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The Web II

Created by:

Jerry Siegel and Paul Reinman

Real Name:

John Raymond Jr.
Joined Mighty Crusaders:

In an untold story prior to Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) #1
First Appearance:

Fly Man #36, March 1966
Origin:

John Raymond Jr. was the son of the original Web and a criminologist  like his father. John continued in his father's footsteps as the Web and joined the Mighty Crusaders. His wife Rose Wayne Raymond has joined him on his adventures as the ultra hero Pow Girl. The Web does not know Pow Girl is his wife.  

History:

Fly Man No. 36
March 1966
Story: “The Origin of the Web” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (origin story retold; last appearance in ZIP COMICS #38; next appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4)
Supporting Character: Rose Wayne Raymond (last appearance in ZIP COMICS #38?; next appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4)
Cameo appearances: Mrs. Raymond, Tom Raymond (both in flashback)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Web helps the Mighty Crusaders and a horde of other heroes fight the Wizard, the Hangman, and the Spider in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4, then forms the Ultra-Men and helps the Mighty Crusaders and the Terrific Three fight the Spider and the Nameless One in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5.
Villain: The Web impostor (last appearance in Shield story in this issue; last appearance)
Synopsis: With an impostor blackening his good name, John Raymond begs his wife for permission to become the Web again.

Fly Man No. 38
July 1966
Story: “The Mad Caper of the Madman” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #40)
Supporting Characters: Rose Raymond (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #40), Mrs. Wayne (first appearance; Rose’s mother; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #40)
Villains: The Madman, the Acro-Bats (first and only appearance for all), the Ogre, Fatman (both in flashback; first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: The Web faces the Madman, a villain whose ray-weapon can induce madness.

Mighty Comics No. 40
November 1966
Cover: Web vs. Ironfist //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Web Vs. Ironfist” (14 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in FLY MAN #38)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (last appearance in FLY MAN #38), Mrs. Wayne (last appearance in FLY MAN #38; next appears in issue #45)
Cameo appearances: Mr. Talons, the Golem (two super-villains; in flashback; first and only appearance for both), Lyndon Baines Johnson
Villain: Ironfist (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Web’s ability to fight an armored villain named Ironfist is inhibited by a promise he makes to his wife to give up crime fighting.

Story: “Uglyman’s Ugliest Plot” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (next appears in issue #43)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (next appears in issue #43)
Intro: Brett Winslow, Chester Gleam (only appearance for both)
Villains: Uglyman (Ernie Misty; first and only appearance), the Vegetable (in flashback; first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Web combats Uglyman, a villain out to assault handsome movie stars.

Mighty Comics No. 43
February 1967
Cover: Shield vs. the Storm King; Web vs. Mr. Scare and the Stunner (four vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Viperous Villains” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (between issues #40 / 45)
Intro: Pow-Girl (Rose Raymond; becomes a costumed heroine for the first and only time in this story; between issues #40 / 45)
Villains: The Stunner, Mr. Scare, and their gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Web, facing a pair of super-villains, gets a hand from a shapely costumed heroine, Pow-Girl, who is really his wife Rose.

Mighty Comics No. 45
April 1967
Story: “How the Web Became the Web” (3 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in issue #43; origin retold in flashback)
Supporting Characters: Rose Raymond (last appearance in issue #43), Mrs. Wayne (last appearance in issue #40; last appearance)
Other Character: Mrs. Raymond (the Web’s mother; in flashback; last appearance)
Villain: Tom Raymond (in flashback; last appearance)
Synopsis: Faced with the ire of his wife and his mother-in-law, the Web tries to justify his crime-fighting by retelling his origin to the two women.

Mighty Comics No. 46
May 1967
Story: “The Web Versus the Flipper” (11 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (next appears in issue #50)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (next appears in issue #50)
Intro: Mr. Roxley (only appearance)
Villain: The Flipper and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Web tangles with an acrobatic villain, the Flipper, after getting his wife’s qualified blessings.

Mighty Comics No. 50
October 1967
Story: “The Web Vs. Inferno, the Fire-Breather” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in issue #46; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1)
GS: Inferno (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4; last appearance)
Supporting character: Rose Raymond (last appearance in issue #46; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #7)
Villains: Tom Alexander, an Inferno impostor, a crook (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: The Web’s adventures after this point are chronicled in the Mighty Crusaders index.
Synopsis: The Web and Inferno discover a plan by the city’s museum curator to use an Inferno impostor to burn fake art for a profiteering scheme.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 14
December 1984
Cover: Web and Jaguar vs. Freelancer and crook //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: “The Killing Hour” (23 pages)
Editor:
Writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Lou Manna
Inkers: Rex Lindsley, Chic Stone
Feature Characters: Web, Jaguar (both between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #10 / 11)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #7; last appearance)
Villains: The Freelancer and his gang, a car thief (first and only appearance for all), Washington Hayes (first appearance; dies in this story)
Comments: Rose Wayne Raymond is portrayed as being married to the Web in this story, and is revealed to be the Jaguar’s sister, so it is probable that the appearance of an older John Raymond, said to be the “father” of the current Web, is a chronicler’s error. However it is because of this that we separate the Web and Web II with the start of Mighty Comics.
 The mystery killer whose identity is promised to be revealed in THE FLY #10 remains a mystery, as that issue was never published.
 The next issue, scheduled to feature the Cat-Girl, was never published.
Synopsis: The Web and the Jaguar team up to thwart the murderous plot of the Freelancer.

Powers & Weapons:

The Web is an Olympic level athlete, with a superior intellect.

Checklist:

Mighty & Radio Comics:
Fly Man 36, 38
Laugh Comics Digest 23
Mighty Crusaders 4, 5
Mighty Comics 40, 43, 45, 46, 50
Super Heroes vs. Super Villains 1

 

Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Blue Ribbon Comics (vol. 2) 7, 13, 14
Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 1-5, 7-13
Archie's Weird Mysteries 3, 14  

 

 

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