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Black Spider
Black Spider
Vital statistics
Real name

Eric Needham[1]

Age (2010)

22[2]

Species

Human

Production details
First appearance "Infiltrator"
Voiced by

Josh Keaton

Image gallery (3)

Black Spider is an assassin and a member of the League of Shadows.

Physical appearance

Black Spider is a human male who wears a purple spandex costume. His mask has shades of purple, with the back portion being dark purple and the front portion being regular purple. It also sports a spider emblem that takes up most of his forehead and then intersects with his golden eye pieces. The torso of the suit is dark purple, along with his hands, knees, elbow, inner elbow and parts of his feet, while the remainder of the costume is purple. Around his wrist he has two dull gray bracelets.

History

2010

 
Infinity Island
July 8, 22:18 ECT

Black Spider, Cheshire and Hook attended a meeting with Sensei, who gave them instructions to assassinate Selena Gonzalez, the CEO of Farano Enterprises.[3]

 
Central City
July 9, 19:54 CDT

Black Spider and Hook infiltrated Gonzalez's office. Kid Flash, Robin and Aqualad tried to protect her, but the assassins captured the three young heroes after a short fight. Black Spider tied them up.[3]

 
Central City
July 9, 22:12 CDT

The heroes broke loose and defeated Hook and Black Spider. Selena Gonzalez escaped and was killed by assassins waiting outside. Hook and Spider were taken to jail, but escaped the next day.[4]

 
Happy Harbor
August 8, approx. 22:00 EDT

Cheshire brought Hook and Black Spider along on the hit on Serling Roquette. Black Spider took on Kid Flash, and though he managed to hit him with his web, the young speedster spun himself deeper in it, pulling Black Spider within kicking distance. He was knocked out by the collision.[5] He was to be taken to Belle Reve Penitentiary, but escaped before arriving there.[2]

 
Star City
December 4, 20:04 PST

Black Spider attempted to assassinate Bernell Jones for his work as a reporter, but he was thwarted and subdued by Green Arrow and Artemis.[6]

Abilities and equipment

Black Spider is extremely agile, and a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. He is equipped with a device on his wrist that can shoot a sticky substance resembling a spider's web.

Appearances

Background in other media

  • Although there have been three villains in the DC universe with the alias "Black Spider" (Eric Needham, Johnny LaMonica and Derrick Coe), the appearance, skills and equipment of this version is based on none of them in particular. He is instead based on the Marvel superhero Spider-Man, going so far as using his logo and webshooters. Prior to Young Justice, Greg Weisman had been co-creator of The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon. Black Spider is voiced by Josh Keaton, who voiced Spider-Man on The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  • This is Black Spider's second animated appearance; the Eric Needham version was also used in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.

References

  1. Weisman, Greg (2012-07-24). Question #15170. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weisman, Greg (2012-02-03). Question #14145. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Aureliani, Franco, Art Baltazar (w). Norton, Mike (a). Sinclair, Alex (col). Mangual, Carlos M. (let). Chadwick, Jim (ed). "Hack and You Shall Find" Young Justice 3 (April 20, 2011), New York, NY: DC Comics
  4. Aureliani, Franco, Art Baltazar (w). Norton, Mike (a). Atkinson, Zac (col). Mangual, Carlos M. (let). Chadwick, Jim (ed). "By Hook or by Web" Young Justice 4 (May 16, 2011), New York, NY: DC Comics
  5. Weisman, Jon (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (February 11, 2011). "Infiltrator". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 6. Cartoon Network.
  6. David, Peter (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (March 31, 2012). "Insecurity". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 23. Cartoon Network.
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