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COMIC LEGEND: John Romita based his Black Widow re-design on Emma Peel from the Avengers TV series.
In 1970’s Amazing Spider-Man #86, John Romita did a major re-design on the Black Widow before she graduated to her own ongoing feature in Amazing Adventures…
For years, I always assumed that the re-design was an homage, of sorts, to Emma Peel in the Avengers.
However, amazingly enough, the re-design was NOT based on Emma Peel! Romita explained the REAL influence in an interview with Jon B. Cooke in Comic Book Artist #6…
I did the costume on the Black Widow. One of my favorite strips from when I was a kid was Miss Fury. They had done a Miss Fury book at Marvel, and when I found out they had the rights to her, I said I’d love to do a Miss Fury book sometime. I had done an updated drawing of Miss Fury, and Stan said, “Why don’t we redesign the Black Widow costume based on Miss Fury?” So I took the mask off her face, and made the Black Widow the one in the patent leather jumpsuit. That was why the Black Widow changed.
Miss Fury was a comic strip by Tarpe Mills. Timely Comics (later Marvel) reprinted her Sunday strips, as well, in the 1940s…
Huh. I can definitely see it. And I don’t see any reason for Romita to lie about this, so I’m willing to believe him.
Thanks to Jon B. Cooke and John Romita for the information and thanks to Omar Karindu for giving me the head’s up about it!
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