If you don’t recall the Human Fly, it was a comic by Marvel in the late 70s, by Bill Mantlo and Lee Elias.
Part of the promotions for the comic involved the conceit that the Human Fly actually existed. Marvel contained photographs of him in the comic.
But was he for real?
Well, besides the whole fictional backstory, yeah, he was for real. Rick Rojatt was a stunt driver who went by the name “The Human Fly,” and he wore a getup just like in the comic books.
Ky Michaelson, known as the “Rocketman,” for his expertise in building rockets for stunts and for movies, has a piece up on the time he developed a rocket for a bike the Human Fly used to jump over about two dozen buses.
And finally, here is the Human Fly using the rockets…