DR. FARLEY STILLWELL
Real Name: Farley Stillwell
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Research scientist
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: J. Jonah Jameson, Scorpion (Mac Gargan)
Known Relatives: Dr. Harlan Stillwell (brother, deceased)
Base of Operations: A lab in Manhattan
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#20 (January, 1965)
Powers/Abilities: Stillwell was a brilliant biologist and cyberneticist.
Weight: 150 lbs. (approximate)
History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#20 (fb) ) - Research scientist Dr. Farley Stillwell discovered a way to artificially induce mutations in animals - he used this to make a rat that could breathe in water, and a fish that could breathe air.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#20) - J. Jonah Jameson approached Stillwell to mutate a human test subject into an opponent for Spider-Man; Stillwell was reluctant to accept, but he needed the money for new equipment and materials, and so he agreed. He gave Jameson's hireling, private investigator Mac Gargan, a serum that endowed him with the powers of a scorpion, and put him through rigorous testing. Stillwell also built him a cybernetic tail, which he incorporated into a costume for the newly-minted Scorpion. Later, however, while the Scorpion battled Spider-Man, Stillwell discovered that the Scorpion's powers would keep increasing, making his evil nature take over completely (science!). He brewed up an antidote to the serum and rushed to the scene of the battle. He tried to give the Scorpion the antidote, but Gargan brushed him off and started climbing up a building. Stillwell followed, awkwardly clinging to the walls. When he reached the third storey, he started losing his grip; as he fell, he tossed the beaker of antidote at Gargan, only for it to shatter harmlessly against the wall. Stillwell would never see what had happened, though, as he fell to his death in the street below.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Ah, '60s comic book science. Animal mutation expert Farley Stillwell can also make a friggin' cybernetic scorpion tail, because why not.
Stillwell's brother Harlan was also a scientist in the same field - he created the Fly for J. Jonah Jameson, and he ended up dying, too. The Stillwell brothers' equipment was later used to create the Answer and the Vulture (Natale).
Jameson paid Stillwell $10,000 for his efforts, which translates to over $70,000 today.
Farley Stillwell survived his original appearance in the '90s Spider-Man cartoon and turned up in a later Scorpion/Vulture/Lizard episode; he was also used as the scientist who was running the experiment where Peter Parker got his powers, replacing Dr. Eric Schwinner.
Profile by Minor Irritant.
Dr. Farley Stillwell has no known connections to:
Amazing Spider-Man I#20, p7, pan1 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#20, p12, pan2 (headshot)
Amazing Spider-Man I#20 (January, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (art)
Last updated: 10/02/13
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