|Real Name||Dianne Grayton|
|Current Alias||Spider Widow, Widow|
|Other Aliases||Grandmother of Terror|
|Relatives||Tony Grey (Raven, boyfriend)|
|Base of Operations||global|
|Occupation||Forensic Psychologist at The W.E.B. Foundation, former competitive sportswoman|
|Place of Birth||New York City, New York|
Creators and Appearances
|First Appearance||Feature Comics #57 (1942)|
Background & History
Discovering her ability to mentally control deadly spiders, Dianne Grayton, a bored and wealthy athlete, became a vigilante crime fighter calling herself the "Spider-Widow".
In the beginning she dressed up as an elderly hag wearing a green-faced old crone mask, a floppy black hat, and a long black dress, but as her mental powers grew bigger and more refined, she was able to build a hive-mind with her beloved black widow spiders and manipulate the swarm to amalgamate, separate, and shapeshift as a gelatinous, amorphous black mass to form of any shape she wants.
"Spider Widow" now works as forensic psychologist at the covert network known as "The W.E.B. Foundation" and spearheads the Department of Psychological Warfare. She is a master of manipulation who can turn any wimp into a killer and thus all recruits have to spend part of their training time with her. Her psychological warfare, manipulations, and strategies are unrivaled.
Personality & Character Traits
She became romantically involved with the Raven after he rescued her from German agents.
Powers & Abilities
- Mentally control spiders (preferably Black Widows)
- Trained athlete
- Skilled fighter
- Master manipulator
- Thousands of little black widow spiders making up parts of her costume
The original "Spider Widow" was created by Frank Borth in the 1940's.
Spider Widow is is a public domain character and thus free for everyone to use by anyone in any way they wish. (Not this re-imagination, though!)