I have often been chastised by fellow fans and my comic-shop co-workers for liking characters who aren’t “serious” or bad@$$ enough for their liking. As a general rule, I make no excuses for my favorites, but I have often found myself wondering how the adventures of Underdog, Hong Kong Fooey or The Fat Fury are quantitatively any less ridiculous than those of Spider-Man. Certainly the approach is different, as any comparison of comedy and drama should be, but the suspension of disbelief required isn’t all that different. Moreover, as Jeff Rovin once notably remarked, the storied feats of Mighty Mouse can not honestly be called less heroic than those of Captain Marvel, regardless of their respective phyla.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows that Matter-Eater Lad is the greatest Legionnaire simply because he calls himself that in public, asking: What’s more important to a character: the illusion of realism or simple internal consistency?