Indy superhero “Bedbug” appears in video game Scribblenauts Unmasked
September 30, 2013

Here’s some awesome news that I’m happy to post on behalf of my old friend Scott Rogers:

Thousand Oaks, CA – There’s a bug in Warner Brothers Interactive’s newest video game Scribblenauts Unmasked but it’s not the kind of bug that causes the game to crash. Instead, it’s Bedbug, the single-father superhero published by Bedbug Comics ( who appeared in his first issue this summer. Bedbug’s appearance in Scribblenauts Unmasked marks the world’s first official cross-over between an independent comic character and the popular DC Universe in a video game.

Cross-overs between superheroes are nothing new, Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man first published in 1976, marked the first of many cross-overs between the DC Comics and Marvel Comics – the two major comic book publishers. But how did an independently published character like Bedbug end up appearing in DC Comic’s Scribblenauts Unmasked?

“I was going through treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and using my disability time to create the first issue of Bedbug (which can be purchased at I was contacted by the president of 5th Cell, the developers of Scribblenauts Unmasked.” recalls Bedbug’s creator Scott Rogers. “He told me he had been following the story of my recovery online and asked if I would mind if Bedbug appeared in their next game. I was honored and thrilled, but I didn’t think it would actually happen.”

Scribblenauts Unmasked is a puzzle video game released by Warner Brothers Interactive for the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Windows in which players solve puzzles with settings and characters from the iconic DC Comics universe. Although not a DC Comics created super hero, Scribblenauts Unleashed players can make Bedbug leap into action by typing “Bedbug” or “Buddy Sprang” – the hero’s secret identity – into the game’s database of over 2000 characters. “As a life-long DC Comics fan,” says Rogers “Seeing my creation Bedbug appear side-by-side with my favorite DC Comics characters like Batman and Superman is a huge thrill. I can’t wait for everyone to play with Bedbug in Scribblenauts Unleashed!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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