Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Normal human
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Human Fly (Rick Rojatt), police
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations:
formerly mobile across the USA
First Appearance: Human Fly#5 (January, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Malik was a very skilled aerialist and had good shooting skills, but was also fame hungry. However, severe injury triggered insanity.
6' (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed (beady black?)
Hair: Gray; formerly blond
(Human Fly#5 (fb)) - Many years ago, Malik sought fame as an aerialist. He attempted to walk a tightrope from the Empire State to the Chrysler Building, but the wire broke and wrapped around his leg, and he smashed into the Chrysler Building, leaving almost every bone broken. In hospital, he hoped to read of his exploit only to find that a bombing of a US naval base had taken the front page.
(Human Fly#5 (fb) - BTS) - Malik eventually made a full recovery and helped tutor a young man, Rick Rojatt (later secretly the stuntman the Human Fly), in aerialist skills. However, his quest for fame left him deranged and angry at new stunt artists. Seeking fame through notoriety, he organized a terrorist attack on a Quebec skyscraper where a prominent stuntman, the Human Fly, was about to perform.
(Human Fly#5 (fb)) - Atop the building, Malik disguised himself as a policeman, then used his gun to shoot the rope the Human Fly was on and ignited charges to start a night-time towering inferno. He turned and revealed himself in his aerialist tights and exposed his plans to the nearby news crew, all trapped with a group of handicapped children at the top of the building.
(Human Fly#5) - Recovered from his near fall from the shot rope, the Human Fly recognized the rogue, donning special stunt equipment to reach the top of the tower where he disarmed and knocked out Malik with the aid of a disabled boy. The Human Fly then rallied the captives to try a daring escape. Malik regained consciousness and sought to make amends by helping a stricken handicapped child. However, part of the metal ladder that they were on melted, and Malik protected the girl as they swung into the next building. As he was being arrested and led away by police, he apologized and thanked the Human Fly for inspiring hope, also promising to keep the stuntman's identity a secret.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils), Rod Santiago (inks).
The distance between the between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building is apparently about 1.2 miles. As incredible as the stunt sounds, a "daredevil," Nik Wallenda, hopes to do just this.
In the original
story, Malik referenced the bombing of Pearl Harbor (December, 7,
1941), which is a topical reference, appropriate only at the time the
story came out. Interestingly, even in that story, the event would have
been 37 years before the main story. Presuming he was at least 18 years
old when he had his fall, that would have made him a minimum of 55
years old in the main story.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Malik has no known connections to:
Human Fly#5, p10, pan5 (main image)
p16, pan6 (headshot in hospital)
Human Fly#5 (January, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils), Rod Santiago (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Last updated: 04/06/14
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