The Death-Defying Human FlyCast #10—. . . Dark as a Dungeon Down in the Mine!

It's the halfway point in the saga of The Human Fly, and who better to mark this issue of coal minin' calamity than the inestimable Chris Franklin! Chris joins your host Max Romero for The Human Fly #10 and a tale of stuntmen, unions, finger-pickin', and the brutality of a good melee in the great state of Kentucky. And don't forget to catch a ride on the Human Fly Van! That's a big 10-4, good buddy!

Let's get wild!

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Opening theme: “Human Fly” by The Cramps
Closing music: "Dark as a Dungeon" by Merle Travis
Bonus music: "Look for the Union Label", written by Paula Green and Malcolm Dodds for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union

Check out the gallery for this issue here!

8 responses to “The Death-Defying Human FlyCast #10—. . . Dark as a Dungeon Down in the Mine!

  1. Well done on another fun episode, everyone! It’s always a treat to listen to Chris (and his toys!) and I’m loving getting to know about these issues. Having said that, I want to say that this story didn’t seem as crazy as the previous issues? It definitely was an entertaining issue, but there was no shark and/or bear wrestling. This really could have been an episode of Fall Guy or the Greatest American Hero and I would have watched the heck out of it!

    I agree with Chris, Lee Elias draws a really excellent old man! In fact, all his pencils are fantastic for this issue.

    This was super fun and I’m looking forward to the next issue. Keep up the great work!

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  2. So glad this show as back!

    I loved Chris’ “Mater” voice. He is the network’s Frank Welker. Being from New Jersey, I can understand how it might irritate to see your home state always being portrayed in popular culture as just one (usually negative) way. Maybe Mantlo had some connection to the area? Or (more likely) he was just a good writer.

    As you both mentioned, the cover is quite striking, with its muted colors. It is too bad the HF is no longer Marvel’s to use, as Chris suggested I can see him as a supporting player in other MCU books.

    Great episode!

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  3. Great job, guys!

    Re: your discussion of Human Fly being a supporting character in another book (like Daredevil): I don’t really see the feasibility unless the character went through a major change. Because (1) the fact that he always travels performing stunts would make it hard to fit him in with a lead character who is based in one location (2) he’s made it clear that he does not consider himself a “super hero” – he’s a stuntman who happens to do heroic things, (3) he’s got a whole support team of his own that he’d have to bring along with him, and (4) he’s all about raising money for charities, not chasing down baddies. For these reasons, I don’t see him as a fit in another series. Unless – again – they completely changed the character, dropped his support team, gave up on travelling, and just made him another guy in a funny suit, fighting crooks.

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    1. I think we were talking about using the Fly more in cameo roles than an ongoing supporting role. Otherwise, yeah, I agree, the character would have to drop everything that makes the Human Fly unique, and what’s the point of that?

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  4. fun episode guys, but wish you hadn’t made it so political…
    Seriously, a good conversation and I love listening to the death defying human flycast because it reminds me of stories that I have long forgotten; many of the other comics that are my “favorites” I have read more than once. But Human Fly, I had those issues and read them at the time, but have no recollection! So lots of fun.
    And just from the gallery post, I am impressed by Lee Elias who had to be getting up there by this time.

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