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Information-silkReal NameCatherine Jane Grant
Information-silkCurrent AliasCat Grant
Information-silkAliasesCatherine Morgan
Information-silkRelativesAdam Grant (son, deceased); Joe Morgan (ex-husband)
Information-silkAffiliationDaily Planet; Galaxy Broadcasting System
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMetropolis
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusDivorced
Information-silkOccupationReporter, Anchor, formerly White House Press Secretary
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderFemale
Information-silkHeight5' 10"
Information-silkWeight140 lbs (64 kg)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBlond
Origin
Information-silkUniverseNew Earth
Information-silkPlace of BirthLos Angeles
Information-silkCreatorsMarv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan
First Appearance


Quote1 Maybe we can fall for each other again someday. Gotta rush, handsome. Quote2
-- Cat Grant src

HistoryEdit

Cat Grant was originally hired as a gossip columnist at the Daily Planet after moving to Metropolis six weeks after her divorce to Joe Morgan. [1] Cat had the one child, Adam Morgan, who came with her.

Cat and Adam (along with Jimmy Olsen) are kidnapped by Col. John Morrison but Superman rescues them. [2] Cat and Clark part ways and she begins dating Jose Delgado, aka Gangbuster, although Adam did not like Cat's new boyfriend.

After a rough battle with Metallo leaves Jose hospitalized, Cat begs him to retire as Gangbuster, which he reluctantly agrees to do.[3]

Back in Metropolis, Cat is hired at WGBS and given her own daytime TV show, the "Cat Grant Show."

Early in the show's run, Cat lands the honor of a rare televised interview with Superman, shortly after the Justice League had been reactivated and Superman had returned to their ranks. The interview was cut short when a report reached the studio during a commercial break about a monster tearing across Ohio. Superman departs and finds the Justice League hard pressed against the creature later known as Doomsday.[4]

The battle with Doomsday would end in Metropolis leaving both the monster and Superman dead. Cat was on scene and became WGBS's reporter in the field to cover the event live. She also spoke with Lois, who was almost numb with shock and grief. Jose, who is at home babysitting Adam, sees the coverage. Adam himself acts callously to the news of Superman's death. After snapping at Adam for being a "selfish kid who only thinks about himself", Jose realizes he is angry at himself for sitting on the sidelines. When Jose tells Cat he is resuming his role as Gangbuster, she angrily dumps him. She later admits to Vincent Edge she is worried about him. Edge first makes a pass at her, then offers some comfort as a dinner invitation, and Cat decides to accept the offer (along with having her son come to dinner).[5]

During the Reign of the Supermen, WGBS decides to move Grant from daytime to Primetime. However, she finds herself someone marginalized at first, as WGBS has decided to focus exclusively on "The Metropolis Kid," later known as Superboy, and the Kid has a good rapport with new reporter Tana Moon. Cat quickly realizes Edge might be grooming Tana as her replacement.[6] After the Reign is over, however, Tana quits WBGS and Superboy leaves town, allowing Cat more of the spotlight.

Cat struggles to raise Adam on her own. He acts out more and more, but one day he confesses to her that he blames himself for Jose leaving. Cat assures him that it was not his fault and she loves him very much.[7]

Tragedy would befall Cat yet again. Shortly after the Return of the real Superman, Cat takes Adam to a birthday party one night. Disguised there was a Toyman robot, who kidnaps Adam. Jimmy Olsen stays with Cat as they alert the police. They try to get a hold of Clark and Lois, but the two had gone to Paris for a day's vacation. Adam is found along with several other missing children brutally murdered in an alley in Suicide Slum. Cat identifies his body at the morgue and nearly falls apart with grief. [8]

Superman Vol 2 84

Adam is murdered by a malfunctioning Toyman robot

Cat nearly falls off the wagon. She visits an old bar that used to be one of her usual haunts, but does not start drinking. Lois stays with her, trying to offer whatever comfort she can for Cat, who "just wants to feel numb." [9]

Vincent Edge continues to sexually harass her at work, even making light of her "not needing a babysitter anymore." Cat decides she will not take any more of his advances.

Superman apprehends Toyman and turns him over to police custody. Cat decides to visit Schott in jail, planning to shoot him with a revolver she recently acquired. On her way to the police station, she stops by a toy shop, and the side trip convinces her not to go through with her plan. She does go to the police station, however, and after causing a distraction, manages to slip past the metal detector with a revolver. She confronts Schott in his cell, and he is completely unrepentant. He blasts her for being a bad mother and a drunk and claims he is proud of what he did. He is also clearly insane, hearing the voice of his "mother" speak to him. Cat draws the gun and aims it at him, threatening to kill him and asking him to beg for mercy. At first Schott thinks she does not have the nerve, but then cowers at her feet begging for his life. Cat pulls the trigger, but the gun is a fake. Superman arrives a second later, having witnessed the event, but tells her he will not say anything about it. Cat leaves feeling a new sense of strength and self-reliance.[10]

Adam is buried in Metropolis. Even at his funeral, Vincent Edge hits on Cat. She angrily rebuffs him yet again. After the funeral is over and most of the attendees have left, Superman arrives to off his condolences--and to apologize for not being able to save Adam. Cat tells Superman she does not blame him, as she knows he cannot save everyone. She asks him to tell her what it is like "to be dead." Superman tells her that Adam is at peace, "beyond the reach of evil men." Later, following a news broadcast about a missing Lois Lane found to be perfectly alright, she announces that she is pressing charges against Vincent Edge for his sexual harassment. Edge is removed as the head of WGBS that same hour.[11]. She is then promoted to CEO to command WGBS. She is responsible for hire Jimmy Olsen as a WGBS Star TV reporter.

When Lex Luthor becomes President of the United States, Cat is appointed White House Press Secretary. Following President Luthor's impeachment she returns to her hometown of Los Angeles, where she works for a paper called the Los Angeles Tattler.

Cat returns to Metropolis following new developments about Toyman's involvement in the death of her son. Toyman tells Jimmy Olsen that a robot he created to replace him if he was ever incarcerated, killed Adam. Toyman claims he would never intentionally harm any child, that a glitch in the robot's programming gave it a personality. [12]

Cat returns to work at the Daily Planet, as the editor of the Entertainment and Arts section of the paper. Her personality seems to have changed during her absence. Cat dresses more provocatively and acts more flirtatious than she ever has. During a conversation with Clark, she openly flirts with him and implies that she has had breast implants. Lois Lane says that she thinks "Cat's lost it" and jokingly refers to her as a cougar. Clark tells Lois that he believes Cat is dressing and acting the way she is to cover up the painful memories of her son.

Cat Grant holds a grudge against Supergirl because of her lack of respect and careless handling of a metahuman fight that left her slightly wounded. Cat starts a slandering campaign against the Girl of Steel in the pages of the Daily Planet, turning many the Metropolis population against Supergirl. In retaliation Kara, after sending her a self-made greeting card satirizing her enmity, comes to visit her at the Planet with her new secret identity of Linda Lang, teenage niece of Lana Lang.

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  • Cat is a recovering alcoholic. [citation needed]
  • Cat was created as a potential love interest for Clark Kent, her character added a new dimension to the Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Superman dynamic.

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