Hi @DCFanArtClub! Before we head into spooky season, let’s take a trip into the 5th Dimension. I know I’m a day early for September, but 5th dimension folks are known for causing trouble, so I think this fits.
OK, so only Mister Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite are actually from the 5th Dimension, but I have a feeling Ambush Bug would like to stick his nose in there as well (wait, does he even have a nose?).
Artistically, all of these three have non-traditional looks and body types. They’ll give us a chance to stretch our skills and expand our imaginations.
So who are these guys?
Ambush Bug was created in 1982 by Keith Giffen. His origin is quite bizarre, so let me just repost a snippet from Wikipedia.
His real name is supposedly Irwin Schwab, but… his true identity might be no more than a delusion on his part. His origin is disputed, although the most commonly accepted origin is that Brum-El of the planet Schwab sent his clothes from his supposedly doomed planet, hoping that his wardrobe would survive, only to have it intercepted by a giant radioactive space spider. In the resulting crash, only two articles of clothing survived: the Ambush Bug suit, which was subsequently found by Irwin Schwab; and “Argh!Yle!”, an argyle sock with a Doctor Doom-like complex, complete with metal mask.
Yup, that sounds like Keith Giffen’s work.
Ambush Bug has appeared in several mini-series and specials over the years. In 2008, the Ambush Bug: Year None mini-series was infamously known for publishing 5 issues, taking a year break, skipping issue 6 and going right to the final issue 7. Dan DiDio claimed to have ‘lost’ the issue, but it did have a mention right here on DCUI in Let Them Live! Unpublished Tales from the Vault #5 (and it has a perfect punchline!).
@biff_pow - I know he’s one of your favorites. Do you have any memories you’d like to share?
Up next is Mister Mxyzptlk and, as John Byrne tells us in Superman #11 from 1987, the correct pronunciation is Mix-Yez-Pittle-Ick.
He’s an imp from the 5th Dimension and was created all the way back in 1944 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. He has appeared in live action (portrayed by Howie Mandel and others), animation (voice by Gilbert Gottfried and more) and has tormented Superman in numerous comics. Portrayed mostly as a trickster, but sometimes with sinister undertones, he’ll only go back to his dimension if you can convince him to say his name backwards.
Anyone have any favorite scenes from when he appeared in the CW Supergirl series in seasons 2, 5 and 6?
Lastly, we have Bat-Mite, who is also an imp from the 5th dimension. He was created in 1959 by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff as Batman’s equivalent of Mister Mxyzptlk.
Less sinister and more of a nuisance, he really just enjoys watching Batman in action.
His history contains a period where DC banished him to only a few appearances between 1964 and post-Crisis 1985.
Grant Morrison brought him back for his first post-Infinite Crisis appearance starting in Batman #672. That was a handful of issues where I still don’t really quite understand what went on.
In 2015, Bat-Mite had his own 6 issue series written by Dan Jurgens!
In addition, DC has collected some of the best Mxy and Bat-Mite appearance in the World’s Funnest trade paperback.
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