Worst. Origin. Ever.

(From “Cat-Man Comics” volume 2, number 5, 1941.)

11 Responses to Worst. Origin. Ever.

  1. Patriot_Missile

    First, because Burmese caravans are always deadly… Second, I can see the whole ‘feral child’ thing, but what powers could he develop from that? It would be cool if onnly a few words were added, like…”sole survivor of a deadly Burmese caravan attack”… and “magic tigress”.

  2. Nick Hentschel

    Obviously a Tarzan derivative: cats instead of apes.

    Having said that, this still beats my “origin story’ in real life!

  3. Nick Hentschel:
    Obviously a Tarzan derivative: cats instead of apes.

    I think this sort of “learned evolution” type of mechanic was a “thing” at the time, as The Condor has the same origin — raised by wild condors, he learns to fly!

  4. off topic but: Happy All Hallow’s or All Saints day
    I have decided to do the 30/30 challenge, but could not post it there, so I’ll just post it to photobucket

  5. Keric:
    off topic but: Happy All Hallow’s or All Saints day
    I have decided to do the 30/30 challenge, but could not post it there, so I’ll just post it to photobucket

    That’s exactly what I was working on when you made this comment, weird!

    I’ll put mine up when it’s ready and maybe that daily post can be a place for people to place theirs, too.

  6. The question is begged, of course: why on earth would the tigress choose to rear the child instead of just eating it?

    (And frankly, I still think the Condor holds the title of All Time Worst Origin. Just sayin’.)

  7. John:
    The question is begged, of course: why on earth would the tigress choose to rear the child instead of just eating it?

    (And frankly, I still think the Condor holds the title of All Time Worst Origin. Just sayin’.)

    True, at least humans can innately jump, run, and purr. But learning to fly because you were raised by condors … no.

    Also, the tigers didn’t eat the baby because COMICS!

  8. Let’s not forget the Golden Age Whizzer’s mongoose-blood transfusion…

    If the Condor origin can stand, I would create a character raised by microscopic water bears (or tardigrades). That way he could survive in the vacuum of space or the surface of the sun, live for hundreds of years, and be revived from hibernation by a single drop of water. He’d be unstoppable.

  9. Gabe Puratekuta

    Wow… Yeah, that is bad. Although some of the physical abilities can be trained into someone

  10. Nick Hentschel

    Jeff Hebert: I think this sort of “learned evolution” type of mechanic was a “thing” at the time, as The Condor has the same origin — raised by wild condors, he learns to fly!

    Possibly. But I’m sure there’s also an element of simple imitation: Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan serials were HUGE in the 30’s, when comics were just getting started, and no doubt held on into the next decade in popular memory.

  11. If he was raised by a tiger wouldn’t he have learned to only walk on all fours? Wouldn’t he just eat meat, since a tiger is a carnivore, and have terrible eating habits? And why call himself ‘Cat Man’? Wouldn’t he call himself ‘Tiger Man’ instead? People think of a cat as a household pet, and a tiger as a tiger. It’s part of the ‘cat family’, but really their quite different in appearance, size, and mannerisms. And why is his mask red? Shouldn’t it be striped like a tiger and in black and white and yellow?