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Irving Forbush was originally the office gofer at Marble Comics, and lived in a house with his shrewish maiden aunt, Auntie Mayhem who was indirectly responsible for her nephew becoming a superhero (in a fit of pique, she slams the fabled cooking pot over Irving's head, inadvertently providing him with the disguise he'd been looking for).

Forbush Man went on to triumph over a number of super-powered adversaries. All of his victories were purely accidental; lacking superhuman powers, dumb luck necessarily played a major role in all of his adventures.

Search for group membership

Forbush Man later applied for membership with the Revengers, S.H.E.E.S.H. and finally the Echhs-Men. After each attempt ends in disaster for the group concerned, Forbush is offered a position in 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band', which he declines, believing it better to "quit while I'm still behind." Forbush Man later fought against 'the Strangie'. [6]

Spider-Ham

Forbush Man was trying to collect every Marvel character's autograph, and he tried to collect Rhinose' autograph, but Rhinose was tired of Forbush-Man bugging him that he knocked him through the panel into the Larval Earth. Forbush-Man then crashed into the local laundromat where Peter Porker was getting a shirt ironed and landed on the boar who ran the laundromat, Won-Ton, smashing him in the ironing board just Peter arrived as Spider-Ham. Won-Ton emerged from the ironing board, empowered, and with two irons in his hands declaring that he will now be a super-villain called the Ironing Boar. Forbush-Man asks for Spider-Ham's autograph in the middle of the fight, and gets wrapped up in Spider-Ham's webbing, pulling Spider-Ham off the ceiling and hitting him against the floor. Forbush-Man asks Ironing Boar for his autograph, and Ironing Boar angrily knocked Forbush-Man's autograph book out of his hand and it hit a bottle of cleaner on a shelf which spilled onto Ironing Boar and diminished his powers. Spider-Ham asked Forbush-Man how he could repay him, and Forbush-Man asked him to sign his autograph book, and explained his universe predicament. Spider-Ham then catapulted Forbush-Man back to the Marble Universe, only for Forbush-Man to crash right back into Rhinose' apartment. [7]

Charlie America

Irving Forbush was eventually recruited by the government and took part in a top-secret experiment that supposedly gave him abilities similar to that of Captain America. He was then trained by the Tuskmaster, before going out on his only mission to stop the diabolical Red Skulk. [8]

New Paramounts and death

Forbush Man was later seen as a member of the New Paramounts, somehow being on Earth-616. Forbush Man was apparently killed by Tabitha Smith after he failed to mind control her (she apparently had no mind worth affecting). [9]

Captain America: Who Won't Wield the Shield?

Forbush Man returned somehow, with no explanation as to how he avoided his apparent death at the hands of Tabitha Smith. Forbush Man was one of a long line of people who were chosen as the ones to not wield Captain America's Shield when Captain America returned to replace Bucky Barnes as Captain America. Forbush Man accused Marvel Comics of bringing the Steve Rogers Captain America back only because they thought it would turn more profit. [10]

Deadpool

At some point, Forbush Man was murdered by a mysterious killer, and Deadpool suspected that someone was killing off Marvel's funniest characters. Deadpool teamed with Punisher, Ant-Man, and Squirrel Girl to figure out who the killer was. [11]

Powers

  • Forbush Vision: Forbush Man has the power to project utterly realistic visions into the minds of others when he removes the cast-iron pot on his head. The hallucinations typically depict a reality that is hellish to each victim, slowly killing them as they struggle against it.

Abilities

Weaknesses

His power had no effect on Tabitha Smith, as she apparently had no mind at all. [9]
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Tabitha Smith defeats Forbush Man.


Equipment

  • Cast-iron cooking pot

Weapons

  • Gun

Marvel Super Heroes RPG, character sheet. 1986

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