Dr. Farley Stillwell
Farley Stillwell (Earth-616) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 20 001.png
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #20 (1965)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter egoFarley Stillwell

Farley Stillwell is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a scientist best known for transforming Mac Gargan into the Scorpion.

Publication history

Stillwell first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #20 and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Fictional character biography

When J. Jonah Jameson first hired Peter Parker, he was amazed at how he managed to obtain pictures of Spider-Man. He hired private investigator Mac Gargan to look into this. When Jameson saw an article about inducing animal mutations into humans, he visited the scientist that established this experiment: Dr. Farley Stillwell. Jameson first thought Stillwell was a crackpot, but later saw him as an opportunity to take down Spider-Man. When he first went to see Dr. Stillwell in his lab, Jameson had him experiment on Gargan. Stillwell gave Gargan a high-tech scorpion-suit, and the Scorpion was born.[1]

Shortly after the experiment, Stillwell ran some tests and found that his experiment wasn't a true success. He discovered that Scorpion would lose his sanity as he got stronger. Creating an antidote, Stillwell headed to where Spider-Man was fighting the Scorpion. Upon learning the side effects of the formula from Stillwell, Scorpion didn't want to lose his powers and climbed up a building. Stillwell went up after him and lost his grip. As he fell, Dr. Stillwell threw the serum at Gargan in a vain attempt to cure him. He missed and fell to his death.[1]


It was later revealed that he had a brother named Harlan Stillwell who used the experiment to create the Human Fly after being held at gunpoint by Richard Deacon. After Richard became the Human Fly, he shot Harlan.[2]

The Stillwell brothers' technology would also later be used to give superpowers to the Answer,[3] and the fourth Vulture.[4]

Skills and abilities

Farley Stillwell is a brilliant biologist and cyberneticist. His brother, Harlan possesses the same skills as him.

Other versions

House of M

In other media


Video games


  1. ^ a b The Amazing Spider-Man #20
  2. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10
  3. ^ Danny Fingeroth (w), Scott McDaniel (p), Brad Vancata (i), Dave Sampson (col), Diana Albers (let), Rob Tokar (ed). "Deadly Reunion" The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #1 (September 1993), United States: Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Mark Waid and Tom Peyer (w), Paul Azaceta and Javier Rodriguez (p), Paul Azaceta and Javier Rodriguez (i), Andres Mossa (col), Joe Caramagna (let), Tom Brennan, Tom Brevoort, and Stephen Wacker (ed). The Amazing Spider-Man #624 (10 March 2010), United States: Marvel Comics
  5. ^ House of M: Avengers #1
  6. ^ Tom Harvey Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, voicechasers.com, retrieved 23 Jan 2010
  7. ^ Dr. Farley Stillwell, IMDb, retrieved 17 Jan 2010
  8. ^ a b Ian Hague, Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels, Routledge, 2014, ch. 2: "Sight, or, the Ideal Perspective and the Physicality of Seeing".
  9. ^ The fictional item also appeared in Spider-Man Adventures #1 (December 1994).