Monday, April 16, 2012
Spider-Girl Betty Brant
What, you say??!! Shy, timid Betty Brant as Spider-Girl? When did that happen? Well, it happened in the pages of "What If" No. 7 from 1978 in an issue that has everybody but Peter Parker being spider-bit. DC comics had Elseworlds and Marvel had What If? but they all had their alternate universes and I really like those stories. Betty shares the fact of her abilities with Peter, however (some people will do anything to get a date), and he helps her to develop her spider abilities - being the class nerd. She of course makes herself a costume - a very revealing costume - and Peter whips up some handy dandy web shooters for her. Then she sallies forth (no, Sally Forth was another character), anyway, she descends on crime like a... well... Spider-Girl, with the Daily Bugle still questioning what side of the law she's on. Then she lets one bad guy slip through her fingers and, as always happens in the comics, poor Uncle Ben buys it one more time at the bad guy's hands and when Betty learns the truth she trashes her costume and walks away from the Spider-Girl persona. As for the figure, I used a Spider-Woman figure with the head from a Spider-Man. The hardest part was painting all that damn webbing, but I use paint pens which make it a lot easier. Just finished this one and wanted to share right away.