Everybody makes mistakes, it’s one of the baseline rules of reality.  So, when the first appearance of Elektra misspelled her name in big bold letters on the cover, we can shrug it off and instead complain about her misuse in recent years.  And when the producers of Transformers misspell ‘Decepticon’, or DC Comics misidentified Thunder and Lightning on the cover of their first appearance, or Bob Haney forgets/doesn’t know that Wonder Girl and Wonder Woman are actually the same person, triggering decades of cascading retcons…  Things get somewhat more difficult, leading us to today’s erroneous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still enjoys the fact that Stan Lee FORGOT the name of his own character, calling him both ‘Bob’ and ‘Bruce’, leading to the revelation that the Hulk’s full name is “Robert Bruce Banner”, asking: What are some of your favorite mistakes in all of pop culture?


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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.


  1. Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    It was a good story in and of itself, but it’s attempt at correcting the muddled mess of DC’s continuity has had 30 years of revisitations, adjustments, re-dos, do-overs, rehashes, retcon-a-thons, and on and on. With hindsight it was probably a mistake.

  2. Robert Hulshof-Schmidt on

    Marvel’s first Contest of Champions mini-series. The scorekeeping error at the end is a classic gaffe, no matter what retcon / post facto shennanigans went into “fixing” it. This ranks as one of the sloppiest editing mistakes of all time.

  3. When the 90s X-Men cartoon first showed the Enter the Juggernaut episode, it was spelled Enter the Juggernut. I used to record them on VHS and always laughed when I’d see that.

  4. Street Fighter. The Movie, not the game.

    A spectacular example of trying to cash in on a pop culture staple by making a film that’s nothing like it.

    But I love it despite it sucking dreadfully.

  5. Speaking of Transformers. I am sure that Jetfire was called Skyfire at least once in the two episode series in which he was introduced.

  6. I’ve always enjoyed the scene in Star Wars after Luke returns from blowing up the Death Star and calls Leia “Carrie.” It’s even in the remastered version. Lucas can add digital aliens, explosions in space, and make Greedo shoot first, but dubbing Luke is apparently unthinkable.

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