Yesterday’s work at the comic store included several books that fell into a theme:  Steel, The Indestructible Man #1, The Six Million Dollar Man #1, Superman Vol. 2 #1 and the first issue of Marvel’s Star Wars comic.  With the upcoming remake of Robocop, and the return of Aaron Stack in this week’s issue of Red She-Hulk, I am finding myself awash in machine-men, which led me to ponder today’s ponderance…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) sics the Venus Probe on Bigfoot, asking:
Who is your favorite cyborg in pop-culture history?

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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.

8 Comments

  1. Definitely the original Robocop, particularly since all the other contenders I came up with–Roy Batty, Vision, Ash from Alien & Bishop from Aliens–are androids/synthetics/robots, not cyborgs.

    Of course, this all changes if the explanation for Rawhide’s return during the end credits of Buckaroo Banzai was that Buckaroo performed emergency surgery on him & turned him into a cyborg (Buckaroo could totally do that, you know). If that’s the case, then it’s Rawhide by a mile.

  2. I like most of the “reformed” Borg from Star Trek; Hugh, Seven, etc. Not sure what puts them above the rest other than my love of the Trek.

    But this question got me thinking…At what point does someone actually qualify as a cyborg?
    Stab Lee had a pace maker now, a machine designed to keep his heart going. Jean Luc Picard and Seven of nine were never able to rid themselves of all Borg parts. Does this qualify them as Cyborgs? Or does someone need to have a more signigant change? They make artificial hearts that fully replace your real one. How much of a machine do you have to be?

    A good question always raises others.

  3. Randus is my favorite cyborg!

    My Favorite Cyborg, new from Hasbro!

    My Favorite Cyborg, brought to you in color by Palmolive!

    You guys are on to something here…

  4. Luke Skywalker has always been a favorite of mine.
    The Bionic Six was a swell show with a family of cyborgs.
    Lastly Mr. Igoe from Innerspace.

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