Comic Book Legends Revealed #447
COMIC LEGEND: Chris Claremont introduced the idea that Black Widow was a child during World War II.
Last week, I talked about the famous issue of X-Men that established that Wolverine was around during World War II and knew Captain America (such retroactive connections between characters is also the central concept behind my new blog feature, Foundationed Deep, which you can check out here).
The other side of that story, though, was that the Black Widow was ALSO in the comic as a little girl.
The 1990 comic even addressed the fact that this was weird.
At the time, most fans (myself included) figure that this was just writer Chris Claremont introducing a new plot idea that he just never got the chance to revisit. Reader M-Wolverine asked about it last week:
Anyone know the story reasoning for having the Black Widow in that story too, completely altering her character? Having Wolverine meet Cap makes sense as as story concept…saying the Black Widow is really old and has super powers seems like a weird throw in, that was never followed up on in X-Men and only left for people writing that character to “clear up” later.
However, get this, Claremont DIDN’T come up with that idea. Well, not exactly.
It was Gerry Conway in 1972’s Daredevil #88 that firmly established World War II as being part of the Black Widow’s origin in her first real origin (an early Avengers story by Roy Thomas SORT of gave her an origin)…
Now, of course, don’t get me wrong, Claremont could have easily ignored her World War II past twenty years later, just as everyone ignores Reed Richards and Ben Grimm’s World War II past, but for those of you out there (myself included) who always felt that Claremont was introducing a brand new concept in that X-Men issue, that is not the case.
Check out the latest edition of my weekly Movie/TV Legends Revealed Column at Spinoff Online: Was the Wampa attack in The Empire Strikes Back added to the script to explain away facial injuries Mark Hamill had suffered in a car accident?
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