This weekend at the shop (Gatekeeper Hobbies, Huntoon & Gage, Topeka!  Ask me about our blow-out Dennis The Menace sale!), Chris The Counter Guy bought a rather enormous batch of comics featuring a copy of Son Of Satan #1, a book that I immediately filed under “No Way They’d Get Away With That Today.”  The batch also features a copy of Tod Holton, Super Green Beret #2, a couple of Howard The Duck comics, and some mixed schadenfreude/nostalgia for a time when the stories might have seemed goofy, but not every character was a nearly-interchangable bad@$$ ninja and/or armored powerhouse.  Though my discomfort with the cavalier comic-book treatment of theological issues makes Son of Satan somewhat disturbing to read about, I keep thinking that, if a minor Hulk villain can become the most popular super-character in history, there might still be legs in the likes of the Fat Fury or The Hell-Rider…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has nonetheless always kind of liked Daimon Hellstrom as a character, asking: What seemingly ridiculous or outdated character would you most like to see successfully revived?


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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. Super Chief. Absolutely the first thing that popped into my mind. A Native American superhero that used a Buffalo head as a mask. I used to LOVE those stories in some of the old “Giant Sized Reprint” DC books back in the 70’s.

  2. I still think DC could make a great young readers title that still takes place in the main DCU featuring G’nort. Of course I was also fond of Plastic Man as a member of the JLA (I still love when he pretended to be a dress for Barda), so I’m open to the idea of heroes that aren’t serious (or even sane). They could give G’nort another Lantern ring (I’d say he’d be a perfect Blue Lantern) or some other powers (maybe someone can fix his Darkstars uniform or give him some other equipment) and he could have silly adventures with both big-name heroes and really ridiculous characters (both new and existing characters). Maybe he could team up with Ambush Bug and have reality hopping adventures akin to a cross between Marvel’s “Exiles” and an acid trip.

    I’d also like to see the old cartoon “COPS” (fighting crime in a future time!, not the FOX reality series) revived. It is pretty cheesy even for when it was made, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t also awesome.

  3. Slapstick, I like the power set, the cartoonish humor, and it was pretty interesting the way he was slowly turning into a villain.

    • I almost listed Slapstick, but very few people ever seem to remember him despite the fact he’s had appearances as recently as the Civil War storyline.

      Also, I think I’m a bit biased because one of my own characters has a very similar power (turning in to a living cartoon character) and as soon as the Slapstick series came out all those years ago, I had hoped that if I ever published my comics and had a crossover with Marvel, it would involve those two characters meeting.

  4. Earthworm Jim. I would be happy with just another side scrolling game, but I am a fan of almost all the Doug TenNapel books as well and would like to see a proper Earthworm Jim comic book treatment.

  5. austinbates91 on

    Howard the duck hands down. i know he’s still featured in stuff from time to time but i would live for him to come back to a monthly book.

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