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    Default Golden Age Tarantula (John Law) Appreciation Thread

    He may not have been DC's first character named "Tarantula" (a villain Sandman fought in Adventure Comics #40 in 1939 came first), but in 1941 DC introduced the heroic character named "Tarantula" in Star Spangled Comics #1 (October 1941) .







    To be continued . . .

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    In his secret identity, Tarantula was John Law, a mystery writer.



    As for his Golden Age career as a crime-fighter, that only lasted for a couple of years (until Star Spangled Comics#19 (April 1943)).

    But he was the subject of a "Fact File" that ran in a few comic books back in 1968.


    And one of his Golden Age stories was reprinted in World's Finest Comic #207 (November 1971).



    But in 1981, Roy Thomas would breathe new life into the character as part of the All-Star Squadron.

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    About the Tarantula's costume, . . .

    He started wearing it with his first appearance in Star Spangled Comics #1 (cover-dated October 1941).

    The Golden Age Sandman (Wes Dodds) dropped his green business suit-and-gas mask outfit and adopted a yellow/gold-and-purple outfit (initially with a cape!) in Adventure Comics #69 (cover-dated December 1941).


    When Roy Thomas started using Tarantula in All-Star Squadron, the idea of Sandman and Tarantula having very similar outfits did come up. Then, in All-Star Squadron #24 (August 1983), a new costume for Tarantula was retconned/revealed!



    Still later, Roy would retcon/reveal the reason for why the Tarantula's outfit was so similar to Sandman.


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    And his costume was altered again slightly for THE GOLDEN AGE by James Robinson and Paul Smith. I still prefer the ALL-STAR version though.


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    I’ve always been interested in the Tarantula. Comics’ first wall-crawler/web-slinger. Plus the revamped costume was pretty cool. I wish DC would have made a bigger effort to utilize the character. I guess it was still during a time when the Big 2 weren’t so open about using similar characters. It would have been cool to see The New Age of Heroes use Tarantula instead of Sideways as their Spider-Man stand in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robotman View Post
    It would have been cool to see The New Age of Heroes use Tarantula instead of Sideways as their Spider-Man stand in.
    But if they're trying to give us a younger hero who reads like/sounds like early Spider-Man, Tarantula wouldn't fit.
    He had the Spider-Man-like abilities and gimmicks, not to mention a spider name, but that's where it ends unless the character is TOTALLY reimagined/cannibalized.

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    I remember really liking the All-Star costume, as well.
    The origin issue made him one of my favorite members of the team.
    Currently reading: Legion of Super-Heroes ('80s), New Teen Titans ('80s)

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    Great thread, interesting read on a character I didn't know much about. Wonder if we will see either version of Tarantula (Law or Flores) in the Rebirth era?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Adam View Post
    Great thread, interesting read on a character I didn't know much about. Wonder if we will see either version of Tarantula (Law or Flores) in the Rebirth era?
    I doubt we'd see John Law unless they reinstate the Golden Age heroes (beyond possibly the JSA) sometime in the future.

    A "modern" version of Tarantula (Catalina Flores) was present under the New 52/DCYou run by Benjamin Percy in Green Arrow, so she may still be a round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    . . . As for his Golden Age career as a crime-fighter, that only lasted for a couple of years (until Star Spangled Comics#19 (April 1943))...
    From issue #19,




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