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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: Evil Feline Sapphire & Steel
"Evil Feline"
Look-In (1980) #4-6
Written by: Angus Allan
Art by: Arthur Ransom


A girl has an imaginary pet cat, who becomes real...


Notes from the Sapphire & Steel chronology


Read the story summary at the Internet Archive copy of Animus Web


Didja Know?


Comic strips in Look-In magazine were generally not credited to author and artist. According to the Animus Web site, the Sapphire & Steel strips were written by Angus Allan and drawn by Arthur Ransom.


All of the strips feature Sapphire and Steel dressed in the clothes they wore in the first television storyline, "Escape Through a Crack in Time". The artist must have had only photo references from those early episodes.


This story appeared in three issues of Look-In, a UK magazine geared towards kids. The story is told in comic strip form and appeared in two-page chapters of each issue.


The story itself is untitled. I borrowed the title "Evil Feline" and short description from the Sapphire & Steel Chronology on the Look-In wiki.


This story is bit out there, even for a Look-In strip, as it involves bringing an actual evil witch from the past into the modern day, where she is able to topple buildings with a wave of her hand.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Peter Simson

Jenny Simson

Diane Simson







Didja Notice?


The story opens at the flat of the Simson family in South London.


On page 1 of the story, little Diane mutters a poem as she drifts off to sleep in bed with her imaginary cat: "Tiggy, Tiggy, black and white, goes a-hunting through the night..." As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious poem made up for the story. Possibly we're meant to assume the girl made it up herself.


    Diane's belief in her imaginary cat manifests itself as a real cat, which is actually the familiar for an ancient evil witch called Hecate who then manifests herself. In mythology, Hecate was the ancient Greek goddess of witchcraft and sorcery. However, Hecate was not considered evil at all; on the contrary, she was believed to protect worshippers from evil spells.

    Hecate refers to the cat come to life as Grimalkin. Grimalkin is the name of a faery cat in Scottish legend.


On page 4 of the story, Hecate uses her powers to topple Battersea Power Station. At the time the story was written, Battersea was still a partially functioning coal power station. It was fully decommissioned in 1983 and was essentially abandoned for a few decades but is now part of an ongoing redevelopment into residential, restaurant, and shopping units.


On page 6 of the story, Hecate uses her powers to begin toppling the Big Ben clock tower at the Palace of Westminster, the houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Sapphire's ability to turn back time reforms the tower and stops Hecate's path of destruction.


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