Obscurity of DC Presents: Obscure Book Club, Week 101 (March 10-March 16) --- HUMAN FLEA!

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Number of Issues: 2

Description from comicvine.gamespot.com: Martin Kemp created the Human Flea in an attempt to save his grandad’s ailing flea circus, Smallest Show On Earth Flea Circus East 89th St. His petty crime wave caught the attention of Batman.

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. Fleas are typically considered to be a minor nuisance. How does Human Flea exhibit the true danger of fleas, and do you think he’s successful in doing so? Explain.
  2. The Animals’ Rights Movement is mentioned several times throughout the issues. What role does this activism play in the story, and how does it affect Human Flea?
  3. In both issues, we see Human Flea flight against Batman. However, in the second issue, we see Human Flea and Batman team up. With that being said, do you think Human Flea is a hero or a villain? Explain.

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Reading the story, he’s definitely a interesting character. On first impressions, he’s not really impressive, especially since he’s really only exhibit incredible speed which is annoying about fleas. But I think what makes Human Flea terrifying is his ability to control fleas and the way a dozen of them surround foes Harkins to a relatable human fear of tiny creatures on our body and biting us. In that way, he is successful in spreading danger.

Human Flea grandfather is a man who collects Fleas for a circus of sorts. It upsets people to get Animal rights activists seek to liberate them. Causing his business to potentially be shut down. Human Flea resorts to unorthodox methods of helping his grandfather by dressing up as a Flea based costume criminal and get enough money to pay for his business. The activists arguments pose a question. Whether this kind of practice even done to something repulsive as fleas is right?

Definitely not a villian, but he is a criminal. It’s unlikely Human Flea would pursue crime if he didn’t assume it was absolutely necessary and from his perspective it is. He’s a smart but not a bright man as Batman clearly pointed out, his development in Synthetic resilin could make him a rich man if patented. He’s got a good heart, but just terribly misguided. His brief team-up with Batman, in his last appearance in the issue, kindly helping people out of danger, showing he could potentially be a great hero if he chose to be.


I agree completely. On a slightly unrelated note, how cool would it be for Human Flea to resurface as a member of the Batfamily?!


It would be as cool as Orpheus coming back in Gotham. But alas, it’s only in our dreams that would happen…And in our fan fiction. :wink:


This preposition has such a “Narnia” vibe to it lol