I try not to let the things said on the internet get to me, but I’ve always had a grave distaste for those who refer to lesser-known characters as “C-list” or similar dismissive terms, with the underlying arrogant implication that popularity is the only measure that matters.  With the Guardians of the Galaxy headed to the big screen, it’s an even more prevalent argument, with some complaining that they don’t know who any of the characters are, as if something being unknown is intrinsically a bad thing.  I am a repeated champion of the lesser-known characters, even those who don’t have a whole lot going for them, such as one Ulysses Solomon Archer, known to about 15 guys as “U.S. 1”.  Sure, he’s a dangerous melange of Bo Duke with the ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ zeitgeist and his only recent appearance was an issue of Deadpool Team-Up, a series whose continuity is in great doubt, but there is nonetheless a seed of greatness under that red denim jacket, just waiting for the right writer to turn his CB skull into a metaphor for…

…I dunno, for communication in the modern era, or something.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows that there are some fans of The Spectacular Spider-Kid or Joe Public out there just waiting to chime in, asking: What characters considered “lame” do you most love anyway?

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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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6 Comments

  1. Ian
    March 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Deathmatch!!! US-1 vs Team America’s Dark Rider

    • March 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm — Reply

      Marauder, by a wide margin. That’s like asking whether Dirty Harry can outshoot Andy Taylor. Sure, they’re both cops and all, but cahmaaaaaahn!

  2. March 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    G’nort, the Green Lantern dog-man alien. Other than people online, most people react to my mention of him being one of my favorite Green Lantern characters with rolled eyes and/or snarky comments. Some people complain that he’s too much of an idiot to be a GL, but I kinda think he shows that not every single alien has to be super serious, some kind of genius or even sane by human standards. I think he might be the GL I most relate to since I also have a hard time taking things too seriously, even though I’m surrounded by things that are deathly serious (such as my health problems).

    • March 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm — Reply

      A lot of Green Lanterns are morons. Have you read Hal Jordan lately? :)

  3. Arbor Day
    March 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm — Reply

    Scott Summers, always was my favorite X-men, despite the way marvel’s been treating him recently in an effort to make him more “interesting.”

  4. Bob
    March 4, 2014 at 5:48 am — Reply

    Matter Eater Lad! Tenzil was well written during the 5 year gap,despite his lame power.

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