(LAST UPDATE: 1/1/2009)
The first Cheetah,
Priscilla Rich, was a 1940s-era blonde Washington, D.C. debutante of aristocratic
upbringing who also had an overwhelming inferiority complex and suffered
from a split personality. After being eclipsed by Wonder Woman at a charity
event, Priscilla retreated to her room and collapsed before her makeup
mirror. There she saw an image of a woman dressed like a cheetah. "Horrors!"
she cried, as she gazed at her evil inner self for the first time. "Don't
you know me?" replied the reflection. "I am the REAL you - the Cheetah
- a treacherous, relentless huntress!" The image commanded her to fashion
a Cheetah costume. "From now on," intoned the reflection, "when I command
you, you shall go forth dressed like your TRUE self and do as I command you..."