DR. TED TWAKI
Real Name: Dr. Ted Twaki
Occupation: Head of the Tricorp Research Foundation
formerly employed by the U.S. Atomic Research Center in New York (see comments)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Javier Caldrone, Stan Hardy, Terry Kwan, Cassandra Locke, Chantal Stone, Walter Thorson, unidentified lab assistant, many unidentified co-workers
formerly Dr. Christina "Chris" Carr, Dr. Otto Octavius, Peter Parker
Enemies: Captain Power, the Ghost (unrevealed)
Known Relatives: None
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Base of Operations: Tricorp Research Foundation, New York (specifically Lab 213-RM while conducting research)
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man II#1 (January, 1999)
Powers/Abilities: The extent of Dr. Ted Twaki's expertise is unrevealed, but he is well versed in nuclear sciences and has respectable administrative skills. Passionate about science, Twaki has a no nonsense attitude when it comes to what he expects from his employees.
Weight: 173 lbs.
Hair: Bald, black at temples
History: (Amazing Spider-Man II#10 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Ted Twaki was a supervisor with the U.S. Atomic Research Center, overseeing the work of Dr. Otto Octavius. When Octavius caused the accident that bonded his tentacled apparatus to his back, Twaki saw that Octavius took the blame for the explosion and those injured and killed while ensuring that U.S. Atomic kept the patents to his work and research.
At some point Twaki left the U.S. Atomic Research Center to work for Tricorp, formerly General Techtonics Research Laboratories East.
Comments: Created by Howard Mackie (writer), John Byrne (pencils), and Scott Hanna (inks)
Additional details about Twaki and his Tri Corp co-workers were revealed in the Spider-Man's Friends and Associates profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 11.
Dr. Twaki was originally involved with General Techtonics Research Laboratories East, as per the short-lived retcon that the accident that turned Otto Octavius into Dr. Octopus was the same one that irradiated the spider that bit Peter Parker. Since that bit of story from John Byrne's Chapter One revamp has been discarded and Octavius's backstory involving the U.S. Atomic Research Center has been restored, it's assumed (but as yet unconfirmed) that Twaki was employed there as well, prior to joining Tricorp.
On that particular note, it's worth clarifying that Tricorp is the successor to General Techtonics Research Laboratories East, which should be differentiated from General Techtonics Research Laboratories West, which later became GARID (Galannan Alternative Research for Immunization Development).
It's not specified that the project Twaki is working on in Amazing Spider-Man II#16 is Roma 14-X, but in lieu of further information it's assumed the two projects are the same.
You may have noticed most of Twaki's appearances occur early into the 1998 Spider-Man relaunch. As with many other storylines to originate early on in the relaunch (like the Senator Ward saga, the mystery of Hunger, et al), Twaki and Tricorp gradually fizzled out, even with the promise of a storyline dealing with Twaki's interest in obtaining Spider-Man's DNA. While the ultimate resolution of Twaki firing Parker made sense with how little time he'd been spending at Tricorp, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't... slightly unsatisfying after all of the set up. And even then, there was the tease that Twaki's experiment was going to revolutionize the world, which has yet to be followed up on.
Profile by G Morrow.
CLARIFICATIONS: Dr. Ted Twaki has no known connections to
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Amazing Spider-Man II#3, p9, pan1 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man II#1, p29, pan4 (close-up)
Amazing Spider-Man II#16, p20, pan1 (in protective suit)
Amazing Spider-Man II#1 (January, 1999) - Howard Mackie, John Byrne, and Scott Hanna (story & art), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#2 (February, 1999) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#3 (March, 1999) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#3 (March, 1999) - Howard Mackie, John Romita Jr., and Scott Hanna (story and art), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#10 (October, 1999) - Howard Mackie/John Byrne (story and art), Scott Hanna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#16 (April, 2000) - John L. Byrne & Howard Mackie (story and art), Dan Green (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 05/11/14
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