RAYMOND WARREN

Real Name: Raymond Warren

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Scientist;
   formerly science teacher at Midtown High

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Liz Allan-Osborn, Sally Avril (Bluebird), Professor Cobbwell, Jason Ionello, Living Brain, Sean "Tiny" McKeever, Mary Jane Parker, May Parker, Peter Parker, Mr. Petty, Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Anna Watson, unidentified criminals, unidentified Midtown High School students

EnemiesVenom (Angelo Fortunato)

Known Relatives: Dr. Miles Warren (the Jackal, brother, apparently deceased), Monica Warren (sister-in-law, deceased), unidentified nephew (deceased), unidentified niece (deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Formerly Midtown High School, Queens, New York City, New York

First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy I#15 (June, 1962); (identified) Amazing Spider-Man I#8

Powers/Abilities: Mr. Warren is a knowledgeable but stern high school science teacher. He is well connected within New York's science community.

History: (Untold Tales of Spider-Man#25 (fb) - BTS) - Raymond Warren is the brother of Empire State University Professor Miles Warren.
   Warren attended Empire State University.

(Amazing Fantasy I#15) - Warren complimented his star Midtown High School pupil Peter Parker on his work, telling him that if he kept it up he'd be sure to rate a scholarship when he graduates.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#2) - Warren scolded Parker for ignoring a delicate experiment to thumb through a copy of NOW Magazine.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#2/2) - Warren was asked by electronics expert Professor Cobbwell to recommend a student to assist him with his research. Suggesting Parker for the position, Warren introduced Cobbwell to the young student, who eagerly accepted.

(Untold Tales of Spider-Man I#1) - Warren taught a science class, noting an upcoming exam on the chalkboard.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#8) - Warren introduced his students to Mr. Petty of International Computing Machines (I.C.M.) as part of I.C.M.'s nationwide tour to show off their latest creation, the robotic Living Brain. Calling on his top science student Peter Parker to assist Petty, Warren polled the class for a question to ask the Living Brain as a demonstration of it's computing power. When student Liz Allan asked the Brain what Spider-Man's secret identity was, a nervous Parker input information about Spider-Man and in response received an answer in the form of mathematical symbols, which Warren told a relieved Parker he would have to answer overnight (giving him a chance to think of a way around exposing himself). Seeing another of his students, Flash Thompson, hassling Parker for the Brain's answer, Warren broke up their fighting and told them to settle things as men in the school gymnasium.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#15) - Warren scolded Parker for damaging lab equipment.

(Untold Tales of Spider-Man '96) - Warren asked Parker a question in class but failed to receive a answer.

(Untold Tales of Spider-Man#25 (fb) - BTS) - Warren wrote a letter of recommendation for Parker, which eventually found it's way into the hands of his brother Miles.

(Untold Tales of Spider-Man#25) - Running into Parker, his Aunt May, and her friend Anna Watson, at Empire State University's college visit week, Warren offered to show Parker around his old Alma mater. Introducing Parker to Miles, Warren stood by while his brother offered words of encouragement to his student.
   Continuing the tour, Warren showed Parker around ESU's Engineering Center, telling him of the newly developed Seismic Ray Device designed to check mineral composition under the Earth's crust (among other uses). Arriving at the Engineering Center's exhibition hall, Warren and Parker stopped to watch J. Jonah Jameson's dedication of the new Multi-Environmental Testing Chamber; while trying to get a better view Warren failed to notice Parker duck away to investigate possible criminal activity.

(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#7 (fb) - BTS) - Warren stopped teaching at Midtown High. (see comments)

(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#7) - Warren attended a reunion for Peter Parker's graduating class. Liz Allan (now Liz Osborn) brought Parker and his wife Mary Jane over to say hello, asking Warren if he remembered his star-pupil. Warren admitted he did, adding that Parker was the only student he'd ever had that would enter his classroom with a smile. Warren and Parker continued to chat, the conversation drifting to Parker's job as a part-time science teacher at Midtown High.

(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#8 - BTS) - Warren and the other reunion attendees were evacuated when a fight between Spider-Man and Venom erupted in the gymnasium.

 

 

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

While it might have been a useful way for Stan Lee to remember the name of Peter Parker's teachers by reusing the name Warren, that co-incidence was later used in the pages of Untold Tales of Spider-Man to reveal that the two Warren's were related. Since this addition came about after Miles Warren acted as the Jackal, it's unclear what his brother's thoughts are of his actions, which included becoming a super-criminal after his family was slaughtered by a genetically modified beast, exterminating an entire town, and creating scores of superpowered clones. If his last appearance in Marvel Knights Spider-Man I#7 is any indication though, he seems to have taken it in stride.

Warren was given the first name Aaron in the "Spectacular Spider-Man" animated series (designated Earth-26496 in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 4) prior to the reveal that his full name was Raymond Warren in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 11's Spider-Man's Friends & Associates profile (which describes Warren as a "sarcastic scientist").

It's not stated outright, but Warren's lack of familiarity with Peter Parker's job teaching at Midtown High implies he no longer works there.

While Warren's constant shifting between respect for and frustration with Parker looks like inconsistant characterization on the surface, when taken as a whole Warren actually comes across as being harder on Parker because of his desire to see his student succeed. Of course, when you have an issue like Amazing Spider-Man I#2 where he goes from being anger to admiration he just seems kind of wacky, but as a whole it works.

Warren's extended family includes several clones of his brother Miles (including one active clone calling himself "The Professor" that may actually be the original Miles Warren in another altered form), and an evolved jackal called the Jackal-Man that believed itself to be Miles Warren's son (and caused the accident that killed Miles Warren's wife and children).

Profile by G Morrow.

CLARIFICATIONS: Mr. Warren has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man I#25, p3, pan1 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#8, p5, pan1 (close-up)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man I#7, p13, pan3 (current appearance)


Other Appearances:
Amazing Fantasy I#15 (June, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (artist)

Amazing Spider-Man I#2 (May, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (artist)
Amazing Spider-Man I#8 (January, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (illustrator), Jack Kirby (pencils), Steve Ditko (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#15 (August, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (artist)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man I#1 (September, 1995) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Pat Olliffe (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man '96 (August, 1996) - Kurt "The Squirt" Busiek (writer), Mike "Madman" Allred and Pat Olliffe (pencils), Joltin' Joe Sinnott and Pam Eklund (inks), Sal Buscema, Jim Mooney, Gil Kane, Pat Olliffe & Klaus Janson, Mike Wieringo & Cam Smith, Mark Bagley & Mark Farmer, Ron Frenz & Sal Buscema (art), Taciturn Tom Brevoort (editor)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man I#25 (September, 1997) - Kurt Busiek (script), Roger Stern (co-plotter), Ron Frenz (breakdowns), Bob McLeod (finisher), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man I#7 (December, 2004) - Mark Millar (writer), Terry and Rachel Dodson (artists), Axel Alonso (editor)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man I#8 (January, 2005) - Mark Millar (writer), Frank Cho (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)


Last updated: 02/12/10

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