Religion: anthropomorphic animal
Name: Big Bad Wolf
Alter Ego: Zeke Midas Wolf
Other Names: Zeke Wolf; Br'er Wolf
First Appearance: Mother Goose Tales (1697): "Little Red Riding Hood"
First Appearance (additional details): (original) traditional fairy tale circa 1300s; (published) Mother Goose Tales (1697): "Little Red Riding Hood"; (film) Little Red Riding Hood (1901); (popular Disney version) Three Little Pigs (1933); (comic) Walt Disney Annual (1937)
Creators: Charles Perrault
Number of appearances: 899
Comic book appearances: 837
TV, film appearances: 61
Video game, computer game appearances: 1
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 Comics.org, 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 ComicVine.com: Walt Disney Annual #1 (1937).
Max Hamm: Fairy Tale Detective (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 2002): "The Big Sheep" (mentioned)
This character is in the following 20 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"
Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective (2003)
Little Boo-Peep (1953)
Little Red Riding Hood
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