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Real Name: Richard "Rich" Starkey

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Copy boy (junior worker)

Group Membership: Daily Bugle

Affiliations: J. Jonah Jameson (loose), Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Joe "Robbie" Robertson

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York, USA

First Appearance: Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas (1983)

Powers/Abilities: The teen-aged Rich Starkey was a reasonably competent junior worker at a newspaper, but naive.

Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond


(Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas (fb) - BTS) - Rich Starkey idolized Spider-Man, ignoring the Daily Bugle newspaper's efforts to discredit the hero. But then Starkey was hired as a copy boy at the newspaper.

(Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas) - His first day on the job, Starkey overheard newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson lambast Spider-Man again and, unaware it was an unsaid rule not to challenge Jameson's vilification of Spidey, defended the webbed hero. The noisy newsroom suddenly became quiet and Jameson ordered the now sullen lad into his office where he berated Starkey for not following the editorial line targeting Spider-Man. However, photographer Peter Parker saw the incident and quickly changed into Spider-Man; crawling around the outside of the building, he quipped and webbed up Jameson to quieten him down before swinging away. Starkey watched in wonder, then asked Robbie Robertson what to do.


Comments: Created by Jim Salicrup, Alan Kupperberg, Mike Esposito.

This comic was a giveaway comic with an issue of the Dallas Times Herald newspaper and forms one of several Spidey comics with adventures set in Dallas.

This profile was completed 1/29/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Rich Starkey has no known connections to:

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Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas, p2, pan6 (main image)
   p2, pan5 (headshot)

Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas (1983) - Jim Salicrup (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), uncredited editor

First posted: 09/26/2021
Last updated: 09/25/2021

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