Real Name: Sonny Baredo
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Humus Sapien can draw upon the life forces of all living creatures on Earth, and can use this energy to deconstruct the atomic structures of all man-made technology, metal, synthetics, and plastics. His body has been reconstructed into an amalgamation of flesh, plant matter and sediment. He can control vegetative life, shift tectonic plates, and fly.
Humus Sapien was discovered by the Thunderbolts, when he emerged from a suspended animation chamber in which he had been imprisoned. He has vaguely defined superhuman abilities powered by Earth's population. Each time he uses his powers, however, random people around the world die. Humus Sapien's final battle, after which he voluntarily leaves Earth, drains the lives of 2,400 people, including the Middle Eastern costumed crimefighter the Arabian Knight.
Humus Sapien first appeared in Marvel's self-produced fan magazine, FOOM #3 (Fall 1973), created (as supervillain Humus Sapiens) by Michael A. Barreiro of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and was the winning entry in the magazine's character-creation contest. Although FOOM founding editor Jim Steranko wrote in the in the premiere-issue introduction that, "The winning entry (to be selected by Ol' Smilin' Stan [Lee] himself) will become a super guest-star featured in one of Marvel's top hero mags", this never occurred, and both the character and the contest faded into obscurity.
Barreiro later in the '70s inquired at Marvel about the character, but received no response. Comics columnist Fred Hembeck in 1979 wrote in the magazine Buyer's Guide to Comic Fandom about the contest and Humus Sapiens, but nothing came of it. Barreiro grew up to become a carpenter and a freelance artist living in the Carrick neighborhood, and did a small amount of work for Marvel and Dark Horse Comics.
First Appearance: Thunderbolts (1997) #54
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
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