With all the focus on Ant-Man and the new TV Atom (coming soon to an Arrow near you), tiny superheroes are in the spotlight in a way they haven’t been since nineteen-sixty-something.  Sadly, their larger-than-life counterparts, the super-giants, seem to be getting something of a short shrift, with the possible exception of the final boss fight of a Super Sentai/Power Rangers episode.  Goliath was mercilessly punked out and murdered during ‘Civil War’, Stature has been de-powered and returned to a supporting role in her dad’s monthly comic and Colossal Boy has been missing along with the rest of the Legion for over a year now.  It hardly seems fair that the little guys are getting all the love, which leads us to today’s brobdingnagian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really enjoyed it when Janet Van Dyne was a major player in the all-ages ‘Marvel Adventures’ title as Giant-Woman, asking: Who’s the coolest super-giant 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!

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10 Comments

  1. February 22, 2015 at 11:34 am — Reply

    If transformers count, then Its tie with Optimus Prime (small giant) and Metroplex (big giant). Otherwise I have to go with first Giant super I ever saw, Ultraman.

    • February 22, 2015 at 12:27 pm — Reply

      Ultraman versus Metroplex! GO!

      • Alisha
        February 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm — Reply

        I wouldn’t completely rule out that actually happening at some point. If we can have crossovers like Godzilla vs King Kong, Ultraman/Kamen Rider (albeit a video only release with reused footage) and many other similar things that come out of Japan, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they ever made a short animated crossover at some point.

  2. Alisha
    February 22, 2015 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    If we count things that are just big anyway, then Daijinryuu (known as Serpentera in Power Rangers), because he/it was just SO FREAKIN’ HUGE! By comparison, Gosei Gattai Dairen’oh (A.K.A. Thunder Megazord), which is a pretty huge combined robot itself, is small enough to fit in the palm of Daijinryuu/Serpentera.

    If we’re only counting things that grow to large size, I have to go with most versions of Ultraman.

    Honorable mention goes to Tommy Oliver, the best Power Ranger. While he usually piloted a Zord, he grew a few times when he was first the evil Green Ranger, and then there was one instance in the finale of Power Rangers Zeo, “Good as Gold”, where the Gold Ranger used his powers to make the Zeo Rangers grow in place of using their Zords. It was really ridiculous, but hey, Power Rangers was in a weird place by the time Zeo was ending. And since Tommy is the coolest Power Ranger no matter what, I think it counts despite how ridiculous it was.

  3. TheWolverine
    February 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    Would Godzilla or King Kong count? If so I would choose them both as a team up. Seeing them fight each other in their vs movie was quite fun.

  4. UltraMatt
    February 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm — Reply

    Ultraman. Always.

  5. Dan Langsdale
    February 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    If we’re going to go with characters that can grow to giant size, then I’m going to have to throw some love to the one I first encountered in my childhood: Apache Chief! They say your first one is always the best….

    If it’s characters that are already giant-sized, then it’s got to be Galactus. He’s got minions whose sole purpose it is to find him dinner.

  6. J Keith
    February 23, 2015 at 7:55 am — Reply

    Right there in the picture. Ultraman!

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