blackgoliath asked: you've probably got this question before, and I'm sorry that I am too lazy to go through your very convenient answered questions, but what is Natasha's natural hair color? In the origins I've read where they've shown her as a child, her hair is always black; but I just read your "super hero or spy" post (very nice by the way!) and you said that the black hair was dye. Is the red dye, or the black?
Short answer: it’s naturally red.
Longer answer: she was introduced with black hair which changed to red inexplicably when the new all-black costume came around. But per the letters column in Amazing Adventures #6, 1971:
As far as the color of her hair is concerned— you may not have known this, but Natasha’s natural color is auburn. She dyed her hair black when working for the Soviet government, so as not to look frivolous on such a serious mission. But now, in an attempt to forget the past and start anew, and particularly to keep in tune with the times, Natasha has returned her hair to its rightful hue. ‘Nuff said??
If that isn’t Word of God enough for ya, the only flashback instance I know of (offhand, anyway) that depicts her with black hair as a child is Marvel Fanfare #10:
But this was against established precedent even in the early 1980s. Natasha’s childhood was first touched on in Daredevil #88, which is what Marvel Fanfare #10 was largely drawing from. And see for yourself:
Pretty much any other comic that shows her as a young woman, from Black Widow: Deadly Origin to Uncanny X-men #268, confirms that her hair is naturally red and the black must have been a dye.
It may not be as fancy, but this new costume will be more in keeping with the swingy seventies! …And with the modern image of the new Black Widow.