|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #272 (Jan 1986)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco, Sal Buscema|
|Alter ego||Jalome Beacher|
|Team affiliations||Masters of Evil
|Notable aliases||'The Teflon Coated Man'|
Fictional character biography
Jalome Beacher was a chemical engineer who created a non-stick coating that could be applied to anything, only to be fired by his employers. He created a costume coated in the substance and decided to use it to rob banks. His all-white bodysuit allows him to slide across floors with relative ease, and renders him impervious to Spider-Man's webbing. The suit has pads on the gloves so that Slyde can grip objects without them slipping from his grasp.
Slyde was part of the seventh such group called the Masters of Evil when the villainous assemblage tangled with the Thunderbolts, ironic because the Thunderbolts are mostly made up of reformed members of the Masters of Evil.
Upon the realization that he was turning forty soon, he got a new costume, gave himself a new (and fictional) origin, and made an attempt at robbing a bank with henchmen—but it was all a ploy to lure Spider-Man out in order to fight him.. At the end of the story, on the way to jail, he mused that, knowing that he "went toe to toe with Spider-Man", he is entirely all right with middle age.
In Wolverine #26, Slyde was apparently killed by the sword of Elektra who was presumed dead/resurrected by The Hand. This was later revealed to be Jalome's stepbrother Matt, wearing Jalome's costume and using the Slyde identity while Jalome was in prison.
Jalome, as Slyde again, along with the Trapster, met with mob boss Hammerhead, who was attempting to organize a group of super-criminals to take advantage of the Civil War between the Marvel superheroes. However, Slyde balked at the proposal. He was shot in the back of the head and apparently killed by Hammerhead's enforcer Underworld, in order to send a message to those who would refuse to join Hammerhead's organization.
- Following the death of Beacher another person assumes his costumed identity. The identity of this Slyde is unknown, but he appears in Jalome's costume and has was seen on the cover of Avengers: The Initiative #1 as one of the 142 registered superheroes. Slyde's appearance however is not proof of his involvement in the Initiative, or may mean the Slyde costume has passed on to an heroic successor.
- A new version of Slyde appeared though the costume was now completely blue. After a brief chase with Spider-Man, it was revealed that this Slyde was an undercover police officer.
After M-Day, the second Night Thrasher (formerly Bandit) gave several former mutants technology he had obtained using the organization he owned.[volume & issue needed] Former prostitute and mercenary Stacy X was given a modified Slyde suit, along with modified Stilt-Man armor, web shooters, and Frog-Man springs.[volume & issue needed] She became a New Warrior, died in an explosion during battle[volume & issue needed], but later resurfaced again with her Stacy X appearance.[volume & issue needed]
Powers and abilities
The chemicals on Slyde’s suit allow him to move at nearly 30 miles per hour (48 km/h). He is almost impossible to grasp and he is incredibly maneuverable.
- Amazing Spider-Man #272
- Thunderbolts #24-25
- Spider-Man Unlimited (vol. 3) #1
- Wolverine (vol. 3) #26-27
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man: Back In Black #1
- Thunderbolts vol. 2 #104-107
- Civil War: War Crimes one-shot (February 2007)
- Avengers: The Initiative #1
- Avengers: The Initiative #1 Character Map
- The Amazing Spider-Man #602
- Slyde's entry at Marvel.com
- Slyde (Beacher) at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Slyde (NYPD) at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe