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Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Spider Widow

I would file this one under the "impromptu hero/heroine" category.  In this 1942 story, "The Spider Widow," posted on The Golden Age, Miss Diane Grayton is a "beautiful, wealthy and athletic" young woman, who wants to do more to help her country.  When some saboteurs run out of gas on her estate, she quickly improvises a crime fighting persona with the help of an old costume from an attic trunk and some garden spiders.  The bad guys are too slow and too arachnophobic to stop her. 

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