Real Name: Carl Braden
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Television producer
Group Membership: West-TV
Affiliations: Raf Abrams, Human Fly (Rick Rojatt), Harmony Whyte
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in the USA
First Appearance: Human Fly I#6 (February,
Powers/Abilities: Carl Braden was a normal
human, skilled at television news production, including camera
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
(Human Fly I#7 (fb) - BTS) - West-TV reporter Harmony
Whyte had been assigned to unmask and destroy the reputation of the
Fly, who performed
amazing stunts for charity. However, the more Whyte observed the
stuntman, the more she sympathized with his efforts.
(Human Fly I#6) - West-TV producer Carl Braden had
Whyte fly in from Canada to his Los Angeles office to berate her for
expose the Human Fly as a charlatan. He threatened Whyte that she
either expose the Human Fly as a fraud or she would be fired.
(Human Fly I#11) - Braden confronted Whyte at the
Human Fly's St. Louis arch stunt, dismissing her excuse that the
stuntman was not a fraud. Both were astonished that the Human Fly went
ahead with the incredible motorcycle stunt and thrilled the crowd.
Inspired by the stuntman's fear-defying feat, Whyte told Braden she
(Human Fly I#13) - Braden
took over West-TV's coverage of the Human Fly's speed-skiing stunt on
Mount Whitney, which required special high altitude gear. Determined to
film the Human Fly faking a stunt, he took the lead camera role,
pushing his top camera operator Raf Abrams into support, and took a
snow-sled down the slope alongside the stuntman. However, he traveled
too close, almost hitting the Human Fly, and crashed his own snow-sled.
Badly injured and sliding toward the cliff-face, Braden was saved from falling to his
death by the Human Fly. Later, the Human Fly and his support group, now
including Whyte, visited Braden in hospital. The producer admitted his
foolishness and apologized to the stuntman. Impressed with Whyte's filming, he also offered Whyte her
old job back, no longer dictating an agenda, and she accepted.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils) and Rod A. Santiago (inks).
Raf Abrams may have appeared as the
camera operator for West-TV in other Human Fly issues, but isn't clearly
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Carl Braden has no known connections to:
Braden considered Raf Abrams to be the best camera
operator in the business and took him along to help film the Human
Fly's stunt at snowy Mount Whitney, which necessitated high altitude
gear. Braden dismissed Abrams' concerns over the risks involved. Abrams
later gave Braden a status report during the dangerous stunt.
--Human Fly I#13
Human Fly I#11, p17, pan4 (main image)
Human Fly I#6, p6, pan4 (headshot)
Human Fly I#13, p8, pan2 (helmeted snow gear)
Human Fly I#13, p3, pan2 (Abrams)
Human Fly I#6 (February, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils), Rod A. Santiago (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Human Fly I#11 (July, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Human Fly I#13 (September, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Frank Robbins (pencils), F. Springer (inks), Bob Hall (editor)
Last updated: 09/29/17
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