Look, I'm not big on trigger warnings and the such, but if you've got a thing about spiders, maybe don't read this post.
Because of all the oddball Golden Age heroes out there, none were more oddball, or creepier, than The Spider Widow:
Let start with Miss Diane Grayton, and her...well, her not entirely heroic boyfriend:
Well, Diane later comes across her chauffeur being accosted by fifth columnists who just blew up a train, so she decides to leap into action with whatever is at hand...
After stowing away in the crooks' trunk...
Spider Widow hung around for a year and half or so, picking up new slogans...
...and keeping the old:
Apparently, Dianne somehow trained the spiders, although some sources claimed she could control them psychically somehow. As far as I can tell, there is literally zero evidence for either proposition in the stories...it was the Golden Age, after all, and there were no snarky bloggers around to ask questions like that!
Two more significant facts; first, at one point she picked up a sidekick/love interest called the Raven. He was just some guy who put on a bird costume and fought criminals. But it's thought that she was the first female super-hero to have a male costumed sidekick. Historic!
Secondly, she had a brief rivalry with Phantom Lady--mainly over Raven's affections!--which led to what was probably one of the first multi-part, multi-book crossover stories, in Feature Comics #69-71 & Police Comics #20-22!! So blame Quality Comics and Spider Widow for today's never-ending crossovers!
Is there room in 2017 for a beautiful and athletic heiress who dresses up like an old woman and uses poisonous trained spiders to beat crooks? Could The Grandmother Of Terror flourish more than 70 years after her final appearance? Will someone take a chance and publish new adventures of The Most Horrible Dispenser Of Justice of All Times, with a costumed boy toy?
She's public domain, guys...someone have at it!!
From Feature Comics #57-58 (1942)