The Burglar

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2002
 Staff: Al Sjoerdsma (E-Mail)
 Staff: Dave Sippel (E-Mail)
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Freckles, bushy eyebrows, green hat, brown jacket, green pants.






150 lbs.


Ruthless, quick on the draw, can outrun a security guard to an elevator.


Mental instability.

Strength Level:

Normal human.


A gun.


United States.

Created By:

Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

Current Occupation:

Pushing up daisies.



Former Bases:

Manhattan and Queens.

Former Occupation:


Known Allies:


Known Confidants:

Jessica Carradine, Dutch Mallone (in his sleep).

Known Relatives:

Jessica Carradine (daughter), Unnamed brother (Peter's dentist, seen in Marvel Comics Presents #49-50 as a member of Critical Mass' gang), Jimmy Costas (potential nephew via Burglar's sister).

Legal Status:


Major Enemies:

Spider-Man, Mysterio.

Marital Status:

Presumably married, since he has a daughter.

Place of Birth:


Real Name:

Never revealed, but his daughter's last name is Carradine.

Usual Bases:

Manhattan and Queens.


The Burglar makes his first appearance in the hallway of a Manhattan TV studio just as young Peter Parker (still dressed as Spider-Man and carrying his pants over his arm) steps out of his dressing room. The Burglar is being chased by a police officer who yells at Spider-Man to trip the crook up before he can get to the elevator. But a stuck-up Spidey refuses to help and the Burglar makes his escape.

Soon after, the same Burglar tries to rob the Parker home in Queens. When Ben Parker surprises him, the Burglar murders Ben and hides out in the old Acme Warehouse. Peter learns that his Uncle has been killed and goes to the warehouse, as Spider-Man, to capture the killer. He takes the Burglar out with one punch, only to discover that it is the same man he could have captured at the TV station. This event has influenced Peter Parker's entire life.

Years later, with Aunt May in a nursing home, the Burglar, now out of jail, rents the old Parker home and tears it apart looking for some hidden treasure. When he fails to locate it, he goes to the nursing home. There, he occupies the office of Dr. Ludwig Rinehart, and holds the psychiatrist at gunpoint. He reveals to Rinehart that his break-in at the Parker home years before was not random; that he was looking for something when he shot Ben Parker. Now he believes Aunt May knows where the valuables are. He plans to learn the truth and then kill her. He also reveals that the doctors in prison diagnosed him as crazy. (Ya think?)

Things get more complicated when it appears that Aunt May dies of a massive cardio-infarction. We see her body in a casket and they have a visitation for her and everything. But all is not as it appears because Dr. Ludwig Rinehart is actually Mysterio, the master of illusion. He has agreed to simulate Aunt May's death so that Peter will stop visiting. This will allow the Burglar time to shake the truth out of the old bird. After having Peter put off the scent, the Burglar tries to kill Rinehart. But the Burglar is not aware that Rinehart is Mysterio and is unprepared for the illusions that allow Mysterio to take away his gun and render him unconscious.

Mysterio keeps the Burglar tied up in the basement of the nursing home while he tries to discover what the hidden treasure is. The Burglar manages to break a nearby mirror and use a shard to sever his bonds.

It all comes to a head in Amazing Spider-Man #200 (January 1980) when Peter Parker finds the Burglar waiting for him in his apartment. The Burglar manages to knock out Peter (who, thanks to Mysterio, has lost his powers) by whacking him over the head with the butt of his gun. He takes a tied-up Peter to the old Acme Warehouse and the truth starts to come out.

Years before, the Burglar was a young convict who was paired up in a cell with Dutch Mallone, a notorious gangster. Dutch used to talk in his sleep about a treasure he had hidden in his home. The Burglar finds out by visiting the TV station on that fateful day that the home in question was eventually bought and occupied by the Parkers. With Mysterio having fled the scene, he has the real Aunt May in his custody. He brings her to the warehouse and faces off against Spider-Man.

In the end, an enraged web-slinger pulls off his mask and shows the Burglar that he is Peter Parker. The Burglar becomes so convinced that Peter will kill him for the murder of his Uncle Ben that he drops dead of a heart attack; frightened to death. And the treasure? Aunt May reveals that she and Ben found a box behind the wallboards years ago... but silverfish had eaten up all the contents.

Years after his death, the burglar's daughter, Jessica Carradine, arrived in New York with a grudge against Spider-Man. She dated Ben Reilly, not knowing that he was the current Spider-Man. She tried to forgive Ben after she found out his secret but the burning of the Daily Grind (his place of employment) and the ransacking of his apartmant led him to think that she was trying to destroy his life. (It was really Jason Macendale, the Hobgoblin.) They broke up and she has not been seen since.

The burglar had a brother that, surprisingly enough, was also Peter’s dentist. The brother worked with Arnie Gunderson and the Band of Baddies against Spider-Man.

As a side note, according to the third Spider-Man film, the burglar's name is Dennis Carradine. It is seen on his mug shot when Capt Stacy says Ben's killer is still free.

Image Gallery


Cover Date Appearance Information
Aug 1962 App: Amazing Fantasy #15
Jul 1967 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #50
Jul 1968 App: Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1 (Story 1)
Mar 1971 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #94
May 1989 App: Spider-Man: Parallel Lives
Jun 1978 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #181
Aug 1992 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #365 (Story 1)
Jun 1992 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #189 (Story 1)
Jul 1992 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #90
Sep 1992 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #26 (Story 1)
Jun 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #193
Jul 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #194
Aug 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #195
Oct 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #197
Nov 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #198
Dec 1979 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #199
Jan 1980 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #200
  Burglar dies
Dec 1998 App: Spider-Man: Chapter One #1
Feb 2001 App: Ultimate Spider-Man #4
Mar 2001 App: Ultimate Spider-Man #5

Thanks To

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2002
 Staff: Al Sjoerdsma (E-Mail)
 Staff: Dave Sippel (E-Mail)