Spider Girl

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This article is about the DC Comics character. For the Marvel Comics character, see Spider-Girl.
Spider Girl
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Post-Zero Hour version of Spider Girl
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventure Comics #310 (July 1963) (Pre Zero Hour - mentioned)
Adventure Comics #323 (July 1964) (Pre Zero Hour - full appearance)
Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 4 #64 (Post-Zero Hour)
Created by Jim Tillery
Jerry Siegel
John Forte
In-story information
Alter ego Sussa Paka
Species Metahuman
Place of origin Earth (31st century)
Team affiliations Workforce
Legion of Super-Villains
Legion of Super-Heroes
Justice League of Earth
Notable aliases Wave
Abilities Super-strong prehensile hair

Spider Girl (Sussa Paka) is a fictional character in DC Comics.

The character was first mentioned as a concept in the letters page of Adventure Comics when a fan suggested a character with the power of super-strong prehensile hair.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Spider Girl formally first appeared as a failed Legion of Super-Heroes applicant.[2]

She went on to join Tarik the Mute's underground academy for supervillains and later the Legion of Super-Villains.

Pre-Zero Hour biography[edit]

Five Year Gap[edit]

During the Five-Year Gap run in Legion of Super-Heroes volume 4 (1989), Paka was written as a half-reformed thief with a crush on Legionnaire Ultra Boy.

She joined the adult Legion as Spider Girl, but when the team was outlawed by the United Planets, they went underground, changing their appearances and codenames, even wearing masks. In this storyline, occurring just prior to the Zero Hour reboot of the titles, Sussa changed her codename to Wave and dyed her hair blue.[3]

Post-Zero Hour biography[edit]

Spider Girl's first appearance after the Zero Hour event occurred in Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #64 as a member of the Workforce. She had a relationship with Ultra Boy while he was also a member of the team. As a result of this she was extremely resentful of Apparition.

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes[edit]

What appears to be a revamped version of the pre-Crisis Spider Girl appears in the Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes story beginning in Action Comics #858. In this version, she is a member of the "Justice League of Earth", a group of Earth-born Legion rejects which has seized control of Earth and banished the Legion and other extraterrestrials by spreading lies that Superman was a human that hated all aliens.

Powers and abilities[edit]

In both incarnations, Spider Girl possesses prehensile hair. She can use her hair to ensnare or bind her opponents. As Wave, her hair was bluish; as Spider Girl, her hair was reddish.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Spider Girl appears in her Wave identity (with the blue-dyed hair) in the Legion of Super-Heroes animated television series. She appears as a member of the Light Speed Vanguard (Legion of Super-Villains).[4] She displays the ability to wrap and lift things with her hair like her comic book counterpart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 1) #310 (July 1963)
  2. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 1) #323 (August 1964)
  3. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #54 (February 1994)
  4. ^ Legion of Super Heroes episode "Lightning Storm"

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