In the Golden Age of Comics, nearly anything could become a superheroic identity.  Just ask the likes of War Nurse, The Clown, 711 and The Bouncer, each of whom is about as goofy as one might imagine.  Of course, among the most common methods of heroic nomenclature is the use of animal theming, with the obvious example of The Bat-Man (as his earliest appearances would have it) leading to decades of similar themes, from Hawkman to Timber Wolf to the Black Panther and back, with side trips along the way in the lunatic realms of Wonder Warthog, the Mandrill and the dimwitted legend known only as Pumaman.  Spider-Man’s rogues gallery alone accounts for a couple dozen different genus and/or species (I’m not sure which, I never took biology) of creature-inspired super-dupers, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always felt bad for Tiny, having to be an Owl when the others were kickass birds of prey (and a swan), asking: Which super-type has the overall coolest animal theme?

The Author

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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6 Comments

  1. February 10, 2014 at 11:47 am — Reply

    Megaman X always had some pretty sweet animal villains. Mmm, all those fond 16-bit memories

  2. Rome
    February 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    Raccoon Mario.

    It never made any sense why a raccoon suit with a tail enabled him to fly, but it worked.

    (and it was better than the frog suit)

  3. February 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    If mythological animals count, then I’ll go with Green Ranger Tommy Oliver with the dragon theme.

    If it has to be real animals, I’ll go with the Jetman team and the bird theme (and homage to Gatchaman).

  4. Hannah Jones
    February 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    THE MONARCH! Pretty much just because he’s incredibly amusing, especially with his near-complete misunderstanding of his namesake.

    Or Rhino, if only because he was first introduced to me through the following exchange;

    Spider-Man: Where the heck did you come from?
    Rhino: Jersey.

  5. Ian
    February 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm — Reply

    Note to author: Owls are, in fact, birds of prey

    • Doctor Dinosaur
      February 11, 2014 at 7:25 am — Reply

      And also Kick-Ass, though not as clever as Corvids.

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