Wildcat
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceSensation Comics #1 (January 1942)
Created byBill Finger
Irwin Hasen
In-story information
Alter egoTheodore "Ted" Grant
Yolanda Montez
Tom Bronson
Team affiliationsJustice Society of America
Suicide Squad
All-Star Squadron
Justice League
AbilitiesWorld champion boxer
Peak physical condition
Nine lives at any given time

Wildcat is the name of several fictional characters, all DC Comics superheroes, the first and most famous being Theodore "Ted" Grant, a long-time member of the Justice Society of America (JSA).[1] A world-class heavyweight boxer, Grant became entangled inadvertently in the criminal underworld and developed a costumed identity to clear his name.

Other characters have taken Grant's name and identity, including his goddaughter Yolanda Montez, who served as a temporary replacement for him, and his son Thomas "Tom" Bronson, a metahuman werecat who is tutored by him as a second Wildcat and a JSA member in late-2000s stories.

Ted Grant has made several appearances in DC media, such as the third season of Arrow, in which he was portrayed by J.R. Ramirez, and the DC Universe streaming service show Stargirl, portrayed by Brian Stapf. Additionally, Yolanda Montez also appears in Stargirl, portrayed by Yvette Monreal.

Fictional character biography

Theodore "Ted" Grant

Main article: Wildcat (Ted Grant)

The Ted Grant version of Wildcat first appeared in Sensation Comics #1 and was created by writer Bill Finger, and designed by illustrator Irwin Hasen.[2]

Yolanda Montez

Yolanda Montez
Yolanda Montez

Main article: Wildcat (Yolanda Montez)

Born with metahuman powers due to the machinations of the villainous Doctor Benjamin Love, Yolanda Montez was the goddaughter of Ted Grant, who was a good friend of her father "Mauler" Montez. As a result of the prenatal treatments given to her mother, Yolanda was born with retractable claws on her fingers and toes and cat-like agility. Initially, she concealed her abilities and lived a normal life. She later became a journalist working for "Rock Stars Magazine". When Ted was injured in the Crisis, Yolanda used her powers to become the new Wildcat.[3] She then joined Infinity Inc. afterwards. She and her Infinity Inc. teammate Beth Chapel were later killed by Eclipso,[4] who would later possess her cousin Alex.[5]

Hector Ramirez

Hector Ramirez first appeared in Batman/Wildcat # 1 (April 1997) and was created by Chuck Dixon, Beau Smith, and Sergio Cariello. He was a boxing protégé of Ted Grant. After learning that Ted used to be Wildcat, Hector aspired to be his successor, something Ted refused. Hector then took one of Ted's old costumes and went out as Wildcat in Gotham City. In an attempt to break up a secret fight club where caged villains fought to the death, Ramirez was himself caught and later killed by Killer Croc in the ring. The operators Lock-Up and Ernie Chubb were eventually apprehended by Ted and Batman.[6]

Tom Bronson

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Bronson as a "were-panther", art by Dale Eaglesham.
Bronson as a "were-panther", art by Dale Eaglesham.

Thomas "Tom" Bronson is Ted Grant's youngest son.[7] Tom's mother Marilyn had a one-night stand with Ted, and never told him of Tom's existence. Despite the fact that his father was not involved in his life, Tom is not bitter towards Ted. However, he did tell Ted that he had no intentions of becoming the next Wildcat, as he was not a fighter himself.

It was revealed that Tom is a metahuman that can change into a were-panther at will, similar to the Wildcat featured in Kingdom Come.[8] When Ted was attacked by Vandal Savage, Tom changed into his were-panther form and managed to fight against Savage until help arrived.

In Justice Society of America 80 Page Giant Sized (2010), it was revealed that Tom's mother had the same powers as her son, but would change involuntarily every month. After a minor battle involving Ted, Marilyn, and the first Huntress, Ted took Marilyn to see Doctor Mid-Nite, who cured her of the involuntary aspect of her power, allowing her to change at will instead. While she is unconscious, Ted told Doctor Mid-Nite to "fix her and send her on her way" to protect her from his dangerous walk of life. Doctor Mid-Nite discovered that she was pregnant and revealed this to his now-conscious patient. She ultimately decided to withhold this information from Ted, but her motivations were unclear. She then raised Tom herself.[9]

Over time, Tom slowly forms a bond with Ted and eventually, after some initial reluctance, agrees to share the Wildcat name with his father. At this point, he is introduced and inducted into the Justice Society.[10]

In a team-up with the Justice League, he talks to Vixen and indicates the presence of enhanced senses.

Later, Tom, now calling himself Tomcat, parted ways with Ted and joined the All-Stars, an offshoot team created by the younger members of the JSA.

Other versions

Tangent Comics

In Tangent: Superman's Reign #3, the Wildcat of Earth-9 is revealed to be a large, humanoid, cat creature, a member of the Nightwing organization's Covert Ops team.

In other media

See also: Wildcat (Ted Grant) § In other media, and Wildcat (Yolanda Montez) § In other media

Television

Live-action

Animation

Wildcat as seen in Justice League Unlimited.
Wildcat as seen in Justice League Unlimited.

Film

Video games

Toys

Parodies

The Ted Grant incarnation of Wildcat briefly appears in the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, voiced by Matthew Senreich.

Reception

IGN listed Ted Grant as Wildcat as the 71st greatest comic book character of all time stating that, due to his age as a superhero, he is almost more mystifying than the Spectre.[13]

References

  1. ^ Markstein, Don. "Wildcat". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  3. ^ Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 (September 1985). DC Comics.
  4. ^ Eclipso #13 (November 1993). DC Comics.
  5. ^ JSA #46–51: "Princes of Darkness" (May–October 2003)
  6. ^ Batman/Wildcat #1. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #2 (March 2007)
  8. ^ Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #3 (April 2007). DC Comics.
  9. ^ Justice Society of America 80 Page Giant Sized #1. DC Comics.
  10. ^ Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #4 (May 2007). DC Comics.
  11. ^ Holbrook, Damian (December 17, 2018). "DC Universe's 'Stargirl' Casts Brian Stapf as Wildcat". TVInsider. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "Interview". Collider.com. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  13. ^ "Wildcat is number 71". IGN. Retrieved May 11, 2011.