Giant Spiders

Real Name


First Appearance

Fantastic Worlds #6 (Nov. 1952)

Original Publisher


Created by

George Roussos


The Lorelei planetoid is a barren, rocky planetoid with an enormous face of a beautiful woman carved on its surface. Captain Jark Hudson sees the monument, recalling the Greek legend of the Lorelei who lured Ulysses. Like the legend, he is hopelessly lured into the planetoid. As Jark and his crew of lonely spacefarers land, they note the eyes of the carved face contain jewels. Greedily, they move toward them. A trapdoor opens beneath them, and the three men fall into an enormous web of Giant Spiders.

The spiders wrap up Jark's fellows first, leaving him enough time to retrieve his knife and cut himself free of the web. Captain Hudson finds a narrow passageway leading to an enormous underground city. At first, he only finds statues of people. One particular statue of a woman intrigues him. It beckons him into a vast tomb filled with women in hermetically-sealed tubes.

He awakens one of the women, who telepathically explain all the men of their race died in a terrible plague that only killed the men. She asks if there are more men with him, and he tells her there are two trapped in the spider web. Returning with blasters, they are able to easily exterminate the spiders. Both men are saved. The woman asks if they will stay, and the decision is not difficult for the lonely men.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Fantastic Worlds #6


  • The Standard comics were renewed by Popular Library, which was eventually bought out by Fawcett Books. When Fawcett went out of business, Popular Library was sold to Warner Bros. A number of different publishers, however, are currently/have been using these characters without any lawsuits from Warner Bros., so any action over them is (probably) unlikely. They are still, however, "use at your own risk" characters.
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