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When Did Wildcat Incorporate Boxing Hand Wraps Into His Costume?

In “When We First Met”, we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” or the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Frank, we look at when Wildcat added boxing hand wraps to his costume design.

Wildcat debuted in Sensation Comics #1 (by Bill Finger and Irwin Hasen)…

Note that boxer Ted Grant actually wore the classic boxing hand wraps in the story…

but not when he became Wildcat

He kept the same costume throughout his time as a back-up feature in Sensation Comics, which ended in Sensation Comics #90…

Wildcat returned to comics during the Silver Age in Brave and the Bold #62 (by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson) and the costume remained the same…

Decades later, when Grant Morrison brought the Justice Society back together in JLA #29 (by Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell), Wildcat’s costume remained the same…

And when the JSA then got their own series, the costume remained the same…

In JSA #32 (by David Goyer, Geoff Johns and Peter Snejbjerg), the costume remained the same…

But in JSA #34 (by Goyer, Johns, Leonard Kirk and Keith Champagne), with the Ultra-Humanite having taken over most of the world, Wildcat is one of the few heroes whose will he can’t break and Wildcat now has the boxing hand wraps on his costume…

Interestingly, in the following issue, Wildcat even is wearing them in flashbacks, so it is like the design has been retconned to have always been there…

It then became a set part of his design…

It’s a great design idea to highlight Wildcat’s status as a boxing superhero, but it’s interesting how long it took to incorporate the idea.

Thanks for the question, Frank!

If anyone has a suggestion for a notable comic book first that they’d like to learn, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

In their latest spotlight on notable comic firsts, CSBG reveals when Wildcat worked boxing hand wraps into his costume design.

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