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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 1990s TV series Iron Man, part of The Marvel Action Hour.

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), 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 The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #13, Jessica boasts "I have never needed rescuing. Ever. See my wiki entry."[citation needed]


  • Jessica Drew, the original Spider-Woman, who left the role in the early 1980s. By the late 2000s, she returned to it. This version of the character starred in her own animated TV series in 1979 (which is not to be confused with the similarly named Web Woman animated series of the same time period).[3]
  • Julia Carpenter, a former member of the superhero teams the Avengers and Omega Flight, who becomes Arachne and the second Madame Web.
  • Mattie Franklin, who briefly impersonated the then-retired Spider-Man before receiving her own short-lived comics series. Mattie also appeared in Alias #16–21, before going on to appear in the 2007-2008 Loners miniseries. Currently deceased.
  • Charlotte Witter, a supervillain who used the name.
  • Veranke, queen of the shape-shifting extraterrestrial race the Skrulls, who impersonated Jessica Drew over a long period of time and was a founding member of the superhero team the New Avengers. Currently deceased.

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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