Argh!yle and his wife, Marrie, came to Earth in the spaceship as the Ambush Bug uniform. When the ship got crushed by a radioactive space spider, Argh!yle's wife died in the craft, but the energies from the spider bonded him with the socks he was wearing. When the ship crashed on Earth, Irwin Schwab salvaged the Ambush Bug suit but didn't see Argh!yle. Argh!yle got maimed by a cat and rejected. He found a lab and used it to his advantage. He made a metal mask to cover his scars and he stole socks from laundromats. He then built the Bureau, an orbiting space station where he good destroy his nemesis, which is everyone.