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Appearing in "Introducing the Black Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Mystic Comics #4.

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  • Satan (First appearance)

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  • Hell (First appearance)

Synopsis for "Introducing the Black Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Mystic Comics #4.

During her seance for the Wagler family, medium Claire Voyant is accused of being a hoax. Unaware that they are being watched by Satan himself, Claire suddenly blurts out a curse against the family. That night as the Waglers are returning home, they have a terrible car accident that kills the entire family except for their eldest son James. James blames Claire for his family's death and goes back to her home and shoots her dead. This is all according to the devil's plan, who recovers Claire's body and brings it down to Hell. There he revives her as the Black Widow, endowing her with super-natural powers so that she can be his agent in the land of the living, to slay the wicked that would do evil deeds.

Her firt task is to get revenge against James for killing her. She tracks James to the docks in New York where he is grieving over the loss of his family. Confronted with the woman he had killed moments ago, the fearful James attempts to flee, however the Black Widow catches up with him and touches his brow. Her touch kills him instantly and when a police officer arrives on the scene the Widow disappears. When the officer inspects the dead mans body he is shocked to find the mark of the Black Widow on his brow.

With her first mission a success, the Black Widow vows to her master Satan to eliminate all evil doers and send their souls to him.

Appearing in "The Crimson Dynamo Strikes Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #52.

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  • A Soviet Submarine

Synopsis for "The Crimson Dynamo Strikes Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #52.

In the Stark Industries Main Plant, the reformed professor Anton Vanko dons his Crimson Dyano armor to test if a "light laser" (a type of laser that difuses different from ordinary light) ray gun is safe for use. He's about to be blasted by the laser, but Tony Stark swings towards Vanko using a cable and pushes him out of danger. Vanko is disgruntled because his experiments (his way of repaying Stark's kindness) keep failing. Stark consoles him, and suggests Vanko apply additional lead coating in his armor for protection.

In Moscow, Khruschev orders two of his agents, the Black Widow and Boris to dispose of Vanko and Stark, and Iron Man if necessary. The two villains travel to America in a submarine. Once they arrive, Black Widow presents herself as "Madame Natasha" and Boris as her brother and teacher from Ukraine, who has allegedly travelled to America to see Stark's technology. Tony is captivated by Widow's beauty, and offers to take her to dinner while Boris explores the factory on his own. Boris waits for a guard to go on his round and enters a restricted area. Using a "special" spray, he corrodes the wall of Vanko's laboratory, and breaks in using his super-human strength, intending to kill Anton. After Vanko refuses to help sabotage Stark, Boris uses a "jet paralyzer," which incapacitates Vanko and wraps him in a sack. He leaves the factory with the sack, claiming it's a package being delivered for Professor Vanko.

Boris reunites with other agents, leaves Vanko in the submarine, and returns to Stark Industries. He slips back into Vanko's lab and steals the Crimson Dynamo armor. He begins to destroy equipment, in order to both slow down America's defense production, and catch Iron Man's attention. Stark is interrupted in the middle of his date with Black Widow and informed of an explosion in his plant. Tony returns to his factory with Black Widow, who is secretly rejoicing. Tony enters the plant, dons his Iron Man costume, and searches for Vanko, thinking his experiments with "laser light" started the chaos.

When he enters Vanko's laboratory, Iron Man finds the Crimson Dynamo. Iron Man thinks Vanko has donned his suit to guard his laser light machine, and offers to carry it outside. Crimson Dynamo strikes the unsuspecting Golden Avengers from behind with an electrical charge that damages his suit's circuits and drains his energy, knocking him out. Under cover of the thick blanket of smoke, Boris flees from the factory with Iron Man, and brings him to the submarine.

Iron Man is kept locked behind a steel door in the submarine, and Boris returns to soil to meet up with the Black Widow and finish off Tony Stark. Iron Man wakes up from his slumber, and recharges his suit using a lightbulb as a rudimentary power outlet. As soon as he tears down one of the walls holding him prisoner, Iron Man comes across the captured Vanko, and escapes with him after battering a way through the steel hull of the submarine.

When they return to the factory, Iron Man catches Boris by surprise and easily knocks him down. However, Boris recovers and strikes down Iron Man. Tony recovers and puts Vanko's ray machine out of harm's way before striking back. The Black Widow pretends to have been struck down, and calls for Iron Man's help, distracting the hero, and allowing Boris to blast Iron Man with an electric discharge. Vanko threatens shooting Boris with his laser light pistol, but the villain thinks he's bluffing. However, Vanko makes good on his threat, claiming America has been good to him, and shoots at Boris, causing the machine to explode and kill them both. Black Widow takes advantage of the confusion and escapes. Once the dust settles, Iron Man claims that Vanko sacrificed himself to prove his loyalty to America, and he shall never be forgotten.

The following day, Tony Stark is informed through a report of "Madame Natasha"'s true identity. Tony pities her, and the Black Widow is later seen on the run, lonely, abandoned, and in fear.

Appearing in "Beware...The Black Widow!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #86.

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Synopsis for "Beware...The Black Widow!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #86.

On his way home following his battle with the Kingpin and the Schemer, Spider-Man just misses running into the Black Widow. The Widow gets a sudden inspiration to try and find a way to combine Spider-Man's powers with her own abilities. She returns to her home where she decides to abandon her old costume. After recalling her recent past, she decides to design a new costume, as part of her "rebirth."

Meanwhile, Spidey is about to enter his apartment when he spies Harry Osborn, Gwen and George Stacy waiting for him. Sneaking some clothing, Spidey changes back into Peter Parker and enters the apartment. When Gwen sees the bruises on his face, she demands to know what sort of trouble he's in. When Peter isn't forthcoming with answers, she tells him not to call her until he can promise not to get involved with Spider-Man ever again, and leaves with her father.

As the Black Widow prepares to go out searching for Spider-Man to prove who is the better, Peter can't study because he feels as though he's getting groggy. He goes out web-slinging, but has to pause to rest and has the poor fortune to take a breather on the Daily Bugle building and trades barbs with Jameson. Checking in on his Aunt May, he accidentally startles her when she sees Spider-Man in the window.

Returning to the city, Spider-Man is attacked by the Black Widow, they have a brief battle where the Widow gains the upper hand and ropes up Spider-Man. However, Spider-Man manages to break free and gum up her venom-sting bracelets with his webbing. However, before he can do anything else she flees the fight. Later she decides that she was wrong to try and get the secrets to Spider-Man's powers, and that her own abilities are unique to her and that she should forge her own destiny.

Finally, Spider-Man begins to get very ill and returns home. There he takes a look at his blood in a microscope. His research finds that his spider-powers are once more beginning to fade. Now posed with what he's always wanted: A life free of the responsibility that comes with being Spider-Man, is this what he truly wants?

Appearing in "Then Came the Black Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #1.

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  • Rizzo

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  • Natasha Romanoff's Rolls Royce

Synopsis for "Then Came the Black Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #1.

Black Widow, bored by her civilian life, gets a new costume.

Appearing in "Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Fanfare #10.

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Synopsis for "Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Fanfare #10.



Appearing in "Red Widow: First Strike"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1.

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  • Russian Mafia (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Red Widow: First Strike"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1.



Solicit Synopsis

Relive exciting espionage adventures alongside the Black Widow and celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary with the return of MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Featuring the debut of the Golden Age Black Widow from MYSTIC COMICS (1940) #4, the first appearance of the incomparable Natasha Romanoff as a femme fatale targeting Iron Man in TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #52 and the dazzling introduction of Natasha’s iconic modern look in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #86! Plus: Criminals everywhere will feel the Widow’s bite when she goes solo in AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1, and Natasha undertakes a superspy mission in MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #10. And meet an all-new undercover agent in RED WIDOW: FIRST STRIKE #1!

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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