I had actually heard a freind of mine say that there is no Spider-woman and that she used to be only called Black Widow. Is there any treuth in the matter?
No, tell your friend he/she lost the bet, and owes you some copies of the Official Handbooks of the Marvel Universe! They are separate characters. There are actually 4 women who have been called Spider-Woman: Jessica Drew (the first and current one on the Avengers team), the second, who wore the black costume with the design made popular by Venom, Julia Carpenter, the bratty yet powerful Mattie Franklin, and the villainous Charlotte Witter. There have been 2 Black Widows - Natasha Romanova and the blonde Black Widow, Yelena Belova.--MikeFichera 23:12, 5 April 2006 (EDT)