Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Who's Who: Spider Girl

Spider Girl
by Siskoid

Real Name: Sussa Paka
Super-Power(s): Prehensile hair.
Planet of Origin: Earth
Legion Seniority: Spider Girl was the fourth new recruit following the Legion's reformation after the Five-Year Gap.

Legion Log

Sussa Paka had the power to control her hair as if it were a prehensile limb bestowed upon her by the Matriarchs of Taltar's genetic experiments, but these failed to impress the Legion. Rejected and embittered, she undertook a criminal career as Spider Girl. She was soon recruited by the Legion of Super-Villains and trained at their academy.

After the period known as the Five Year Gap, Spider Girl essentially worked as a freelance thief. A badly timed assignment landed her on Earth during the planet's revolt against the Dominators, and quite by accident, she found herself allied to Science Police Chief Circe and the Legionnaire Bounty (see Dawnstar). She later broke into Legion HQ to get their help against a criminal's reprisal, but was roped into their fight against Mordru and then Glorith. She was formally invited to join the team and did, if only better to flirt with Ultra Boy, though the romance never really took off and she encouraged Jo to travel back in time and find Phantom Girl.

When the Legion was discredited and forced into exile by Universo, she died her hair blue and changed her code name to Wave.

After the Reboot, Spider Girl is a member of Workforce who had a relationship with Ultra Boy when he was a member of that team. As a result, she was rather resentful of Apparition.

After the Threeboot, there does not seem to be a version of Spider Girl in continuity.

After Infinite Crisis, Spider Girl's original history has more or less been re-established. Recently, she became a member of Earth-Man's xenophobic Justice League of Earth, and was defeated along with the rest of the group by the Legion and Superman. She then immediately joined the ranks of Superboy-Prime's new Legion of Super-Villains during Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds.

As the blue-haired Wave, she has appeared as a member of the Legion of Super-Villains (AKA Light Speed Vanguard) on the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series' episode "Lightning Storm". She does not have any lines.

Important Spider Girl Stories:

Adventure Comics #323
Spider Girl is rejected by the Legion of Super-Heroes

Adventure Comics #372
Spider Girl graduated from the Legion of Super-Villains' Academy
Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #1-5
Spider-Girl is a member of the LSV and participated in the historic attack on the Legion
that left Karate Kid dead

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #8
Spider Girl is captured after those events

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #27
After the Five Year Gap, Spider Girl is an accomplished thief

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #32, 34
Spider Girl teams up with the Science Police and Legionnaire Bounty on Dominion-occupied Earth

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #43
Spider Girl breaks into Legion HQ and ends up joining the team

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #52
Spider Girl flirts with Ultra Boy

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #53
Spider Girl lends support during the Legion's battle with Glorith but is spared the time witch's attentions

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #55
Spider Girl becomes Wave

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #57
Wave fights Dominion-controlled Heroes of Lallor

Legionnaires #21
The Reboot Spider Girl is a member of Workforce

Legionnaires #26
Spider Girl is dismayed to lose Ultra Boy to Apparition

Legionnaires #39
After Apparition's death, Spider Girl attempts to seduce Ultra Boy again

Legionnaires #43
Spider Girl tries out for the Legion

Action Comics #859-864
After Infinite Crisis, Spider-Girl is a villainous member of Earth-Man's "Justice League"

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2-3
Spider-Girl is also a member of Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains during Final Crisis

Legion of Super-Heroes animated series

Wave is a (non-speaking) member of the Legion of Super-Villains on the animated series


  1. Did they change her hair to blue to distance her look from Marvel's Medusa?

    I always thought she had a cool visual. Gary Frank's version is quite disturbing.


  2. That makes sense, though she was a red-head for a long time. It's just that all the Legionnaires changed their looks, not just their costumes when they went on the run.