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Ambush Bug


Ambush Bug, enjoying some literature. Image File history File links http://www. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance DC Comics Presents #52
Created by Keith Giffen
Characteristics
Alter ego Irwin Schwab
Affiliations Uh-oh Squad
Abilities Can teleport anywhere on Earth (exact limits are not defined); green suit provides some protection against some attack.

Ambush Bug is a fictional comic book character who has appeared in several DC Comics. His name is supposedly Irwin Schwab, but it must be noted that he suffers from mental problems that prevent him from truly understanding reality around him, so even his true identity might be no more than a delusion on his part. His origin is disputed, although the most commonly accepted origin is that Brum-El (a historical allusion to Beau Brummel[citation needed]) of the planet Schwab sent his clothes from his supposedly doomed planet, hoping that his wardrobe would survive, only to have it intercepted by a giant radioactive space spider. In the resulting crash, only two articles of clothing survived: the Ambush Bug suit, which was subsequently found by Irwin Schwab, and Argh!Yle!, an argyle sock with a Dr. Doom-like complex, complete with metal mask. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Keith Iath Giffen (November 30, 1952 - ) is an American writer, artist and penciller of comic books. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... George Bryan Brummell (June 7, 1778 - March 30, 1840), better known as Beau Brummell, was an arbiter of fashion in Regency England and a friend of the Prince Regent. ... Cover to Heroes Reborn: Fantastic Four #5. ...


Created by artist Keith Giffen as an intentionally silly character, Ambush Bug first appeared in several Superman-related comic books in the early 1980s. At first, Ambush Bug was a villain, named after a type of insect, and dressed in a green, skintight suit (with two orange antennae) that covered his whole body. Inside his hollow antennae, he carried miniature robot bugs that possessed the ability to teleport him around. After attacking Superman and other heroes (and being little more than an annoyance to them) Ambush Bug decided instead to be a superhero as well. He also fancied himself Superman's friend, which only annoyed the hero even more. The costume apparently then became permanently affixed to his body, and he gained the power to teleport by himself. (Again, it's unknown if this is true or just another delusion of his, as he is seen removing the costume at the end of his second mini-series.) Keith Iath Giffen (November 30, 1952 - ) is an American writer, artist and penciller of comic books. ... Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... In satellite communication, Teleport refers to a Earth Station Hub, or Uplink Facility. ... Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ...

Ambush Bug on the cover of Action Comics #565, along with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
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Ambush Bug on the cover of Action Comics #565, along with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

Ambush Bug became popular enough to be featured in two comic book miniseries and several specials, plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen and scripted by Robert Loren Fleming. These became increasingly surreal, to the point that some don't consider them to be part of the DC Universe. The series also contains many comic book-enthusiast and DC in-jokes and satire; series editor Julius Schwartz is also a character in the book. Image File history File links Detail of cover to Action Comics #565, featuring Ambush Bug being flanked by Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman. ... Image File history File links Detail of cover to Action Comics #565, featuring Ambush Bug being flanked by Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Wonder Woman is a fictional DC Comics superheroine co-created by William Moulton Marston and wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston. ... The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... Julius Schwartz, editor for DC Comics Julius Julie Schwartz (June 19, 1915 - February 8, 2004) was a comic book and pulp magazine editor, and a science fiction agent and prominent fan. ...


During one of these series, he picked up a doll and, thinking it was alive, 'adopted' it as a partner called "Cheeks, The Toy Wonder", complete with its own costume.


Ambush Bug is largely considered an absurd character and is rarely used by other writers, though he still exists in the DC Universe and occasionally still appears in some DC Comics. His popularity amongst creators has led to many 'cameos', sometimes with as little as his antennae being visible. In the comics he has become something of a joke to other characters, and has been described as being to real heroes what Ed Wood Jr. was to Alfred Hitchcock. Edward D. Wood, Jr. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a highly influential director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ...


Most recently, he appeared as part of Firestorm's short-lived Justice League of America in 52 #24. A firestorm in Hamburg (Germany) during WWII A firestorm is the mass movement of air resulting from fire, creating a fire of extreme intensity over a wide area. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ...

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Powers and weapons

A series of panels describing Ambush Bug's suit being grafted to him. It also contains a reference to Spider-Man's black costume.
A series of panels describing Ambush Bug's suit being grafted to him. It also contains a reference to Spider-Man's black costume.

Ambush Bug's main power is teleportation. At first, this was a function of his suit; Ambush Bug was limited to teleporting to where small receiver bugs were located. Later, after an explosion, Ambush Bug internalized this power. He has been seen using a large futuristic gun in one appearance. Ambush Bug is also aware of his fictionality. Image File history File links Action563_p. ... Image File history File links Action563_p. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... It has been suggested that Venom creator credit dispute be merged into this article or section. ...

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Awards

The character and series he has named for him have won recognition in the comics industry, including nominations for the R.A.C. "Squiddy" Award for Favorite Limited Series and the R.A.C. "Squiddy" Award for Favorite Graphic Novel in 1992 for the Ambush Bug Nothing Special. The character was also nominated for the R.A.C. "Squiddy" Award for Favorite Character in 1992.

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External links

  • Ambush Bug Archive - a listing of Ambush Bug's sightings, ranging from cameos to alternate versions to mainstream appearances.
  • Comic Book Awards Almanac
  • Ambush Bug as Metafictional Hero - an article at PrettyFakes.com discusses Ambush Bug as an "avatar of the apocryphal."

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 True Bugs - Insect Order Hemiptera - Cirrus Digital Imaging (559 words)
The True Bugs are insects that have two pairs of wings, the front or outer pair of each divided into a leathery basal part and a membranous apical part.
Ambush bugs (Family Phymatidae) are some of the most fascinating hunters, hanging around flower blossoms, nearly invisible in their exquisite camouflage, waiting for a bee or other pollinator to blunder into range.
The ambush bugs that killed the wasp were in the process of mating when the female made her catch.
Assassin Bugs & Ambush Bugs of Kentucky - University of Kentucky Entomology (1161 words)
University of Kentucky Entomology/Kentucky Critter Files/Kentucky Insects/True Bugs/Assassin Bugs and Ambush Bugs
Ambush bugs are short and stout compared to assassin bugs, and their front legs are thicker and shaped like praying-mantis legs.
Ambush bugs are commonly found on wildflowers during the summer, but they are especially common on goldenrod in late summer and early fall.
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