Kitten Magee appeared in the now long-defunct UK comic 'Wildcat', a science fiction paper, for boys.  A fortnightly paper published by Fleetway, it ran for a short twelve issues, from issue date 22nd October - 4th November 1988 until issue date 25th March - 7th April 1989.  Sadly, the publishers who, ultimately create and kill publications depending on the profits they make (or not, in the case of Wildcat) ended it's independent run and merged it with the more successful 'Eagle', dated 8th April 1989 (issue number 368).  Indeed, the Eagle was responsible for merging with and eventually swallowing several Fleetway publications over its (almost) twelve year and just over 500 issue life, including Scream, Tiger, Mask & Battle.  

The story appeared in a total of 39 issues of Wildcat & Eagle-Wildcat, ending in Eagle issue 395.  It had a lot of promise and hinted at the terrible secret of the main female protagonist Kitten Magee, whom, we are told, is a 25 year old feminist and 'ex-leader of World Campaign against Male Domination, Kitten is an expert in unarmed combat and her weapon of choice are her laser wrist bands. Kitten is one of the spaceship Wildcat's expedition leaders'.

With an all-female band of explorers (read into that what you will), they were sent to investigate the 'new planet' following the destruction of Earth.  Kittens' four companions were Bonnie Fox, Doc, Casandra Cardeti (and her big bazooka - though more on that later), and Aurora Vincent.

The artwork was ably penned by legendary Spanish Artist Jose Ortiz, followed by fellow Spaniard Redondo. Ortiz, a long-time cartoon artist has a long track record which included strips for the original Eagle magazine (1950-1969), in particular 'Smoke Man' as well as stories for the aforementioned 'new' Eagle, including The Tower King, The House of Daemon, The Fifth Horseman, The Amstor Computer and The Thirteenth Floor (originally appearing in Scream prior to it's merge with Eagle). This list is not exhaustive.

This page is a personal tribute to this particular story & artist.  All scanned images are taken from the Webmasters personal archive and are reproduced here for entertainment, non-profit and review purposes only and are Copyright Fleetway Publications.

Their adventures involved exploring the tropical jungle area of their new planet and, consequently encountering numerous bizarre and often unfeasible alien life-forms, many of which, surprisingly enough, could speak English.

Ortiz, whom, it must be said, appears to enjoy artistically rendering the female form in this story, (in states of semi-undress) as the pictures here hopefully demonstrate. Perhaps due to the humid jungle atmosphere? No doubt. Though I'm sure the marketeers over at Kings Reach Tower, home of Fleetway, knew exactly what they were doing.

Bearing in mind Wildcat was published 25 years ago, one cannot choose but wonder if reprints or a continuation of this story would ever see the light of day in today's terribly and all-smothering politically correct climate. They know what's best for us, after all! Apparently.

 

 

Though the story didn't run long enough, or even attempted to fully develop character profiles and relationships (something modern publications of this kind seldom do) those paying closer attention to the storyline as opposed to how tight the ladies costumes were will have perhaps noticed (and this is a personal opinion) a few hints at future character & tale development. 

The other prominent character, Kitten aside, was Casandra Cardeti (seen hectoring our heroine, in the picture on the right).  A bit of an air-head, though more than made up for by her plunging neck-line and acres of cleavage, she had discovered Kittens' secret.  What is Kittens' secret, I hear you not cry?  Well, apparently, if she didn't get a regular fix from some sort of magic space dust she would age hundreds of years.  Said space dust was stored within her robot side-kick 'Crud' (who wrote this stuff!?).

The story ended before any of these questions could be answered.  Perhaps a script or unpublished artwork waits longingly for publication, in the archives of what was once Fleetway?  I suspect not, just as sure as this serial will never again grace the printed page on the newsagents bottom shelf.

Unless anything more comes to light, let this inadequate text and handful of scans (more of which are reproduced below) be testament to a science fiction story which held more untapped potential which, like so many others of it's kind, was never allowed to fully come to fruition. And so, in conclusion, let this webpage stand as a lonely testament to Kitten Magee and her friends.

A couple more websites are out there, though not many, dealing with Kitten and her exploits, namely Comic Vine and comic nostalgia site The Yellowed Pages.

A final note:  The text here is by no means assumed to be a definitive or accurate account of this story or the artwork which brought the script to life.  Any errors or inaccuracies, I take full responsibility for.  However, those few of you who may happen upon this page and are aware of any errors or omissions, the author would be more than happy to hear from you.  Let me know: webmaster@traceyemin.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The final picture (left) was the last of Kitten and her chums in the final episode of Kitten Magee (Eagle dated 14th October '89), penned courtesy of Redondo.  There were two Wildcat specials (Holiday Special and Winter Special) which contained two stand-alone stories. 

And that, one regrets, was the last the pre-pubescent army of Eagle & Wildcat readers was to see of Kit & the girls.  They now exist and continue their adventures in the sepia and dog-eared pages of second-hand comics, our memories and the few web-pages dedicated to them.

On the right you'll find a few thumbnails - click on them to enjoy a few more pages of Kitten et al.

 

Kitten Magee Wildcat Fleetway publications IPC magazines Casandra Cardeti Bonnie Fox Aurora Vincent

 
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