Why is it that nobody remembers the name of Johann Gambolputty-de-von-Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crass-cren-bon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelter-wasser-kurstlich-himble-eisen-bahnwagen-guten-abend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwürstel-gespurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-schönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittleraucher-von-Hautkopft of Ulm Herbie Popnecker?  Though always a minor hero, the Fat Fury was a rare example of a comedy superhero who was both funny AND effective, even if his father considered him nothing but a waste of skin, calling the boy (to his FACE) “a worthless fat nothing.”  Indeed, the very mention of Herbie The Fat Fury has a tendency to invoke actual anger in the comics fans that I know, as though they themselves were influenced by the poor and perfidious parenting of Papa Popnecker.  (I also won’t bring up the large part that the character of Clara Oswin Oswald had in the formulation of today’s query.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) never expected to amount to nothin’, but now has a dream job; a part-time gig at the SIZZLER, asking: What’s the most disappointing development in your favorite pop culture?



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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.


  1. * Amy and Rory leaving Doctor Who.
    * The ham-fisted writing in the Star Wars Prequels, especially Anakin and Padme.
    * Farscape being canceled.

  2. Solid Muldoon on

    Marvel Comics.

    I started reading comics in the mid-1960s, when Marvel was the fun, innovative, wacky antidote to stodgy old DC. And they stayed that way for decades, through Stan’s Soapbox, and the Bullpen, and Rascally Roy and No Prizes and The Dreaded Deadline Doom and even up through Assistant Editors Month and What If?

    Now Marvel is so grim and self-serious and morbid and depressing that I would rather clean my cat box than read a Marvel comic. And what Marvel has become has infected almost all comics.

    Thanks, Marvel, for helping me kick a forty year comic habit. And by thanks, I mean fuck you. Right in the ear.

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