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Latter-day Saint police detective who arrested Peter Parker
Jacob Raven is a devout Latter-day Saint police detective who was a significant supporting character in the various Spider-Man comic book series published by Marvel Comics. Jacob Raven was particularly prominent and significant during the "Clone Saga."
One of the warmest, most interesting portrayals of Salt Lake City and a Latter-day Saint character ever written by a non-Latter-day Saint science fiction writer was actually in a trio of Spider-Man comic books. Author J. M. DeMatteis, one of comicdom's most critically acclaimed writers, happens to be Hindu. But he apparently spent enough time in SLC to capture the flavor of the city well, and to create Latter-day Saint police detective Jacob Raven. Raven is a devout but delightfully complex character who eventually ends up arresting Peter Parker for a murder (committed by his clone) in the regular Spider-Man series. This "Lost Years" limited series reveals the back story of when Raven's and Spider-Man's paths first crossed in SLC.
In addition to the 3-issue "Lost Years" limited series, the Marvel Chronology Project lists the following other appearances of Jacob Raven, 19 separate comics:
Spider-Man #'s 53, 54, 57, 59, 60
Web of Spider-Man #'s 121, 122, 123, 124, 126
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #'s 222, 223, 226, 231
Amazing Spider-Man #'s 400, 402, 403
Amazing Spider-Man Unlimited # 9
Scarlet Spider Unlimited # 1
From: "Power Pack #1", forum discussion started 6 April 2005 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-51673.html; viewed 22 June 2007):
04-10-2005, 04:28 PM
The only identified Mormon in the Marvel universe was detective Jacob Raven - and he was created and (mostly written) by devout Hindu J.M. DeMatteis.
Of course, he's a Clone Saga era character, so we aren't likely to see him again.
Webpage created 17 January 2006. Last modified 22 June 2007.
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