The Spider was published by Popular Publications Inc. based in New York. It ran for 188 issues from October 1933 to December 1943.
It was created as direct competition to Street and Smith Publications' vigilante hero, the Shadow.
The Spider, Master of Men! (magazine tagline) was millionaire playboy Richard Wentworth, who had served as a Major in World War I, and was living in New York City unaffected by the Great Depression. He was a crime-fighter wanted by the law for executing his criminal opponents, and pre-dated later similar comic book superheroes such as Batman.
First 12 issues of this classic series are PD