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Ambush Bug
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.

-- Early Appearances --
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 Ambush Bug Amber Butane of the Amber Butane Corps Ambush Bob

First Appearance: DC Comics Presents (1978) #52

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
Action Comics (1938)
Ambush Bug (1985)
Ambush Bug Nothing Special (1992)
Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer (1986)
Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
Boris The Bear (1986)
Chronos (1998)
Convergence Supergirl: Matrix (2015)
Convergence: Zero Hour (2015)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC One Million Omnibus (2013)
DCU Heroes Secret Files (1999)
Doom Patrol (2009)
Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
Invasion (1988)
JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (2003)
Justice Leagues: Justice League of Amazons (2001)
Lobo: Unbound (2003)
Lobo: Wyzwolony (2005)
Secret Origins (1986)
Secret Six (2008)
Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
Son of Ambush Bug (1986)
Supergirl (1983)
Swamp Thing (1985)
The Brave and the Bold (2007)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Flash (1987)
The Legion (2001)
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)

Group Affiliation(s):
Doom Patrol (DC)(01 - Original Team)
Justice League of Anarchy (DC)

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