As the rare Super Hero whose pre-costumed identity is as famous, or even more famous, than her crime-fighter persona, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat grew up idolizing the heroic super powered vigilantes she’d eventually join. A child raised in the spotlight—from fashion model to “starring” as the lead character in a fictionalized comic book based on her life—Walker would eventually find secondary fame as the costumed Hellcat and inadvertent notoriety as a champion for Hell itself.
A Star is Torn
Growing up in the sleepy berg of “Centerville,” Patsy would spend her teenage time with Robert “Buzz” Baxter and frenemy Hedy Wolfe, who would sometimes become jealous due to her own crush on Buzz. During her formative years, Patsy’s fame-obsessed mother, Dorothy, never stopped looking to her daughter as a way to make a buck. Often living vicariously through Patsy, and constantly disapproving of her “tomboy” nature, Dorothy would pressure her daughter into modeling. When that didn’t work out, due to Patsy’s own lack of interest and commitment, Dorothy started a comic book containing fictionalized romantic adventures of her daughter as a teenager.