Never cared for spiders myself, however they have been the theme for a number of fictional crime fighters (and villains.) And I don’t mean just that Peter come lately.
1 - 3. In the 30’s there was Richard Wentworth “The Spider: Master of Men,” who starred in over a hundred over the top adventures that were so kinetic that at times the author would forget major plot points and characters by the time the quick 80 pages were done and New York, or the whole country, was in shambles again due to an army of giant robots or hundreds of millions of mind controlled rats on a rampage. These two covers show the two cover versions of The Spider at the time, and a 1980’s comic book reinterpretation of Mr. Wentworth.
4. DC comic’s Tarantula from 1941, never made it to a cover so I had to use an inner page.
5. Gagamba, which is Tagalog for Spider. This is a masked vigilante hero from a “komik” from the Philippines who first appeared in 1961, also appeared in at least 3 films.
6. 1965 saw the debut of England’s villain at first, and later (sort of) hero, The Spider, who wore one of the oddest costumes every.
I mean was he bitten by a radioactive dominatrix or what?