Donning a leisure suit and a black, hooded mask, Mr. Crossart began his criminal career as the man known as the Tarantula while a guest at the mansion of wealthy socialite Vivian Dale, whom he took captive as the Tarantula. Meanwhile Wesley Dodds, the mystery man known as the Sandman, learned of the crime and after investigating guessed the Tarantula's identity and that he had hidden Vivian in her own house. Discovering a hidden door leading underground from her second-floor room, one of several passageways between the walls in the large house, the Sandman rescued Vivian and left the unconscious Crossart to be found by the police.

Much later, the Tarantula was one of several villains recruited by Ian Karkull to fight the Justice Society of America. He was quickly defeated by the Sandman and Sandy the Golden Boy.

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By all accounts, the Tarantula was human and did not possess powers of any kind.

Strength level

In his prime, the Tarantula possessed the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engaged in moderate regular exercise


A black hood and cape to disguise his features.

  • This version of Tarantula, including all history and corresponding appearances, was initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • The character of the Tarantula was created by Gardner Fox and Larry Dean. Writer Roy Thomas expanded on the character during his tenure on All-Star Squadron.
  • In post-Crisis continuity, this version of Tarantula was replaced by Roger Goldman, who, working alongside his mother, became the Tarantula as part of a terrorist scheme against his father for what he considered to be a black sheep inheritance.

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