Real Name: Darryl Williams

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Prison warden

Group Membership: Ryker's Island Prison staff

Affiliations: Alicia Masters

Enemies: Power Man (Luke Cage) (while he was under the Puppet Master's control), the Puppet Master (Phillip Masters)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Ryker's Island Prison, New York, USA

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#170 (May, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Warden Darryl Williams has no superhuman powers but he is a skilled prison warden and very knowledgeable about prison security.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'8")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 150 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

(Fantastic Four I#170 (fb) - BTS) - At some point when Alicia Masters gave art therapy to the inmates of Ryker's Island Prison, Warden Darryl Williams promised her a favor in return.

(Fantastic Four I#170) - A month later, Alicia Masters phoned Warden Williams to visit an inmate and he immediately sent over a helicopter to pick her up, assuming that the inmate she wanted to visit was her stepfather, the Puppet Master. Greeting the arriving Alicia, Warden Williams expressed happiness that he could already return her favor for the art therapy she'd earlier provided. Admitting he'd already taken the liberty of arranging the visit with the Puppet Master based on an assumption, Williams was confirmed in his assumption and assured Alicia that she could call him "Darryl" instead of the more formal "Warden Williams." Alicia then asked how the Puppet Master had been and if he'd caused any special problems of late, to which Williams replied that the Puppet Master used to rave quite a bit but had  lately become a model prisoner. Alicia then admitted her fears that the Puppet Master's model behavior was due to him being up to no good from within the prison walls but Williams assured that, with the prison's security, there was no way the Puppet Master could be up to something in his special cell. When Williams led Alicia into the Puppet Master's cell, she accused the Puppet Master of manipulating and controlling the Fantastic Four's newest member, Power Man. The Puppet Master was affronted at the accusation and Williams remarked on how his security had went over every inch of the Puppet Master's special cell and even used a Geiger counter to ensure he did not have access to his special radioactive clay. Explaining that Williams' men had not checked the Puppet Master's cell with the sensitive fingers of a blind sculptress, Alicia quickly found a loose stone in the cell and when a guard pried loose the stone to find a radioactive clay puppet of Power Man, Williams ordered the guard to sound the alarm.

Before any further action could be taken, however, the Puppet Master snatched the puppet from the guard and ordered Power Man to bust through the prison wall, prompting Williams to order his guard to shoot the mind-controlled Power Man. The bullets bounced off Power Man's bulletproof skin and the mind-controlled hero swatted both Williams and the guard aside, knocking them out.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, George Perez and Joe Sinnott.

    The prison in the story is unidentified (other than "a certain maximum security prison") but the Official Marvel Index to the Fantastic Four I#9 confirms it is Ryker's Island Prison. It also confirms that Warden Darryl Williams is a different character than the Warden Williams seen in Fantastic Four I#8 despite the similarities (prison warden, involved in Puppet Master plot, etc. etc.). To further distinguish the two, Warden Williams was the warden of State Prison while Warden Darryl Williams was the warden of Ryker's Island Prison and Warden Williams was older with gray hair while Darryl Williams appeared younger with blonde hair.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Darryl Williams
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Fantastic Four I#170, p8, pan1 (Darryl Williams, main image)
Fantastic Four I#170, p9, pan2 (Darryl Williams, headshot)
Fantastic Four I#170, p9, pan1 (Darryl Williams with Alicia Masters)

Fantastic Four I#170 (May, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer, editor), George Perez (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)

First posted09/26/2022
Last updated: 09/26/2022

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