Real Name: Irwin Schwab
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Ambush Bug's main power is teleportation, which originally was derived from tiny robotic bugs stored in his antennae. He could teleport to anywhere there was a bug. At some point, he altered the technology to where he no longer needed the bugs to teleport. The suit also allows him some limited protection from most attacks. Perhaps Ambush Bug's greatest power is his ability to break the fourth wall. He is fully aware that he is in a comic book.
Anything painful, and sometimes not even.
Ambush Bug's origin is shrouded in mystery, or possibly too many comic book origin stories. He has related several different versions of his beginnings, most of which have reflected popular superhero origin stories from Marvel and DC. The most likely scenario is that Irwin Schwab, a down and out Joe average raised on too much television, found a costume in a back alley dumpster, discarded by its unknown creator. When Schwab put the suit on he discovered that it could release microscopic bug robots that allowed him to teleport to them.
Ambush Bug began his career as a criminal, but he quickly changed his mind, choosing instead to become a super hero like his icon Superman. He tries to do the right thing, but he keeps getting in the way of himself. During the Son of Ambush Bug mini series, he finds a stuffed doll that he believes can talk to him. Dubbing his new sidekick Cheeks the Toy Wonder, they become a new crime fighting duo. Other than his sidekick Cheeks, Ambush Bug is very much a lone wolf - possibly due to the fact that nobody can stand being around him for more than three minutes - but he did become a member of the Justice League during 52. Naturally, that didn't last long. Lately he has served as a member of The Doom Patrol, "helping" them with several cases, including their clash with The Secret Six.
Major Story Arcs
Ambush Bug's early appearances in DC Comics Presents, Supergirl, and Action Comics served to establish the character as a comically crazy foil, mostly for Superman. They detail his switch from villain to hero as well as his burgeoning obsession with The Man of Steel.
Ambush Bug Mini Series
Ambush Bug finds Cheeks The Toy Wonder and they go on several adventures together, culminating in the "death" of Cheeks when Ambush Bug leaves him to diffuse a bomb by himself. He is after all, just a toy. Darkside sort of shows up in all four issues, and is the big bad for the finale, along with Argh! Yle! The Killer Sock.
Son of Ambush Bug Mini Series
During his second mini-series, Ambush Bug gets surreal. The fourth wall is broken almost continuously, resulting in Ambush Bug going to court for "contempt of comics". The series ends with Ambush Bug getting kicked out of the DC continuity. This obviously didn't take because he re-appeared some months later, back for mayhem.
Doom Patrol Appearances
Ambush Bug appeared in the third volume Doom Patrol series starting with issue #9. He helped the Doom Patrol on Oolong Island and was an integral part of finding Elasti-Girl when she was captured. He helped the team defeat a mind controlled Chief, and played a role in their conflict with The Secret Six. He has since left the team for parts unknown, however he will certainly turn up again.
Keith Giffen and Paul Kupperberg created Ambush Bug as a goofy fun character. His first public forays were criminal in nature, causing havoc with Superman, The Doom Patrol, Supergirl, and The Legion of Substitute Heroes. The character proved extremely popular with fans and creators, and Giffen soon softened Ambush Bug's attitude giving him a hero worship of Superman and using that as a springboard to turn him into a hero... just not a very good one. Ambush Bug has starred in two mini-series, several one-shot books, as well as many guest appearances across the DC universe.
Aliases: Irwin Schwab
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First Appearance: DC Comics Presents (1978) #52
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Action Comics (1938)
Ambush Bug (1985)
#1 Ambush Bug Nothing Special (1992)
- 'Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Wipe-Out'#2
- 'Versus The Koala Who Walks Like A Man!! (Awwww, Cute)'#3
- 'The Ambush Bug History of the DC Universe'#4
Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer (1986)
#1 Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
- 'I Knew I shoulda Taken that Left Toyn Back in Albakoyky / In Night of the Living Doll / etc'
#1 Boris The Bear (1986)
- 'Hey, You Sank My Battle-Ax!'#2
- 'Five Million Elvis Impersonators Can't Be Wrong!'#3
- 'A Ton of Bricks, A Jug of Whine-- And Thou!'#4
- 'The Guignol Age of Comics'#5
- 'Meet The New Boss!'#7
- '1 Year Late'
#1 Boris the Bear Instant Color Classics (1987)
- 'Slaughter of the Teenage Radioactive Black Belt Mutant Ninja Critters'
Convergence Supergirl: Matrix (2015)
Convergence: Zero Hour (2015)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
#5 DC Comics Presents (1978)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#9
- 'War Zone'
#52 DC One Million Omnibus (2013)
- 'Negative Woman Goes Berserk!'#59
- 'Ambush Bug II, Or... Just When You Thought it Was Safe To Start Reading DC Comics Presents Again!'#59 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Ambush Bug II, Or... Just When You Thought it Was Safe To Start Reading DC Comics Presents Again!'#81
- 'All This And Kobra, Too”, Or, “Turning Kryptonese I Think I’m Turning Kryptonese I Really Think So”, Or, “Tora Tora Tora'
DCU Heroes Secret Files (1999)
Doom Patrol (2009)
TPB vol. 02 Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
- 'Thick as a Brick'#11
- 'Front and Center'#12
- 'False Front'#14
- 'Power Player!'#15
- 'A House Divided'#16
- 'Gazing into the Abyss'#19
- 'Suicide Roulette, Part Two: Ring-A-Ding Doom!'#22
- 'Doomsday (No, Not Him)'
#29 Invasion (1988)
- 'It's My Party And I'll Fight If I Want To'
#2 JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (2003)
- 'Battleground Earth'#3
- 'World Without Heroes'
Justice Leagues: Justice League of Amazons (2001)
#1 Lobo: Unbound (2003)
- 'Justice Leagues Part II: Jungle Work'
Lobo: Wyzwolony (2005)
Secret Origins (1986)
#48 Secret Six (2008)
- 'Featuring Ambush Bug, Stanley and His Monster, Trigger Twins & Rex The Wonder Dog'
#30 Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
- 'Suicide Roulette, Part One of Two: Like a Star on the Horizon'
Son of Ambush Bug (1986)
#1 Swamp Thing (1985)
- 'How Come You Do Me Like You Do Do Do?'#2
- 'Hell Again Hell Again, Jiggety Jig'#3
- 'Who Put the 'Pop' in Poppycock?'#4
- 'Mind-Slaves of the Caption King!'#5
- 'Witless for the Prosecution'#6
- 'Walking Papers'
The Brave and the Bold (2007)
The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl (1982)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
HC The Flash (1987)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'
#22 The Legion (2001)
- 'Invaded Lives - Part 2'
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
#16 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Batman To Ambush Bug'
Doom Patrol (DC)(01 - Original Team)
Justice League of Anarchy (DC)
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