The Human Fly


Real Name: Hy Heale

Identity/Class: Normal human technology user (World War II era)

Occupation: President of Hi-Low Window Washing, professional window washer, janitor, burglar

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Captain America, Bucky, Mike Galen

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, USA

First Appearance: Captain America Comics#60/1 (January, 1947)

Powers/Abilities: Hy Heale had no superhuman powers but was an expert climber who engaged in intensive regular exercise. He wore a costume that had suction cups attached to the hands and feet which enabled him to cling to most flat surfaces. He wore a parachute hidden beneath a set of false wings on his back. He showed some fighting ability that incorporated a series of acrobatic moves in unison with the costume’s suction devices. He was also an accomplished window washer and janitor.


The Human Fly trapped


(Captain America Comics#60/1 (fb) - BTS) - Hy Heale ran a prominent window washing company in New York that catered to large residential apartments and skyscrapers. Day in and day out, he dreamed to one day steal from some of the rich tenants in various buildings that he had worked on. Gaining employment as a cleaner in a circus, he stole a spare Human Fly costume from the dressing room of Mike Galen.

(Captain America Comics#60/1) - Heale began his crime spree as the Human Fly by scaling a high rise building and breaking into an apartment to steal some jewelry. Captain America and Bucky watched as the Human Fly started to scale the building and they rushed to apprehend him. During the ensuing melee, the Human Fly managed to surprise Captain America and knocked him off the roof. However, the hero grabbed a flagpole and used it to catapult himself through a window to safety although this allowed the Human Fly to make his escape. The next night, the Human Fly attempted to break into another building but was attacked by Bucky who jumped from a helicopter toward him. Falling from the building, he activated a parachute and once again narrowly escaped the two heroes. Captain America and Bucky began investigating the circus in hopes of finding the identity of the Human Fly and falsely believed Mike Galen, the original Human Fly, was the culprit. Learning the truth that Hy Heale, a window washer, was the now the prime suspect, the two heroes broke into his office and learned that he was planning to steal some priceless stamps from a man in a lighthouse. Making his way by boat, the Human Fly started to climb up the walls of the lighthouse to gain entry but was once again intercepted by Captain America and Bucky. While trying to escape by running down the stairs, the Human Fly knocked over some crates and broke a container of molasses. Acting like a fly trap, the Human Fly was quickly subdued and subsequently sent to jail for his crimes.

The Human Fly attacks!

Comments: Created by unknown writer and Syd Shores (?) (art).

Profile by AvatarWarlord72.

The Human Fly has no known connections to:

Mike Galen

Mike Galen

Mike Galen was a marquee circus performer who temporarily gave up his Human Fly act because of an accident during a performance. A while later, his spare costume was stolen from his dressing room and he was considered to be Captain America’s main suspect in a series of Human Fly burglaries that had occurred in the city. With his name cleared and the true culprit apprehended, Mike Galen returned to once again resume his Human Fly act in the circus.


--Captain America Comics#60/1

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Captain America Comics#60, p3, pan2 (the Human Fly)

p12, pan2 (sticky flypaper trap)
p11, pan3 (the Fly attacks!)
p3, pan4 (Mike Galen)

Other Appearances: None

Last updated: 11/01/07

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