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Welcome to the two-hundred and twenty-first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous two hundred and twenty.
Comic Book Legends Revealed is now part of the larger Legends Revealed series, where I look into legends about the worlds of entertainment and sports, which you can check out here, at legendsrevealed.com. I’d especially recommend this week’s TV Legends Revealed for a disturbing story involving prejudice and Cagney and Lacey.
COMIC LEGEND: Irving Forbush’s face was never shown!
Forbush Man, the superhero name of fictional Marvel gofer Irving Forbush, appeared regularly in the pages of Not Brand Echh…
and What The–?!
Stan Lee also referenced him repeatedly in his Bullpen Bulletins.
He made a recent memorable appearance in Nextwave…
In any event, one of the recurring gags of Forbush Man was that we never see his actual face, even when he was not wearing his bucket mask.
Here are some examples of this gag from his classic origin story from Not Brand Echh #5, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (with Tom Sutton finishes over Kirby’s layouts)…
However, Irving Forbush’s face WAS seen and it was seen years earlier!
You see, during the mid 1950s, Stan Lee tried a Mad magazine knockoff (as did everyone else). It was called Snafu.
The “founder” of Snafu was, you guessed it, Irving Forbush!!
And here he is, in the “flesh,” so to speak!
Pretty neat, huh?
Thanks to Kevin C. Garcia, who shared this bit with me. Be sure to check out Kevin’s website, Monomythic, which “is dedicated to everything iconic about the hero, and every version and evolution of the hero myth – from ancient poems in dead languages to blockbuster movies, colorful super-heroes and state-of-the-art video games.” Kevin’s entry on Irving Forbush has even more pictures of Irving and his family of Forbushes!
It’s pretty funny that Stan Lee really must have dug the sound of “Irving Forbush” to re-use the character like that.
Thanks, also, to The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, for the Not Brand Echh scans. Whenever someone can save me from scanning, they are like royalty to me!
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