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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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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.

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10 Comments

  1. May 1, 2013 at 11:28 am — Reply

    John Constantine. Although I’ve pretty much got Jonah Hex down pat already.

  2. SmarkingOut Adam
    May 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    Gambit. Ripped and awesome.

    • SmarkingOut Adam
      May 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm — Reply

      Yeah, I could pull of that trenchcoat. What?

      • SmarkingOut Adam
        May 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm — Reply

        My wife has vetoed this. I give up. Apparently I don’t have the abs for it. I have the abs. I just hide them.

        • May 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm — Reply

          Do what Gambit does: Pink sculpted body armor.

          • SmarkingOut Adam
            May 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm — Reply

            Gambit costume plan back on!!!

  3. May 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Slave Leia, because I’d look great in a metal bikini.

    Actually, I think I’m going to go simple and say college student Gwen Tennyson because I think the kitty shirt she wears is cute. Plus, nerdy glasses are hot.
    http://ben10.wikia.com/wiki/Gwen_Tennyson

  4. Hannah
    May 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    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.

  5. Lee Goldberg
    May 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    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).

  6. Solid Muldoon
    May 2, 2013 at 8:48 am — Reply

    Rick Blaine from Casablanca.

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