While putting together yesterday’s ‘Man Of Steel’-inspired Retro Review, I found myself thinking about how many different nicknames Superman actually has:  Big Blue, The Man of Steel, The Metropolis Marvel, The Man of Tomorrow, The Last Son of Krypton, The Dark Knight’s Much Much Cooler Friend.  It seems that, as in wrestling, the more popular and long-lasting a character, the more forms of address he or she accumulates, and the acquisition of the “Hawkguy” moniker was one of the exciting signs that the latest edition of Clint Barton’s adventures would be sticking around, because, let’s be honest: “The Battlin’ Bowman” is pretty awful.  Plus, in the new millennium, if you don’t have an alternate name, they won’t have anything to call your inevitable reboot movie after your first one tanks or the trilogy ends! (Standby for the next Jonah Hex movie, “Horribly Scarred Old Bastid” in 2017.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that you can call me Ray, you can call me Jay, you can call me Stacy, you can call me Mister Pig, so long as you don’t call me after midnight, asking: Who’s got the coolest nickname of all?

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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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  1. June 17, 2013 at 11:41 am — Reply

    I’ve always been rather fond of the “Dynamic Duo” and the “Big Blue Boy Scout” monikers. Any alliteration at will usually get my attention though.

    • June 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm — Reply

      Don’t forget “Big Red Cheese”

  2. June 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    The Thing calling Thor “Goldilocks”.

  3. Gary
    June 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    I always liked the “Emerald Archer” for Green Arrow

  4. June 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    I always liked “The Worlds Mightiest Mortal” and “The Big Red Cheese” but i also love Captain Marvel.

  5. June 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    I like it when people call Iron Man “Bucket-head”

  6. June 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    My favourite was when Cap handed the shield to Bucky and was just plain Steve Rogers and Spidey referred to him as “We’re-Not-Allowed-To-Call-Him-Cap”

  7. Kirby
    June 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    Hulk like “Birdnose.”

  8. June 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    When Terra called Starfire “Miss Golden Globes”

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