Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ambush Bug and Forbush Man



So where did the name Forbush Man come from anyway?  I have never heard of a Forbush before, was it just a funny sounding name to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, so they used it?  I do like the gag of a guy using his own last name as part of his supposed secret alter ego.

Thank you to Ivan Schablotski, a patron of this blog,  for suggesting this titanic Irving/Irwin team up!

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can anyone see who the posters are for, besides the title characters? I can see Krypto. Not sure about the others.

Chuck said...

Streaky (Supergirl's cat) is the other prominent one.

Anonymous said...

"Forbush" is an early 20th century slang term for a person who is forced to deal with large groups of idiots all day. Forbush-Man's secret identity, Irving Forbush, was the gofer for Stan Lee.

Poochy said...

Ma Hunkel wants her costume back.

Chris Lawton said...
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Chris Lawton said...

Forbush is a Scottish surname. I've only seen the "deals with groups of idiots" definition in the Urban Dictionary and it mentions nothing about the early 20th century. The definition given there was by a student of a teacher with the name of Forbush.

Los Thunderlads said...

There's also Nellie Forbush, the main character of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.

Anonymous said...

I though Forbush Man's costume resembled the one the Golden Age Red Tornado had.

Mike Shirley said...

For what it's worth, the one time I got to meet Stan Lee, I told him that Irving Forbush was my favorite superhero. He smiled, and that will stay with me forever.

Cary Comic said...

This looks like a job for the entire Union Suit Squad!*

*Near-poetry not intended.

Cary Comic said...

Which, btw, raises a good question: how come Underdog was never granted membership in the U.S.S.?

Cary Comic said...

@Chris & Los Thunderlads: And, as Reed Richards could tell you, there was also Scott Forbush. A real-world astronomer who studied cosmic rays during the Thirties and Forties. Periodic reductions of which are evidently referred to as "Forbush decreases!"

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Y E S,
I would purchase this comic book instantly!

taxicab.art music.videos said...

Cameo by
Alfred E. Neuman?

Jay Johnson said...

Re: Anon2: The GA Red Tornado was, as Poochy said, Ma Hunkle.

And Irving Forbush was a supposed to be a gofer at Marvel (later Marble Comics when Not Brand Ecch came along). Stan had made him up previously to have a name for the guy who was the butt of office / bullpen jokes (ala Sad Sack in the military) and gave him the Alfred E. Neuman job "hosting" Snafu, Marvel's short-lived attempt to copy Mad Magazine, then later the mascot for NBE.

Ross said...

Ah yes, I should have remembered Nellie Forbush - I played Luther Billis in South Pacific twice - once in High School and then later on in Acting School.

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

YES! Dreams do come true.

Cary Comic said...

Mine will, too, if the Union Suit Squad sequel shows Underdog being inducted. ;-)

Mike Shirley said...

I would also be happy to see an Underdog/Super-Goof team up.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Underdog/Doctor Who! The Tardis looked a lot like a 1960's phone booth.

Anonymous said...

I can just picture K-9 being told: "There's no need to fear. You're not being supplanted, here."

---Another Ymous

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

Thomas The Tank Engine & Dethlok (The Band From Metaloclypse) team-up! In Blue Harvest: Horror beyond Nap Time.

Anonymous said...

As Reed Richards, himself, might say: "Don't fear the Creeper."

Bob Greenwade said...

Hey, if the Union Suit Squad gets a redux, it won't be complete without Captain Klutz! I said so in their first appearance, and I still say so now!

Anonymous said...

I second Bob's emotion.

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