Friday, June 05, 2015
Number 1744: The Tarantula strikes; the Fly flits
According to Don Markstein’s Toonopedia, the Tarantula is John Law, who was studying the “mystery men” phenomenon. He decided to make it an inside look, so he became one. Toonopedia tells us that Tarantula’s run as a hero was brief, from issue #1 of Star Spangled Comics, to issue #19, after which he disappeared until the 1970s. The origin story was written by Superman editor, Mort Weisinger, and for most of the character’s lifespan he was drawn by Hal Sharp.
This story is from Star Spangled Comics #13 (1942):