|Art by Keith Giffen|
His origin is disputed, although the most commonly accepted origin is that Brum-El (a historical allusion to Beau Brummel, as well as a reference to Superman's father Jor-El) 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 Schwab; and "Argh!Yle!", an argyle sock with a Doctor Doom-like complex, complete with metal mask.
This oddball hero became popular enough to be featured in two comic book miniseries and several specials, all plotted and pencilled by Keith Giffen and scripted by Robert Loren Fleming. Although he is largely considered an absurd character, his popularity amongst artists has led to many "cameos", sometimes with as little as his antennae being visible. He has appeared semi-regularly in the new Doom Patrol series since 2010 along with his partner called "Cheeks, The Toy Wonder", a doll he thinks is alive (complete with its own costume).
|Ambush Bug #1 (June 1985)|