The modern superhero is a curious thing.  Though the first true example comes in 1938, the preceding decades (all the way back into the 19th century) are full of proto-supers.  The Green Hornet, perhaps the first insect-themed hero, bowed in 1936, spawning a host of wasps, bees, yellowjackets and the like, opening a floodgate of insects…

There’s an image for ya.  In any case, with the Red Bee, the Blue Beetle and the Silver Stag (beetle) in play, there are many options for today’s entomological query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Spoilerites that spiders and scorpions are eight-legged arachnids, not arthropods, asking: What insect-themed character bugs you the least?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Russ Catt
    March 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    The Tick. But not Barry, the TIck. The regular one.

  2. March 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    I second The Tick. One of my all-time favorite characters and one of my greatest inspirations on how to deal with life (because being sane is so boring).

  3. Daniel Langsdale
    March 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    Unfortunately ticks are also arachnids, so disqualified along with Peter Parker.

    His sidekick/partner Arthur, however, being a moth, qualifies for insect-themed inclusion.

    But really, I think I’ll go with Ant-man. (And if you force me to pick one, I’ll say Scott Lang, because he’s got the science-y goodness without the wife abuse stigma.)

  4. March 24, 2016 at 2:00 am — Reply

    Decepticon Kickback. I always liked his grasshopper design and his stature that varies from actual grasshopper to size of a truck is a source of endless contemplation to me.

  5. March 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm — Reply

    Ambush Bug

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