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Catspaw
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Catspaw as a member of the LSH
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #33
Created by Tom Bierbaum
Mary Bierbaum
Chris Sprouse
In-story information
Alter ego April Dumaka
Team affiliations Legion of Super-Heroes
Abilities Cat-like speed and agility, enhanced senses, and retractable claws.

April Dumaka, alias Catspaw is a fictional character owned by DC Comics. She was shown in the comic book Legion of Super-Heroes. The story she was depicted in is a now-discarded alternate reality known as the Glorithverse.

Fictional character biography

The Glorithverse came about when a classic Legion foe, the time-manipulating Time Trapper, was replaced for a period before a storyline called Zero Hour by the previously-minor Legion of Super-Heroes villainess named Glorith. The "real-world" reason for this change was the demand of a Superman comic book creative team to make all references to the Superboy character prior to a DC Comics storyline called Crisis on Infinite Earths be removed from Legion story continuity. During this period, the Batch SW6 Legion appeared: these were duplicates of the Silver Age Legionnaires. After some time, this team having gained new costumes and for many members, new codenames, got their own comic titled Legionnaires.

Dumaka, who got her powers (cat-like speed and agility) from the genetic manipulation of the Dominators (an alien race who were trying to conquer the earth), was not an original member of the SW6 Legion, but she was held in the same underground chambers where the SW6 Legion emerged.

Catspaw and Dragonmage (another new character) were introduced to replace the SW6 versions of Princess Projectra and Karate Kid who had been killed when trapped in the underground chambers during an explosion.

She was only a Legionnaire for a very short time as, with Legionnaires #17, Zero Hour happened, beginning a new continuity in which she did not appear. Her postboot counterpart did make a very brief cameo appearance as a potential member of the LSH's rival team the Workforce.

Powers

A hybrid of human and feline, Catspaw has the agility, speed, and heightened senses (smelling, hearing, and balance) of a cat, as well as retractable claws on her fingertips and toes. She has excellent night-vision and animal-like instincts.

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