Real Name: Ralph Nelson
Identity/Class: Normal human.
Occupation: District Attorney
Affiliations: Peggy Dodge (secretary and confidante)
Enemies: Inspector Stern (cop who wants to arrest him)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown city in the U.S.A.
First Appearance: Super-Mystery Comics vol.1 #3 (Ace Periodicals, 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Good fighter. Carries trained spiders in a special container on his belt.
History: No one knows that the mysterious "Black Spider" is, in reality, Ralph Nelson, fearless young district attorney. Only his pretty secretary, Peggy Dodge, is in his confidence.
(Super-Mystery Comics vol.1 #3 to vol.2 #6)
Comments: On at least one occasion, Peggy dressed in the Black Spider outfit to fool some criminals who thought they had figured out the crimefighter's true identity, and had taken Ralph hostage.
Thanks to Joe Bromhead for information on this character.
Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own.
Images of Black Spider come from Steve Rogers' Golden Age Comic Book Library. Used with permission.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
any other characters called either Black something or something Spider
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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