Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human cyborg

Occupation: Monster

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Formerly Dr. Gregor

Enemies: Dr. Gregor, Hans

Known Relatives: None (see comments)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Mystic I#29/6 (April 1954)

Powers/Abilities: The Fly-Man could fly using large wings attached to its back, possessed superhuman strength sufficient to rip a man's arms off with ease, and could control flies and possibly other insects.

Height: 5'10" (by assumption)
Weight: Unrevealed; Fly-Man presumably weighed less than a normal human of his height, in order to facilitate winged flight
Eyes: Red
Hair: Black

Mystic I#29/6) - Desiring to create a living weapon that he could use to subjugate the world, brilliant biochemist Dr Gregor conceived of a plan to reanimate a corpse by providing it with the life force of thousands of living flies compressed together to form a powerful mind, believing that not only would this give the creature life, but that it would be able to control blood-sucking flies everywhere to provide itself with nourishment. Accompanied by his hunchbacked assistant Hans, Gregor visited the local cemetery to procure a corpse. Wanting the body to be fresh and free of decomposition, they watched from concealment as a funeral ended, then stole the deceased as soon as the mourners departed.

   Back in the lab Gregor set about modifying the remains, intent on transforming it into a living lord of the flies. First Gregor prepared the body with injections of special chemicals, then he grafted on a pair of giant membranous fly wings and a pair of multi-faceted eyes, both of which he had constructed earlier. Finally he added the creature's brain, a glass dome containing the compressed mass of thousands of living, buzzing flies, then as Gregor ranted about using his Fly-Man to terrorize the world by using flies to spread disease, they stimulated the body electrically. After a minute of silence, the flies in the dome began to buzz, and the Fly-Man, now covered head-to-toe in fine fly-hair, took a halting step off the platform it had been resting on. As it snapped the restraining bands with ease, a scared Hans asked Gregor whether the creature might kill them both, but Gregor was insistent that as its creator the creature would recognize him as its master. Sure enough, the Fly-Man halted when Gregor identified himself as its master, and when he told it to fly outside and summon a vast army of flies to protect the lab, it departed as requested. Gregor planned to have the Fly-Man begin attacking targets as soon as it returned, but for two days there was no sign of it.

(Mystic I#29/6 - BTS) - The Fly-Man apparently realized it did not need nor desire to obey Gregor, so it returned to trash the laboratory. Not finding Gregor there, it then departed.

(Mystic I#29/6) - On the floor below, Gregor and Hans heard the crashing noises and rushed upstairs to find the lab destroyed. Deciding that if he could not control the creature he needed to destroy it, Gregor began preparing an injection designed to slay it.

(Mystic I#29/6 - BTS) - However, whether alerted by its fly minions or simply deciding to check again for its creator, the Fly-Man returned to the lab only moments later.

(Mystic I#29/6) - Gregor charged the creature while shouting to Hans to assist him, but the terrified assistant instead raced out the door and slammed it shut behind him.

(Mystic I#29/6 - BTS) - The Fly-Man disarmed Gregor...literally. It ripped both his arms off like someone might pull the wings off a fly, and took them with it as it departed, leaving behind the dismembered corpse of its creator.

 Comments: Created by Pete Tumlinson.

   The human whose corpse was used to construct Fly-Man had a number of mourners at his funeral, and it is likely at least some might have been family. However, since we don't know that for certain, nor any details of who and what type of relatives if they were such, I've left the relatives category a blank.  

   Since he didn't interact with any other established characters, there's nothing that ties the characters in this story to the sliding timescale, so in theory the events took place around the same time it was published, in 1954. Perhaps Fly-Man went on to be defeated by some of the heroes of that era, such as the 1950s Cap and Bucky.

   At some point Dr. Gregor and Hans should get their own profiles.

   This profile was completed 09/15/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Loki.

Fly-Man has no known connections to:

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Mystic I#29/6, p4, pan1 (main image)
Mystic I#29/6, p1, pan1 (Fly-Man flying)
Mystic I#29/6, p2, pan7 (pre-experiment human body)
Mystic I#29/6, p3, pan1-3 (transformation process)

Mystic I#29/6 (April 1954) - Pete Tumlinson (art), Stan Lee (editor)

First Posted: 09/16/2021
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