The 1990s were a very strange time in comics, an era where Spider-Man got himself a gun, Batman got razor-sharp claws and even The Flash went through a dark period.  (Managing to ‘run fast’ in a grim and gritty manner is putting in the extra effort, Faithful Spoilerites!)  Still, the biggest contribution the decade made was a sea change in the way our favorite heroes were named…  Welcome to Ten Things!

Whooshman-Bicarbonate Films, in conjunction with ‘An Amateur Comics Historian’, and Dethstryke Bludforse, Presents:



Hero Cruz had a relatively short run with the titular transformation device of ‘Dial H For Hero’, but memorably hit the naming conventions HARD circa 1997.  As a member of the informal coterie known as Superboy and The Ravers, Hero avoided the more whimsical Whirl-I-Gigs and Go-Gos in favor of this leather clad bad boy.  I honestly like the costume, but still find the punny name to be pretty ridiculous…

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