While formulating today’s Question Of The Day, I asked my daughter (age 8) if there were any unanswered comic book questions that plagued her slightly more than half a dozen years on the planet.  She looked at me, squished up her adorable little nose, and threw me for a loop with some high-octane comic query: “Why isn’t Iron Man made of steel?”  She then proceeded to explain that steel is much stronger and easier to work with, making Daddy very proud in the process.  I was going to explain to her about the half a dozen characters already named Steel when the QOTD leapt fully formed from my brow like Athena or The Great Gazoo…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is this:  We have Iron Man, Steel, The Silver Surfer, even Little Iodine…  Which of the remaining elements would make the best superhero identity?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Ian
    April 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    Shazamium, obviously

  2. Drew
    April 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    There is a whole periodic table of awesomeness waiting to team up here…
    Doctor Lithium, Master of Manic-Depressives
    The Explosive White Phosphorus
    The Mysterious Mister Xe(non)
    And the Table Salt Twins, Sodium and Chloride.
    All under the watchful eye of the Noble (Gas) Krypton!

  3. April 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    Quartz and her sidekick Crystal, who can, uh, bend light slightly and look sparkly?

    Hey, it works for strippers (and whiny vampires), why not superheroes?

  4. Dan
    April 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm — Reply

    Unobtanium man. With the power to be unsubstantial and unobtainable.

  5. April 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm — Reply

    I think Cobalt was only used once in an old Metal Men comic, so I’d call that up for grabs.

    • April 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm — Reply

      There was Milestone’s Kobalt, but he was named after, ostensibly, kobolds… Cobalt Man was a minor Iron Man villain back in the day, as was Titanium Man. Great name, though.

      • Drew
        April 22, 2012 at 1:31 am — Reply

        Don’t forget Barry Allen’s evil twin… Cobalt Blue!

  6. Gehrigan
    April 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    How about Oxygen thief? He is obnoxious and shouldn’t have survived his power accident :)

  7. J_Michael_T
    April 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    The Alimonium Wench… Made from a combination of aluminum and greed, she has the ability to take half your stuf for a looong time (I’m not bitter; not at all).

  8. Oldcomicfan
    April 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm — Reply

    Helium Man, obviously, because his voice would sound like Donald Duck.

  9. Sean
    April 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm — Reply

    The Mighty Thorium?
    Captain Americium?
    The Good Samarium?
    Berenstein Barium?

  10. ~wyntermute~
    April 22, 2012 at 7:35 am — Reply

    Lead Foot. ‘Nuff said. ^_^

  11. Jimmy
    April 22, 2012 at 8:51 am — Reply

    The Plutonium…

    Err, never mind.

  12. zebsdead
    April 22, 2012 at 10:07 am — Reply

    Lesion Lad, who, after eating a special sandwich of cesium salami and beryllium bolgna, discovers he can thwart his foes with removable hair and teeth…

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