SPIDER-WOMAN

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human ("Earth-77831")

Occupation: Adventuress

Group Membership: Women's Liberation Movement

Affiliations: Fannie Scott, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Enemies: Criminals

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Spinnenfrau (German), Femme Araignée (French)

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: (Original French story) Spider-Man#10 (see comments); (German reprint) Die Spinne#37 (August, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: She was a very athletic and courageous woman. Despite not having any superhuman abilities she was strong enough to climb buildings up and down on rainwater pipes and swing from them through windows. She was also a very good swimmer and diver.

Height: 5'9" (approximately)
Weight: 155 lbs. (approximately)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Brown

History:

(Die Spinne#37/2 (fb) - BTS) - The president of the Women's Liberation Movement had the idea to create their own pendant to Spider-Man because they wanted a female heroine to proof that every woman could be as heroic as a man. They put a very athletic member of their movement into a costume as Spider-Woman.

(Die Spinne#37/2 (fb) ) - Spider-Woman saved a man from drowning after he had crashed his car into the East River. Spider-Woman saved people from a burning building. Fannie kept photgraphing her.

(Die Spinne#37/2 (fb) - BTS) - Spider-Woman dealt with violence and criminals on a daily basis and quickly became the talk of the town. Photographed by Fannie Scott Spider-Woman's heroics filled the first few pages of the Daily Bugle and other papers.

(Die Spinne#37/2 (fb) ) - Feminists cheered on the new heroine because she was proof that even a woman could take on chauvinist super-heroes.

(Die Spinne#37/2 - BTS) - J. Jonah Jameson assumed Spider-Woman was just Spider-Man's girlfriend, who Spidey had put into a costume.

(Die Spinne#37/2) - Spider-Man followed Spider-Woman and saw her saving a baby boy from falling to his death from a window. She put the young boy back inside the apartment and into his playpen. On the roof Spider-Man complimented her and then asked why she was wearing the costume. She revealed that it had been the idea of the president of the Women's Liberation Movement and that and that she could do whatever Spider-Man could do. In return Spider-Man confronted her about the fact that she had no superhuman abilities like him and that courage and muscles were not enough to do what he could do.

(Die Spinne#37/2 - BTS) - Spider-Man returned to the Daily Bugle as Peter Parker and learned from J. Jonah Jameson that he had received two more photographs of Spider-Woman from Fannie Scott, a female photographer. Peter promised JJJ to give him the scoop on this Spider-Woman.

(Die Spinne#37/2) - Ready to show those women's libbers what he was made off because he felt like they made him look like joke (oh god French Spider-Man, you are such an asshole) Spider-Man went after Spider-Woman to....and then everything went south for the female spider. Fannie was taking more photographs of Spider-Woman when she suddenly fell from a railing she was standing on. Fortunately her coat got stuck on a nail in a plank. Without a web to save her Spider-Woman asked Spider-Man to save Fannie. Before saving Fannie Spider-Man gave Spider-Woman a lecture to leave the wallcrawling to more capable people because a true spider needed a web. Spider-Man saved Fannie and realized that people were probably angry at him for stealing Spider-Woman's thunder. While Spider-Man left Spider-Woman took off her mask (we never saw her face) and suggested to....I don't know! She got cut off. Maybe she wanted to form a team with him or she wanted to go out on a date or whatever.

Comments: Created by unknown writer & Gérald Forton (artist).

Condor usually listed the original source of their stories on the inside cover, but for this French story they listed Spider-Man No.10, which was probably a French Spider-Man title the story had been reprinted in as well. The original source would still be an issue of TELEJunior.

From 1977-1982 the French comic magazine TELEJunior published original 7-page strips starring Marvel characters including Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Namor drawn by artist Gérald Forton. These strips were short stories with little or no continuity between them. In Spider-Man's case (Les Aventures de Spider-Man) TELEJunior's versions included regular characters from the comics like J.Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson and Flash Thompson.

Forton emigrated to the US in the early 1980s and worked on titles like DC, First Comics, Eclipse and McNaught Syndicate.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Spider-Woman has no known connection to:

Fannie Scott has no known connection to:


Fannie Scott

Fannie Scott was a member of the Women Liberation Movement. She served as Spider-Woman's photographer and sold her pictures to the Daily Bugler and other newspapers. When she nearly fell to her death while photographing Spider-Woman she was saved by Spider-Man.

--Die Spinne#37/2













images: (without ads)
Die Spinne#37/2, p1, pan1 (main image)
Die Spinne#37/2, p7, pan8 (back of the head shot)
Die Spinne#37/2, p3, pan4 (Fannie Scott)


Appearances:
Reprint:
Die Spinne#37 (August, 1981) - Gérald Forton (artist)


Last updated: 04/09/15

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