Have you ever taken so completely against a new character, that you can't ever get past it? I HATED The Torpedo.
The Torpedo was introduced in Daredevil #126 and I loathed him completely, for reasons I struggle to recall now. Maybe it was the fact that he was 'Busting Loose!' and felt the need to announce it to the world. And sure, the helmet's goofy, but no worse than Iron Fist's collar, to pick one costume choice at random that we all accept happily.
The Torpedo was Brock Jones, an ex-jock turned frustrated insurance salesman, who basically stole his costume and powers from a dying man, fought DD for no apparent reason, and subsequently made a struggling lower income family homeless by destroying their house during the subsequent brouhaha. So there's that.
But I think it was more that he was just so average, pointless and bland, and yet the Marvel armadillo's kept pushing him at us like he was The Next Big Thing. He got two issues of Marvel Premiere of his own to impress us, and completely failed to do so.
I don't even think he appeared in that many comics really, but it felt like he was everywhere, and there was just something about him and the way he KEPT popping up and holding his hand out for a series of his very own. Desperation is never sexy.
But that's the exact same route every new character travelled back in The Bronze Age. You get a guest slot in somebody else's book, you get a try-out in Premiere or Spotlight, then if you're lucky you get your own series, with Spidey guest-starring in the first issue.That's more or less the way it worked with Moon Knight and Howard The Duck for instance.
So what was it about this guy that irked me so much? Dunno. Let's find out...