Real Name: Juan Garcia
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Former gang member
Group Membership: Formerly unidentified Hispanic gang
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unidentified U.S. city
First Appearance: (Mentioned) Marvel Year-in-Review '93 (1993)
Powers/Abilities: Able to bounce and generate a foul-smelling gas.
History: (Marvel Year-in-Review '93) - Upon drinking a tainted bottle of Fizzy Cola, Hispanic gang member Juan Garcia gained minor superhuman powers. Renouncing his evil ways, he became the superhero Legumbé, hoping to bring peace (and free drinks) to the 'hood.
Comments: Created by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich.
Legumbé was one of five joke characters whose origins were given in the Marvel Year-in-Review '93 for the article "I created a new character for Marvel and all I got was this lousy trading card!", which took a derisory look at the spate of new characters introduced in Marvel's 1993 annuals (Face Thief, Bantam, etc.). After ridiculing the characters who had actually appeared, the article then listed "...and the ones that got away", noting "Believe it or not, there were some characters who didn't make the cut for the Superstars of Tomorrow. That's right...they were too weak even to fit in with this bunch. Here's a peek." Only a paragraph worth of text description was given, and no images, so the details above are pretty much the entirety of the character's existence. Joke character or not, he's Appendix worthy, and presumably is owned by Marvel, should some demented writer ever decide to actually use him.
Each character, both those that had been used and the five parodies, had bullet-points listing the schticks they embodied. In Legumbé's case, he fitted the "Ethnic" and "Zero Imagination" categories, the latter apparently meaning his concept was largely ...inspired...by a recent TV show or Hollywood movie - though if this is the case, I have no clue which one. Anyone out there think they know? His name presumably has some meaning too, but it doesn't seem to translate into English - again, any Spanish-speakers out there who know what the significance is?
My guess is that the name refers to beans, which are are legumes. The Spanish word for "legume" is legumbre, which is pretty close to the character's name. Plus, the connection to beans is made clearer with the character's powers: Able to bounce and generate a foul-smelling gas. The bouncing would be related to Mexican jumping beans, and I am sure that you can figure out the connection between beans and foul-smelling gas.
Profile by Loki.
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Marvel Year-in-Review '93 (1993) - Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich (writers), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Last updated: 08/19/13
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