Anna Watson
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #15 (August 1964)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Supporting character ofSpider-Man

Anna May Watson is a fictional character, a supporting character of Spider-Man.[1]

Publication history

The character, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #15.[2] Her first appearance helped foreshadow the first appearance of Mary Jane Watson as Mary Jane would be referenced as the niece of Anna.[3][4]

Fictional character biography

Anna Watson is depicted as Mary Jane Watson's aunt, an old friend of Aunt May, and a recurring character in various Spider-Man titles. She is depicted as filling the same role of surrogate mother in Mary Jane's life as May does for Peter Parker. For a period of time when May was believed to be dead, she moved in with Peter and Mary Jane. While initially very supportive of her niece's husband, she becomes suspicious with Peter's long absences and unreliability occasionally.[5]

In other media


  1. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Manning, Matthew K. (2012). Spider-Man Chronicle: Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. DK Publishing. p. 42. ISBN 978-0756692360.
  2. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 402. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0.
  3. ^ "75 Most Iconic Marvel Comics Moments: #60-46". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ "25 Things Only True Fans Know About Spider-Man And Mary Jane's Relationship". ScreenRant. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Spider-Man, Who?? The Psychology of Marvel Comics Vs. the Movies". Retrieved 18 December 2018.