Chances are, we all have ancestors we'd rather not know about. Maybe your great-great-grandpa was a gangster, or a mime, or a gangster/mime (so, a Juggalo). Most likely, he was just incredibly racist. But don't worry; even superheroes have awkward forefathers. Comic book companies aren't exactly eager to let you see the stupid early prototypes of their most iconic characters, but we're not so considerate toward your eyeballs.
Before your favorite superpowered defenders came about, someone tried out a similar concept with far more embarrassing results. For example ...
The First Iron Man Was A Creepy Grinning Robot Named Bozo
The Famous Hero:
Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, is an engineering genius whose sleek, kickass robot suit can fly faster than a commercial airliner, carries a cornucopia of high-tech weaponry, and routinely pisses off Captain American and the U.S. government in general. Despite being a walking armory, Tony usually doesn't kill. More often than not, he can use his sweet gadgets to incapacitate his enemies long enough to give us a nice wide pull-away shot.