The Spider and the Sons of Satan by Rafael DeSoto
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Jackson has been Wentworth's faithful man-at-arms since he served under him in
World War I, and still calls him "Major." Now he aids him in his War on Crime,
but is nominally his chauffeur. Surprisingly, Jackson dies and is buried in
The Pain Emperor (February 1935)! More surprisingly, he returns to life
three months later in Reign of the Death Fiddler (May 1935) with only the
slimmest of explanations. Jackson stays alive through the rest of the series,
but he does take off a few issues after meeting and marrying Marianne Harcourt,
the half sister of the villain in The Devil's Paymaster (May 1941).
Harold Jenkyns is Wentworth's withered, silver-haired butler, who has been with the Wentworth family
since Richard was a lad. His character runs throughout the entire series, but is
never fully fleshed out. He's like Alfred, but with very few lines.
Stanley Kirkpatrick is the dapper, wax-mustached Commissioner of Police for New
York City. (And Governor of New York for seven months in 1935!) Kirkpatrick is
Dick Wentworth's trusted friend and The Spider's bitter enemy. He is as faithful
to the Law as Wentworth is to Justice, which means that when there is ironclad
proof that Dick is The Spider -- as he suspects he is -- he will not hesitate to
place his friend in irons! There are moments though, when things get
particularly out of hand, that he agrees with The Spider's methods and even
fights at his side.
In Murder's Black Prince (July 1941) Kirkpatrick falls in love with
the villain's exotic slave Lona Deeping; Four months later, and after she has
made up for her crimes, they are married.
Professor Ezra Brownlee is Wentworth's family friend and physics professor, as well
as an amazing inventor. Wentworth bankrolls his friend, putting his genius to
work creating paraphernalia for The Spider's grim work. Among other things, he's
responsible for The Spider's cigarette lighter with concealed seal, and his
pencil-thin high-test climbing line, "The Web." Though Brownlee is a major
character in the early books, he is murdered in just the second year (Dragon
Lord of the Underworld, July 1935).