As a fan of old comics, there’s a certain amount of heavy lifting I have to do to get people to give certain titles a better chance.  Silver Age Legion Of Super-Heroes issues can get a bit goofy, early Marvel Comics can be remarkably primitive by modern standards, and even the wonderfulness that is ‘Star Trek: Deep Space 9’ has some shaky moments in Season 1.  Of course, it’s not always the early installments that cause issues either, as the first season and a half of ‘Lost In Space’ proves: Justifying the end of the show is the biggest hurdle to overcome in that case.  I’ve even had to convince people that ‘Akira’, one of the greatest cartoon films ever made, isn’t silly because (and I quote) “everybody has huge eyes,” leading to today’s judgy-book-cover query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that Arm-Fall-Off boy was created in the 1990s as a parodic in-joke character and thus doesn’t deserve the Innernets’ mockery, asking: What bit of pop culture have you worked hardest to prove was better than it looks?


  1. July 15, 2016 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    Animation in general since there are still people who are insistent that “cartoons are just for kids”.

    But at least I’ve had some success with that, as I’ve made compromises with friends or acquaintances to watch a movie or DVD of a series of my choosing after watching one of theirs. Even in series that are aimed at kids I’ve had a little success with some stubborn folks, like my old boss who I finally got to sit and watch select episodes from the old DCAU (a few B:TAS and JLU episodes) when we had a slow day and got her hooked.

  2. July 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    I’m going to say Teen Wolf. I’d admit, when i first heard MTV was doing it, I was outraged. “How dare they defile a Michael J. Fox classic with this Twilight crap?!” But after I saw the trailer, I realized . . . it didn’t look terrible. So I watched a couple episodes, and found it wasn’t half-bad. Actually, after it got going, it was pretty darn good. And now it’s one of my favorite shows.

  3. July 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    Animation and cinema from certain parts of the world and/or era. With those I’ve had some success of convincing few friends that great things happened outside Hollywood and year 1990.

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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!

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