But that is not the part that concerns us here, we are more concerned at the point the Carters intermarried with the Furies and they became the Carter-Furies or better known as the Fighting Furies or the Black Furies. The Pirate branch. The best starting point for our purposes concerns the Deadly Lady of Madagascar
"The first time Richard Douglas saw Bonita, she stood tall and straight on the deck. Her long, dark hair spilled over her almost-naked shoulders; her beautiful body seemed charged with passion, ready for adventure. At that moment Douglas vowed he would win her. But that was before he knew that Bonita was the daughter of the infamous pirate Red Carter, the man he had sworn to fight. Or that she could handle a cutlass like a man - and commanded a ruthless and bloodthirsty pirate band of her own. Finally, it was she who chose him for a mate. But first he had to prove himself - as a pirate and a lover!"
Kirkus Review: "The tale of Richard Douglas, employed by the East India Company, who turns spy when, in reporting to Sir Luke Metcalf in New York, is ordered to become part and parcel of the buccaneer nest commanded by Red Carter in Madagascar. His voyage to the East is complicated by the presence of Red Carter's daughter, the pirate princess Bonnie, whose authority he cannot brook and whose attractions he cannot withstand; of attacks and permanent commitment to the outlaw crew. Proving his worthiness to Red Carter, he is picked to be the father of Bonnie's child and, his allegiance given, is a more than interested observer of the conflict between Carter and the Company, in which Carter's defeat parallels Douglas for Bonnie vanishes as a lady pirate but leaves a trail for Douglas (after his conscience is at rest) to follow and find in her a respectable wife and mother"
A mock-up for my redesign for the character intended to be the modern-day
Deadly Lady of Madagascar, from my High School days. My sister saw my
redesign and said "That outfit is no better than the first one on the book cover"
Bonnie Carter and Jeanette Carter were the two notorious pirate woman ancestors that Bonne Jenet (Bonnie Jeanette, more casually in English as Bonnie Jean) had been deliberately named after
The Thirteenth Phantom was shorter than most of the other men of his line... that is to say, he was merely of average height, though stocky and powerfully built. He was affectionately referred to by later Phantoms as "the runt".He was born shortly after the American Revolution. Because his mother was American, he was sent to the new nation for his education. His mother's family was a prominent one, so the boy was able to meet George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. He grew to be a dashing, romantic young man and one of the finest swordsmen in the country. In 1812, he was visiting his maternal grandfather in the Mississippi Delta when he saved a beautiful, mysterious young woman from a highwayman. They parted, but Kit couldn't forget her. Against his grandfather's warning, he set out to find her. After weeks of searching, he traced her to her brother's estate, where she was locked away. The Phantom was shocked to learn she was Jeanette Lafitte, sister of the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte. This was a terrible revelation, as all the Phantoms are dedicated to wiping out piracy everywhere. But he was deeply smitten with her, and took the risk of visiting her on her balcony, despite the dangers involved.Shortly afterwards, he received news that his father lay dying in Bengalla and he must return home. When he went to say goodbye to Jeanette, he found that her brother had taken her aboard his pirate ship. Kit swam to the pirate vessel and braved Lafitte's men to kiss her goodbye and vow that he would return for her. Then he had to fight the alligators to return safely to shore.The Thirteenth returned to Bengalla. After burying his father in the crypt of the Skull Cave, where he would rest with 11 previous Phantoms, the Thirteenth assumed the identity and duties of the Phantom.Meanwhile, Lafitte and his men joined the American forces fighting against the British in the Battle of New Orleans, (during the War of 1812) in exchange for a full pardon from President Madison. But after the war, Lafitte returned to piracy, was caught and ordered to destroy his fleet. Because of his service in the war, he was allowed to keep one ship, and it was on that ship that (according to legend) he disappeared in the Atlantic and was never seen again. His true end is known, however, in the Phantom Chronicles.As soon as the Thirteenth had established himself as the Phantom Bengalla, he was determined to return to America and keep his vow to retrieve Jeanette. On open the Atlantic, his passenger ship was attacked by Lafitte's vessel. The pirates quickly swarmed over the Phantom's ship, despite his own fierce resistance. During the battle, Lafitte recognized the Thirteenth as his sister's suitor. Jeanette, emerging on deck, also recognized the Phantom's voice, just in time to see Lafitte drawing his pistol to dispatch the sword-wielding Phantom. Before Lafitte could pull the trigger, he was shot by someone else. His dying words expressed his admiration for the Phantom's courage, and he gave his blessing to their marriage. Then he instructed his pirates to follow the Phantom's orders, and he died.
The Phantom instructed the pirates to sail back to Bengalla, where they joined the Jungle Patrol. (This is well within the unusual traditions of the Jungle Patrol, which was founded by the Sixth and the notorious pirate Redbeard.) The Phantom and Jeanette were married, and Jean Lafitte was buried in a special crypt in Skull Cave --The Secret Vault of Missing Men.
And as mentioned there was a series of Nick Carters, and one branch of the carters that included both Nick Fury and Sharon Carter, mentioned on this blog before and the Wold Newton version as outlined by Dennis Power. Currently I am not assuming all of the females were the same person (As I had stated previously on this blog), but one of the married teams of Carter cousins was the set I have been calling "Tommy and Chickie" on this blog most often (and meaning especially the ones that were in operation from the 1960s to the 1980s, although they got a start in the 1950s.) The man was a cousin of Nick Fury and the woman was a cousin of Sharon Carter, both of them bearing a strong family resemblance to their named cousins. They were the biological parents of Bonne Jenet, who was born in about 1974 and then swallowed up into an alternate universe within the decade after that. She returned as a grown woman some years later to find both of them dead in her absence but she was readily taken in by her mother's sister, who was particularly interested in the fact that she had noit yet come of legal age and was the sole heir to a vast fortune (accrued from two lifelong careers in looting, assassinations and espionage work that paid extremely well...also her mother was another "Catwoman" in the meantime, the Bronze Age one most likely, and she had an affair with Batman)
Bonne Jenet's parents on a sampling of paperback book covers
several examples of such illustrations have been featured on this blog already
Actually, not only was the name "Catwoman" already known in comics OUTSIDE of National Comic's Batman in the years of 1940-1945, and including an obvious variation on the Black Fury/ Miss Fury black bodystocking outfit...
The Golden Age Catwoman dress is very similar to the "Catwoman" (Panther Dancers) dresses seen in The Ziegfeld Follies
And this is the version most favoured by Bonne Jenet's mother and by Jenet herself when making contact with other "Masks". When actually doing a jewelry heist or anything, the black bodysuit was actually more practical. However the slit-sided skirt was also a Fury Family tradition from other sources already known. Following is a Femme Fatale character design in the style of Bruce Timm (Batman the Animated Series) representing a Bonne Jenet character design "In idiom"
And Bonne Jenet compared to the Golden Age/ Golden Age Revival Catwoman dress.
The Tail she is sometimes shown with is said to be the handle of the whip she has wrapped around her waist hanging down, only in Jenet's case this is usually shown as a grappling hook:
She seems to have adopted her mother's alternate identity when she first returned, in the 1990s, but then she seems to be the "Brave and Bold" Catwoman seen more recently. In either Catwoman or Pirate Woman guises, Bonne Jenet is out to get the jewels, by burglary or by bullying if needed
It also does turn out she was born in the Year of the Tiger, which was one of the things specified earlier about the corresponding character on this blog already.