Amazing Adventures #1 (Black Widow)
Issue(s): Amazing Adventures #1 (Black Widow story only)
Ivan is in this issue (his first appearance), but he's looking about ten years older than in his Champions appearances where he's practically a fighting member of the team. Here, he has no idea that the Widow is a super-hero.
The Widow realizes that designing a costume without a mask jeopardizes her secret identity.
In isolation, this story can be read like the Widow is just a bored jet-setter going out to the slums to look for some excitement, but there's actually a mission statement here that defines the direction for the series:
In the past I've always been involved in government affairs! Perhaps that's why I now feel so compelled to take an interest... in the affairs of the common man.. for without him -- there can be no government!
Not a lot to this issue but i guess it's a good introduction to the character, and Buscema's art is nice.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Placing this next to the entry for the Inhumans story in the same issue, although there's no connection.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Selects: Spider-Man #6
Inbound References (1): showBlack Widow, Ivan Petrovitch 1970 / Box 5 / Silver Age
1970 / Box 5 / Silver Age
I think that Spider-Man has been Natasha's inspiration from the very beginning. This was why she wanted to become a costumed crime fighter in the first place in addition of working as a super spy. This might partially explain why she defected to the USA from the Russian KGB. And She fought Spider-Man because she wanted to see if he was worthy enough to defeat her. A Black Widow Spider always chooses a mate that she wants.
Posted by: Dan | November 14, 2012 12:13 AM
According to a Bill Mantlo-written document with notes added by Jim Shooter published in Back Issue #65, Ivan's last name is Schwartz.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 3, 2013 2:12 PM
The fanzine Comic Reader #77(1/70) announced John Romita as the artist.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 20, 2018 4:30 PM
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