Those creases in my copy of this comic will make it easy to spot these scans when they pop up on other sites.

§ October 10th, 2011 § Filed under ambush bug § 11 Comments

So every once in a while, I remember that Ambush Bug totally killed a dude during his first appearance in DC Comics Presents #52:

Of course, they started to go in a totally different direction with the character right after this appearance, leaning more towards “lighthearted parodic fourth-wall breaking goofball” rather than “creepy murderous dude.” Though you get a little bit of “creepy murderous dude” in Bug’s next appearance, when he ties a Superman cape to an alien and drops him off a building. The alien doesn’t die, but still, not for lack of trying.

Also featured in this issue, and speaking of “creepy” – a rare appearance of Ambush Bug’s unmasked face:

BONUS: everyone loves a parade, and the parade in this very issue features guest-appearances by Cerebus and Fred Hembeck Superman:

…as well as one of the elves from Elfquest:

I forget the character’s name. It’s “Frodo” or something, right?

images from DC Comics Presents #52 (December 1982) by Paul Kupperberg, Keith Giffen & Sal Trapani

11 Responses to “Those creases in my copy of this comic will make it easy to spot these scans when they pop up on other sites.”

  • MRPRSN says:

    Wow, I had no idea Ambush Bug was even wearing a mask. I thought he was and alien or pan-dimensional entity or something. I know who Skywise is though, so nerd points for me there.

  • MRPRSN says:

    Fred Hembeck Superman is pretty sweet, and I like that Cerebus looks like he is rocking a blond pompadour a la Brian Setzer.

  • Randal says:

    THX-1234? Really?

  • CW says:

    Count me in as another person who thought Ambush Bug was some sort of alien and not just a dude with a mask.

  • C. Elam says:

    I cannot believe I remember this, but Bug claimed in the letters page of one of the mini-series (yes, Ambush Bug answered the mail “himself”) that the guy didn’t really die and those were pools of INK, not blood. Which is of course completely ridic…wait.

  • swamp mark says:

    I’m still trying to figure out why Swampy made all those appearances in Bug’s most recent minis.

  • eee-gah says:

    Be sure not to miss Henry Winkler as Ambush Bug in the B:TB&TB episode “Mitefall”!

  • Wait… Lex Luthor is Ambush Bug?

    Seriously. Count me as another that thought A.B. was some weird Giffen-alien thing-guy.

    I have learned something new today.


  • Dan Latta says:

    Do not bait the Elfquest fans, Mike. Even furries quake in fear at their approach.

  • Casey says:


    It’s Samwise.

  • Harvey Jerkwater says: