Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Venn Diagramming The Worlds Of Pop Culture Edition
During a recent discussion of the most recent Retro Review, I mentioned that it was a GOOD book, something that doesn’t always occur with the Retro Review process. She pointed out that I’m the idiot in charge of picking the damn things, to which I responded, “Who’s scruffy-looking?” Still, the charge is a valid one, and I tried to explain to her that, sometimes, there is as much enjoyment in a completely ludicrous comic book as there is in a really good one. As with the movies of Ed Wood, there comes a point where the quality isn’t even an issue anymore, the point where a work becomes so bad, it’s almost good. Indeed, many of my favorite characters and comics are just to the right of the line between “fine art” and “dumb joke”, and even some of the greatest characters of our shared history are just a little bit goofy around the edges. (See, they’re ninjas, but they’re also reptiles, right? They fight with archaic weapons and they love pizza!) Ask someone Stephen’s or my age about the works of Sid & Marty Krofft sometime, or consider how ridiculous/transcendentally awesome the concept of the Silver Surfer really is…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has three words for ya: The. Powerpuff. Girls.
If that doesn’t prove the point, nothin’ will, asking: What characters best epitomize the point where “ridiculous” and “awesome” intersect?