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Fly (Flyman)

Created by:

Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

Real Name:

Thomas Troy
Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Adventures of the Fly #31
First Appearance:

Adventures of the Fly #1, August 1959
Origin:

Young Tommy Troy sneaked into attic of his employer, Mr. March, who was rumored to be a sorcerer. Stumbling upon an unusual ring, Tommy placed it on his finger and suddenly found himself face to face with Turan, emissary of the Fly People. Turan designated Tommy to be their champion, enabling him to wield all the powers of the lost fly race. By rubbing his magic ring, he was transformed into the mighty Fly.

History:

Adventures of the Fly No. 1
August 1959
Cover: The Fly vs. Spider Spry //Jack Kirby / Joe Simon
Story: “The Strange New World of the Fly” (part 1; 6 pages)
 Part 2: “The Fly Strikes” (2 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly (Thomas Troy; first chronological appearance; origin)
Supporting Characters: Turan, Ben Marsh, Abigail Marsh (first appearance for all)
Villains: Creacher, McCoy, Blaster (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: As shown in issue #5, this story takes place 8 years in the past, probably in 1951.
Synopsis: After stumbling onto an evil scheme run by the owner of the orphanage in which he lives, Tommy Troy is sent to live with Ben and Abigail March, reputed wizards.  In their home he finds a magic ring, from whose beam Turan, a being from the Fly World, appears.  Turan explains that he is from another dimension, but that his people who remained on Earth devolved into flies, and that he has come to grant Tommy great insect-based powers to use against crime and injustice.  Tommy is transformed into the Fly by rubbing the ring and saying the words, “The Fly”, and transformed back into Thomas Troy by speaking his civilian name.  As the Fly, he captures Creacher, the orphanage owner, and his two gangster cohorts.

Story: “The Fly Discovers His Buzz Gun” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Characters: Ben Marsh (called Ezra Marsh in this story), Abigail Marsh, Dolly Lake (first appearance)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: While defeating a gang of crooks, the Fly learns that his buzz gun can put the villains to sleep with special stingers.

Story: “Come Into My Parlor” (7 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly
Villains: Spider Spry (called The Spider in later appearances; first appearance; next appears in issue #5), Bruiser (first and only appearance)
Comment: This issue features the first “Wide-Angle Scream” double-page splash.
 In this story, the Fly’s weakness for bright lights is revealed.  He loses this weakness in later stories.
Synopsis: The Fly tangles with Spider Spry, a costumed criminal genius who makes use of nets.

Story: “The Search” (2 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Shield (Lancelot Strong; last appearance in THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PRIVATE STRONG #2)
GA: The Fly
Villain: A spy (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Shield captures a spy.

Story: “Magic Eye” (4 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PRIVATE STRONG #1)
Supporting Character: Dolly Lake
Intro: Mr. Lighthouse (only appearance)
Villain: Glen Glim (a robot; first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly must capture a rampant human-looking robot, but first he must learn which of two persons the robot really is.

The Double Life of Private Strong No. 1
June 1959
Story: “The Hide-Out” (2 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly (first appearance; last chronological appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #1)
Villains: Mike, Stooge (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: The Fly captures two robbers atop a 40-story building.

The Double Life of Private Strong No. 2
August 1959
Story: “The Boy Sentinels’ Assignment: Find Tommy Troy” (2 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer, artist: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly (next appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #2)
Intro: The Boy Sentinels (only appearance)
Villains: Various crooks (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The children of Mr. Creacher’s orphanage ask the Fly to return Tommy Troy to them, but he admits that is a task he cannot do.

Adventures of the Fly No. 2
September 1959
Cover: The Fly vs. Tim O’Casey and his robots //Joe Simon
Story: “Tim O’Casey’s Wrecking Crew” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Joe Simon
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in THE SECRET LIFE OF PRIVATE STRONG #2)
Supporting Character: Ben Marsh (called March in this story)
Intro: Alec Drews, Bertrand (only appearance for both)
Villains: Tim O’Casey and his robots (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A leprechaun is out to wreck the city with his robots unless a man turns over the treasure of Finn McCool to him.

Story: “One of Our Skyscrapers Is Missing” (4 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Joe Simon
Artist: Al Williamson
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting character: Dolly Lake
Villains: A subterranean race (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly crosses the path of subterranean conquerors when he investigates the mystery of a vanished skyscraper.

Story: “Marco’s Eyes” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Dolly Lake
Villains: Marco and his gang
Synopsis: The Fly battles a hypnotist who mesmerizes the entire city into giving him money.

Story: “The Master of Junk-Ri-La” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Characters: Ben Marsh
Villains: Hans Yunkmann and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A junk dealer perfects an electromagnet that can attract metal from all over the city, and the Fly goes to stop him.

Adventures of the Fly No. 3
November 1959
Cover: The Fly //Joe Simon
Story: “The Overblown Marshal of Spire City” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer, inker: Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Davis
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Dolly Lake
Intro: Farm Commissioner Daley (only appearance)
Villains: Marshal Bruno and his lieutenant (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: A South American general comes to Spire City to use a serum that turns children into giants under his command, but runs afoul of the Fly.

Story: “How an Orphan Boy Became the Fearsome Fly” (2 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer, artist: Joe Simon
Origin: The Fly (retold)
Cameo appearances: Mr. Creacher, McCoy, Blaster, Ben and Abigail March, Turan (all in flashback)
Comment: This is a retelling of the Fly’s origin story.

Story: “The House of Solid Nothing” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer, penciller: Joe Simon
Inker: Bob Powell
Supporting Characters: Turan (next appears in issue #14), Dolly Lake
Intro: Ezra Clump (only appearance)
Villain: Clinton and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Since, as is demonstrated in issue #5, the early Fly stories take place in 1951, 15 years could not have passed since the first atomic bomb test and this story.  Probably only six years passed.
Synopsis: When a man emerges from a bomb shelter after several years within it and learns he entered it by mistake, thinking a factory whistle is an air-ride siren, he apparently goes mad and becomes a thief.  But the Fly discovers who the real thief is.

Story: “The Twenty Ton Man” (7 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer, penciller: Joe Simon
Inker: Bob Powell
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Characters: Ben March, Dolly Lake, Alice Lake (first appearance; Dolly’s sister)
Intro: Harry, Charlie (only appearance for both)
Villains: The 20 Ton Man (Enoch Spindle), Prof. Spartan, Murphy (first and only appearance for  all)
Synopsis: A scientist turns a thin accountant into a 20-ton unstoppable thief, whom the Fly has to find a way of halting.

Story: “The Justice of Chen Fang” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Joe Simon
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Characters: Mrs. Lake (first appearance; Dolly’s and Alice’s mother), Dolly Lake, Alice Lake
Villains: Chen Fang and his men (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly goes to an Asian nation called Shang-Ri-La to rescue Alice Lake and to overthrow that country’s tyrannical ruler.

Adventures of the Fly No. 4
January 1960
Cover: The Fly watching Muggsy paint picture //Joe Simon
Story: “Duped By the Dazzler” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Joe Simon
Penciller: Ted Galindo
Inker: Chic Stone
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Ben March, Abigail March
Intro: Joshua Flint (only appearance)
Villains: The Dazzler (Daniel Domino) and his gang (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The city is dazzled by the advent of one Daniel Domino, who appears to be one of the wealthiest men around, but the Fly discovers that much of his money is counterfeit.
 
 

Story: “Muggsy’s Masterpieces” (9 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer, artist: Joe Simon studio (one panel drawn by Neal Adams)
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Dolly Lake, Ben March, Abigail March
Villains: Mugsy Malone, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly must learn why crooks are trying to stop ex-con Mugsy Malone from a career as an artist.
 
 

Story: “Slide Rule’s Challenge” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Joe Simon
Penciller: Sol Brodsky
Inker: Bob Powell
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Characters: Dolly Lake (last appearance), Ben March, Abigail March (both next appear in THE FLY #2)
Villains: Slide Rule, the Nutty Jokers (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly tangles with a gang of crooks commanded by Slide Rule, a criminal scientist and planner.

Adventures of the Fly No. 5
March 1960
Cover: The Fly vs. The Spider //Bill Vigoda
Story: “Return of the Spider” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: Bill Vigoda
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly (origin retold in flashback)
Intro: Hobbie (only appearance)
Cameo: Turan (in flashback)
Villains: The Spider (between issues #1 / 10) and his gang (first and only appearance), T. C. Krall (a robot; first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Comments: Thomas Troy is pictured as an adult in this story and begins his career as a lawyer.  He says that he has not become the Fly in nine years, which pushes the stories in issues #1-4 back to circa 1951.
 As drawn in this story, the Spider neither resembles Spider Spry in issue #1 or the Spider in later issues.
Synopsis: The Spider uses a robot double of himself to lure the Fly into a deathtrap of insecticide.

Story: “The Fly Meets the Bat” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: Bill Vigoda
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Cameo appearance: Dr. Jekyll (misspelled “Jekyl”) and Mr. Hyde
Intro: Ed Dorne (only appearance)
Villains: Kokau (Rocky Diamond), Smith, Jerry, Mme. Lola, other crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: After the Fly cracks down on a group of voodoo-faking gangsters, his efforts seem to be countered by a super-criminal called the Bat.

Story: “The Fly Versus Thomas Troy” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: Bill Vigoda
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Mike Grogan (dies before this story opens), Karen Morse (only appearance)
Villains: Tony Tyson, Little Pete Porter and his gang, Red Grogan and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Thomas Troy must prove that gangster Tony Tyson is innocent of a murder of which he is accused, and, as the Fly, round up the killers who are really responsible.

Adventures of the Fly No. 6
May 1960
Cover: Countess Di Finoza and the Fly //John Giunta
Story: “The Lady and the Fly” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Donna Morse
Intro: “Prince Ali Pasha”, “Countess De Finoza” (only appearance for both)
Villains: Lady Alice Dunswitch, Henry (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: Donna Morse gets a chance to substitute for a “countess” at a ball, and thinks she is helping stop a jewelry theft, but is in reality facilitating it.

Story: “The Fly Versus the Moon Men” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Donna Morse
Intro: Varga (only appearance)
Villains: Dr. Xavier, the “Moon Men” (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: On an island, the Fly battles a host of invaders who appear to have come from a flying saucer.

Story: “The Turntable of Death” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein (possibly Bill Finger?)
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Cat Caton (only appearance)
Villains: Payne, Mary, a Cat Caton impersonator, and their gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Thomas Troy goes undercover as a radio announcer to trap gangsters who have framed another deejay for a crime.

Adventures of the Fly No. 7
July 1960
Cover: Thomas Troy donning Larry Drugig mask //John Giunta
Story: “The Haunted Yacht” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Penciller: John Giunta
Inker: Dan DeCarlo
Feature Character: The Fly (next chronological appearance in Black Hood story in FLY MAN #35)
Supporting Character: Donna Morse
Intro: S. B. Soames (in flashback; dies in this story), Abbott (only appearance)
Villains: Carl Brill (first and only appearance), the Sea Spirit (a haunted yacht; first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Fly is seen fighting a crook by the Black Hood, as shown in flashback in FLY MAN #35.
Synopsis: The Fly sets out to investigate the mystery of a haunted yacht.

Story: “The Fly and the Black Hood Join Forces” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly (last chronological appearance in FLY MAN #35)
GS: Black Hood (last chronological appearance in FLY MAN #35; next appears in issue #10)
Villains: Eva and her gang of spies (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: In this story, the Fly and the Black Hood learn each other’s secret identities.
 This is the first Black Hood appearance since the Golden Age.
Synopsis: In Germany, the Fly and the Black Hood meet by chance and tanle with a spy ring who are seeking chemical formulae carried by Thomas Troy.

Story: “Tommy Troy, Gangster” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Penciller: John Giunta
Inker: Dan DeCarlo
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Larry Drusig (dies in this story)
Villains: Joe Roxa and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: When his client, a criminal wrongly convicted of murder, is killed by the gangsters who framed him, Thomas Troy masquerades as the victim to try and bring his killers to justice.

Adventures of the Fly No. 8
September 1960
Cover: The Fly saving Valeria from charioteer in arena as Taxus watches  //John Giunta
Story: “The Monster Gang” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: The Shield (Lancelot Strong; last appearance in issue #4)
Villain: Pascal (first appearance; next appears in THE FLY #3), the Monster Gang (including Joe, Quinn, and others; first and only appearance), a robot Monster Gang (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: A disfigured crook defies the Fly and the Shield with a gang which appears to be composed of monsters.

Story: “The Fly Versus Taxus the Tyrant” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Donna Morse
Intro: Petra, Valeria, Dr. Kabez (only appearance for all)
Villain: Taxus (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly passes thru a time warp to 3rd Century Persia, where he battles the tyrannic Roman governor, Taxus.

Story: “The Puppet Fly” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Donna Morse
Intro: The Puppet-Master (only appearance)
Villains: Salex and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A criminal hypnotist mesmerizes the Fly in order to kill him.

Adventures of the Fly No. 9
November 1960
Cover: Fly versus Cat Girl and wildcats //John Giunta
Story: “A Date With Death” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting character: Donna Morse (next appears in issue #29)
Villains: Bud Kent and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Thomas Troy’s secretary accompanies him to Cuba to find American gangsters in hiding and is endangered several times, but is protected from harm by an unseen benefactor.

Story: “Wizard of Nightmares” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: The Shield (Lancelot Strong; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1)
Villains: Yogi Shimar and his gang, Hadji (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly and the Shield appear helpless to thwart the thefts of a stage magician who appears to use real magic against them.

Story: “The Fly Meets the Cat Girl” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Villain: The Cat Girl (the Sphinx; first appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly encounters a woman who can command all catlike animals to do her biddng.

Adventures of the Fly No. 10
January 1961
Cover: The Fly and the Black Hood beneath giant gorilla’s foot //John Giunta
Story: “The Spider Strikes” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
Villain: The Spider (between issues #5 / 15) and his gang (first and only appearance)
Comment: The Spider returns to his “Spider Spry” appearance in this story.
Synopsis: The Spider breaks jail with the help of a double, and sets out to lure the Fly into another deathtrap.

Story: “The World of the Giant Gorillas” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Black Hood (last appearance in issue #7; next appears in LAUGH COMICS #134)
Intro: Prof. Alex Burland (the Black Hood’s uncle; first and only appearance)
Villains: A tribe of giant gorillas (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Black Hood enlists the aid of the Fly to help locate his lost uncle in Africa, but both of them cross a time-warp and find themselves prisoners of a giant gorilla tribe.

Story: “The Statue of Gold” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein?
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: The Adventurers’ Club (first and only appearance)
Villain: The Cat Girl (next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE JAGUAR #4)
Synopsis: When the Fly is trapped by a gang of apparent crooks posing as a group of adventurers in the desert, the Cat Girl comes to his rescue.  But she only spares him in hopes that he will reveal the whereabouts of the Statue of Gold.

Adventures of the Fly No. 11
March 1961
Cover: Fly vs. two-headed monster //John Rosenberger
Story: “Sir Fly” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Letterer: Duffy Mohler
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Roger Gresham, King Arthur, Merlin, Round Table Knights (all of Earth-MLJ; only appearance for all)
Villains: Sir Maged and his men (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Thrown back in time (apparently) by strange mists in a castle room, the Fly finds himself in the times of King Arthur and his knights, who prove to need a helping hand from the hero.

Story: “The Invasion of the Rock-Men” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Joe, Dr. Ruiz, Bill, a two-headed monster (only appearance for all)
Villains: Alien invaders (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly must deal with a flame-breathing two-headed monster and an alien invasion simultaneously.

Story: “The Drinker of Doom” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Dr. Pike, Emma and her family (only appearance for all)
Villain: Aqua (a robot; first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly must combat a water-hunting robot gone berserk.

Adventures of the Fly No. 12
May 1961
Cover: Fly vs. giant sabre-toothed tiger //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Cyclops From Space” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Villains: The Cyclops from Space (a robot; first appearance; destroyed in this story), alien invaders (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly must battle a one-eyed robot invader from space.

Story: “Battle of the Brute Invaders” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Villains: Pxivo and other aliens, a gang of crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: After falling into a gangster’s trap that weakens him with chlordane gas, the Fly is captured by an alien invasion force.

Story: “Menace of the Blob” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Villain: The Carbon Monster (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly must battle a monstrous sentient blob spawned by air pollution.

Adventures of the Fly No. 13
July 1961
Cover: The Fly and Kim Brand vs. monster //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Tiger Genie” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Cameo appearance: Fly Girl (first appearance; in an ad)
Villains: The Tiger Genie (first and only appearance), Karl Rance (first appearance; next appears in issue #21)
Synopsis: A crook comes across a bottle containing a genie in the shape of a tiger, and sets it against the Fly.

Story: “The Lady and the Monster” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Kim Brand (the future Fly Girl; first actual appearance), Prof. Jahlke (dies in this story)
Villain: A robot creature (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly and actress Kim Brand are menaced by a scientist’s berserk robot beast.

Story: “The Villain From the Future” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Villain: Dovi (first appearance; next appears in issue #21)
Synopsis: A murderer comes back from the future to 1961 to find a buried treasure, and locks horns with the Fly.

Adventures of the Fly No. 14
September 1961
Cover: The Fly and Fly Girl vs. giant robot fly //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Menace of the Metal Monster” (part 1; 8 pages)
 Part 2: “The Secret of the Fly Girl” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Fly Girl (Kim Brand; origin)
Supporting Character: Turan (last appearance in issue #3)
Villains: The Metal-Master (first appearance; dies in this story; a second Metal Master first appears in issue #21), Bud Brack and his henchman (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: When a metal-controlling alien attacks Earth, Turan gives actress Kim Brand a fly ring that enables her to become the Fly Girl and aid the Fly in defeating their enemy.

Story: “The Scourge of the Mesas” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Synopsis: Oil prospectors inadvertently release a prehistoric monster from suspended animation, and the Fly must battle it.

Adventures of the Fly No. 15
October 1961
Cover: Fly vs. 6th Dimensional villain //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Invincible Spider Machine” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Bob and another guard (only appearance for both)
Villain: The Spider (between issues #10 / 21) and his gang (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Spider strikes again with a machine designed to duplicate the Fly’s powers.

Story: “The Master of Disaster” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Supporting Character: Turan (next appears in issue #18)
Intro: Duplicates of the Fly and Fly Girl (only appearance for both)
Villains: A 6th Dimensional villain (first and only appearance), a giant toad, Diamond Men (first appearance for all; all destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl have their hands full battling a host of monsters who appear to duplicate creatures seen on a science fiction TV show.

Story: “The Prey of the Shark Men” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Shark-Men (only appearance)
Villains: Dr. Hoyt, Jim Carter (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: The Fly must defend a group of explorers from a tribe of shark-men who are out to liberate the one of their people who has been captured.

Adventures of the Fly No. 16
November 1961
Cover: The Fly and Fly Girl vs. Bra-Kr and natives of Trcq //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Menace of the Killer Plants” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Villain: Roxr (first appearance; next appears in issue #21), other plant beings (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly is lured to another planet where sentient plants plot his doom.

Story: “The War of the Worlds” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Intro: Inhabitants of Xpi, Zakkk 6, and Trcq (only appearance for all)
Villain: Bra-Kr (first appearance; next appears in issue #21)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl are convinced by an alien to become peace ambassadors with him on a tour of other worlds, but their insect abilities are triggered without their willing it and cause chaos.

Story: “The Giant Shawabtis” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in PEP #151)
Villains: The Shawabtis (a gang of crooks; first and only appearance)
Synopsis: In an ancient Egyptian tomb, the Fly is beset by what appear to be mythological monsters.

Pep No. 151
November 1961
Story: “Terror In Fly Land” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #16; next appears in LAUGH #128)
Intro: Mr. Kean (only appearance)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly turns up for opening ceremonies at the Fly Land amusement park, not knowing crooks are there to lure him into a deathtrap.

Laugh No. 128
November 1961
Story: “The Tyranny of the Cobra-God” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in PEP #151)
Villain: Ganza the Great (first appearance; dies in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly faces an Indian sorceror reincarnated in the body of a cobra-god statue, who plans to destroy everyone on Earth with an ancient bomb.

Laugh No. 129
December 1961
Story: “The Prey of the Giant Bird-Men” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #17)
Intro: Pedro, Tim, a race of bird-men (only appearance for all)
Villains: Bird-man criminals (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: An aircraft Thomas Troy is riding on is attacked by a band of bird-men.

Adventures of the Fly No. 17
January 1962
Cover: The Fly and Fly Girl in test tube held by Grq //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Menace of the Mythological Monsters” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in LAUGH #129)
Intro: Mr. Peake (only appearance)
Villains: Prof. Karl Royer, the Kraken, the Minotaur, Scylla, Charybdis (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Thomas Troy, trying to get a movie-monster creator to sign a contract for a client, finds that the man is in command of real mythological monsters.

Story: “The Test Tube Flies” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Intro: Insect people of Pxam, ice people of Lllyx (only appearance for all)
Villain: Grq (first and only appearance; possibly dies in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl are shrunk to tiny size by a Martian who shrinks planets and places them in test tubes.

Story: “The Creature Who Invaded Capital City” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Synopsis: The Fly fights a birdlike creature that appears to have every power he possesses.

Adventures of the Fly No. 18
March 1962
Cover: The Fly and Fly Girl vs. Horse of Horrors //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Fly’s Visit To the Fly World” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Supporting Character: Turan (between issues #15 / 22)
Villains: The Mice People (first appearance; die in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl respond to a summons to the Fly World from a being who appears to be Turan, but is in reality one of the fly race’s enemies, the Mouse People.

Story: “Horse of Horrors” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Intro: John Holt (only appearance)
Villains: Lawson, centaurs (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl must battle centaurs who have come back to terrorize Earth after thousands of years in space, with the help of a giant flying mechanical horse.

Story: “The Monster Fly” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in LAUGH #132)
GA: Fly Girl (next appears in PEP #153)
Villains: Kwymo and the School For Monsters (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A group of villainous aliens plans to capture the Fly and turn him into a fly-like monster under their control.

Pep No. 153
March 1962
Story: “Prisoner of Planet X” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Bill Finger
Artist: John Giunta
Letterer: Martin Epp
Feature Character: Fly Girl (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #18 / 19)
Villain: Borg (first and only appearance)
Comment: This is the first solo Fly Girl story.
Synopsis: After Fly Girl unwittingly tries to defend an escaped alien convict from his pursuers, she is captured and incarcerated on a prison planet.

Laugh No. 132
March 1962
Story: “The Eyes in the Sky” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Bill Finger
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #18 / 19)
Villains: A race of alien invaders (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly must battle what appears to be two powerful alien eyes in the sky.

Adventures of the Fly No. 19
May 1962
Cover: Fly and Fly Girl fleeing giant insect //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Giant Buzz Gun” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in LAUGH #132)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in PEP #153)
Villain: Lxo III (first appearance; next appears in issue #21)
Synopsis: A Martian villain traps the Fly with chlordane and prepares to lure Fly Girl into the path of a giant buzz gun.

Story: “The Night of the Five Menaces” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in PEP #154)
GS: Fly Girl
Intro: The Interplanetary Safely Council (only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl must cope with five menaces from space.

Story: “Invasion of the Medieval Monsters” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: Fly Girl (next appears in PEP #155)
Villains: Jim and other swindlers (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Fly Girl stops some unscrupulous divers from swindling a movie crew with a phony historical find.

Pep No. 154
May 1962
Story: “The Sleeping Beauty of Space” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Bill Finger
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #19; next appears in LAUGH #134)
Intro: Princess Larna, Plexarians (only appearance for all)
Villain: Zarn and his men (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: After finding a “sleeping beauty” adrift in space and reviving her with a kiss, the Fly accompanies her back to her home planet to overthrow its tyrannical ruler.

Laugh No. 134
May 1962
Story: “Mystery of the Multiple Worlds” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Bill Finger
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in PEP #154; next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #20)
GS: Black Hood (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #10 / 29)
Intro: Dr. Blyden, Danny Welch (only appearance for both)
Villain: Nitro Hogan (first and only appearance)
Comment: Kip Burland has moved to Capital City as of this story.
Synopsis: The Fly and the Black Hood find themselves drawn into a boy’s dream world.

Pep No. 155
June 1962
Story: “The Picture of Terror” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #19 / 20)
Intro: The Fly Girl Fan Club (only appearance)
Villain: Rubert Tyne and his gang (only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Rubert Tyne induces the Fly Girl Fan Club to use cameras of his own making in a contest to take the best photo of Fly Girl, but the fans do not realize they are laying a trap for the heroine.

Adventures of the Fly No. 20
July 1962
Cover: The Fly, Fly Girl, and the Amazon Gang carrying giant fly ring //John Rosenberger
Story: “Prince of Flies” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in LAUGH #134)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in PEP #155)
Supporting Character: Judge Knox (first appearance; next appears in issue #26)
Intro: Prince Peter and Princess Maria of Lakonia, Judge Knox (only appearance for all)
Villains: Lakonian revolutionaries (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly agrees to change places for a day with a prince who is his double, unwittingly making himself a target for assassination attempts.

Story: “Missing Fly Ring” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl (origin retold in this story)
Cameo appearance: Turan (in flashback)
Intro: Johnny Drake (only appearance)
Villains: The Amazon Gang (Linda Drake (first appearance), Gilda, and an unnamed woman (first and only appearance for both))
Synopsis: Fly Girl loses her ring and it is found by a female criminal, who uses it to give herself and her two fellow gang members fly-powers.

Story: “Fly Girl For a Day” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: Fly Girl (next appears in PEP #156)
GA: The Fly (next appears in LAUGH #137)
Intro: Louise, Pierre (only appearance for both)
Villain: Jean Laurent and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A French girl who wins a beauty contest gets to become Fly Girl for a day, and a con man plans to turn that in his favor.

Pep No. 156
July 1962
Story: “Fly Girl’s Night Off” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #20; next appears in LAUGH #135)
Villains: Joe and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: When a gang of crooks break into her house one night, Kim Brand decides to give Fly Girl a night off and handle things in civilian dress.

Laugh No. 136
July 1962
Story: “The Mystery Trio” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (last appearance in PEP #156)
Intro: Don, two phony Fly Girls (only appearance for all)
Villains: Jean Duval, a Fly Girl impersonator (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: Kim Brand is astonished to learn that three Fly Girls will be appearing on the Mystery Trio quiz show, none of whom is the real Fly Girl.

Laugh No. 137
August 1962
Story: “The Day the Fly Stopped Flying” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Letterer: Duffy Mohler
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #20)
GS: Fly Girl
Villains: The Professor and his gang, Biggie Benson, Joe, and their gang, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: After being hit with a blast of liquid chlordane, the Fly discovers that his wings will no longer work.

Laugh No. 138
September 1962
Story: “The Crooked Fly” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #21)
GS: Fly Girl (next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #21)
Intro: Sheriff Grack (only appearance)
Villains: Cyrus Rame and his accomplices (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The sheriff of Laketown repeatedly jails the Fly for violating minor city ordinances.

Adventures of the Fly No. 21
October 1962
Cover: Fly and Fly Girl vs. giant germs //John Rosenberger
Story: “World of the Giant Germs” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in LAUGH #138)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in LAUGH #138)
Intro: Giant germs (destroyed in this story) and microscopic aliens (only appearance)
Synopsis: Tracking a missing space capsule, the Fly and Fly Girl come up on a planet of giant germs.

Story: “Anti-Fly League” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in LAUGH #139)
GS: Fly Girl
Villains: The Anti-Fly League (the Spider (last appearance in issue #15), Linda Drake, Bra-Kr, Roxr (last appearance for both in issue #16), Lxo III (last appearance in issue #19), Metal-Master II (first appearance), Dovi, Karl Rance (last appearance for both in issue #13); first team appearance)
Synopsis: The Spider is freed from jail by the Anti-Fly League, a band of the Fly’s and Fly Girl’s enemies.

Story: “The 30 Costumes of Fly Girl” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: Fly Girl
Villains: Grant and other Communist spies (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Fly Girl agrees to help investigate a textile firm suspected of being run by Communist spies by agreeing to wear brightly colored costumes of their design.

Laugh No. 138
September 1962
Story: “The Crooked Fly” (6 pages)
Editor: John Rosenberger
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #21 / 22)

Adventures of the Fly No. 22
October 1962
Cover: Fly and Fly Girl vs. giant gorilla //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Cleopatra of the Future” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in LAUGH #138)
Villains: The Anti-Fly League (Spider (next appearance in issue #26), Bra-Kr, Dovi, Lxo III, Karl Rance, Metal-Master, Linda Drake, Roxr), Cleopatra of the Future (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Dovi, the villain from the future, brings a beauty from his era back to seduce the Fly.

Story: “The Practical Joker From Planet X” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Supporting Character: Turan (last appearance in issue #18)
Intro: Julius Caesar, Crassus, Cortez (only appearance for all)
Villain: Krybrk (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: An alien practical joker wreaks havoc on Earth with his super-science for fun, and the Fly and Fly Girl have to undo his work.

Story: “The Comet Monster” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in LAUGH #139)
GS: Fly Girl (next appears in PEP #158)
Supporting Character: Turan (next appears in issue #24)
Villain: The Comet Monster (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: A monster resembling a comet appears on Earth and seeks to destroy the Fly and Fly Girl.

Pep No. 158
October 1962
Story: “The Face of Fear” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #22; next appears in LAUGH #139)
Villains: Cole and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Fly Girl is marked for death by a criminal who plans to trick her into wearing chlordane-laced makeup.

Laugh No. 139
October 1962
Story: “Fly Girl’s Mask” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (last appearance in PEP #158; next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #23)
GS: The Fly (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #22 / 23)
Villain: Erich Kreck (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Erich Kreck, mask-collector extraordinaire, covets Fly Girl’s mask and mesmerizes the Fly into stealing it from her.

Adventures of the Fly No. 23
November 1962
Cover: Fly and Fly Girl trapped in giant piston by Lxo III //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Ice Giant From Pluto” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in LAUGH #139)
GS: The Jaguar (between ADVENTURES OF THE JAGUAR #9 / 10), Fly Girl (last appearance in LAUGH #139)
Intro: Jim Kramm (only appearance)
Villains: An ice monster (first appearance; destroyed in this story), Hadley, Rip Jergen (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: When Fly Girl summons the Fly to help her fight an ice giant from Pluto, she learns that the man in the familiar costume is not what he seems.

Story: “Lxo III’s Super-Weapon” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl (next appears in PEP #160)
Intro: Fly and Fly Girl robots (destroyed in this story)
Villains: The Anti-Fly League (Metal Master (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7), Lxo III, Linda Drake, Karl Rance, Roxr, Bra-Kr (?); last appearance for all; but the League itself appears next in issue #29)
Synopsis: Lxo III is chosen by the Anti-Fly League to make the next attempt on the Fly’s and Fly Girl’s lives, using various deathtraps against them.

Story: “The Man With the Chlordane Hands” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in PEP #160)
Intro: Prof. Blake (only appearance)
Villains: Chuck Cole and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A scientist accidentally gives his hands the insect-killing properties of chlordane, and hires himself out to criminals to kill the Fly.

Pep No. 160
January 1963
Story: “Beast From Space” (6 pages)
Editor: John Rosenberger
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #23 / 24)
GS: Fly Girl (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #23 / 24)
Villain: A monster from space (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl face an alien monster who seems impervious to all their powers.

Adventures of the Fly No. 24
February 1963
Cover: Fly and Turan watching Fly World criminal in correction booth //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Mystery of the Giant Fly” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in PEP #160)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in PEP #160)
Villains: Prof. Cox, various gangsters (first and only appearance for all), a duplicate Fly (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: A group of mobsters pays a criminal scientist to destroy the Fly and Fly Girl, and he creates a duplicate of the Fly to do just that.

Story: “The Shock of the Fly World” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE JAGUAR #11)
Supporting Character: Turan (last appearance in issue #22)
Villains: The Colonel and other El Salvo insurgents (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Shortly after this story, the Fly makes a brief appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE JAGUAR #11.
Synopsis: When the Fly wearies of his struggle against injustice, Turan takes him to the Fly World to glimpse what could also happen in Earth’s future.

Story: “The Insect Gang” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: Fly Girl (next appears in LAUGH #143)
Supporting Character: Turan (next appears in issue #29)
Villains: The Insect Gang (Locust (Dr. Wicks), Ant (Chimp), Grasshopper (Joe), Cricket (Frame), Firefly; first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A criminal scientist gives himself and a gang mechanical insect-like powers to enable them to defy Fly Girl.

Laugh No. 143
February 1963
Story: “Wildcat Joe’s Weird Will” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (between ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #24 / 25)
Villains: Vince Tallow, Sykes, and their gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: In order to gain a supposed inheritance from her uncle, Kim Brand is induced to spend a night in a “haunted” castle, not knowing it is filled with gimmicks with which a gang leader hopes to kill her.

Adventures of the Fly No. 25
April 1963
Cover: Thomas Troy at the trial of Fly Girl //John Rosenberger
Story; “The Countess of Crime” (part 1; 8 pages)
 Part 2: “The Case of the Evil Fly Girl” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE JAGUAR #11)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in LAUGH #143; wears a green mask in this story only)
Supporting Characters: Ben Bailey (first appearance; next appears in issue #27), Judge Knox (last appearance in issue #20)
Intro: Joe Ross (dies in this story), Mrs. Lesk (only appearance)
Villains: The Countess of Crime (first appearance; dies in this story) and her gang (some of whom die in this story; including Pete;  first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Fly Girl is hypnotized by a villainess who forces her to commit destructive acts, and Thomas Troy must defend her at her trial.

Story: “Bone-Crackers, Incorporated” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Jungle Joe, Mountain Man, Mr. Europe, Robert the Roman (only appearance for all)
Villains: Bone-Crackers, Inc. (the Eel, Shock Sherman, the Bear, the Patagonian Giant; all robots; first appearance for all; all destroyed in this story), Snipe Snyder and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly takes a hand to put a crooked wrestling promoter out of business.

Adventures of the Fly No. 26
July 1963
Cover: The Spider trapping the Fly in giant web //John Rosenberger
Story: “Return of the Spider” (part 1; 8 pages)
 Part 2: “The Spider’s Revenge” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Judge Knox
GS: Fly Girl
Villains: The Spider (between issues # 22 / 29 ), Big Joe Saxon, Eddie, various crooks (first and only apearance for all)
Synopsis: The Spider is sprung from jail by a fellow enemy of the Fly and sends the Winged Wonder into space in a rocket.

Story: “The Traitor Fly” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Intro: Gen. Taine, Secretary Lorr (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: During a test of a nuclear defense system, two government men appear to see the Fly turn traitor.

Adventures of the Fly No. 27
September 1963
Cover: Fly and Fly Girl trapped in globes in space //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Great Z-17 Mystery” (part 1; 8 pages)
 Part 2: “The Menace of the Invisible Planet” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Supporting Characters: Ben Bailey (last appearance in issue #25), Judge Knox
Intro: Lita LeRoy (only appearance)
Villains: Ygli (aka “Captain Greer”; first appearance; dies in this story) and other aliens (some of whom die in this story; first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl are lured into a space trap by a “lost” astronaut who is really the harbinger of an invading alien race.

Story: “Fly Girl’s Pet” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (next appears in issue #29)
GS: The Fly
Intro: Prof. Drexel (only appearance), Insecto (a robot; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: A scientist makes a robot insect as a pet for Fly Girl.  It promptly goes berserk and tries to kill her.

Adventures of the Fly No. 28
October 1963
Cover: Fly intercepting torpedo; Red Shark vignette //John Rosenberger
Story: “The Fly Versus the Red Shark” (part 1; 8 pages)
 Part 2: “The Red Shark’s Fantastic Fortress” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Fly
Villains: The Red Shark (Scar Morrea) and his gang, Carl and his cohort (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly goes after the Red Shark, a Communist villain who helps thwart Cuban exiles’ raiding attacks on their homeland.

Story: “The Mystery of the Fly Museum” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly
Villains: Ed and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A gang of crooks steal weapons the Fly has donated to a museum and intend to use them against him.

Adventures of the Fly No. 29
January 1964
Cover: The Fly melting truck and driving away soldiers //John Giunta
Story: “The Fly’s Worst Enemy” (8 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in issue #27)
Villains: The Anti-Fly Underworld Mob (including Dr. Weirdo, Big Boy, and a phony Fly; first and only appearance for all), the Anti-Fly League (last appearance in issue #29; no recognizable members; last appearance)
Synopsis: Fly Girl is ordered by a phony Fly to perform spectacular feats, not knowing each one of them is dooming the real Fly a little more.

Story: “The Slave of King Spider” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Supporting Characters: Donna Morse (last appearance in issue #9; last appearance), Turan (last appearance in issue #24; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3)
Intro: Rita Tryon (only appearance)
Villains: The Spider (between issues #26 / 31), Terroro the Conqueror (first and only appearance; turned into a fly), various crooks (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: A blow to the head apparently causes the Fly to change his personality, becoming an ally of the Spider.

Story: “The Triple Threat Monster” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer:
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl, Black Hood (last appearance in LAUGH COMICS #134; next appears in issue #31)
Villain: Ridvik (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: An old enemy of the Fly gains the power to become three separate monsters, and makes a play for revenge.

Adventures of the Fly No. 30
Cover: Fly vs. gangsters; Fly Girl kissing monster; Fly Girl vs. Fly (three vignettes) //Hy Eisman
Story: “One Minute To Doom” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Villains: A gang of crooks (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Kim Brand is held prisoner in Thomas Troy’s office by a gang of crooks who intend to rub Troy out, and must find a way of warning him beforehand.

Story: “The World’s Wackiest Crook” (12 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Fly Girl
Intro: Doris Jukes (only appearance)
Villains: Limbo, Stretchpants Stella (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl seem helpless to deal with a crook whose arsenal of mind-influencing perfumes can control them both.

Story: “Fly Girl Meets the Comet” (6 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (next chronological appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7 (third story))
GS: The Comet (last chronological appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2 (second story)), the Fly (next chronological appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 (second story))
Comments: Since the Comet, as shown in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2, is in reality an Earthman, the statement in this story that he has an “Altroxian brain-structure” is obviously false.
 Even though the Comet says he is leaving to wed an Altroxian girl, he obviously does not do so, since he is back in the next issue.
 The second story in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2 and another story in THE COMET #1 explain how the Comet of the 1940s was transformed into the Comet of the 1960's and beyond.
Synopsis: An Altroxian monarch, the Comet, comes to Earth in hopes of taking Fly Girl back to his homeworld as his queen.

Mighty Crusaders No. 3
March 1966
Story: “The Origin of Fly Man” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Fly Man (formerly the Fly; Thomas Troy; last chronological appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #30; next chronological appearance in issue #7)
Origin: Fly Man (Fly’s origin in flashback)
Supporting Character: Turan (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #29; next appears in FLY MAN #36; does not die after this story)
Cameo appearances: Ben and Abigail March
Villain: An “occult creature” (first and only appearance; in flashback)
Synopsis: On his deathbed, Turan bequeaths the Fly a new fly ring that gives him the added power to alter his size, turning him into a Fly-Man, but only for one out of every 24 hours.

Mighty Crusaders No. 7
October 1966
Story: “The Origin of Fly Girl” (5 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Giunta
Feature Character: Fly Girl (last chronological appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #30; next chronological appearance in FLY MAN #32; gets size-altering powers in this story)
GS: Fly Man (last chronological appearance in issue #3 (second story); next chronological appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #31)
Cameo appearance: Turan (in flashback)
Villain: The Metal Master (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #23; dies in this story), the Metal Witch (first and only appearance; probably dies in this story)
Comment: The statement that the Metal Master was killed by Fly Girl shortly after her origin is untrue, as he appeared several more times with the Anti-Fly League.  Obviously, his death occurred after his last appearance, in issue #23.  His appearance is altered in this story from a metallic cubist being to a standard humanoid.
Synopsis: When the Metal Witch seeks to destroy Fly Girl in revenge for the destruction of her mate, Fly-Man passes on his size-changing powers to her to enable her to evade such a fate and to destroy their enemy.

Adventures of the Fly No. 31
May 1965
Cover: Fly-Man, Comet, Shield, and Black Hood vs. the Spider, Flipsy, Boppo, and Basher //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Fly-Man’s Partners In Peril” (part 1; 8 pages)
 Part 2: “Battle of the Super-Heroes” (12 pages)
 Part 3: “The Wicked Web of the Wily Spider” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Fly-Man (formerly the Fly; first appearance; last chronological appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7 (third story))
GS: Black Hood (last appearance in issue #29), the Shield II (Bill Higgins; first appearance; last chronological appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1 (second story)), the Comet
Intro: Nightmare (the Black Hood’s robot horse)
Villains: The Spider (last appearance in issue #29; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4) and his gang, Flipsy, Boppo, Basher (first and only appearance for all)
Comments: The cover title of this comic is FLY MAN.
 The name “The Mighty Crusaders” is first proposed in this story by the Spider as a team name for Fly-Man and his friends.
Synopsis: The Black Hood, the Comet, and the Shield appear in time to save Fly-Man from a series of traps set by the Spider, but the arch-villain has a final trap up his sleeve.

Fly Man No. 32
July 1965
Cover: Fly-Man, Comet, Black Hood, and Shield vs. Doombala //Paul Reinman
Story: “Eterno the Tyrant” (25 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Fly-Man
GS: Fly Girl (last chronological appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7 (second story)), the Black Hood, the Comet, the Shield
Intro: Lionel Fenwyck, “Adhesive-Man”, “Living Coil”, “King Ogre”, “Purple Menace” (only appearance for all)
Villains: Eterno the Tyrant (first appearance; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (second series) #1), Doombala, Stoneface, Adhesive-Man, Living Coil, King Ogre, Purple Menace (first appearance for all; all destroyed in this story)
Comment: The Shield reveals that he has acquired teleportation powers (from what source still remains unknown), but loses them when he teleports all the Mighty Crusaders in this story.
 The Shield wears a red mask in this story only.
Synopsis: Eterno the Tyrant, an ancient Atlantean despot, is awakened from a million years in suspended animation by the Mighty Crusaders, and decides to destroy them for it.

Fly Man No. 33
September 1965
Cover: Fly Man and Shield vs. the Destructor //Paul Reinman
Story: “Fly-Man’s Treacherous Team-Mates” (25 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciller: Paul Reinman
Inkers: Paul Reinman (pgs. 1-8, 21-25), Joe Giella (pgs. 9-20)
Feature Character: Fly-Man (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1)
GS: Fly Girl, the Black Hood, the Comet, the Shield (all next appear in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1)
Villains: The Destructor and his gang, various crooks (first and only appearance for all), the Wizard (last chronological appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4 (as original self); next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3;  becomes a super-villain in this story), the Hangman (last appearance in BLACK HOOD COMICS #10; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3; becomes a super-villain in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story Fly-Man and the other heroes in this story form the Mighty Crusaders and battle the Brain Emperor and his allies in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1.
Synopsis: The Fly-Man and his allies are joined by two heroes from the past, the Wizard and the Hangman, who initially help them battle gangs of crooks in a loot-recovery operation.  But when the two newcomers see the amount of swag piling up, they decide to become crooks, take the loot for themselves, and fight the five heroes.

Fly Man No. 34
November 1965
Cover: Fly-Man and the Terrible Titan; Shield vignette //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Creature From the Abyss” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciller: Paul Reinman
Inker: Joe Giella
Feature Character: Fly-Man (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1 / 2)
GS: Black Hood (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1 / 2)
Intro: The Secret Squad, Subterranians (only appearance)
Villain: The Terrible Titan (first and only appearance)
Comment: Shortly after this story, Fly-Man and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders fight Inferno the Destroyer in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2.
Synopsis: Fly-Man and Black Hood must battle a giant from an underground civilization who has the power to cause intense pain to any victim with a strange radiation weapon.
 

Fly Man No. 35
January 1966
Cover: Fly-Man vs. Phantasmon; Shield and Black Hood vignettes //Paul Reinman
Story: “Phantasmon the Terrible” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Colorist: Vic Gorelick
Feature Character: Fly-Man (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2 / 3)
GS: Fly Girl (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2 / 3)
Villains: Phantasmon, Sorro, Disastro, Crumbler, the Iniquitous Bee-Man, Monsters, Inc. (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Shortly after this story Fly-Man and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders fight the Wizard and the Hangman in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3.
Synopsis: Phantasmon, a sorceror from outer space, conquers Fly-Man and Fly-Girl and threatens to do the same to the world, but the insect-powered heroes decide to fight villains with monsters.

Fly Man No. 36
March 1966
Cover: Fly-Man and Turan vs. Mighty Man; Shield vs. Hangman (two vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “Fly Man’s Strangest Dilemma” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Colorist: Victor Gorelick
Feature Character: Fly-Man (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 / 4)
GA: Kim Brand (Fly Girl; between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 / 4)
Supporting Character: Turan (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 (second story); next appears in issue #38)
Other character: The Mighty Minstrel
Villain: Mighty Man (Prof. James Stoker; first appearance; next appears in THE FLY #4)
Comment: Shortly after this story Fly-Man and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders and many other heroes fight the Hangman, the Wizard, and the Spider in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4.
Synopsis: Turan returns in time to save Fly-Man from a villain called Mighty Man, but the villain’s radiations leave the hero unable to change back to Thomas Troy.

Fly Man No. 37
May 1966
Cover: Fly-Man, Wizard, and Hangman; Shield vs. The Gloater //Paul Reinman
Story: “Pawn of the Ultra-Foes” (14 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Colorist: Vic Gorelick
Feature Character: Fly-Man (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4 / 5)
Supporting Characters: Judge Corelli, Allison Corelli (first appearance for both)
Villains: The Wizard, the Hangman (last appearance for both in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4), the Snake (Ebenezer Snodgrass), Professor Kosmos,  Itchy-Fingers Fazool, Strangler, two crooks, the Army of Crime (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Shortly after this story Fly-Man and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders, the Ultra-Men, and the Terrific Three battle the Spider, the Nameless One, and DEMON in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5.
 Evidently the brain-treatment which returns the Hangman to his heroic state does succeed, despite the Wizard’s temporary reversion of him to villainy, as the Hangman returns to being a super-hero in MIGHTY COMICS #45.
Synopsis: The Hangman is reformed by a special brain treatment and becomes an ally of Fly-Man, but the Wizard plots to reverse the process and return him to evildoing.

Fly Man No. 38
July 1966
Cover: Fly-Man and Web vs. Mr. Menace //Paul Reinman
Story: “Get Lost, Fly Man” (13 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Colorist: Vic Gorelick
Feature Character: Fly Man (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5 / 6)
Supporting Characters: Judge Corelli, Allison Corelli, Turan (last appearance in issue #36)
Intro: Rodney Rampart, Miss Tyler, Warden Farrell (only appearance for all)
Villains: Mr. Menace (first and only appearance), the Wizard (next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #48), the Hangman (next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #45), the Spider (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5; next appears in THE FLY #1)
Comment: Shortly after this story Fly-Man and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders fight the Maestro in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #6.
Synopsis: Everyone on Earth seems to acquire a hatred of the Fly-Man, including the Fly-Man himself.

Fly Man No. 39
September 1966
Cover: Fly-Man intercepting missle; Steel Sterling vs. monsters //Paul Reinman
Story: “Beware the Blockbuster” (14 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Fly-Man (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #6; next appears in THE FLY #1)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #6; next appears in THE FLY #1)
Supporting Characters: Judge Corelli, Allison Corelli (last appearance for both), Turan (as the Blockbuster; next appears in THE FLY #1)
Other Character: The Mighty Minstrel (last appearance)
Cameo appearances: The Shield, the Black Hood, the Comet, Turan
Comment: After this story, Fly-Man eventually returns to his identity as the Fly.
Synopsis: The Fly must face a powerful adversary, the Blockbuster, who threatens to kill Judge Corelli and his daughter.

The Fly No. 1
May 1983
Cover: The Fly and Fly Girl //Jim Steranko (signed; photomontage)
Story: “The Return of the Sinister Spider” (18 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Jack C. Harris
Artist, letterer: James Sherman
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly (formerly Fly-Man; returns to his original heroic name in this story; last appearance in FLY MAN #39)
GS: Kim Brand (Fly Girl; last appearance in FLY MAN #39)
Supporting Characters: Turan (last appearance in FLY MAN #39), Pete McBride (first appearance)
Intro: Dot, Ronson, Willie (only appearance for all)
Villains: The Spider (last appearance in FLY MAN #38), Spike, Pee Wee, Thomas Boyd, Frankie, Travers (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: Turan gives Thomas Troy the power to become the Fly again, but Kim Brand does not want to return to being Fly Girl, and the Spider only wants him dead.

The Fly No. 2
July 1983
Cover: The Fly and Fly Girl near the Statue of Liberty //Jim Steranko (signed; photomontage)
Story: “I Killed the Fly” (3 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Jack C. Harris
Artist, letterer: James Sherman
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Characters: Turan, Pete McBride
Villain: The Spider
Comment: Story continues from last issue.
Synopsis: Turan heals the Fly’s near-fatal injury at the Spider’s hands.

Story: “A Woman’s Place” (6 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Gonzales
Inker: Jose Villagran
Letterer: Danny Kirchmeyer
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Fly Girl (next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #4)
Intro: Harry Howell
Villains: Big Max Cardona and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: To save a producer from loan sharks, Kim Brand becomes Fly Girl again.

Story: “The Mugging” (17 pages)
Editor, inker: Rich Buckler
Writer: Jack C. Harris
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #4)
Supporting Characters: Ben and Abigail March (in flashback; last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #4; last appearance for both)
Intro: Hal, Old Abbey, Lovecraft (a parrot; only appearance for all), Ted McGee (dies in this story)
Villains: Diamond Jack (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: After Thomas Troy is mugged, the Fly goes after his mugger, Diamond Jack, but a witch and her familiar complicate matters.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 #4
January 1984
Cover: Fly, Fly Girl, and Jaguar caught in web of the Spider and a giant spider //Rudy Nebres (signed)
Story: “The Jekyll-Hyde Decision” (18 pages)
Editor, scripter, inker: Rich Buckler
Plotter: Rich Timmons
Penciller: Trevor Von Eeden
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in THE FLY #2)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in THE FLY #2; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (second series) #1)
Supporting Character: Pete McBride
Intro: Julie Wagner, Stephen Behler (only apperance for both)
Villains: Jeremy Cotton and his gang, Bernie “the Geek” Braddock (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fly must bring down a crooked politician who is one of Thomas Troy’s clients.

Story: “The Ring Quest” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jack C. Harris
Penciller: Deryl Skelton
Inker: Rich Buckler
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (second series) #1)
Intro: Randi Bain (only appearance)
Villain: Glick (first appearance; probably dies shortly after this story) and his gang (first and only appearance)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Fly and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor and Eterno in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (second series) #1-3.
Synopsis: The Fly loses his ring during a case and must recover it from the villain who stole it before he can change back to Thomas Troy, or the change will be permanent.

The Fly No. 3
October 1983
Cover: The Fly vs. thugs //Rudy Nebres (signed)
Story: “Who Is the Monster?”  (18 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Jack C. Harris
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko, Bill Draut
Letterer: Rod Ollerenshaw
Colorist: Ken Feduniewicz
Feature Character: The Fly (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (second series) #3)
GS: Fly Girl (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (second series) #3)
Supporting Character: Harry Howell
Intro: Mindy Wilmer, Dr. Coleman, Jess Randolph (only appearance for all)
Cameo appearance: The Shield (Lancelot Strong; in flashback)
Villains: Pascal (last appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #8; last appearance), Bob Wilmer (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly and Fly Girl try to aid a battered wife and to capture a villain sabotaging a film about one of the Fly’s old foes.

Story: “Faithfully Yours” (9 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writers: Stan Timmons, Rich Buckler
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Inker: Alan Kupperberg
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: John Wilcox
Feature Character: Fly Girl
GS: Thomas Troy (the Fly)
Villain: Douglas Melman (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: A lovesick admirer of Kim Brand’s attempts to kill her for being romantically involved with Thomas Troy.

The Fly No. 4
December 1983
Cover: The Fly vs. Mighty Man and hallucinations //Rudy Nebres
Story: “Deja Vu” (16 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Rich Buckler
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Inker: Adrian Gonzales
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: John Wilcox
Feature Character: The Fly
GA: Kim Brand (Fly Girl)
Intro: Mr. and Mrs. Vanderhorn, Joe (only appearance for all)
Villain: Mighty Man (last appearance in FLY MAN #36; last appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly experiences flashbacks of his battle (as Fly Man) with Mighty Man, which segue into a modern-day encounter with his old foe.
 

The Fly No. 5
February 1984
Cover: The Fly bound to a pole, hand holding gun, Zall //Steve Ditko / Rudy Nebres (signed)
Story: [untitled] (16 pages)
Editor, scripter: Robin Snyder
Plotter, artist: Steve Ditko
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Tom Ziuko
Feature Character: The Fly
Supporting Character: Richard Busse (first appearance)
Intro: Mrs. Loren (dies in this story)
Villains: Zall, Xbaum, Yancy, Burns (first and only appearance for all), Oscar (first appearance; dies in this story)
Synopsis: While Thomas Troy is framed for jury tampering, the Fly must deal with a mechanical-armed menace.

Adventures of the Fly No. 6
April 1984
Cover: The Fly vs. The Crooked Man //Steve Ditko / Rudy Nebres
Story: “Adventure of the Crooked Man” (16 pages)
Editor, scripter: Robin Snyder
Plotter, artist: Steve Ditko
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly
GS: Kim Brand (Fly Girl)
Supporting Character: Peter Flynn
Intro: Denny Jones, Charles Gates (both die in this story), Leo Gates, Ted Gates (only appearance for all), Bill Gates
Villain: The Crooked Man (Pat Gates; first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Fly investigates murders in a house of surrealism, committed by a killer who calls himself the Crooked Man.

Adventures of the Fly No. 7
June 1984
Cover: The Fly vs. Kurt //Steve Ditko / Rudy Nebres
Story:  “Chance” (15 pages)
Editor, scripter: Robin Snyder
Plotter, artist: Steve Ditko
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4)
Supporting Characters: Peter Flynn, Richard Busse
Other Character: Bill Gates (last appearance)
Intro: Henry Bix (only appearance)
Villains: Petrone, Franco (first and only appearance for both), Kurt, Bob (first appearance for both; both die in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Fly helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor, the Eliminators, and other villains in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4, 5, 7, and 8.
Synopsis: The Fly grudgingly agrees to the D.A.’s request to investigate Thomas Troy, while trying to nab a murderer and thief who uses an exoskeleton.

Adventures of the Fly No. 8
August 1984
Cover: The Fly vs. Paccuci and Damato’s gang //Steve Ditko (signed)
Story: “The Big Freeze” (15 pages)
Editor, scripter: Robin Snyder
Plotter, artist: Steve Ditko
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #8 / 9)
GA: Kim Brand (Fly Girl; between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #8 / 9)
Supporting Characters: Peter Flynn, Richard Busse (last appearance for both)
Intro: Stone, Mary, Lee Anne Cord (only appearance for all)
Villains: Paccuci, Damato (first appearance for both; both die in this story), Manelli, Damato’s henchman (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Fly and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9.
Synopsis: A powerful thug is seeking vengeance on old gang bosses, and the Fly gets in his way.

The Fly No. 9
October 1984
Cover: The Fly vs. the Shield (as “Red Rogue”) //Dick Ayers
Story: “To Kill a Fly” (14 pages)
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Rex Lindsey
Letterer: R. G. O’Shaw
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fly (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (second series) #10)
GS: The Shield (disguised as the Red Rogue in this story)
Cameo appearance: Turan (in flashback)
Villains: Robin Rand, Karth (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Fly and Fly Girl help the Mighty Crusaders fight DELTA in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #10 and the Brain Emperor and his minions in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #11.
 The story mentioned in the last panel, “Eminent Domain”, was never published.
Synopsis: The Fly sets up a fight with a phony super-assassin to trap his double into revealing his hand and clearing the real Thomas Troy.

Powers & Weapons:

The Fly can create wings that give him the power of flight, he can crawl up walls, he has super strength and sight. the Fly can communicate with insects. The Fly can generate wind currents by beating his wings. The Fly has a ring that can transform Tom Troy into the Fly by rubbing the ring and saying "I wish I were The Fly". The Fly also caries a "buzz" gun.

Checklist:

Mighty & Radio Comics:

Adventures of the Fly 1-31
Archie...Archie Andrews, Where Are You? Digest 8
Archie Comics Digest 32, 33
Double Life of Private Strong 1, 2
Fly Man 32-39
Jughead with Archie Digest 30
Laugh Comics 128, 129, 132, 137-139
Laugh Comics Digest 19, 20
Mighty Crusaders 1-7
Pep Comics 151, 154, 160
The Shadow 3, 4, 6, 7
Super Heroes vs. Super Villains 1

 

Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Blue Ribbon Comics (vol. 2) 1, 4, 10, 13
Fly 1-9
Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 1-5, 7-13
Mighty Crusaders: Origin of a Super Team

 

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