WILLIAM THORPE

Real Name: William Thorpe

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Construction worker

Affiliations: The Prowler

Enemies: A group of saboteurs

Known Relatives: Unnamed wife (deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I #365/5 (August, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: None. He was in relatively good shape.

History: (Amazing Spider-Man I #365/5 (fb)) - William Thorpe, a construction worker, at one point married an unnamed woman and for a time, had a healthy relationship. However, Thorpe and his wife grew apart, and allowed their jobs and problems to come in-between them. Eventually, his wife grew sick and died before Thorpe had a chance to make things right. Thorpe became unimaginably depressed as a result.

(Amazing Spider-Man I #365/5) - Thorpe showed up to work with a sad demeanor about him. He completely ignored a friendly greeting from Hobie Brown, passed him by without acknowledging him, and sat alone on the ledge of the building they were constructing. He sat there for hours. Long after night fell, a group of saboteurs showed up to sabotage the building as to not allow it to be completed on time. Thorpe was so caught up in his own thoughts he did not notice them. They were going to kill Thorpe to insure he did not rat them out to the authorities, but the Prowler intervened. As the Prowler fought with the thugs, Thorpe stood up and attempted to end his sorrow by ending his life, and jumped off the building. Fortunately, the Prowler saved him. Before long, a thug threw a hammer at the Prowler, and Thorpe assisted the Prowler by preventing him from falling off the building as he stumbled. Afterward, Thorpe explained why he was depressed and contemplating suicide with the Prowler, and the Prowler made Thorpe promise to get help.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Tod Smith, and Andrew Pepoy

It may seem obvious, but I feel obligated to say it right here: No matter how horrible things get, suicide is never the way out. No matter what happens, it is never worth it to leave behind a family and friends with holes in their hearts that will never heal for the rest of their lives.  I speak from experience; this issue is pretty close to my heart as a friend of mine recently committed suicide. If ever you are even thinking about killing yourself, get help.

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images: Amazing Spider-Man I #365, page 62 panel 2


Last updated: 01/30/04

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