Name: Rick Deacon
Affiliates: Ally of Dr. Malus
Enemies: Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, J. Jonah Jameson, Moonknight, Black Cat, Scourge
Powers: As the Human Fly, Deacon has increased his healing capabilities and has super-human strength, ability to fly, & great speed & agility. He also can create an ultra-sonic backlash by beating his wings and can cling to any surface similar to Spider-Man.
Origin: The Human Fly as created by Scientist Harlan Stillwell (Brother of the late Farley Stillwell who helped create the Scorpion), at J. Jonah Jameson's request, Rick Deacon was transformed into the Human Fly by means of having his atoms become impregnated with genetic coding of a common fly. Jameson funded the undertaking to help create a "hero" to rid the town of Spider-Man.
1st App.: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #276
Spider-Man Appearances: Amazing Spider-Man #192, 193, 276 & Annual 10...Spectacular Spider-Man #86
Other Appearances: Spider-Woman #30...Moonknight #35
Rick Deacon overheard a conversation that J. Jonah Jameson and Dr. Harlan Stillwell had concerning creating a new "hero" to rid the town of Spider-Man. Deacon was on the run from the police who earlier shot at him for kidnapping a woman and holding her hostage. Deacon "demanded" that he be the one to be subjected to this creation, and with a gun in his face, Stillwell agreed and the alteration was quickly underway. It was so successful that Deacon was now more powerful than Spider-Man but was defeated by Spider-Man after it was learned that The new Fly murdered Stillwell after the alteration. He came back not too long later and was defeated by the police with some help from S.H.I.E.L.D. connections after stealing priceless art from an exhibit. Spider-Man was frustrated that he wasn't the one to bring him to justice.
He appeared next in Spider-Woman #30 where it was learned that his powers were deteriorating and his alliance with Dr. Malus almost brought him much more power as they tried to create a blood transfusion between the Fly and Spider-Woman. They failed, but the Fly appeared again in Moonknight #35 with a short battle with Moonknight before his last battle with Spider-Man in the pages of Spectacular Spider-Man #86 in an assistant editor's month issue where there was a much more humorous take on the content. The Human Fly saw his career cut short when in Amazing Spider-Man #276, the villain killer known as Scourge, blew him away while he was preparing his next battle with Spider-Man.
Spider-Man Fear Rating: 5 (out of 10)
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