Black Spider

Black Spider is the name of several fictional characters who are DC Comics supervillains. The first two were both primarily the enemies of Batman.[1]

Black Spider
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Cover of Detective Comics #463 (Sept. 1976), the Black Spider's first appearance
Art by Ernie Chua
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceEric Needham
Detective Comics #463 (September 1976)
Johnny LaMonica
Batman #518 (May 1995)
Derrick Coe
Birds of Prey #87
(December 2005)
Created byNeedham
Gerry Conway
Ernie Chua
Doug Moench
Kelley Jones
Gail Simone
Joe Bennett
Eddy Barrows
In-story information
Alter egoEric Needham
Johnny LaMonica
Derrick Coe
Team affiliationsSuicide Squad
Secret Society of Super Villains
  • Master hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist
  • Master Assassin
  • Expert marksman
  • Expert acrobat

Fictional character biographies

Eric Needham

The original Black Spider first appeared in Detective Comics #463 (September 1976) and was created by Gerry Conway. Eric Needham is a small-time crook who is addicted to heroin. Eric was first sentenced to prison after mugging and nearly killing an elderly woman but, as a minor, he was out in three years. Over the next two years, Eric married his friend Linda Morrel and they had a son, Michael. Desperate for money to buy more drugs, he robs a liquor store. He kills the owner, who turns out to be his father. After being arrested, he kicks the habit out of remorse and begins a war on the drug trade.

Donning a costume, he becomes a self-styled vigilante and begins killing those suspected of dealing drugs. This brings him into conflict with Batman. Needham believes that the two should be allies, as he sees common purpose in their war against criminals. His murderous methods, however, continually put him at odds with the Dark Knight.

Needham's paraphernalia and missions as the Black Spider were bankrolled by a man who is secretly involved with narcotics and wants to take out the competition.

Despite his professed desire to fight criminals, the Black Spider occasionally allies himself with costumed villains (most notably in the gathering of super-villains in Detective Comics #526 and Batman #400). Ostensibly, Black Spider's goal in this is to seek revenge against Batman, or at least, this is how he attempted to justify his actions in his own mind. Needham also faced King Faraday and Nightshade in a brief flashback in Secret Origins #28.

During his war, Needham's wife and son are killed by a drug lord who discovers the Black Spider's identity. In a rage, the Spider prepares for one final assault. After being shot multiple times, Needham invades the drug lord's headquarters and detonates explosives strapped to his back, killing the drug dealers in the process.[1]

Eric Needham later turns up in Neil Gaiman's critically acclaimed fantasy comic The Sandman dating supporting character Lyta Hall. No explanation was given for his resurrection.

Whatever the case, Needham's survival has since been confirmed and the character has made subsequent appearances as the Black Spider, such as in the miniseries Underworld Unleashed. He was seen in Identity Crisis as an ally of Deadshot, Monocle, and Merlyn. He is later a member of The Society.

He is one of the villains sent to retrieve the Get Out of Hell Free card from the Secret Six.

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Eric first appears as a member of the Suicide Squad, though he resents being forced to work with criminals despite being one himself. Despite his holier-than-thou attitude towards much of the team, he does not view himself as a hero, just as a man who kills criminals, even willing to smother them in their hospital beds. He is also slightly overconfident of his abilities, getting himself injured multiple times while assuming he could easily defeat several armed opponents.[2] Amanda Waller eventually offers him an opportunity to quit the team, stating that he is not a monster like the others. Eric declines, stating that he "needs" the team after losing his family.[3]

However, this turns out to be a ploy, as Needham was actually a double agent working for Regulus of the terrorist group Basilisk. A double of Black Spider had accompanied the team to Basilisk's hideout, only to be shot by Deadshot, who realized it wasn't the true Spider because he would've dodged the bullet. The real Black Spider had invaded Amanda Waller's grandmother's home in order to kill both of them. However, he underestimates the cunning of both the senior Waller and the younger Waller and is defeated. He was then locked away in maximum security at Belle Reve.

Johnny LaMonica

Johnny LaMonica, the second Black Spider.

The second Black Spider first appeared in Batman #518 (May 1995). Professional hitman Johnny LaMonica takes the name "Black Spider" when he is sent to kill the crime lord Black Mask. He is thwarted by Batman and sent to prison.[1] He sustains injuries during this incident that leaves his face a disfigured web of scars, giving his choice of codename an ironic touch.

He is later killed by Detective Crispus Allen during a gang shooting. Black Spider had opened fire on Detective Renee Montoya, preparing to kill her, when Allen unloaded his magazine on the villain. Jim Corrigan sold the bullet that killed Black Spider on the black market.[4]

Derrick Coe

A third Black Spider appears shortly after as a member of the Society. He first appeared in Birds of Prey #87 (December 2005). Other Society members reported that he was presumed dead. Real name Derrick Coe, he apparently bought his "villain franchise" from the Calculator, who assigns him to help torture Savant into revealing the identity of Oracle. When Oracle sends in her task force, the Birds of Prey, to rescue Savant, Savant throws Coe out a window, nearly killing him — Black Canary speculates that he may be a metahuman, allowing him to survive the experience.

He was also seen in Gotham during the "Battle for the Cowl" [5], fighting and losing to Manhunter.

Coe later resurfaces as a member of the new Injustice League and one of the exiled supervillains in Salvation Run.

Council of Spiders

Black Spider was a member of the group of assassins known as the Council of Spiders. Black Spider came into conflict with Red Robin and was defeated.[6]

DC Rebirth

Black Spider appears in DC Rebirth, a reboot of the DC Universe. He is one of the many villains that attempts to kill Batman for Two-Face's bounty. This version has two cybernetic claws on his back and utilizes a machine gun. Batman defeats him and cuts these arms off with a chainsaw. [7] His real name is not revealed.

Alternate versions


One of Bulletman's enemies was named Black Spider. This version was a criminal deported and locked in a dungeon where he went blind and insane. The criminal managed to befriend the large spiders that lived there. Dubbing himself Black Spider, he went back to the U.S. to take vengeance on those who deported him. However, Bulletman and Bulletgirl saved Black Spider's captives and killed the villain.[8]

In other media


The Eric Needham version of Black Spider appears in the animated superhero TV series Young Justice, voiced by Josh Keaton. He is a member of the League of Shadows. This version of the character can project a sticky "web" to incapacitate foes. In "Infiltrator", Black Spider, Cheshire, and Hook are sent to defeat the Young Justice team and assassinate Dr. Serling Roquette. He was knocked out by Kid Flash. According to Greg Weisman, Black Spider escaped from the prison transport before it could reach Belle Reve.[9] He re-appeared later in "Insecurity" where he tried to assassinate a reporter named Bernell Jones, only to be thwarted by Green Arrow and Artemis. His skill set, personality, and voice actor in Young Justice are allusions to Weisman's previous show The Spectacular Spider-Man, starring Keaton in the titular role.


  • Black Spider appears in the animated movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. He is one of the many supervillains trying to collect the bounty on Superman.
  • The Eric Needham version of Black Spider appears in Batman: Assault on Arkham, voiced by Giancarlo Esposito.[10] He appears as a member of the Suicide Squad, along with Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, and King Shark. Like every other member of the Squad, he is given the task by Amanda Waller to retrieve a memory stick hidden in the Riddler's cane and also has a small bomb implanted in his neck. During the infiltration of Arkham Asylum, Black Spider disguises himself as a chef whom he kills. Later, he and the rest of the Squad fight Batman, who later defeats Black Spider and switches costumes with him in order to infiltrate the Suicide Squad without their knowledge. He is last seen walking weakly until the Joker (mistaking him for Batman at first) ambushes and attempts to murder him, only for Waller to do so by triggering the bombs, which kills only Black Spider and King Shark since the others had theirs deactivated by the Riddler.

Video games

Black Spider was mentioned in Batman: Arkham Origins. He is mentioned in a file folder at the Sionis Steel Mill with a red "Rejected" stamp on it implying that Joker (who was posing as Black Mask at the time) considered hiring him to assassinate Batman, but decided against it just like he decided against hiring Cheshire and David Cain to assassinate Batman.


  • The Eric Needham version of Black Spider appears as a member of the Black Mask's gang in Batman Adventures #5–8.
  • The Eric Needham version of Black Spider appears in the comic book spin-off of the Young Justice television series. In issue #3, he was sent with Hook to assassinate Farano Enterprises CEO Selena Gonzales. Black Spider and Hook ran into Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash (who were protecting her at the time) and Black Spider tied them up in his webs. In issue #4, Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash broke free and defeated Black Spider and Hook.
  • The Johnny LaMonica version of Black Spider appears in Batman: Sins of the Father, a comic that takes place after the events of Batman: The Telltale Series. Black Spider is hired by Floyd Lawton to assassinate former staff members that worked at Arkham Asylum when Thomas Wayne used it as a base for his criminal operations.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wallace, Dan (2008). "Black Spider I and II". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The DC Comics Encyclopedia. London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 53. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5.
  2. ^ Suicide Squad (vol. 4) #1
  3. ^ Suicide Squad (vol. 4) #8
  4. ^ Gotham Central #23 (November 2004)
  5. ^ Battle for the Cowl: The Network One Shot July 2009
  6. ^ Red Robin #23
  7. ^ All-Star Batman #1
  8. ^ Bulletman #1
  9. ^ "Search Ask Greg : Gargoyles : Station Eight". Retrieved 2016-09-24.
  10. ^ "Press Release For Upcoming "Batman: Assault On Arkham" Animated Feature". 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2016-09-24.

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Anoplius aethiops (Cresson 1865)

Anoplius americanus (Beauvois)

Anoplius amethystinus (Dahlbom)

Anoplius apiculatus (Smith)

Anoplius atrox (Dahlbom 1843)

Anoplius carolinus (Banks 1921)

Anoplius caviventris(Aurivillius, 1907)

Anoplius cleora (Banks 1917)

Anoplius concinnus (Dahlbom, 1845)

Anoplius depressipes Banks 1919

Anoplius illinoensis (Robertson 1901)

Anoplius infuscatus (Vander Linden, 1827)

Anoplius ithaca (Banks 1912)

Anoplius krombeini Evans 1950

Anoplius marginalis (Banks 1910)

Anoplius marginatus (Say 1824)

Anoplius nigerrimus (Scopoli, 1763)

Anoplius relativus (Fox)

Anoplius semirufus (Cresson 1867)

Anoplius subcylindricus (Banks 1917)

Anoplius viaticus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Black spider memos

The "black spider" memos are letters and memos written by Charles, Prince of Wales, to British government ministers and politicians over the years. As the modern British monarch remains politically neutral by tradition, the letters are controversial because of Prince of Wales' position as the eldest child of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and heir apparent to the British throne.

The letters are sent by Charles in a private capacity, but concerns have been raised that they may represent the exercise of undue influence over British government ministers. Issues about which Charles has expressed public views include farming, genetic modification, global warming, social deprivation, planning and architecture. This led the press label Charles as a "meddling prince". The content of the "black spider" letters, named after Charles' distinctive handwriting, was known only anecdotally and from memoirs and leaks, until 13 May 2015 when the Information Tribunal ordered the release of most of the correspondence.These events were set in motion in 2010, when The Guardian journalist Rob Evans made an application under British Freedom of Information legislation to see the Prince's 2004 and 2005 letters to ministers. After several legal cases the application was eventually refused by the Attorney General Dominic Grieve in October 2012, and the case was the subject of an appeal in the Supreme Court which, in March 2015, ruled against the government's decision, and allowed for the later publication of the letters.

Reaction to the memos upon their release was largely supportive of Charles, with little criticism of him. The memos were variously described in the press as "underwhelming" and "harmless" and that their release had "backfired on those who seek to belittle him", with reaction from the public also supportive.

Dynamo Moscow

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As an outgrowth of itself being one of the largest multi-sports clubs in Russia, Dynamo Moscow had constantly developed numerous elite athletes. Among them, Multiple Olympic medalists fencer Galina Gorokhova and gymnast Mikhail Voronin, Ballon d'Or winner the "Black Spider" Lev Yashin, 3-time ice hockey Gold medalist in Winter Olympics Vitaly Davydov, and one of the most decorated in rhythmic gymnastic, Alina Kabaeva.

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Lev Yashin

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He was also deputy chairman of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union.

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Miles Morales first appeared in Ultimate Fallout #4 (August 2011), following the death of Peter Parker. An Afro-Latino teenager, Miles is the second Spider-Man to appear in Ultimate Marvel, an imprint with a separate continuity from the mainstream Marvel Universe. Although Morales featured in the Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man comic book series, he is not the lead character in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated TV series that debuted in April 2012 on Disney XD, but he was later added to the main cast in 2016, and is the main character in the 2018 feature film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. After Marvel ended the Ultimate imprint in 2015, Miles was made a character in the main Marvel Universe, and began appearing in stories under the All-New, All-Different Marvel branding that debuted that same year.

Reaction to the character varied, with some, including Spider-Man's co-creator, Stan Lee, approving the creation of a positive role model for children of color, and others expressing displeasure at the replacement of Peter Parker, with some critics decrying it as a publicity stunt motivated by political correctness, a charge Alonso denied. Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post called for the character to be judged on the quality of its stories, which have garnered positive reviews.The character possesses powers similar to those of the original Spider-Man, which were derived from the bite of a spider genetically engineered by Spider-Man's nemesis Norman Osborn in an attempt to duplicate those abilities.


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Red-faced spider monkey

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Scorpion (comics)

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Scorpion (Marvel Comics), a number of Marvel Comics comics characters including:

Mac Gargan, a supervillain and frequent enemy of Spider-Man, the third Venom and a member of the Dark Avengers as the Black Spider-Man, but is back to "being" Scorpion.

Scorpia (comics), (Elaine Coll), a female version of the Mac Gargan Scorpion.

Scorpion (Carmilla Black)/Thanasee Rappaccini, first appeared in Amazing Fantasy vol. 2 #7 and was created by Fred Van Lente and Leonard Kirk.

Ultimate Scorpion, a clone of Ultimate Spider-Man (Peter Parker).

Silver Scorpion, (Elizabeth Barstow) first appeared in Daring Mystery Comics #7 (April 1941).

Kron Stone, an enemy of Spider-Man 2099, in the Timestorm 2009–2099 alternate reality.

Scorpion (Atlas/Seaboard Comics), a character from former Marvel Comics publisher Martin Goodman's Atlas/Seaboard Comics

Scorpion, a Fawcett Comics character from Earth-S who appeared in Captain Marvel

Le Scorpion, a Belgian comic set in 18th century Vatican, by Stephen Desberg and Enrico Marini

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The Black Spider (1920 film)

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The Black Spider (1921 film)

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