Arthur (The Tick)
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|Arthur the Moth|
Arthur, as depicted in the animated series
|Publisher||New England Comics|
|First appearance||The Tick #4, April 1989|
|Created by||Ben Edlund|
|Team affiliations||The Tick|
|Abilities||Above average intelligence
Moth costume grants:
Possible night vision
Several other unknown powers
Arthur wears a moth suit, which gives him the ability to fly, but he is often mistaken for a bunny because of the shape and size of his costume's antennae, and the fact that his wings are usually folded up. He is an extremely kind, sensible and intelligent person, but his social skills are somewhat lacking as he is shy and has little self-confidence. He often shows mild discomfort or annoyance with the dangers and frustrations of being a superhero's sidekick. Various family members and friends continuously beg him to give up his superhero lifestyle. Arthur is Jewish, but he does celebrate non-Jewish holidays, such as Christmas. Arthur’s apartment serves as his and The Tick’s superhero headquarters.
Arthur first appeared as a character in The Tick #4, but he can be seen as a mysterious flying figure in the background of earlier issues of that series. Trained as an accountant, Arthur purchases his moth suit at an auction and decides to pursue the life of a superhero. He is currently on indefinite "psychiatric leave" from his accounting firm. After rescuing the Thorn of Oblivion, a powerful ninja artifact, and helping The Tick and Oedipus defeat the ninjas, Arthur decides to become The Tick’s sidekick.
Arthur has a romantic relationship with Chet Atkins, a waitress at a local fast food restaurant, whom Arthur rescues after the restaurant is destroyed.
Arthur has two sisters, Dot and Alice. Alice is married to an ex-coworker of Arthur’s named Errol, who, after winning a fortune in Las Vegas, decides to become a supervillain, the Slot Jockey of Doom. Alice and Errol have two children. In the animated series, Dot begins dating paleontologist "Dinosaur" Neil, an associate of Arthur and the Tick's and occasional unwilling supervillain (accidental ingestion of a sample of cloned dinosaur tissue causes him to transform into a giant, mindless reptilian), and eventually marries him.
Arthur's costume and timid nature were inspired by "The Mothman," one of the Minutemen in Alan Moore's Watchmen.
While Arthur only uses the moth suit to fly (and poorly, at that), it has a host of other built-in powers that he doesn't know how to activate. The suit, which he bought at a yard sale, did not come with the instruction manual. When the villainous Bowlingame acquired the suit, he quipped "I'll bet he didn't even know about the night vision, the fool."
Appearances in other media
Arthur is one of the few characters outside from the lead character himself to appear in all the various versions and incarnations of The Tick. In the animated series, Arthur's moth suit was created by scientist JJ Vatos. Later, Arthur develops a bashful romance with Vatos’s daughter, Carmelita, who has an identical flying suit. Arthur’s sister also appears, and The Tick and Arthur often borrow her car for road trips or errands. Dot is dating and later marries Dinosaur Neil. Arthur adopts the battle cry "Not in the face!" after The Tick chooses "Spoon!"
- Legg, Michael (25 January 2011). "Tick vs. Dot and Neil's Wedding". Retrieved 18 September 2013.