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Chosen One of the Day: Black Cat’s love of the mask

By Preeti Chhibber
Felicia Hardy Black Cat put your mask on Hero

We’re eight months into the year of absolute hell, 2020, because time is completely and utterly fake, and I think many of us are grasping for moments of joy. Some of those moments of joy for me have been returning to old Spider-Man stories and losing myself in the before times

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a good Black Cat story. Outside of MJ, my favorite team up for ol’ disaster-face Peter Parker is the capable and entirely-out-of-his-league-because-she-is-too-smart-and-too-perfect-for-him Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat. 

In 1984, Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #87 hit newsstands (remember newsstands?) and in it, Pete just had to go and ruin everything. Written by Bill Mantlo, with art by Al Milgrom, Jim Mooney, and Christie Scheele, it’s a pretty iconic moment in Spidey’s past. He and Cat have been seeing each other, but only as Spidey and Black Cat. Never as Peter and Felicia. It’s a rule they have — secret identities and whatnot. The plot doesn’t really come into play right now because all I really want to talk about is this one page where Peter unmasks in front of his cat burglar girlfriend. 

Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man 87 Black Cat mask

Have you ever identified with a comic character more? Because I haven’t. If I ever went outside anymore, all I’d think was “Hey, put on your mask!!” or “WHERE’S YOUR MASK, I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR FACE.” 

“Y-your mask… … Please… ...PUT YOUR MASK BACK ON!!!” Listen to Felicia, kids, she knows of what she speaks.