Monday, February 9, 2015

Justice is Served!: The Scourge of the Underworld Files 12: Human Fly

This is part twelve of a series of posts examining the original Scourge storyline in the 1980s to 1990s, in which an organization devoted to the assassination of super-villains, usually with a modified submachine gun with explosive shells went into action, usually uttering the catch-phrase "Justice is served!" just after killing the villain. Adapted from material I previously wrote in the 1990s on an older website. Previously I was going from memory but in 2014 I purchased the Scourge of the Underworld trade. I also have the most recent Marvel Index volumes. I am therefore editing this series accordingly. This series covers Iron Man#194 to USAgent#4. It does not cover subsequent appearances of characters called Scourge as all subsequent appearances deviated in key ways from the original concept. On the other hand, hits that were considered unsuccessful even at the time are covered. For successful hits, postmortem uses of victims are now noted.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN#276 by Tom DeFalco (writer) and Ron Frenz (artist)
Victim: Human Fly (Richard Deacon)
Disguise: Psychiatric ward orderly/garbage man
Synopsis: Two orderlies at a psychiatric ward, one new, bring garbage to the Human Fly's room for food, only to find he has escaped. Later, near a trash bin, the Human Fly spots Spider-Man, then notices a garbage man who has a strong resemblance to the new orderly (the Human Fly had escaped before he could spot the orderlies). Dismissing the garbage man as not a threat, he flies after Spider-Man. The garbage man shoots the Human Fly and declares, "Justice is Served!"
Is this a key part of the overall Scourge story? No.
Does This tie into the main story in this issue? No. The main story dealt with Spider-Man battling the Hobgoblin.
Portmortem use of victim: Richard Deacon was revived by the Hood. There have been no subsequent villains called the Human Fly or the Fly; see below, however.
Other comments: The Human Fly acquired his taste for garbage in Spectacular Spider-Man #86. His not noticing the gun with his eyes is likely the result of his focus on Spider-Man. At the time he was also called the Fly, presumably to avoid confusion with the superhero/real-life stuntman called the Human Fly (who made his first Marvel appearance less than a year after the villain's first appearance), but the full version of his code name is used here. This is the only time a failed hit subsequently became a successful hit.

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