By Alex Wiggan (Ryan the work experience lad and R.Y.A.N II)
Hi guys, this week you join us as we’re stood outside the Rovers Return on Chapel Street in Salford, on the hunt for flies! The reason that we’re doing this is because we’re looking at the similarities and differences between Marvel Comics’ the Human Fly and those creatures that tend to circle your light bulbs during the summer. I’ve yet to find the manual for R.Y.A.N II, so his responses might be a bit limited again this week, but before we get to that bit it’s time for me and Ryan to do our bit.
Here we go!
WHO IS THE HUMAN FLY?
The Human Fly is the Marvel Comics superhero created by Bill Mantlo, who first appeared in The Human Fly #1 in 1977.
WELL JUDGING BY THE NAME HE’S A HUMAN...ISN’T HE?
Yes, yes he is! The Human Fly is not an actual fly, he instead took his name from the fact that he was a rather adventurous superhero stuntman! As a child the Human Fly suffered a life threatening accident that resulted in his skeleton being almost completely replaced by steel. With metal under his skin, the Human Fly became as agile as an insect and performed the most death defying stunts imaginable… apparently just like a fly!
OH, SO TELL ME, WHAT MAKES FLIES SO SPECIAL?
Well firstly there are many types of flies, including butterflies, fireflies and dragonflies; however the flies we’re talking about here are from the order Diptera, which basically means two wings. There’s approximately 240,000 species within this order and each has a pair of wings and a pair of halteres, which for those not in the know are ‘knobbed’ structures that help stabilize insects during flight. A fly also has small antennae, compound eyes and a mouth (made up of labrium, mandible and maxilla) which can only consume liquid food. As for what makes flies special, well they’re pretty speedy reproducers and maggots (which are pre-fly little things) are used in the medical world to treat wounds, meaning they’re quite useful at removing dead tissue.
BUT HOW ALIKE ARE FLIES AND THE HUMAN FLY?
Erm... well they both like clinging to surfaces.
IS THAT IT?
Yep, pretty much. The Human Fly is not a fly. Is not like a fly. And really should think about changing his name to The Human Stunt Man! Although he’s a human, making him technically stronger than a fly, he can’t fly, he’s not really that useful at helping out the medical community and to my knowledge he’s not a speedy reproducer (aka a serial shagger). Of course being men of science we wouldn’t be the ultimate professionals that we are if we didn’t consult R.Y.A.N II on this one.
SO R.Y.A.N II, IS THE HUMAN FLY MORE POWERFUL THAN A FLY?
R.Y.A.N II SCIENTIFIC READOUT: No.
So there you have it once again. Thanks for that R.Y.A.N II. That’s all for this week, see you next time when we look at the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler!