Real Name: Tom Ness

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Bully, criminal, student

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "The Fickle Fly," "Fly-Boy," "the Once-Fickle Fly," "That Fly Guy"

Base of Operations: New York City, New York, USA

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man in "The Spider & the Fickle Fly" record (1966)

Powers/Abilities: The Fly has the ability to transform him into the form and size of an ordinary housefly, an ability he uses to escape justice when most assume he has simply disappeared. In his fly form, the Fly retains his human level intelligence and ability to speak (albeit at a very low volume).

In fly form, the Fly also has abilities possessed by ordinary flies such as the ability to cling to solid surfaces and fly via insect-like wings.

Height: Unrevealed (see comments)
Weight: Unrevealed (see comments)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
Hair: Unrevealed (see comments)

History: (The Amazing Spider-Man in "The Spider & the Fickle Fly" record (fb) - BTS) - Tom Ness was a classmate of Peter Parker's who was known for needling Parker on a regular basis. At the same time Parker gained spider-like superhuman powers from a radioactive spider bite, Ness was bitten by a similarly radioactive fly, gaining the ability to transform from his normal human form into the form of an ordinary house fly at will. After Parker used his powers as the superhero Spider-Man, Ness decided to become the Fly in an effort to finally trap a spider in the way that a spider traps a fly in nature. Making a public name for himself as a criminal, the Fly spent a week getting the better of Spider-Man, who proved consistently unable to catch the Fly due to his searching for a full-grown man. One particular night, Spider-Man stayed up quite late trying to catch the Fly.

(The Amazing Spider-Man in "The Spider & the Fickle Fly" record - BTS) - The next morning, following a scolding while taking a nap in Biology class, Peter Parker decided to visit the Daily Bugle in hopes that J. Jonah Jameson might have new information on the Fly. As Parker arrived, Jameson asked about any photos Parker might have of the Fly but when Parker admitted he didn't have any, Jameson remarked that he shouldn't send a boy to do a "man's errand." Parker interrupted the grumbling Jameson to ask if Jameson had any news on the Fly and Jameson revealed that he had discovered the Fly's powers and the Fly's uncanny knack for disappearing. Parker muttered "You're telling me" under his breath and Jameson questioned Parker's comment until he became distracted by a phone call from Frederick Foswell about the king of Marakesia's impending arrival. Jameson ordered Parker to take photos of the king's arrival, warning that the king was carrying the crown jewels with him on the trip, and Parker accepted the assignment. Later that night, Parker suggested he could use the king's presence as bait to lure the Fly into a trap and he exclamation about his plan prompting the Fly, who was buzzing around Parker's head, to remark that the king's presence could also be used to catch a spider as well. Hearing the Fly's tiny voice comment on catching a spider, Parker assumed he was still dreaming and decided to change into his Spider-Man costume and go scope out the king's arrival. Web-swinging up to the 64th floor of the Skyview Hotel to check on the king's arrival, Spider-Man became annoyed when a fly buzzed around his head but soon deduced that the Fly he had been searching for the size of an insect not a man. At first thinking the Fly to be an intelligent insect, Spider-Man was surprised when the Fly revealed himself as Peter Parker's bully Tom Ness and his ability to transform into the form of a fly. The Fly then announced his plans to catch a spider in the way a spider catches a fly and the two began to fight, with the Fly changing forms to avoid the various sizes of web nets Spider-Man attempted to catch him in. When the Fly monologued his plans to steal the crown jewels from the king of Marakesia and return to defeat Spider-Man for good, Spider-Man sprayed an especially sticky glob of web fluid onto the Fly, preventing him from transforming back to human form and causing him to fall from the air. Catching the Fly in a web net, Spider-Man deposited the criminal into the arms of nearby police officers.

Comments: Created by an uncredited creative team.

The Fly's physical stats were impossible to determine as he was never actually seen. His only "appearance" is in an audio story on the Amazing Spider-Man in "The Spider & the Fly" record, made by SPC Records in 1966. No credits were given on either the record's sleeve or the record itself so it is not currently known who wrote the story on the record.

The story on the "The Spider & the Fickle Fly" record does a surprisingly good job of staying within the Spider-Man story continuity, tying the Fly's origin in with Spider-Man's and even going as far as to mention Frederick Foswell as the guy who calls J. Jonah Jameson about the king of Marakesia. Another interesting thing of note is that the Fly likely knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man. The Fly knew Spider-Man's origin since it matches his own and that likely made the Fly suspect Peter Parker's identity as Spider-Man (if he didn't outright know). Even if he didn't know for sure originally, he likely received confirmation when he was buzzing around Peter Parker's head in fly form when Parker changed to Spider-Man.

For the record (pun totally intended), I'd love to see this character show up in an actual comic book. Marvel does own the character, as the record has a copyright of 1966 Marvel Comics Group.

Profile by Proto-Man.

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The Amazing Spider-Man in "The Spider & the Fickle Fly" record (1966) - uncredited creative team

First posted04/03/2022
Last updated: 04/03/2022

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