There are a lot of stories about the late Elvis Presley, all of which are true, even the ones that are lies.  That’s kind of the nature of pop-culture immortality, much to Richard Gere’s eternal regret.  Still, one that’s reputedly accurate is that Elvis modeled his famous haircut and his later-period jumpsuits after his favorite comic-book hero, Captain Marvel, Junior.  You can easily see that influence, but the King made the look his own, and spawned an entire industry of impersonators, some of whom take the look back to its roots and try to fly.  Either way, it’s the kind of nugget of trivia that makes one consider matters of haberdashery…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) considers how well one might pull off the signature fedora and turtleneck of the Phantom Stranger, asking:  If you were to steal one fictional character’s look, who would it be and why?


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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. Ramona Flowers.. Because I love the look, and I’m already half-way to the hair… Plus, lots of flexibility with looks, as she changes her look frequently.

  2. Lee Goldberg on

    Shade the Changing Man. That Coat alone (I wouldn’t even care if it did that cool constantly swirling and color changing thing that it did in the vertigo series).

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