Early Life

Richard Parker was born and raised in Queens, New York City. He lived there with his older brother Ben Parker. Richard was recruited into the Central Intelligence Agency and became an intelligence agent. Richard married another agent, Mary Fitzpatrick, and the two of them had a son, Peter Parker, and a daughter, Teresa Parker[2], though the later was born in secret.

Red Skull

While Peter was still an infant, Richard and Mary were assigned to infiltrate the Algerian-based spy ring controlled by the Communist agent, the Red Skull. The moment the Red Skull learned that Richard and Mary Parker were double agents, he had them killed by one of his agents, the Finisher, in an airplane crash overseas and framed for treason. [3]


While Richard and Mary were on assignment, Ben and his wife May took care of Peter. Ben and May had never had children of their own, but after Richard and Mary died, they became Peter’s surrogate parents and raised him as if he were their own son.[4]

  • Like his older brother Ben, Richard believed in power and responsibility and was known as a young man to stand up to bullies and try to help them rather than just fighting back.[5]

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