Kwaku Anansi (Character)

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Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: C.B Cebulski and Niko Henrishon

1st appearance:  Spider-man Fairy Tales #2, August 2007

Alias: The god of lies, the god of mischief, Spider god, king of all stories

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: African gods

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 225 lbs    Height: 6’1

Eyes: Brown        Hair: Black

Relatives: Nyambe (father), Asase-Ya (mother), Avlekete, Erzulie, Faa, Ayaba, Eschu, Gou,Legba, Loko, Ogun, Maou, Zaca, Damballah, Baron Samedi (cousins), Lusa, Orishako, Orunjan, Olokun, Nebaste (uncles), Mawu (aunt), Mmoboro, Onini, Osebo, (brothers), Akonadi (daughter), Buluku(ancestor)

Skills and abilities: Master of unarmed combat, able to use anything as a weapon.

Powers: As an African god he has superhuman strength, speed, agility he can also shoot organic webs from his wrists on a scale far beyond that of Peter Parker/Spider-man. He once conjured a web long enough to allow him to climb into the clouds. He has control of spiders and can weave his webs into many shapes and configurations, including a single rope-like strand to swing from, a net to bind enemies, a simple glob to foul machinery or blind an opponent,  a shield, a spherical protection or hemispherical barrier, a club, or a hang-glider wing. Kwaku also has the ability to cling to solid surfaces.

Equipment: He possesses a guard with which he can trap the element of water.

Biography

Kwaku Anansi is an African god Known as the god of lies, the god of mischief, Spider god, king of all stories etc. One day while bored after acquiring great power and legendary status he travelled to the realm of his father Nyambe seeking even more power. After finding his uncle in his father’s stead he was told about the “spider-flower” which would grant him the additional power he needed. Gifting him a water gourd Kwaku descended from the heavens. He ran into a water elemental spirit who he defeated in battle before befriending it. Next he battled a water and earth elemental who he also befriended and they accompanied him on his quest. That night he met a fire elemental before abandoning the four to find the “garden at the end of the world” where the “spider-flower” was kept. Here he was overwhelmed by a powerful spirit which controlled bees. Luckily the elementals who he had befriended came to his aid. After the ordeal he no longer desired the ‘Spider-flower” since the additional power he required comes from the friends he made and those he would make in the future [Spider-man Fairy tales #2].

N.B: Kwaku is the Spider-man of alternate marvel earth called “Earth-7082”.

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5 thoughts on “Kwaku Anansi (Character)

  • June 7, 2014 at 3:31 am
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    I have this issue, it was VERY good! I would love to see this character return, I’d actually buy a Marvel Comics with him in it.

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    • June 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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      I agree Chace! Expect the review sometime later next week! Oh, Kwaku will show up in the Spider-verse series later this year 🙂

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  • July 8, 2014 at 12:33 am
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    My issue with this re-imagining – and really most of all re-imaginings by western artitsts – is that Africa, especially west africa where this piece takes places, is as industrialized as any western country yet the popular portrayal is one of deserts and jungles.

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  • August 8, 2015 at 9:29 am
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    This is really interesting. Do you think Anansi was a conscious inspiration for the original Spiderman creators?

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