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Encyclopedia > The Fly (Archie Comics)
The Fly

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Publisher Archie Comics
First appearance Archie Adventure Series
Created by Joe Simon
Jack Kirby
Real name Tommy Troy
Status Active
Affiliations none
Previous affiliations none
Notable aliases none
Notable relatives Unknown
Notable powers

The Fly is a superhero published by Archie Comics. He was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby as part of Archie's "Archie Adventure Series" and later camped up as part of their Mighty Comics line. He first appeared in The Adventures of the Fly #1 (August 1959). Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Forsythe Jughead Jones. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Superman and Batman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenagers Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Forsythe Jughead Jones. ... Joe Simon (born 1915) was a comic book author and cartoonist who created or co-created many memorable characters in the Golden Age. ... The Fantastic Four, one of Kirbys most famous co-creations. ... Mighty Comics Group, sometimes referred to as Archie Adventure Series and Radio Comics, refer to the attempt(s) by Archie Comics to revamp and publish superhero (and non-Archie) comics in the mid-1960s. ...

Character history

Tommy Troy was an orphan hired by Ben (or Ezra) and Abigail March. Late one night, he tried wearing a ring with a fly-shaped emblem he found in their attic. The Marchs were wizards, and the ring summoned Turan, one of the Fly People.

Turan explained that, ages ago, the Fly People ruled the Earth. They used magic in their wars, in the ultimate one of which they reduced most of their population to common houseflies. Only a few Fly People managed to escape to another dimension, where they waited for "one person... pure of heart" to fight crime and greed, which were their own downfall. Tommy was that person. By rubbing the ring and saying "I wish I were the Fly," he exchanged bodies with the other dimension and became a costumed adult superhero. To return to his own identity, all he had to do was utter his name.

Publication history

In the first 4 issues of The Adventures of the Fly, Tommy was a boy who transformed magically into an adult superhero. After Simon and Kirby left the title, others took on the character and made him an adult lawyer who fought crime in Capital City. He was later partnered with Fly Girl. Flygirl is a fictional character in The Mighty Crusaders, published by Archie Comics. ...

The Adventures of The Fly was cancelled with issue #30 (October 1964). The Fly also appeared in short stories in some of Archie's other titles (Pep #151, 154, 160 and Laugh #128, 129, 132, 137-139). His own series was restarted as Fly-Man, which ran from issues #31 (May 1965) to #39 (September 1966).

Under the Red Circle Comics imprint, The Fly was published, running from issue #1 (May 1983) to #9 (October 1984). The stories in this series were more similar to the previous stories in Adventures of The Fly and co-starred Fly Girl. With issue #5, Steve Ditko both wrote and drew the stories, which portrayed Tommy Troy being framed and discredited. Ditko left the series after issue #8, and another writer wrapped up the storyline in #9, which cleared Troy from any guilt. Red Circle Comics was an imprint used by Archie Comics to publish non-Archie characters, especially their superheroes, in the 70s and 80s. ... The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964): Cover art by Ditko. ...

The Fly was one of the characters used in DC Comics revamp of the Archie characters in their !mpact comics line. This series, also called The Fly, ran from issue #1 (August 1991) to #17 (December 1992) and portrayed the Fly as a boy (named Jason Troy) who turned into an adult superhero, similar to the original version of the character. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Impact Comics (or, as the covers spelled it, !mpact Comics) was an imprint of DC Comics that was aimed at younger audience. ...

Most recently, the rights to the character have apparently reverted to Joe Simon, but Archie is allowed to reprint the old stories. They have done so with a recent graphic novel published under the Red Circle line, which reprinted the first four issues.

External links

  Results from FactBites:
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: The Fly (728 words)
When Archie Comics commissioned the Simon & Kirby studio to create a couple of new characters for its revived adventure line, they dusted it off, changed the arthropod in the title so nobody would know it was a retread, and sent it in.
Archie Comics tried doing superheroes again in 1983; and again, The Fly was prominent in the revival — but the line lasted only a couple of years.
In 1991, DC Comics licensed the Archie adventure characters, and did a completely revamped version of The Fly for their !mpact Comics imprint; but that, too, was short-lived.
The Fly (Impact Comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (668 words)
The Fly is a fictional character who first appeared in the DC Comics' Impact Comics series, The Fly.
The character is loosely based on Archie Comics' character, The Fly.
Jason designed a superhero patterned after a fly, and his teacher rewarded him for his efforts with a pendant made of a fly trapped in amber.
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