Dennis O'Neil, Alan Weiss
The WitchKraven Witch
Denny O'Neil (Writer)Alan Weiss (Artist)
Mind controlResurrectionUse of potions
Amazing Spider-Man #209 (October 1980)
Kraven the Hunter, Grim Hunter, Debra Whitman, Carrion, Chameleon
Calypso first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #209 and was created by Denny O'Neil and Alan Weiss.
Calypso initially appeared as a minor character The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #209 and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1, #65, where was she was an ally of Spider-Man's enemy Kraven the Hunter. After Kraven's death, Calypso bewitched the Lizard into helping her attack Spider-Man in Spider-Man Vol. 1, #1-5, then made guest appearances in Daredevil Vol. 1, #310-311 and Daredevil Annual Vol. 1, #9. Calypso next appeared in Web of Spider-Man Vol. 1, #109-110 and Spider-Man Annual 1997, and was killed-off in a storyline that spanned The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1, #249-253.
Fictional character biography
Calypso was a nameless voodoo priestess of Haitian nationality. She was a psychopathic woman who was associated with Sergei Kravinoff. Calypso seemed to enjoy driving Kraven into fits of rage and furthering his hatred of Spider-Man, which ultimately led to Kraven's suicide in the Kraven's Last Hunt storyline.
When artist Todd McFarlane started writing the new Spider-Man comic in 1990, his opening five-issue story arc, "Torment", featured Calypso, whom McFarlane transformed into a dangerous threat for Spider-Man. The explanation for Calypso's supernatural powers was the sacrifice of her younger sister. She used her abilities to hold Lizard in her grasp, and the two nearly succeeded in murdering Spider-Man. However, the webslinger managed to best them both and Calypso was apparently killed.
Her voodoo prevented her from truly dying and Calypso returned again. Commanding a squad of savages, she attacked Spider-Man and Alyosha Kravinoff, the son of the original Kraven the Hunter. Desiring revenge for losing Sergei, she used her powers to drive Spidey and Alyosha into fighting each other. Spidey and Alyosha fought off her spell, and shared a handshake. Alyosha said that he would hold Calypso at his mansion, so the villainess could tell him about his long-lost father. However, Alyosha slew Calypso instead.
Calypso survived by using voodoo to enter a series of host bodies which she used to fight Spider-Man and Daredevil. Calypso did a number of campaigns against them that involved her servant Zombie.
Powers and abilities
Calypso was well-versed in the religion and practice of voodoo. She often used voodoo drums, potions, and charms. Calypso used mind control, resurrection, and poisons.
An issue of What If?? which asked the question "What If Spider-Man Killed the Lizard?" had Calypso in it. When Spider-Man is forced to kill the Lizard in an alternate version of the "Torment" story-arc, Calypso approaches the Lizard's distraught son Billy and offers him the chance to get revenge on Spider-Man via a potion that will make him "just like daddy".