Real Name: Buchanan 'Buck' Mitty
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Buck Mitty was the senior entomology professor at ESU until they cut off his funding. Desperate to prove the value of the insect world, as well as to gain enough wealth to continue his research, Mitty designed the Humbug costume to achieve his goals, by whatever means necessary. Humbug intended to begin his career by stealing a shipment of black pearls, but a group of criminals beat him to the punch, and he fled when Spider-Man showed up to take them out. He next targeted an armored car government cash transfer. While he overpowered the guards and blew open the car, he had no way to transport the large shipment, as he had previously blown out one of the tires, to prevent them from escaping. At this time, Spider-Man came on the scene and, after a short struggle, turned Humbug's sonics back on himself, destroying his equipment. The cops then took him away. Mitty's sentence was commuted to time served, and he was released from prison. He renewed his awesome entomological onslaught, now dedicated to punishing ESU for their betrayal. He first tried to steal some rare paintings for their art department to finance his research, but found that the art department had been relocated, when he blasted into the women's locker room. Embarrassed, he fled the scene.
Regrouping, he broke into the physics building, to steal some of the super-conductive ceramics. The noise of his assault drew Spider-Man, who again turned Humbug's power back on him, this time blasting him out through a window. Spidey's web saved Mitty from going splat, but Humbug then distracted him by blowing up some cop cars. Spider-Man tracked Humbug to his old entomology lab, where he took a woman hostage. Spidey turned the tables on him, by grabbing a jar containing some of his specimens: "Let the girl go, Humbug! Or these roaches die screaming!" Humbug surrendered, appalled at Spider-Man's cruelty, and was sent back to jail.
Later, Humbug attended the Springdale branch of the Bar with no Name, where he bragged about the newly redesigned Tomazooma. In his very own one-shot special called "Spider-Man: Bug Stops Here", Humbug attacked the New York Museum of Natural History to finance his research. Spider-Man, being present at the time of the robbery, confronted his old nemesis. Spider-Man eventually led Humbug to a place of the museum that was damaged by termites, and Humbug fell through the floor broken by those termites. During the fall, Humbug was knocked out upon landing on the lower level floor.
Discovering that Humbug had renewed his attack on the museum, the mercenary known as Deadpool was hired by unknown parties to prevent it. Deadpool eventually caught up with Humbug, but one of Humbug's insect buddies warned him of the attack. Humbug fired sonic blasts at Deadpool, causing the merc to go both deaf and mute. Furious, Deadpool chased Humbug into a woman's dorm. Deadpool then tried to determine Humbug's secret identity, and nearly killed two innocent men, before figuring out that entomology was the study of insects, and thus making the connection between Mitty and Humbug. He then attacked Humbug in his lab, doused him with honey, and then hurled a jar of South American fire ants on him. Humbug tried in vain to blast off the fire ants as they devoured him, and after a few minutes, Deadpool declared Humbug to be dead.
First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man (1985) #19
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
Daughters of the Dragon (2006)
#1 Deadpool (1997)
- 'On the Run'#2
- 'And Then There Were Two'#3
- 'Capes, Lies & Microchips'#4
#42 Heroes For Hire (2006)
- 'Silent but Deadly Interlude'
#1 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
- 'Taking It To The Streets, Part 1'#2
- 'Taking It To The Streets, Part 2'#3
- 'Civil Disobedience'#4#5#6
- 'Guns, Gems, Robots and Terrorists!'#7#8#9#10#11
- 'Infestation'#11 (Second Printing)
#4 Spider-Man: Bug Stops Here / The Exterminator: No Job Too Big (1994)
- 'Year-In-Review '92'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Heroes for Hire (Marvel)
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