Big Bad Wolf (Zeke Midas Wolf)

The Religious Affiliation of
Big Bad Wolf
Zeke Midas Wolf

Religion: anthropomorphic animal CBR Scale: I

Name: Big Bad Wolf

Alter Ego: Zeke Midas Wolf

Other Names: Zeke Wolf; Br'er Wolf

Classification: villain villain  

Publisher(s): Dell Disney Comics United Artists Walt Disney Pictures Whitman

First Appearance: Mother Goose Tales (1697): "Little Red Riding Hood"

First Appearance (Additional Details): (original) traditional fairy tale c. 1300s; (published) Mother Goose Tales (1697): "Little Red Riding Hood"; (film) Little Red Riding Hood (1901); (Disney version) Three Little Pigs (1933); (comic) Walt Disney Annual (1937)

Creators: Charles Perrault

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 899

   Comic Book Appearances: 837

   TV, Film Appearances: 61

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 1

Enemy of: Little Red Riding Hood, Practical Pig, Fiddler Pig, Fifer Pig, The Woodsman, Grandmother

Species: wolf

Gender: male

The story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf was a traditional European fairy tale whose precise origins are unknown. The story was in circulation among French and Italian peasants at least as early as the 14th Century.

The first published version appeared in Histoires ou contes du temps passe, published by Charles Perrault.

Interestingly enough, in the original version of Disney's classic "The Three Little Pigs" film, the Big Bad Wolf at one point disguises himself as a stereotypical Jewish peddler. This scene was removed from the film for a long time and replaced with a less offensive scene, before finally being restored on current DVD releases.

According to the excellent "Disney's HooZoo" website, Disney's version of The Big Bad Wolf made his first appearance in print in a story titled "Silly Symphonies: The Further Adventures of the Three Little Pigs" in the comic magazine Four Color #52 (Jan. 1936). This may indeed be the first appearance of the character, or perhaps simply the first appearance within this publication. But according to the very authoritative, Four Color #52 was actually published in September 1944. We believe this date to be accurate, and that puts this publication after the first comic book appearance for the Big Bad Wolf that is identified by Walt Disney Annual #1 (1937).

This character is in the following 22 stories which have been indexed by this website:
A Gander at Mother Goose (1940)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
Emmanuelle in Wonderland (2012)
Faerie Tale Theatre - Season 4, Episode 1 (12 Feb. 1985): "The Three Little Pigs"
Fairy Tales (1978) (cameo)
Falsehood (2001)
It's a Digital World (1994)
Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective (2003)
Little Boo-Peep (1953)
Little Red Riding Hood
Max Hamm: Fairy Tale Detective (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 2002): "The Big Sheep" (mentioned)
Mother Goose on the Loose (1942)
Mother Goose Tales (1697): "Little Red Riding Hood"
Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Tales of England: Obtained Principally from the Oral Tradition (1843): "The Tale of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf"
Once Upon a Rhyme (1950)
Super Why!
Three Little Pigs (1933)
Three Little Pigs Sing a Gig (1994)
Walt Disney Annual (1937)
The Wolf's Pardon (1947)

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