Peggy Black, 52, of Orange, Conn., won a contest to create a character for Fox’s long-running animated series, with her entry triumphing among the more than 25,000 received, the network said Thursday. Ricardo Bomba is someone that all the women love and all the men want to be, as describe by his creator.
Bomba will be introduced in the Jan. 31 episode featuring guest star Chris Martin of Coldplay. The episode had been mostly completed, with a spot reserved for the contest character. In “Million Dollar Maybe,” Homer Simpson is rushing to meet Marge for a date when he encounters Bomba in the episode that centres on a winning lottery ticket. It’s possible Bomba could appear again, said executive producer Al Jean, who helped judge the contest. He described the contest, part of the show’s celebration of its 20th year, as a thank you to loyal fans.