F.U.B.A.R. was originally a massive comic-book in-joke created by Anthony Volpe in 1990 based on events and people in the extra-curricular entities of Montgomery County Community College. It incorporated a character created by Mike Elliott named G-Man (his homage to DC Comics hero, The Flash) who would eventually become Gryphon in the current books.
Spanning four chapters, 32 pages each, the story followed the original G-Force (G-Man, Devastator, Shades, and Jockman) as they fought various collegiate crime syndicates. Almost all of the characters were based on someone Anthony and Mike knew in school.
Devastator was obviously the character Anthony Volpe created for himself. He even gave Devastator a silly pompadour and sideburns similar to the one he had in college.
Of course, in the old F.U.B.A.R., there was Pigman, the F.U.B.A.R. Ray, the F.U.B.A.R. Bomb, and the Brotherhood of Bathroom Sabotage. But the story contained a slew of other characters who would eventually be replaced, modified, or shitcanned outright.
Joining G-Force were Radical Babe (who was retired), Bitch-in-chief (G-Force's original leader, who was based on the real-life editor of the school newspaper), and Mr. Goodbar (an S&M junkie in a coned bra who was modeled after the business editor of the paper, a Madonna fan). An eighth hero named Silverstreak was written out altogether.
As for the enemies, there was the hapless Augie, an unpopular oaf who worked at the radio station and eventually formed the basis of both Lufus and Rumpeval. Pigman's cousins Tank (imagine Mr. Kotter half as tall and three times as muscular), Balls (an Italian clone of The Honeymooners' Ralph Kramden), and Lugata Lagool (ZZ Top bearded mountain man) were also removed. Pigman's girlfriend, Robin, an SGA member secretly moonlighting on Pigman's side, would end up talking elements from Mr. Goodbar (along with a sex change, a 40DDD chest, and long white hair) to fuse into MaryJane, his lascivious girlfriend in the current F.U.B.A.R. novel.
The plot of the 1990 F.U.B.A.R., if there was one, was similar. There were still college newspaper kids moonlighting as superheroes and good ol' Pigman wanting to get the world drunk. However there were too many in-jokes, too many people threatening to sue Anthony, and a preposterous Saturday Morning Cartoon ending that rendered the comic unsaleable despite all of Anthony's hard work.
In 1992 Anthony worked on a F.U.B.A.R II comic, intending on going back to redo the original. The F.U.B.A.R. II comic's main enemy was Cavalier, a snobbish technology mogul who would eventually evolve into Tycho from The Gryphon Chronicle novel. Two other bad guys, Moneyman and Bull, were canned, but G.M.W. (Girls' Most Wanted) was resurrected as Mr. Wiggly for the F.U.B.A.R. novel.
In the F.U.B.A.R. II comic, G-Force (now known as D.U.H. - the Duncan University Heroes) retired having had their thunder stolen by a group of new superheroes called the Deathhawks (insert cringe here) who framed them and stole their weaponry. D.U.H. reformed with Faith Lockwood replacing Anna Boccella as Shades. Anna refused to rejoin the group because she was now a part of a feminist movement and saw all men as swine. Anyway, D.U.H. staged a plot to get their weapons back, disguising themselves as an all-girl band named Maneater and holding a concert where the Deathhawks were called in to provide security. Suffice to say, Maneater lured the Deathhawks backstage, beat the shit out of them, took their weapons back, and reformed D.U.H. In a bizarre plot twist, Devastator's bazooka developed a defect which caused any living thing shot by it to mutate into a monster. Cavalier ended up getting shot by the bazooka, turned into a monster, and chased D.U.H. up the PSFS Building in Philadelphia, leading to a ridiculous Die Hard style action movie ending that rendered this comic book unsaleable as well. However there was a hilarious scene in chapter one where Anna's feminist group starts a riot on the Oprah Winfrey show, resulting in the infamous host getting hit by a chair, Geraldo style.
Anthony decided to retire the entire concept of The F.U.B.A.R. Saga until he began attending a writer's group in 1999. After attending the group for a year and not turning in one submission, he decided to totally rewrite the plot of F.U.B.A.R. and start over.
His original intention was to simply write F.U.B.A.R. as a book to get his ideas down and turn it into a comic later. After 18 months and 450 pages, Anthony learned the hard way that writing a novel was a lot harder than doing a comic book. There were no images, no colors, no drawings. Just 26 letters of the alphabet and a need to communicate everything to a reader's imagination in as interesting a manner as possible.
So, in the fall of 2000, Anthony Volpe unintentionally became an author. And loved it. He loved it so much that The F.U.B.A.R. Saga is now a quintology. The first three books have been written and the other two should be completed within the next few years. Volpe plans on trying to get the books published, and if there are no takers, he'll publish them himself.
Volpe also resurrected The F.U.B.A.R. Saga as an online comic and is having an absolute ball with that as well.