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Rogue’s Gallery: Bug & Byte

Rogue’s Gallery Week continues with Bug & Byte from The Fury of Firestorm #23 & #24 (1984)!  Below you’ll find their entry from Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe drawn by Rafael Kayanan and Bob Smith!  Click the image to enlarge.

Bug & Byte by Rafael Kayanan from Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe

Below you’ll find a page from The Fury of Firestorm #24 featuring Bug!

Fury of Firestorm #24 featuring Bug

Finally, here is a pin-up by Rafael Kayanan and Romeo Tanghal featuring Firestorm at the mercy of Byte.  This pin-up has been featured previously here on FIRESTORM FAN.

Firestorm versus Byte by Rafael Kayanan and Romeo Tanghal

Okay let’s face it, these guys don’t really rate as top-notch rogues.  However, they were an interesting concept and looked pretty cool, so I couldn’t resist.  In fact, I’d say the concept of computer foes names Bug & Byte is ripe for revamping and reintroducing!  Maybe nowadays they’d be called Malware & Megabyte!  Something like that.

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  1. Jeph says:

    Ha ha ha – “…can become part of any computer system he can reach by phone line!”

    What? Connect my computer to a telephone? You mean like my cell phone? I don’t understand. Why? I mean, wouldn’t that just slow down my data transfer and be clunky?

    😉 Boy if we only knew then what we have now!

  2. Luke says:

    An awesome pair of very 80s badguys.

  3. Dave M says:

    These two were way ahead of there time, DC had created a few such villains with computer motifs like this but these two to my mind were by far the most interesting. Gerry Conway had a real gift for creating memorable villains and Firestorm at this time had one of the best rogues galleries in comics, Bug & Byte didn’t take off strangely but those two issues they appeared in have two of the most memorable covers seen on the racks. I can still remember #23 being in basically everyNews/book shop and this post of yours brings back great memories of that era. Comics were everywhere back then and Firestorm was possibly my favorite hero – and I read a *lot* of books back then..

    Cheers for a nice trip down memory lane…..

  4. Martin Stein RIP says:

    I always thought it was funny their father was named Frank Bonner. It always made me think they were raised by Herb Tarlek of WKRP in Cincinnati.

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