Uncle Ben Parker is a major supporting in the Spider-Man series who first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). During his lifetime, he had trained in the military, sang in a band and dated a high school acquaintance May Reilly, whom he would later marry and enjoy a life together. When his older brother Richard Parker and his wife Mary were killed, Ben took the couple's son Peter into their home and he and May raised him as their own. Ben looked after Peter as he grew up, becoming a permanent father figure to him. Tragically, Ben lost his life when a burglar tried to rob him and May. It was revealed that Ben's killer was the thief that Peter as Spider-Man didn't stop because he felt it wasn't his job. As a result, Peter felt responsible for his uncle's death and this event would forever drive Peter to fight crime as a superhero, heeding Uncle Ben's words, "With great power comes great responsibility."