Cat People are a race of demons in the form of humanoid cats who inhabit another
dimensions netherworld. The Cat People originated roughly a thousand years ago
when a human sorcerer on Earth named Ebrok magically transformed two house cats
into sentient humanoid cats. Edrok, a kindly man, instructed these first two Cat
People, Flavius and Helene, in the mystic arts. The number of Cat People grew,
but Ebrok's fellow sorcerers, who belonged to the Sorcerers' Guild, opposed his
work with the Cat People. The other sorcerers, including the man now known as
the demonic sorcrer Belasco, magically banished the Cat People to the other dimensional
netherworld that the Cat People themselves call the Land Within. This other dimension
realm is part of the interconnected series of netherworld pocket dimensions known
collectively as Hades, after the most infamous of these realms, that ruled by
Maphisto. (This Hades is not to be confused with the Olympian underworld of the
same name, which is ruled by the god Pluto.
to the spell of the sorcerers who banished the Cat People, one of the Cat People
must answer the summons of any Earth-born sorcerer who calls upon them. The member
of the Cat People chosen by them to respond to such calls is given the title of
the Balkatar. The current Balkatar is named Grigar.
time the demonic environment of the Land Within caused the Cat People living there
to become demons themselves.
unknown to the mystics who banished the Cat People, Flavius and Helene had learned
of their plan against them in sufficient time to use their own mystic skills to
avoid the banishment. Flavius and Helene secretly remained with Ebrok, assisting
him in his work. One night, however, another sorcerer discovered Flavius and Helene
with Ebrok and killed Ebrok. Enraged, Flavius hurled a container holding the results
of their current experiment at the killer, thereby releasing the germ that caused
the Black Plague, that then swept over Europe, killing untold numbers of people.
and Helene fled to the mountains where they worked to find a cure for the plague,
but they were again persecuted by the Sorcerers' Guild. Flavius and Helene summoned
the Balkatar to protect them, but he could not, since he had to obey the Sorcerers'
Guild. The Guild also mystically prevented Flavius and Helene from successfully
using the spell to transform cats into Cat People. Flavius and Helene instead
decided to transform human beings into Cat People, and transformed a human woman
into a catlike warrior named Tigra. This original Tigra destroyed the enemies
of Flavius and Helene.
when Flavius and Helene were quite old, they discovered the cure for the Black
Plague. Since the Sorcerers' Guild no longer existed, Flavius and Helene were
able to get the Balkatar to do their bidding, which was to mate with the original
Tigra. Thus the Balkatar of the time and the original Tigra became the parents
of a second race of Cat People.
descendent of the second race of Cat People, Dr. Joanne Marie Tumulo, who posed
as a normal human being and lived among other human beings, created a means to
give human beings the powers of the Cat People through artifical means. She designed
a costume which heightened the agility of its wearer to a feline level and gave
it to Greer Nelson, who wore it in her secret identity of the Cat. After Nelson
was hit by alpha radiation while battling members of the subversive organization
HYDRA, Tumulo saved her life by using scientific, mystical, and psionic means
to transform her into a modern day version of Tigra.
sacrificed her own life to stop the rampage of Tabur, a humanoid cat created by
the High Evolutionary. The rest of the second race of Cat People were wipe out.
The now-demonic Cat People of the Land Within still exist and have fallen under
the domination of Belasco. Greer Nelson, the new Tigra, was a member of the Weat
Appearance: (Dr. Joanne Tumulo) THE CAT #1 (Cat People as a race) GIANT-SIZE