THE BUG-EYED VOICE

Real Name: Arthur Bigelow

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Criminal, former insurance investigator

Group Membership: "Speedball Revenge Squad" (the Basher, Bonehead, Fred Caskey, the Harlequin Hit-Man, Leaper Logan, the Sticker, the Two-Legged Rat)

Affiliations: Clyde (criminal employer)

Enemies: Speedball (Robbie Baldwin), Speedball (Darrion Grobe), Squirrel Girl

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Bug", "Bugs", "the Voice"

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California

Base of Operations: Springdale, Connecticut

First Appearance: Speedball#6 (February, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: The Bug-Eyed Voice wore a mask that distorted his voice, not only to prevent it from being recognized, but also to creep out his victims a bit. The glass "bug-eyes" on the mask also gave him excellent peripheral vision. He wielded an ordinary handgun

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 181 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History: (Speedball#6) - The Bug-Eyed Voice went on a crime-spree throughout Springdale getting a lot of media attention. The Voice somehow knew where all his victims kept their valuables and how to get at them. The Voice decided that he needed one more score before he could enjoy tax-free retirement and he decided that score would be Maddie Naylor's antique fair. Maddie's son, Robbie was present at the fair and at the first sign of trouble turned into Speedball. During their fight, Speedball knocked a wire loose and used it to shock the Voice, leaving him dizzy, his voice-distorter broken. He was picked up by the police and taken into custody, revealed to be Arthur Bigelow, an insurance investigator who had been using his job to plan his crimes.

(New Warriors I#66 - BTS) - The Bug-Eyed Voice was one of the many villains that Clyde broke out of Springdale prison.

(New Warriors I#66) - The Bug-Eyed Voice and many other criminals were employed by Clyde to find Dr. Benson's cat Niels, which had powers similar to Speedball that Clyde intended to steal. When Speedball found the criminals he made short work of them. The Voice was taken back to prison with the rest of them.

(I ♥ Marvel: Masked Intentions#1) - The Bug-Eyed Voice attempted to ambush Speedball at a public appearance in Madison, Wisconsin, but Squirrel Girl was on the scene and defeated him. The police charged the Bug-Eyed Voice with a misdemeanor, as he had only been carrying paint-guns.

Comments: Created by Steve Ditko, Roger Stern and Bruce Patterson.

I don't entirely buy Clyde's claim to have been behind all the villains of Springdale. And there wasn't really anything about the Bug-Eyed Voice that Clyde could have been behind anyway, until he started working for him.

My understanding is that the Speedball in the New Warriors issue wasn't really Speedball, but Darrion Grobe, who actually thought he was Speedball. That doesn't make much difference here though.







Bug-Eyed Voice has a profile in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#1.

by Patrick D Ryall

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Bug-Eyed Voice should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Speedball#6, page 14, panel 4
Speedball#6, page 2, panel 2


Appearances:
Speedball#6 (February, 1989) - Steve Ditko & Roger Stern (writers), Steve Ditko (pencils), Bruce Patterson (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
New Warriors I#66 (December, 1995) - Evan Skolnick (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Andrew Pepoy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
I ♥ Marvel: Masked Intentions#1 (May, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Paco Medina (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Tom Brevoort, Aubrey Sitterson (editors)


Last updated: 09/29/13

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