Real Name: Gardner Polley
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Big Wheel, Chairman, Demolition Derby, Elektro, Home Wrecker, Hotshot, Human Computer, Hypno-Hustler, June Jitsui, Legal Eagle, Larcenous Lil, Photoman, Printout Man, Simon the Evil Swami
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: S-Wing, unnamed prison in New York state, USA
First Appearance: Hostess ad "The Spider-Man and the Fly" from Inhumans I#7 (October, 1976) and other issues published in that month
Powers/Abilities: The Fly wore a technologically enhanced suit with small wings, although it's unknown if they actually provided flight capabilities. He had developed a ray gun that neutralized a person's movement. His only love was Hostess Twinkies.
("The Spider-Man and the Fly" (fb) - BTS) - The Fly and Spider-Man fought in New York, with the Fly managing to throw Spidey off the Empire State Building. He then took the webhead back to his hideout.
("The Spider-Man and the Fly") - Spider-Man awoke lying restrained while the Fly gloated on his victory over the webbed hero and boasting of his grand plans (but never actually revealing them). Revived, Spider-Man easily broke free of the restraints but the Fly immobilized him with his ray gun's electronic field. Spidey feigned defeat and offered him Hostess Twinkies from his utility belt. With that, the Fly was distracted and Spider-Man punched the gun away. He was then served justice by Spidey (most likely arrested).
(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (fb) - BTS) - The Fly was imprisoned somewhere in NY state.
(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5) - The robot Elektro, mistakenly identified as a villain and arrested, was ushered into the prison's S-Wing where he met various past Spider-Man villains, including The Fly, who was playing the game Twister by himself. Later, inspired by Elektro's defiance, he and the other inmates of S-Wing smashed their way out only to be subdued by the prison guards using sedation foam.
Comments: Created by unknown writer, penciler and inker.
It can now be established that this Fly is indeed separate to another similarly garbed character called the Fly (Rick Deacon), primarily because Deacon was killed by Scourge (and this aged Fly is imprisoned with various other villains who debuted in Hostess ads).
Of all the Hostess villains, only Icemaster has shown up in an Earth-616 title. He could have crossed over to Earth-616 from "Earth-Hostess," but I say leave them on Earth-616 until proven otherwise. Nonetheless, until they do show up in regular continuity, they remain outside regular canon. Surely someone will write a story teaming them all together.---Snood.
And now they've been found! ... in a dark corner of an ignored prison ...
You can get the whole Hostess story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!
His real name was revealed in Elektro's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
This Fly has no known connections to:
Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5, p3, pan1 (twisting)
"The Spider-Man and the Fly", pan7 (munching)
Hostess Ad: "The Spider-Man and the Fly" (October, 1976)
Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (July, 2009) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)
First Posted: 05/10/2009
Last updated: 05/11/09
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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