Beating our favorite webhead to the printer a full nine months before his debut in 1942, there was the Tarantula busting on the scene with the Web waiting in the wings.
An obvious comparison between the two with several points of similarity:
- Jonathan and John, as in Mr. Law and Mr. Raymond.
- A noted mystery writer and a criminologist. The former dabbled in crime fiction and the latter in chronicling his profession.
- Neither willing to mat down their blond locks, they each wore half-faced masks.
- Both had a leaning towards using webs in the modus operandi and tools.
- Each battled crime during World War II solo while at times alongside others.
- They had short published runs, with Tarantula's lasting 19 issues of Star-Spangled Comics and Web's lasting 12 issues of Zip Comics.