Real Name: Felicity Frimp
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Feminist, terrorist
Group Membership: S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men); infiltrated F.L.U.S.H. (For Leaving Unlocked Sanitary Habitats)
Enemies: Handy Battleground, Mendacity Capon, the Daily Bugle (J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson) (the Bugle was investigating possible criminal activities of Frimp's S.C.U.M. faction), F.L.U.S.H. (May Parker, others) (she was stealing money from the group), Pricey Satin, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Buck Toothly, Mary Jane Watson (she was helping the Bugle investigate S.C.U.M.)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Miz" (a title she preferred); "Miss Frimp", "Miss Frump" (unintentional insults given to her by May Parker and a police officer)
Base of Operations: F.L.U.S.H.'s Park Avenue offices in New York (Box 1220, Grand Central Station) and her home in Elmhurst, New York, USA
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book (1977)
Powers/Abilities: Felicity Frimp had no superhuman powers but was skilled in the use of karate and using whatever items were near her to attack enemies. She carried a 9-inch knife and had made use of her handbag, a vial of acid and a pair of scissors as weapons.
(The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book - "Aunt May's Crusade" story (fb) - BTS) - S.C.U.M., a terrorist feminist organization, sent threatening letters to prominent journalists written in blank verse, warning of their terrorist plots.
(The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book - "Aunt May's Crusade" story) - Shortly thereafter, S.C.U.M. leader Felicity Frimp met May Parker at the Hyannis, Massachusetts Hound Dog bus terminal, where an unknowing May befriended Frimp, explaining her anger over the pay toilets in the terminal. May soon after founded F.L.U.S.H. (For Leaving Unlocked Sanitary Habitats), an organization against pay toilets.
Making Felicity her second-in-command in F.L.U.S.H., May began making headlines for her cause, even appearing on Huck Finkley's 7pm news and the Dike Mugless Show. When Spider-Man investigated F.L.U.S.H., he ran afoul of Felicity and her aides Gladys and Glory planning to rob F.L.U.S.H. and divert at least half of it to fund S.C.U.M.'s activities. Discovering the hero, Felicity used her karate skills against the web-slinger. Their battle was interrupted when May and her F.L.U.S.H. members returned, prompting Spider-Man to escape through a window. When May asked what had happened, Frimp informed her that Spider-Man had attempted to steal F.L.U.S.H.'s cashbox but she had stopped him. Spider-Man quickly changed out of his costume and returned to F.L.U.S.H. as Peter Parker, where he was introduced to Frimp, Gladys and Glory by May. While the members of S.C.U.M. plotted on using Peter to their advantage, Peter Parker took photos of them all for the Daily Bugle, leaving his camera behind to go to lunch.
While Peter was out to lunch, S.C.U.M. killed famed artist Handy Battleground via 75 gunshot wounds and, using Parker's camera, implicated Peter in the murder by placing the camera on the scene. While the press hounded May Parker's home in search of Peter, S.C.U.M. also murdered author Mendacity Capon, who had written an anti-F.L.U.S.H. book, by causing him to slip and fall on a banana peel. On the run, Spider-Man left a paycheck and a note for May, who rushed to the F.L.U.S.H. headquarters to inform Felicity of her nephew's innocence. She then asked Frimp to deposit the check for her. Plotting to implicate Parker in the Capon murder as well as the impending murders of politician Pricey Satin and newsman Buck Toothly, Felicity met with Gladys and Glory, telling them to leave Peter's check at the scene of Satin's murder. Later that evening, as Felicity planned out the murder of Toothly, she was confronted by Spider-Man. Attacking him, Felicity hurled her handbag and a vial of acid at the wall-crawler, incapacitating him with the fumes. Locking Spider-Man in the F.L.U.S.H. offices with the acidic fumes, Felicity left to meet with Gladys and Glory.
The next morning, Peter Parker phoned May and claimed that he had a roll of film that would prove his innocence and reveal the true killers at the same time. He then told May to tell the girls in F.L.U.S.H. that he would leave it in the F.L.U.S.H. mailbox, secretly planning to trap Felicity Frimp with the false film. Spider-Man then phoned the Daily Bugle as they were reeling from the murder of Pricey Satin via strangulation with his own bow-tie, telling them to have the police stake out Frimp's home in Elmhurst. As predicted, a suspicious Felicity Frimp stole the film and took it home to develop at her personal darkroom, determined to learn what evidence Peter had on S.C.U.M.'s guilt. Spider-Man surprised Frimp by leaping through her darkroom window. Attacking with a pair of scissors, Felicity was quickly defeated and arrested by the NYPD, who had wire tapped her home and recorded her monologuing her worries that Peter had evidence of their guilt. Felicity was then informed that Gladys and Glory had been arrested in the halls of WPIG-TV trying to assassinate Buck Toothly and had confessed to the crimes. With Peter proven innocent, Felicity was taken into custody, announcing that S.C.U.M. had only begun.
Comments: Created by Mary A. Mintzer and Alden McWilliams.
Many of the characters in this story were parodies of real-life topical people of the time. One that immediately springs to mind is Dike Mugless, who was an obvious parody of Mike Douglas. I believe Huck Finkley's name was also a sort of mish-mash of newsmen David Brinkley & Chet Huntley, of The Huntley-Brinkley Report. The Hound Dog bus company was a parody of the Greyhound bus company as well, and Handy Battleground was a parody of artist Andy Warhol. I'm sure that Mendacity Capon, Pricey Satin and Buck Toothly were all parody names based on real people but alas, I was not even alive yet in 1977 so I'm not as knowledgeable on the topical references of the time...
According to the "Aunt May's Crusade" story in the All-Star Book, Aunt May's lipstick of choice is "Poppies in the Snow" by Revloony. Who knew?
As it turns out, upon doing some research, S.C.U.M. is/was a real-life organization (also standing for the Society of Cutting Up Men) consisting of only one official member, Valerie Solanas, whom Felicity Frimp could possibly be based on. In 1967, Solanas wrote the S.C.U.M. Manifesto, which urged women to overthrow society and eliminate the male gender. She was known to host feminist rallies and once shot artist Andy Warhol, which was likely where the idea of S.C.U.M.'s murder of artist Handy Battleground came from. Apparently, Solanas had always claimed to be the only official member of S.C.U.M., suggesting that on Earth-616 (which is where this story presumably takes place), either Felicity Frimp founded the group or Solanas' S.C.U.M. became such a full-fledged organization that Frimp eventually became the head of her own faction.
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Gladys and Glory were members of Felicity Frimp's S.C.U.M. organization and were dedicated to Frimp's idea of eradicating men, especially the chauvinist ones. When Frimp infiltrated May Parker's F.L.U.S.H. organization, Gladys and Glory accompanied her and aided Frimp's plans to funnel a portion of F.L.U.S.H.'s donations into the terrorist activities of S.C.U.M. Caught in the act by Spider-Man while attempting to steal donations, Gladys and Glory battled the hero alongside Felicity until their battle was interrupted by the arrival of May Parker, prompting Spider-Man to flee. When Spider-Man returned as Peter Parker and was introduced to Felicity, Gladys and Glory, they opted to frame him using the camera he left behind when he left. Sending Gladys and Glory out to murder chauvinist celebrity men, Felicity later met with them after seemingly disposing of Spider-Man. After Peter Parker announced that he had film that could prove S.C.U.M.'s murders, Felicity sent Gladys and Glory to murder Buck Toothly while she acquired the film and developed it, determined to learn if Parker's claims were true. As Spider-Man defeated and captured Felicity at her Elkhurst home, Gladys and Glory were arrested at WPIG-TV during their assassination attempt and confessed to the murders.
Neither woman had superhuman powers but were skilled in the use of murder weapons such as a banana peel and bow-tie.
--The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book (1977) - "Aunt May's Crusade" story
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The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book, p11-12, splash page (main image)
The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book, p19, splash page (Felicity Frimp headshot)
The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book, p16, splash page (Gladys & Glory)
The Amazing Spider-Man Golden All-Star Book (1977) - "Aunt May's Crusade" story - Mary A. Mintzer (writer), Alden McWilliams (art)
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