much better thanks to Tomeu Morey.

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Anyway, this is only an artwise issue I have. The action in this scene was a depiction of who Selina was: a woman taking advantadge of his sexuality to get something from a man. That made sense according on how the character had been approached in the earlier New52.

What it does make clear is that significant were being made to the comics, their plots and art, very late into the production process, the kind of thing that enraged a number of creators. March doesn’t seem to bothered having to completely redraw pages because the plots had changed after he’d drawn them, after all he got paid for his trouble. For others, it was a different matter.

But you can see that DC editorial intervention came after the script was approved, after the art was approved, after, for issue 3 at least, the coloured pages were done and Guillem had already started drawing issue 4.

The comics were written by Judd Winick. He left Catwoman and DC Comics after the first year of the New 52 and is writing and drawing a graphic novel all ages series for Random House called Hilo.

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