Black Widow (Marvel)(01 - Claire Voyante)
Real Name: Claire Voyante
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Madame Claire Voyant is a spirit medium who communicates with the dead through supernatural means. She has blond hair and an eerily flowing green dress. While serving a family named the Waglers, she is possessed by Satan to put a curse on them. James, a member of that family, survives a subsequent car crash provoked by the spell, and returns to Claire's quarters and guns her down.
Voyant's soul goes to Hell, where Satan dresses her in her Black Widow costume, which has a spider-like design on the front, a green cape similar to her dress, and boots with fire designs on the trim. He gives her the power to kill with a single touch of her fingers to the head (which leaves a branded "Black Widow mark"); to summon flames; and to use other mystical tricks. Satan — who, daringly for the time, was discreetly depicted as a nude man — sends her back to Earth to avenge her death. After killing her murderer, she returns to Satan, who, no longer content to wait for evil souls to die a natural death and perhaps repent their sins in the interim, charges her with bringing those souls to him. "On the upper world are mortal creatures whose hearts are blackened with wickedness and corruption. You, the Black Widow, will bring their souls to me!"
She later kills corrupt arms manufacturers, crime boss Garvey Lang, members of a syndicated called Murder, Unlimited, and the villain Ogor, while also healing Ogor's victim. In a 1990s retcon, she aids the Invaders against the Nazis.
Her introduction in Mystic Comics #4:
"Introducing the strangest, most terrifying character in action picture magazines — the Black Widow. You've heard of the black widow spider — that evil creature whose bite spells doom. Now start the adventures of another black widow — a human tool of Satan whose very touch means death."
Black Widow (Claire Voyant) is the name of a supernaturally powered character in the Marvel Comics universe, known as one of the first costumed, super-powered female protagonists. An antihero who killed evildoers in order to deliver their souls to Satan, her master, she first appeared in Mystic Comics #4 (August 1940), published by Marvel predecessor Timely Comics. Created by writer George Kapitan and artist Harry Sahle, she is unrelated to Marvel's later super-spy characters called Black Widow.
As of Marvels (1994) #1, Claire Voyante is officially a part of Marvel continuity, and therefore is the Marvel Universe's first, original Black Widow. Created by George Kapitan & Harry Sahle.
First Appearance: Mystic Comics (1940) #4
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#2 All-Select Comics (1943)
- 'Benny Beckley to Crazy Eight'
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
#14 Incredible Hercules (2008)
- 'All Select Comics #1'
King-Size Spider-Man Summer Special (2008)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004)
#9 Marvel Mystery Handbook 70th Anniversary Special (2009)
- 'The Last Stand, Part 1 of 4'
Mystic Comics (1940)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Twelve (2008)
The Twelve: Spearhead (2010)
USA Comics (1941)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Omnibus (2010)
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