Over the weekend, author Saladin Ahmed posted images from the a story in The Eagle #2 (Fox Publications, 1941). I guess others have noted Spider-Queen and her web-shooting bracelets before, but I’d never even heard of the character.
The Spider-Queen stories are credited to one Elsa Lisau. There seems to be an online consensus (no idea where it came from) that it’s a pseudonym for Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve.
Bear with me for a moment while I backtrack to tell you about Cazeneuve.
In 1940, Fox Publications editor Joe Simon gathered some of his colleagues to moonlight on a project with Martin Goodman’s Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel Comics). Red Raven #1 included an adventure starring the title character—a collaboration between Simon and Louis Cazeneuve—and two stories by Jack Kirby, in his Timely debut.
Red Raven bombed—replaced on the schedule, I believe, by The Human Torch—and months later, Cazeneuve was still working for Fox, where Spider-Woman was published.
But within a few months Simon and Kirby soon delivered a new hero and began working exclusively for Timely/Marvel.
The hero, of course, was Captain America.