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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Number 2217: Alias the Spider: “Hiya, Rat!”

Spiders do have certain powers, spinning webs, walking on walls and upside down on ceilings. They can also engender revulsion from humans out of proportion to their existence, unless the spider is as big as your thumb, and you meet it when you blindly walk into its web with your face. Just the thought of that gives me the shudders.

Alias the Spider...eh, not so much revulsion, but although he came from powerhouse Quality Comics, not such a long career. Here is what Don Markstein’s Toonopedia says: “He didn't have any superhuman abilities, or any special ones that were particularly spider-like. In fact, nothing about his appearance or actions suggested spiders, except naming his car (fastest in town, of course) The Black Widow. Apparently he just thought calling himself The Spider sounded cool.

Whatever the reason, the character was created by cartoonist Paul Gustavson, whose other creations for Quality include The Human Bomb and The Jester. Gustavson continued writing and drawing ‘Alias The Spider’ for about two and a half years, which was most of the time the feature lasted.”

The feature ended in Crack Comics #30; this is from Crack #21 (1942), written and drawn by Paul Gustavson.







1 comment:

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Nothin' like a bit o' torture-humor t' end a comic-book story on a bright note!

Gustavson's work here is far less stiff than some of what I've seen from him. Mind you that all of what I've seen from him has had a slick look to it.