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Real Name: Lt. Ralph Arbunkle

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Police officer

Group Membership: New York Police Department

Affiliations: Fellow police officers (loose)

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Jackal (Miles Warren), Gwen Stacy clone, Tarantula (Antonio Rodriquez)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, USA

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#148 (September, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Ralph Arbunkle was an able police officer and knew how to fire guns, but his glory-seeking and vanity undermined his skills.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Brown


(Amazing Spider-Man I#148 (fb) - BTS) - Ralph Arbunkle joined the New York police force and made his way to lieutenant rank.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#148) - Investigating a disturbance on the Brooklyn Bridge, where the Jackal, a hypnotized Gwen Stacy clone and the mercenary Tarantula had gathered, having just thrown the chained Spider-Man off one of its towers. Using a bullhorn, Arbunkle ordered the three to stay there. Instead, Jackal mocked him and put together a portable jet-pack; all three used it to flee with the police arriving too late to stop them. Having lost their targets, Arbunkle and his men used a police boat to apprehend the seemingly unconscious Spider-Man, who was hanging precariously by his webbing. One police officer wanted to unmask Spider-Man while still in the boat, but Arbunkle stopped him, wanting to save the big reveal for the assembled journalist cameras on the pier. Seeing the police commissioner there too, Arbunkle hoped for greater fame and glory showcasing Spider-Man and, while still in the boat, ordered his men remove the Jackal's chains so that the wanted vigilante could be put in police handcuffs, emphasizing good appearances. However, Spider-Man was feigning unconsciousness and escaped, knocking over police officers as he did so. Arbunkle grabbed a dropped gun and fired blindly into the water, hoping to hit Spider-Man, but to no avail. Having lost all suspects, the angry commissioner blasted the frightened Arbunkle in front of the cameras, vowing that Arbunkle would be relegated to street duty for the next 20 years.


Comments: Created by Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito & Dave Hunt (inks).

He's a good candidate for a villainous henchman.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Ralph Arbunkle has no known connections to:

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Amazing Spider-Man I#148, p7, pan4 (main image)
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Amazing Spider-Man I#148 (September, 1975) - Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito & Dave Hunt (inks), Len Wein (editor)

First posted: 06/26/18

Last updated: 06/26/18

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