These days, 80% of my conversations are with either confused customer service agents or my eight-year old, and generally, the eight-year old has a higher quality discourse.  We were talking tonight about her latest fascination, the 80’s adventure cartoon “Jem,” and how she has a cool pink roadster with her name on it, which stemmed into a discussion of cool superhero’s cars.  The Quinjet, the Fantasticar, even the much-maligned Supermobile all had one thing in common:  They looked AWESOME, even if they made no sense.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is this: What’s the coolest pop-culture mode of transport?  KITT?  The Batmobile?  Inspector Gadget’s helicopter hat? 

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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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37 Comments

  1. The Great NateO
    May 3, 2012 at 10:58 am — Reply

    I would have to say any of the vehicles that were in MAMAMAMA M.A.S.K. I always wanted the motorcycle that turned into a helicopter.

    • RobCooper22
      May 3, 2012 at 11:57 am — Reply

      I immediately thought the same thing. The idea that you could open the gul-wing doors of your sports car and it could fly as if they were wings is stupid awesome!

  2. May 3, 2012 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Original Tron Light Cycles. (Or Flynn’s custom cycle.)

    Although the M.A.S.K. copter-cycle was pretty awesome.

    -c

    • May 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm — Reply

      Yes, it was. I always wanted one of those, although even at 12, I knew it was nothing buy certain death.

  3. May 3, 2012 at 11:25 am — Reply

    Ever since I could drive, I’ve always wanted to have access to a Transporter from Star Trek. I would be running late getting home and think “Man if I just had a Transporter I would be home right now and not get in trouble” :)

  4. May 3, 2012 at 11:26 am — Reply

    non-Batmobile……A-Team Van.

  5. Mark
    May 3, 2012 at 11:44 am — Reply

    The transporter from Trek is hard to beat as a means of getting around.

  6. Dan
    May 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    For me it’s gotta be the jet “The Mirage” from silver hawks. You could get around really fast and when you wanted to you could cloak half the ship.

  7. Adam Murray
    May 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    Falkor for the win.
    :)

    • ghostmartian
      May 7, 2012 at 5:42 am — Reply

      : )

  8. May 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    Back to the Future’s Delorean.

  9. Prospero
    May 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    The Tardis. I’m not even that huge of a Dr. Who fan, but it’s hard to beat a police box that’s capable of going anywhere, any time, is far larger inside than out, and makes an awesome sound when it appears.

    Either that or Snoopy’s doghouse when he uses it as a Sopwith Camel.

  10. May 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    I’ve got a four-way tie for personal favorites, in no particular order:
    – The Doctor’s TARDIS
    – The DeLorean from Back to the Future
    – The Millennium Falcon
    – Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters

    But if I had to choose one, it’s the TARDIS.

  11. Navarre
    May 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    Legion Flight Ring for me

  12. Mike
    May 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    1 word:
    Thundercougarfalconbird.

    • May 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm — Reply

      Also: Doo dah! Doo dah!

    • B.V.K.
      May 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm — Reply

      It’s got sooo much eagle in it!

  13. Rob
    May 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm — Reply

    Two words hover tank.

    http://robspics.pen.io/

  14. Ricco
    May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm — Reply

    TARDIS, it’s a multi-leveled house that can travel through time and space, takes less parking space then a hybrid and runs on a near infinite energy source, oh and it regenerates.

  15. alvesed
    May 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    Gotta be the Ark II. Ever since I was a wee lad I’ve dreamed of driving a giant Winabago meets Oscar Meyer Wienermobile around an apocalyptic wasteland with a chimp named Adam

  16. Oldcomicfan
    May 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    It has to be the 60s TV show Batmobile. Sure, it was just a Lincoln Futura with the middle of the bubble top removed, bat scallops cut into the tail fins, and few idiotic details glued to the thing, but it was the coolest thing on the TV show! Runner up would be James Bond’s Austin Martin with the missles, ejection seat, absolutely useless bullet proof shield that pops out of the trunk, Ben-Hur hubcap tire slicers, and other gadgets. Corgi used to make a marvelous diecast toy of it that had all the features working, but my parents never got it for me, boo hoo. Third place would be the airplane/car/submarine/rocket ship from Fireball XL-5. These things all impressed me so much as a kid that I still remember them half a century later! Things like Kit the talking car and the Tardus just can’t compete.

  17. Oldcomicfan
    May 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    * If you wonder why I said the bullet proof shield on James Bond’s Austin was useless, it’s because what good did it do to have a steel plate rise up to cover the back window when none of the rest of the car was armored against bullets?

  18. Mike Keller
    May 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    I generally agree with Prospero and Ricco. Although I must also give a retro shout-out to “The Train” from Wild-Wild-West. Before steam and gearpunk, there was that gadget filled steam train James and Artemis cruised around (and entertain) in. Coal fired coolness. :n)

  19. Drew
    May 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    All great choices, but they aren’t going to beat the General Lee!

    A better question: which was the worst?
    I can’t decide between the Spidermoibile and Speed Buggy…

  20. B.V.K.
    May 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm — Reply

    The 89′ Batmobile.

  21. Adam
    May 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    Clearly the Winchester’s 67 impala needs to get a shout out here. Weapons in the trunk, legos in the dash.

  22. hfff
    May 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm — Reply

    Mach-5. There is no other answer.

  23. Robbie
    May 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    How about the Guardian Beast Dragon Caesar from Zyurangers, you know, the Green Dragonzord to everyone else except Matthew and myself :) ?

    A drill for a tail, missiles, a total offroad package, and when I lose my keys, I can just call it up with my dagger!

  24. Firefox
    May 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    The TARDIS

  25. Jeremie Dunlap
    May 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    You can’t leave out the Mystery Machine…. If my wife would let me, I’d paint a van to match…. and drive it around wearing an ascot.

  26. Christina
    May 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    I’d probably say the TARDIS but the Legion flight ring and time bubble run close second and third.
    In reality a vintage Impala like the Winchesters’ in Supernatural would be awesome to have!

  27. Antonio Sanciolo
    May 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm — Reply

    Always was a fan of the “Landmaster” from Damnation Alley

  28. Ian
    May 4, 2012 at 1:50 am — Reply

    The G-Force/Gatchaman Phoenix

    • Ian
      May 4, 2012 at 1:51 am — Reply

      Yamato/Argo

  29. Sean Murphy
    May 4, 2012 at 9:24 am — Reply

    The tv-series Batmobile was my first thought, but if we are talking my eight-year-old self it was either the Mystery Machine or the Flintstone’s car.

  30. ghostmartian
    May 7, 2012 at 5:38 am — Reply

    Well my gut reaction was hot rod from transformers “if your gonna ride Danno, ride in style” and I’ve always been a fan of carpet from Aladdin, but the dalorean is absolutely the right answer.

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