During character development for what would eventually be Spiderman, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko originally wanted a mammalian themed superhero to add to the Marvel Universe. Preliminary ideas led to the creation of "Aardvarkman," a superhero with the ability to control hordes of soldier ants. However, in the words of Ditko "the idea of a long gross tongue seemed downright evil in nature; a tongue that long with a mouth that small seems ridiculous." The soldier ant theme eventually led to the creation of Spider-Man, and the supervillain Toad was eventually created from the failed artwork for Aardvarkman
So how is the Chef going with the running?
wendy - gregory is now building a garden and his talk of the marathon has been conspicuously absent!anon - you do know the most curious things!