Alter Ego: Kwaku Anansi
Other Names: Ananse; Spider-God; Bumba; Yiyi; The Trickster; Spider; Ananasi; The Trickster God; The Great Weaver
First Appearance: Thor (vol. 1) #398 (Dec. 1988): "The Prisoners of the Black Pyramid!"
First Appearance (Additional Details): (named) The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 2) #48 (Feb. 2002): "A Spider's Tale"; (DC, voice) Justice League of America (vol. 2) #15 (Jan. 2008): "Unlimited: Chapter 4: Unleashed"; (DC, seen) Justice League of America (vol. 2) #23 (Sep. 2008): "The Second Coming, Chapter Two: Things Fall Apart"; (Great Weaver) Peter Parker: Spider-Man Annual 2001 (Jan. 2002): "It's Good to Be King"
Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes
Number of Appearances: 23
Comic Book Appearances: 15
TV, Film Appearances: 8
Enemy of: The Justice League
We have combined the record for Marvel's version of Anansi with the record for DC's version of Anansi. One could argue that the two portrayals of Anansi are quite different. But they are still the same character. These are comic book adaptations of the same traditional trickster/spider god.
As far as we have been able to ascertain, Anansi first appeared in DC comics as part of a story arc in the second volume of Justice League of America, written by Dwayne McDuffie and illustrated by Ed Benes. Anansi was originally unseen but his voice was first heard in Justice League of America (vol. 2) #15 (Jan. 2008). He was seen in Justice League of America #23 (Sep. 2008). He was finally named, and identified as "Anansi" in Justice League of America #25 (Nov. 2008).
African trickster/spider god, son of Nyambe and Asase-Ya, possibly responsible for spider-powers of Ezekial +/- Spider-Man; Ananse, Spider-God, Bumba, Yiyi
The African god of trickery Anansi also appeared in at least three Elementals comics, published by Comico. The first appearance of Anansi in a Comico comic was in Elementals (vol. 2) #26 (Apr. 1993), written by Jack Herman, penciled by Tony S. Daniel, and inked by Pam Eklund.
Spider-Man encountered a religious sect known as the "Spider Clan" in Peru, whose religion was apparently primarily Incan. But they worshiped a spider deity known as The Great Weaver. This deity was first mentioned in Peter Parker: Spider-Man Annual 2001. At that time, it was not readily apparent that there was a connection between Anansi and "The Great Weaver." With subsequent Spider-Man stories -- including those written by J. Michael Straczynski and the storyline known as "The Other--Evolve or Die" -- it became more clear that "The Great Weaver" is indeed Anansi. This may not have been the intention of Fiona Kai Avery, who wrote Peter Parker: Spider-Man Annual 2001, but this seems now to be an accepted fact.
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