During this week’s episode of ‘Flashback’ (available to VIPS at members.majorspoilers.com now!), Stephen and I touched on General Wade Eiling and his mid-90s transformation into a clone of The Shaggy Man called “The General,” in which he had tusks, super-strength and sold car insurance on the internet.  (Maybe not that last one, though.)  Still, his monstrous form is nothing compared to Bruce Banner’s giant green alter-ego, who in turn pales before George Tarleton’s swollen dome as MODOK, who is just about as weird as Arnim Zola, who has no head at all!  It all gets complicated, but questions of whether The Brain (disembodied organ in a jar) has it worse than Whistle Pig, whose body is a walking totem pole or the mutant monsters known as ‘The Dingbats of Danger Street’.  This is comics, after all, where a giant alien planet eater with antlers, who wears purple armored shorts, has a herald on a surfboard and nobody comments on it, which leads us to today’s freaky-deaky query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a great fondness for the issue where Hawkman and Flash were scrambled by the JLA transporter into giant compound monsters as well, asking: Who’s the weirdest of the weird pop culture/comic book weirdos?

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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. February 19, 2015 at 11:31 am — Reply

    I always thought Metamorpho was the weirdest one. Its the combination of wacky colors and strange powers that does it.

  2. February 19, 2015 at 11:35 am — Reply

    The Eye, sometimes referred to as The Detective Eye, is a personal favorite. A Golden Age creation published by Centaur, the Eye served justice in a Spectre-like manner, but existed only as a disembodied floating eye ringed by a halo of light. Rad.

  3. Dave (Nordberg)
    February 19, 2015 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Something about Calvin Rankin’s original 1960’s “Mimic” look in X-Men always got me. I think it must be the amalgamation of familiar character traits that I find a bit freaky as my runners-up for this question were the Super Skrull and the Super Adaptoid.

  4. Alisha
    February 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Where to start? We’ve got such a plethora of weird characters across various genres in every medium. The majority of the Green Lantern Corps alone could fill this list pretty well, and then we’ve got characters like Zoidberg (You tell me a lobster-man isn’t pretty freaky), Jabba the Hutt and the B’omar Monks (those spider-like droids with brains in a jar) of “Star Wars”, any number of Star Trek aliens (including that freaky one from TOS that always scared me as a kid when they showed it during the end credits), B-movie monsters like the Killer Klowns from Outer Space and the Killer Tomatoes and so on.

    But the weirdest of them all? Roger from “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”, a monster with a giant eyeball, mouth on the side of his head (or side of his eye?), one leg/foot and tentacles.
    http://peewee.wikia.com/wiki/Roger

  5. Ron
    February 20, 2015 at 9:45 am — Reply
  6. Doctor Dinosaur
    February 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm — Reply

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