Wow this has been an insane year for Spider-Women. In the past 12-14 months we've received Anya Corazon Spider-Girl, Mayday Parker Spider-Girl, Ultimate Spider-Woman, and Black Cat in wonderfully updated Marvel Legends form. But that list couldn't be complete without the originator, Jessica Drew. Legend has it that Spider-Woman was created as a preemptive strike against copyright infringement. Shortly before her creation (in 1977), DC Comics had sued Marvel over the character Wonder Man and his similarities to DC's Wonder Woman. After that debacle (and a similar one between Power Girl and Power Man), Marvel decided to lock down any potential gender-swapped characters and swiftly created Spider-Woman. Despite these uninspired origins, she was an instant hit and was granted a solo title and an animated series almost immediately. This figure is by far the best action figure of Jessica we've seen - the Marvel Select version being a close second. Let's check her out below!
I'm a sucker for a consistent costume.
Until a tragic revamp a few months ago, Jessica had worn the same costume for nearly 30 years.
There are definitely some paint flaws with this figure. My Spider-Woman has many scuff-marks on her boots, some of the black lining around her eyes is patchy, and the yellow on her stomach seems thin. I'm fine with all these flaws personally, but they are something to keep an eye out for when shopping.
Spider-Woman comes with alternate sets of under-arm webbing that anchor into a slot on her inner arm. The tabs stay secured very nicely on my figure (I've read reports of the connection being loose on some).
I like to mix it up with one spread web and one collapsed.
Here are some images of Jessica from the comics.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with the 2006 Marvel Select figure and the horrendous 2006 Marvel Legends figure.
Here she is with her wave-mate Hellcat.
And with the whole Spider-Lady crew: Anya Corazon Spider-Girl, Ultimate Spider-Woman, and Mayday Parker Spider-Girl.