|Bug Boy as he appears in Radioactive Man #575.|
|Real Name||Dr. Bix Bentley, Jr.; Bix 32-22-7|
|Group Affiliation(s)||Superior Squad|
|Powers|| Insect Telepathy
Dr. Bix Bentley first appeared in Tales to Bewilder #27 in January 1954. He showed his genius from an early age, gaining it from his extremely intelligent parents, who raised him in Cowhunk, Ohio. His buglike appearance came from accidentally wandering into a test site for insecticides. By his 12th birthday, he had used his newfound buglike powers and intellect to become a founding member of the Superior Squad, based in Zenith City.
My Date With Bug Boy #7 (June 1957) completely retcons Bug Boy's backstory. He was in fact born as Bix 32-22-7 on the planet Kranium-4. There, his intelligence was actually considered substandard. Looking through a telescope, he saw the planet Earth; he thought he could impress his superiors by transmuting it into a giant potato. He stole an interstellar ship and a power source to get there, but he accidentally blew up his entire planet with the exhaust. The ship crashed in a farm in Cowhunk, Ohio. The couple who ran the farm took him in as their own.
Dr. Bentley serves as the brains of the Superior Squad, a role similar to Beast, Ant-Man, or The Atom. To his annoyance, Radioactive Man often seeks his assistance in removing the lightning bolt-shaped shrapnel embedded in his head. An attempt to simply pull it out turned Radioactive Man into Dark Radioactive Man. In Radioactive Man #812, an attempt to trim it in a manner flush with Radioactive Man's head caused his internal nuclear reactor to reach critical mass, nearly incinerating Zenith.
Of the various members of the Superior Squad, Bug Boy shows the lowest comfort level with life as a superhero. At one point, he abandoned his superhero moniker and simply went by his real name. He still remains the smartest member of the team. He also has the best financial sense; he shrewdly trademarks his superhero identity and makes a fortune from the licensing rights (also spoofing Ozymandias in the process).
Although the other denizens of Kranium-4 have little respect for Bug Boy's intelligence, at one point they nevertheless tried—and failed—to take him back to his home planet against his will.
Bug Boy has a limited flying—or "flitting"—ability. He also has the ability to telepathically communicate with insects and an immunity to insecticides such as DDT, malathion, diazinone, and chlordane.
Most prominently, Bug Boy has peak human intelligence. He has an IQ of 350 and can teach English to mosquitoes. He claims to have the ability to compute "the last derivative of π." (Any derivative of a constant function equals zero.)