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His biography is very similar to that of the real-life Julius Schwartz. Aside from the fact that Schwartz of Earth 1 was said to be a colleague of Perry White, the difference between the real Schwartz and the Earth 1 counterpart was really in the later years of the Earth 1 Schwartz' life.
After a successful career of editing science fiction magazines featuring the work of luminaries like Frederick Pohl and Ray Bradbury, Schwartz went on to create comic books. However, when real-to-Earth-1 heroes like Batman and Superman started actually appearing, demand for his works of fiction dried up. The headline news was actually more exciting than anything he could dream up.
Demand for his work gone, he ended up a vagrant by his 70th birthday. His despair eventually grew so great that he tried to find a way to kill himself. Superman, having discovered that Schwartz was an old friend of Perry, became his guardian angel during these suicide attempts.
Eventually, though , a villain named Olaf managed to find a way to reduce Schwartz to pure imagination. His physical form dying, Schwartz asked Superman to take him to Earth Prime. There, he transferred his imagination into the Earth Prime Schwartz. Thus, the Earth 1 Schwartz lived on in the body of the Earth Prime Schwartz.
Schwartz holds the distinction of being the first DC character to die in the presence of his counterpart from another Earth. (He "died" in the arms of—or to be more precise faded into—Julius Schwartz of Earth Prime.)
He was the first creator to appear on the cover of a comic.
The combined Earth 1/Earth Prime Julius Schwartz was one of the few individuals who remembered life on multiple Earths post-Crisis.
He has an ambiguous status post-Crisis. Is there such a thing as a post-Crisis Julius Schwartz? He certainly has appeared in stories that post-date Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, they have all had a retro feel to them that make them seem somehow "outisde" the post-Crisis continuity. It's easy enough to imagine these as Earth 1 stories told after the formation of the post-Crisis Earth.
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Action Comics (1938)
#517 Ambush Bug (1985)
- 'The War For Peace!'
#2 Ambush Bug Nothing Special (1992)
- 'Versus The Koala Who Walks Like A Man!! (Awwww, Cute)'#3
- 'The Ambush Bug History of the DC Universe'#4
DC Comics Presents: Flash (2004)
#1 DC Comics Presents: Hawkman (2004)
- 'DC Comics Presents: The Flash #1'
#1 DC Comics Presents: The Atom (2004)
- 'DC Comics Presents: Hawkman'
#1 Kurt Busiek's Astro City (1996)
- 'Ride a Deadly Grenade!'
#21 Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
- 'Where the Action Is'
Son of Ambush Bug (1986)
#3 Superman (1939)
- 'Who Put the 'Pop' in Poppycock?'#6
- 'Walking Papers'
#411 Superman-Batman (1966)
- 'The Last Earth-Prime Story'
#1981-13 The Mighty Magnor (1993)
- 'Superman: Frieden um jeden Preis!'
The New Teen Titans (1984)
#13 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Crimes and Punishment!'
#98 Wonder Woman (1942)
- 'Merry Christmas, X-Men...'
- 'The Man Who Wiped Out Time!'
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