Selina Kyle answers reader questions.
We all know that the Gotham Post ran a complete fabrication when it suggested that you were romantically involved with - well, you-know-who.
We all know that the Post has printed gross exaggerations and outright lies about all kinds of villains and heroes - Nightwing and Poison Ivy?
But have any of the Postís distortions ever had any basis in reality?
For example, the Post has reported other relationships you've had in the past - a demented police detective, an Italian hit man, etc. While you've retold much of your lifeís story to Chris, I feel compelled to ask as I find myself reading through
back issues of the Post (as well as dispatches from its office in Rome). Do those stories have ANY basis in fact?
As readers of
are aware, I did spend a little time in Italy in my early years, and I can
only assume the Post based their curious idea about Blondie the Italian
hitman (note the lowercase "h", Iíll get to Tommy in a minute),
on Fabrizio. After Francois, I did have a brief affair with a
yacht-owning Italian, and I learned a good few things from him about Swiss
and Cayman banking that have proven very useful over the
Now, Iíll be quite honest: I donít really know much about Fabrizioís
money, other than there was a lot of it and it came from his family. I
know they were in commercia (general term for
"business"), and in Italy, on a certain level, that involves a
certain amount of what we here in the States would consider
"criminal" behavior --in terms of payoffs and politics, not
killing people. But I really donít think they were Mafiosi or
anything like it, and Fabrizio was certainly no hitman. He wasÖ
well, now that I think of it, the best way to describe him is a rich
playboy. Letís eh, not tell Bruce that part.
is also half-correct in that I was stalked (that really is the only
appropriate word) by an obsessed psychopath of a cop called McShane.
They took some liberties in implying any sort of relationship. When
I became aware of the situation, and by situation I mean a law
enforcement buffoon deciding he could make Catwoman his pet project, I
took steps to lead him into a dead end where he could be dealt with, and
by dealt with I mean professionally (and, if necessary, personally)
destroyed. That is how Catwoman deals with
bottom-feeders, be they cops or private agents, who presume to push
themselves into her life. That he turned out to be a deranged
killer was something of a bonus. The scumbag wound up dead, so there
is no danger of a sequel. Meow.
as to hitmen. These are, by and large, the scum of the earth and
only the very worst of those Post-hacks that pretend Iím some kind of
streetwalking guttertrash could think I would have anything to do with
only one "Hitman" I deign to recognize, and that is Tommy Monaghan.
We've had an
adventure or two, and there is just enough spark to make for some
wonderful flirting. But thatís as far as it goes. He knows
thereís only one man for me. Anyone of any sense knows that.
we say in the real neighborhood,