Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Undercover police officer
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Answer (Nicholson), Black Mamba (Sealy), the Bookie, Boomerang, Bulldozer (Camp), the Clown (Franklin), Deke (last name unrevealed), Doctor Bong, Hydro-Man, Lightmaster, King Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff), Mentallo, N.Y.P.D. Mandroids, Ox (Raymond Bloch), Shriek, Sidekick (Self), Speed Demon (Sanders), Spot (Ohnn), Thunderball, Trapster (Petruski), Wrecker (Garthwaite), Zarrko the Tomorrow Man (see comments)
Enemies: Spider-Man (Parker)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
First Appearance: Spider-Man: Swing Shift Director's Cut#1 (February, 2008) (see comments)
Powers/Abilities: Wearing the suit covered in Jalome Beacher's frictionless chemical coating, the unidentified police officer had the ability to "slide" over surfaces at speeds up to 30 mph.
History: (Amazing Spider-Man II#602 (fb) - BTS) - Using the costume created by the late Jalome Beacher, an officer with the New York Police Department assumed the role of Slyde to blend in with New York's criminal element. (see comments)(Spider-Man: Swing Shift Director's Cut#1) - Slyde was at the criminal Bar-with-no-Name when it's patrons gathered to watch a high-speed chase involving Spider-Man and Overdrive. When the Bookie started taking bets on the outcome of the chase, Slyde put five hundred dollars down on Spider-Man. (Amazing Spider-Man II#552) - Slyde was at the Bar-with-no-Name when the Bookie began taking bets on the contents of a mysterious cocoon. (Amazing Spider-Man II#602 (fb) - BTS) - Slyde participated in a staged robbery in New York's diamond district to trap Spider-Man. (Amazing Spider-Man II#602) - Pursued by Spider-Man Slyde claimed to be Jalome Beacher, a statement met with little surprise by Spider-Man who was well used to his adversaries returning from their seeming deaths. Stricken with a manhole cover, Slyde recovered and revealed that Beacher was still dead and that he was an officer with the NYPD. As Slyde's sting operation went into effect, three Mandroids emerged from hiding and began reading Spider-Man his Miranda rights. Before they could take Spider-Man into custody, he fled, clinging to the side of a passing bus.
Comments: Created by Dan Slott and Phil Jimenez; developed by Fred Van Lente and Barry Kitson
It's unrevealed if New York's supervillain community is aware of the undercover officer's true identity. Given the scarcity of his appearances in their company it's possible word got out after the ambush on Spider-Man, but since it's unclear either way the villains Slyde kept in his company are counted as affiliations.
Slyde made his debut in the out of continuity Free Comic Book Day 2007 Spider-Man title, which was later re-released (with alterations to bring it inline with current Spider-Man titles) as Spider-Man: Swing Shift.
The costume worn by the undercover officer is a combination of Slyde's first and most frequently used costume, and his second (much shorter-lived) costume. The reason for the combination is unrevealed, but may be due to the damage incurred to the original suit during Slyde's murder.
Profile by G Morrow.
Slyde should not be confused with
images: (without ads)
Amazing Spider-Man II#602, p5, pan1 (main image)
Spider-Man: Swing Shift Director's Cut#1, p10, pan2 (at the Bar-with-no-Name)
Amazing Spider-Man II#602, p6, pan3 (flashing his badge)
Spider-Man: Swing Shift Director's Cut#1 (February, 2008) - Dan Slott (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning with John Dell (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#552 (May, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#602 (October, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Barry Kitson (pencils), Rick Ketcham and Barry Kitson (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
First Posted: 12/09/2009
Last updated: 07/18/2013
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