Sticker

Real Name: Foxworth

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Criminal scientist

Group Membership: "Speedball Revenge Squad" (the Basher, Bonehead, Bug-Eyed Voice, Fred Caskey, the Harlequin Hit-Man, Leaper Logan, the Two-Legged Rat)

Affiliations: Clyde (employer), Garson (ally),

Enemies: Dr. Sol Haven, Speedball (Robbie Baldwin), Speedball (Darrion Grobe)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Springdale, Connecticut

First Appearance: Speedball#2 (October, 1988)

Powers/Abilities: The Sticker wore a suit of magno-armor that was covered with tiny capsules containing magnetic glue. Built into the helmet of the suit was a device that allowed the wearer to release the glue and control it.

And while Foxworth was apparently not willing to invent stuff on his own, he was at least a good enough scientist to combine his stolen inventions to create the Sticker suit.

History: (Speedball#2) - With Garson's aid, Foxworth stole Dr. Haven's invention of Magnetic Glue and combined it with other stolen inventions to create become the Sticker. He knew this could make him millions if he got the rights to the devices, but first he'd have to get Haven's papers. Dressed as the Sticker, he and Garson broke into Haven's labs, but could not find them. When Haven showed up, Sticker killed him. The phone rang and Garson, pretending to still be lab assistant, answered it, learning that Dr. Benson had the papers and was sending Robbie Baldwin over with them.

Garson tried to get the papers from Robbie but when Robbie said he was told to get the papers to Dr. Haven in person, Garson grabbed them and pushed them down some stairs. Garson assumed Robbie was dead and fled with the Sticer. But Robbie, being Speedball, survived the impact and followed the criminals.

When the Sticker realized that Garson hadn't checked if Robbie was dead and not wanting a possible witness to lead to him, killed Garson. Speedball showed up and fought the Sticker, who simply made Speedball stick to him and demanded he tell him how to duplicate his powers for himself. To escape Speedball pulled off the Sticker's helmet causing him to lose control of the glue. Foxworth was apparently suffocated when the glue covered his head.

(New Warriors I#66 - BTS) - Either the police were wrong about Foxworth being dead or he was revived by paramedics because he was still alive to end up in jail, only to eventually be among those broken out by Clyde.

(New Warriors I#66) - The Sticker and many other criminals were employed by Clyde to find Dr. Benson's cat Niels, which had powers similar to Speedball that Clyde intended to steal. Ending up with Niels stuck to him, the Sticker and the others returned to Clyde only to be beaten by Speedball and end up in jail again.

Comments: Created by Steve Ditko, Roger Stern and Jackson Guice.

At the end of the Speedball issue, we're left to believe that the Sticker is dead, but I guess he got better. The Sticker in the New Warriors issue is never identified as Foxworth, but the Sticker there does specifically refer to having fought Speedball before. With that reference seeming to go out of its way to establish this as the original Sticker and Clyde also returning from death, it's like that issue was trying to undo the deaths from the Speedball series.

I don't entirely buy Clyde's claim to have been behind all the villains of Springdale. He specifically mentions inventing a glue formulae, but the Speedball issue makes it pretty clear that it was actually invented by Dr. Haven.

My understanding is that the Speedball in the New Warriors issue wasn't really Speedball, but Darrion Grobe, who actually thought he was Speedball. That doesn't make much difference here though.

Thanks to Prime Eternal for the images

by Patrick D Ryall

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Sticker should not be confused with:


Garson once worked for Dr. Haven, but was fired when Haven discovered he was sending samples of Haven's work to Foxworth. Garson continued working with Foxworth, until Sticker thought he may become a liability and killed Garson and left him hanging on the wall.

--Speedball #2
















Dr. Sol Haven was a respected scientist in Springdale who had once employed Garson as a lab assistant. After firing Garson for giving notes to Foxworth, Haven invented "Magno-Fluid" a kind of magnetic glue and sent his notes to Dr. Benson for review. Garson and Foxworth, as the Sticker, broke into Haven's lab looking for the notes and when Haven stumbled upon them, he was killed by the Sticker.

--Speedball #2















Images taken from:
Speedball#2, cover
Speedball#2, page 8, panel 6
Speedball#2, page 2, panel 2
Speedball#2, page 2, panel 6


New Warriors I#66 (December, 1955)

Last updated: 08/29/04

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