The character as he appeared in FOOM #3.
|First appearance||FOOM #3 (Autumn 1973)
Thunderbolts #54 (Sept. 2001)
|Created by||Michael A Barreiro
Fabian Nicieza (writer)
Patrick Zircher (artist)
|Alter ego||Sonny Baredo|
|Notable aliases||Humus Sapiens|
|Abilities||Ability to destroy all non-natural substances|
Humus Sapien (Sonny Baredo) is a fictional supervillain published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared as Humus Sapiens in FOOM #3 (Autumn 1973), created by Michael A. Barreiro. He first appeared as Humus Sapien in Thunderbolts #54 (Sept. 2001), by the writer-artist team of Fabian Nicieza and Patrick Zircher.
Humus Sapien first appeared in Marvel's self-produced fan magazine, FOOM # 3 (Fall 1973), created (as supervillain Humus Sapiens) by Michael A. Barreiro of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, and was the winning entry in the magazine's character-creation contest. Although FOOM founding editor Jim Steranko wrote in the premiere-issue introduction that, "The winning entry (to be selected by Ol' Smilin' Stan [Lee] himself) will become a super guest-star featured in one of Marvel's top hero mags", this never occurred, and both the character and the contest faded into obscurity.
Barreiro later in the 1970s inquired at Marvel about the character, but received no response. Comics columnist Fred Hembeck in 1979 wrote in the magazine Buyer's Guide to Comic Fandom about the contest and Humus Sapiens, and though nothing immediately came of it, the column two decades later prompted Tom Brevoort, editor of Marvel's Thunderbolts comic book, to call Barreiro with an offer to use the character. Barreiro in the interim had grown up to become a carpenter and a freelance artist living in the Carrick neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania He later did a small amount of work for Marvel and Dark Horse Comics.
In 1998, writer Kurt Busiek and editor Tom Brevoort decided to use Barreiro's character in the superhero series Thunderbolts. Fabian Nicieza, who succeeded Busiek as Thunderbolts writer (and who, along with brother and future fellow Marvel editor Mariano Nicieza had also entered the FOOM contest), agreed. Renamed Humus Sapien, the character eventually debuted, after 28 years, in Thunderbolts #54 (cover-dated Sept. 2001). Barreiro was allowed to ink one page of the issue featuring the character.
Fictional character biography
Humus Sapien was discovered by the Thunderbolts when he emerged from a suspended animation chamber in which he had been imprisoned.[volume & issue needed] He has vaguely defined superhuman abilities powered by Earth's population. Each time he uses his powers, however, random people around the world die.[volume & issue needed] Humus Sapien's final battle, after which he voluntarily leaves Earth, drains the lives of 2,400 people, including the Middle Eastern costumed crimefighter the Arabian Knight.
- Humus Sapien at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe