Real Name: Slick Gordon
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Hospital patient
formerly U.S. soldier
Group Membership: None;
formerly U.S. Military
Affiliations: Human Fly (Rick Rojatt), Larry (last name unrevealed), Ted
Enemies: Tourists and guards at the Washington Monument;
briefly Human Fly
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Washington, DC, USA
First Appearance: Human Fly I#15 (November,
Powers/Abilities: Slick Gordon was a trained
military soldier, but a severe injury left him confined to a wheelchair.
(Human Fly I#15 (fb) - BTS) - Slick Gordon served
with Ted Locke in the U.S. Military during a war in Southeast Asia, possibly Vietnam (see comments).
Gordon was later transferred to Potomac Hospital, but found their
conditions inhumane. Slick contacted Locke to visit him, who then asked
his fellow Human Fly tour troupe to accompany him. Along with other
resident veterans, Slick wanted an investigation into the hospital's
corrupt practices, but was led into rash action by disgruntled veteran
and violent firebrand Larry.
(Human Fly I#15 (fb)) - Slick and Larry took over the
Washington Monument and
the two forced tourists and guards out at gunpoint, then threatened to
blow up the monument if their demands for an investigation into the
hospital weren't met.
(Human Fly I#15) - Hearing a news report,
Slick wondered if an investigation was already underway, but Larry
wanted more overt action and set the bomb to explode. The Human Fly
craftily entered the monument and confronted the two, but Larry instead
took Slick hostage, forcing the Human Fly to surrender his bola baton.
Larry unwittingly pressed a stud that let loose the bola, ensnaring
him. Slick was protected by the Human Fly from the bouncing bola. Slick
was later taken to a new Veteran Affairs hospital for additional care,
a job on a congressional committee on veterans' rights. Rojatt
encouraged him to help Larry.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), R. Villamonte (inks).
Presumably "Slick" was a nickname, but he's not given any other name.
The original story referenced Gordon as having been
involved in the Vietnam war, but those are topical references due to
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Slick Gordon has no known connections to:
War veteran Larry (last name unrevealed) was particularly angry
at the administrators of Potomac Hospital and their treatment of the
resident veterans. He had Slick join him in forcefully taking over the
Washington Monument, threatening to destroy it, and shot at the
intervening Human Fly before attempting to detonate the explosives. He
pressed the stud on
the Human Fly's bola baton, the bouncing bola ensnaring him and the
stuntman then disarmed him. He was
presumably incarcerated. Rojatt still took pity on Larry and encouraged
Slick to help him in his future job.
--Human Fly I#15
Human Fly I#15, p13, pan5 (main image)
p14, pan3 (headshot)
p14, pan4 (Larry)
Human Fly I#15 (November, 1978) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), R. Villamonte (inks), Bob Hall (editor)
Last updated: 11/28/15
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