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The Burglar (of Earth-616), seen in early Spider-Man comics, is the killer of Ben Parker.

History

He is first seen successfully robbing a television station for information. Peter Parker/Spider-Man, then a celebrity, did not bother to stop him despite having the opportunity to do so since it was "not his problem."

Learning that the house where Mallone's money is the Parker house, The Burglar breaks into it searching for the money, killing Ben Parker when he tries to interfere. Fleeing the scene, The Burglar is chased by police to a warehouse, where Peter, wanting to avenge the murder of Uncle Ben, knocks out The Burglar, whom he then realizes is the thief he had encountered earlier at the television station.

The Burglar is later left to be arrested by the authorities, Peter then starts realizing he could have prevented the loss of Uncle Ben by simple humanitarian behavior in the earlier encounter, decides to use his great powers for responsibly, swearing to never again ignore a scheme if he could help it.

Name

The Burglar's name was never revealed in the comics. He is completely unnamed in Amazing Fantasy #15, and it was only in 1996, 15 years after his second and final appearance in the comics, and the introduction of his estranged daughter Jessica, that the possibility arose that he might share her last name of Carradine. However, it remains unconfirmed whether this is the Burglar's surname, as his daughter may be using her mother's maiden name, or that of her adoptive parents.

In the first Spider-Man film, the burglar character is replaced by a carjacker, referred to only as Carjacker in the film's credits. In the film Spider-Man 3, Captain Stacy revealed that the carjacker's full name was Dennis Carradine, though this does not necessarily make this full name canonical in the comic's continuity. In the Spider-Man video game based on the first film, he is called "Spike".

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