Catwoman has an anniversary coming up, and DC is celebrating it in a 'super spectacular' style.
On April 15, the publisher plans to release Catwoman: 80th Anniversary Super Spectacular #1 - a one-shot anthology similar to the recent editions for Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000. However, unlike those milestone publications (and the upcoming The Flash #750 and Wonder Woman #750), it will not be using legacy numbering from the current Catwoman title but will exist as a standalone issue akin to an annual.
The key story in this anthology will be "The Art of Picking a Lock," a 12-page story by former Catwoman creative team of Ed Brubaker and Cameron Stewart - a story that will be set, continuity-wise, in the pre-"New 52" days of Brubaker's 2001-2004 run.
Paul Dini is also onboard for this anthology, creating a new character as part of "a story about an exotic cat taxidermist who intends to add Catwoman to their collection!"
Other creators include Ann Nocenti, Adam Hughes, Tom King, Mikel Janín, Mindy Newell, Will Pfeifer, and Emanuela Lupacchino, as well as pinups by Steve Rude, Tula Lotay, and Jim Balent.
The previously-teased new Catwoman story by Sean Murphy and Blake Northcott is not listed as being a part of this anthology.
Catwoman series writer/artist Joëlle Jones will be drawing the main cover for this one-shot, but is not listed as doing any interior work.
Catwoman debuted as 'The Cat' in the spring of 1940 debut of the Batman title, introduced by co-creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane as the Dark Knight expanded out from his original series Detective Comics.
As with other recent DC annniversary anthologies, Catwoman: 80th Anniversary Super Spectacular #1 will have numerous variant covers - including eight "legacy" variants. Those are scheduled to come from Adam Hughes (1940s), Travis Charest (1950s), J. Scott Campbell (1960s), Frank Cho (1970s), Stanley "Artgerm" Lau (1980s), Gabriele Dell'Otto (1990s), Jim Lee/Scott Williams (2000s), and Jeehyung Lee (2010s).