Katherine Kane is the name of two fictional characters that both appeared as Batwoman in comic books published by DC Comics.
The first character, known as Kathy Kane, appeared in Detective Comics #233 (1956) and was created by Bob Kane and Sheldon Moldoff with writer Edmond Hamilton. She appeared sporadically until her brutal murder in 1979 and was subsequently removed from canon in 1986. Grant Morrison reintroduced the character into continuity in Batman #682 (2009) and established her as Batman's maternal aunt through marriage in Batman Incorporated #4 (2011).
The second character, known as Kate Kane, made her debut in 52 #7 (2006) and was created by Greg Rucka and Alex Ross. She headlined Detective Comics for ten critically acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning issues published from 2009 to 2010 before being spun off into her own ongoing Batwoman comic book in 2011. Kate has received mainstream media attention for being the most prominent GLBT super-hero and the very first to wear the emblem of a super-hero icon.
In Detective Comics #854 (2009) it is established that Kate Kane is the cousin of Bette Kane, Kathy Kane's niece. This would mean that Batman and the modern Batwoman are first cousins, although this has not yet been confirmed by DC Comics.
Famous quotes containing the words kane and/or katherine:
“Was I in here last night and did I spend a twenty dollar bill? What a load that is off my mind! I thought Id lost it!”
—Mahatma Kane Jeeves, U.S. screenwriter, and Eddie Cline. Egbert Sousé (W.C. Fields)
“Dont use that word, Frank. We dont like it. Say rather that we are undead, immortal.”
—Eric Taylor. Robert Siodmak. Katherine Caldwell (Louise Allbritton)