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Real Name: Edwin Snodgrass

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Restaurant critic

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Harry Chow, Fin Fang Foom

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "New York's most powerful restaurant critic" (as called by Harry Chow); "Eddie" (as called by himself, following his mutation)

Base of Operations: New York City, USA

First Appearance: Fin Fang Four Return!#1/2 (July, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: A normal human, Snodgrass was a bald and overweight gourmand who possessed a highly refined palate that was well suited for sampling a variety of epicurean delights. He carried a small cassette-recorder to tape his restaurant reviews. Following his ingestion of the ancient Shing Tau root, Snodgrass experienced instantaneous hair growth, leaving him with a long beard and a full-head of pink hair.


(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Edwin Snodgrass is unknown, but he gained a formidable reputation for his reviews of restaurants in the New York area. 

(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/2) - One evening, Snodgrass went to the Green Wok restaurant, where he was seated at table seven. He was introduced to owner Harry Chow and head chef Fin Fang Foom. The pompously arrogant Snodgrass mentioned that he thought that a dragon who was trained to cook was "quaint," and followed with another snide remark that annoyed Foom. As they left the restaurant critic's table, Chow begged his head chef to be at his best behavior and to do a good job, because although Snodgrass was a jerk, a great review from him would triple their bookings. Foom went back to the kitchen and decided to play a little prank, so he proceeded to prepare for Snodgrass a meal he'd never forget--crab meat soup, seasoned with a bit of Shing Tau root. When the meal was served, Snodgrass began to record his evaluation of it into his tape-recorder while he sampled the soup--he found it to be competently arranged, with an intriguing aftertaste...then he noticed the hair rapidly growing on his bald pate and let out a scream of shock. Foom was amused by Snodgrass' predicament (although he mistakenly thought that the root would only work on the critic's nostril hairs), and Chow was just worried about getting sued. Snodgrass was running around the dining area in a panic, but he stopped when he noticed his reflection in a mirror...because he found his newly-grown hair to be beautiful! Now brimming with confidence, the gregarious gourmet felt as if he were a new man ("I'm back, baby! I'm back!!!"), so "Eddie" Snodgrass left the Green Wok, ready to take on the world.

Comments: Created by  Scott Gray (script) and Roger Langridge (art).

The story continued that as word spread that a cure for baldness could be found at the Green Wok, a horde of bald men descended on the restaurant, all offering large sums of money for the miraculous remedy. But as a near-riot ensued, the criminal Egghead appeared and demanded the cure for himself ("Purely in the interests of scientific advancement, you understand..."). Foom defeated Egghead after a short battle, then incinerated the Shing Tau root because it was the cause of all the trouble. (NOTE: Elias Starr (the original Egghead) is currently deceased. The Egghead seen in this story was revealed to be his Earth A counterpart thanks to a continuity fixing solution from Dan Slott's She-Hulk title. This was confirmed in Egghead's profile in Avengers Assemble#1.

When Snodgrass was running around in a panic, Harry Chow commented that he looked like "a pink Yeti"--maybe there's some connection between the Shing Tau root and the mystic curse that made Carl Hanson hairy. 
(However, it's unknown how enduring the pink hair growth was).

And a BIG Thank You to James Sharpe for the scans!

Profile by John Kaminski.

Edwin Snodgrass has no known connections to:

Shing Tau Root

An ancient root, it floated in a jar of unknown fluid. It was stored on a shelf in the kitchen of the Green Wok restaurant, and it was said to be the last one in the world. A small portion of the Shing Tau root was grated into Edwin Snodgrass' crab meat soup by chef Fin Fang Foom. It caused instantaneous hair-growth on a human (in this case, it gave Snodgrass pink hair). The remainder of the root was later incinerated by a blast of flame from Foom.


--Fin Fang Four Return!#1/2

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Other Appearances: None

Last updated: 06/23/10

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