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Clockwise from bottom: Jessica Drew, Julia Carpenter, Charlotte Witter, and Mattie Franklin, along with Madame Web. Spider-Woman vol. 3, #1. Cover art by Bart Sears.
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Jessica Drew
Marvel Spotlight #32 (Feb. 1977)
Julia Carpenter
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6 (Oct. 1984)
Mattie Franklin
The Spectacular Spider-Man #236 (July 1996)
Charlotte Witter
The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #5 (May 1999)
New Avengers #1 (Jan. 2005)
Created by Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin[1]
Characters Jessica Drew
Julia Carpenter
Mattie Franklin
Charlotte Witter
Spider-Woman #1 (April 1978)
Featuring the Jessica Drew version of the character.
Art by Joe Sinnott.
Series publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Format (vols. 1, 3 & 5)
Ongoing series
(vols. 2 & 4)
Limited series
Publication date (vol 1)
April 1978 – June 1983
(vol 2)
November 1993 – February 1994
(vol 3)
July 1999 – December 2000
(vol 4)
November 2009 – May 2010
(vol 5)
January 2015
Number of issues (vol. 1)
(vol. 2)
(vol. 3)
(vol. 4)
(vol. 5)
Main character(s) (vols. 1, 4, & 5)
Jessica Drew
(vol. 2)
Julia Carpenter
(vol. 3)
Mattie Franklin

Spider-Woman is the codename of several fictional characters in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The first Spider-Woman Jessica Drew also had her own cartoon series and the second Spider-Woman Julia Carpenter was a regular in the first Iron Man cartoon series.

Publication history[edit]

Marvel Comics' then-publisher Stan Lee said in 1978, shortly after Spider-Woman's debut in Marvel Spotlight #32 (Feb. 1977) and the start of the character's 50-issue self-titled series (cover-dated April 1978 – June 1983), that the character originated because,

I suddenly realized that some other company may quickly put out a book like that and claim they have the right to use the name, and I thought we'd better do it real fast to copyright the name. So we just batted one quickly, and that's exactly what happened. I wanted to protect the name, because it's the type of thing [where] someone else might say, 'Hey, why don't we put out a Spider-Woman; they can't stop us.' ... You know, years ago we brought out Wonder Man, and [DC Comics] sued us because they had Wonder Woman, and ... I said okay, I'll discontinue Wonder Man. And all of a sudden they've got Power Girl [after Marvel had introduced Power Man]. Oh, boy. How unfair.[2]

Following that initial Spider-Woman series, more followed. Volume two was a miniseries published from November 1993 through February 1994; volume three was published from July 1999 through December 2000; and volume four, featuring Jessica Drew, the original Spider-Woman, was published from November 2009 through May 2010.

Currently, volume five is being published as of November 2014, featuring Jessica Drew as Spider-Woman. In the March 2015 issue of Amazing Spider-Man #13, Jessica boasts "I have never needed rescuing. Ever. See my wiki entry."[citation needed]


Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

Other female spider-themed Marvel characters[edit]

In other media[edit]


  • The Jessica Drew version of Spider-Woman was featured in a 1979 Spider-Woman cartoon voiced by Joan Van Ark.
  • The Julia Carpenter version of Spider-Woman appeared regularly in the 1994 Iron Man animated series voiced by Casey DeFranco in Season One and Jennifer Hale in Season Two.

Video games[edit]


  • Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) was among the ten Marvel characters on a set of Marvel Comics Super Heroes commemorative postage-stamps that were issued in 2007.[8]
  • Spider-Woman motion comics have also been made as part of the Marvel Knights Animated line, based on the series written by Brian Michael Bendis. They are called Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. and came out June 14, 2011. In the series, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) has an English accent and is voiced by actress Nicolette Reed.


  1. ^ Johnson, Dan (August 2006). "Marvel's Dark Angel: Back Issue Gets Caught in Spider-Woman's Web", Back Issue Magazine Vol. 1, No. 17, pages 57–63. TwoMorrows Publishing.
  2. ^ "Hello, Culture Lovers: Stan the Map Raps with Marvel Maniacs at James Madison University", The Comics Journal #42, October 1978, p. 55
  3. ^ "Web Woman". Toonopedia. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  4. ^ Major Victory #1 (Dynamic Publications [1940s] [Chesler], 1944 Series at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ "Comics : Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends #1". Spider Fans. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  6. ^ "I Want Candy: Spidey Super Stories #56". Tastes Like Comics. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  7. ^ var authorId="" by Jesse Schedeen. "Touring the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Universe". UK comics. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ "USPS Stamp News: Spider-Man and Nine Other Marvel Super Heroes to Deliver for Postal Service". Usps.com. 

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