Bats, Cats and Cadillacs was a short lived series created by Tony C. Caputo, written by Diane M. Piron, and illustrated by Hannibal King. It was published by Now Comics in 1990. As far as I know it only survived two issues before cancelling, though whether this was due to poor sales or the company in general failing, I don't know. Whatever the reason was, it was a shame, as it looked like it was shaping up to be a fun series.

The premise of the series was a little like a supernatural version of the odd couple. Two distinctly different individuals, Ian, a were-cat, and Rich, a were-rat, share an apartment together. Their shape shifting antics are witnessed by insomniac Don Weiderman from his apartment, and when the two go out on the town, he follows them out of curiousity. In a bar the two therianthropes encounter Teresa, a vampire, and when some vampire mobsters turn up on her trail, all three men get involved. They get arrested for the ensuing ruckus, and after spending a night in a cell together, Teresa moves into Rich and Ian's home. From that night on the four hang out with each other and often stumble across other mystical beings during their nights on the town.

It should be noted that none of them are superheroes or supervillains - while generally decent individuals, they don't seek out crime or injustice, and Teresa is quite content to kill to feed her habit.

Bats, Cats and Cadillacs




Don Weiderman

Summary of the Issues:

Bats, Cats and Cadillacs #1: Odds n' Even.

Insomniac Don Weiderman spots the shapeshifting antics of two individuals living across from his penthouse apartment. When they go out on the town, his curiousity drives him to follow. They end up in a bar, where Rich and Ian's hi-jinks draw the attention of Teresa, a vampire newly arrived in town. But her attempt to have a quiet drink with them is interrupted by the arrival of several vampire mobsters who have followed her from Chicago. A brawl ensues and the four end up sharing a cell until Don bails them all out. Teresa moves in with the truly odd couple, and from that point on the four hang out with each other.

Bats, Cats and Cadillacs #2: On The House.

Don is out on a romantic date when the restaurant he has gone to is invaded by leprechauns intent on having a good time, preferably at everyone else around them's expense. Don races to his friends' place, and out of loyalty (and more to the point the promise of free drinks) they go to check things out. The three supernaturals prove immune to the worst the Irish hellions can dish out, but Don isn't, so Rich suggests a drinking contest to settle the problem. Which is a bit unfair as vampires can't get drunk on alcohol, only blood, and therianthropes are immune in their animal forms...

Tony C. Caputo, creator of the series, informs me that if all goes to plan, the concept will see print again in a new graphic novel due to be released in 2005, under a slightly different name.

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