I’ve always been fascinated that the iconic 1966 Batmobile was actually pieced together in a hurry, assembled out of a decade-old concept car known as the Lincoln Futura.  Much of the design (the fins, the double-bubble top, the unusual recessed headlights) are part of the initial design of the vehicle, with some important tweaks to bat the whole thing up.  The idea that the Bat-car we all know and love was repurposed from a junked vehicle on George Barris’ back lot is kind of amazing, leading to today’s terribly familiar query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was surprised recently to find that Robot B-9, from ‘Lost In Space’, was later painted blue to appear in a Hanna Barbera Saturday morning show in the 70s, asking: What’s the best bit of recycled 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. Star Wars weapons & equipment. I recognize at least dozen objects and parts because they were in my grandpa’s tool box or closet.

  2. Some American adaptations of Japanese series that simply take the anime or live-action series or toyline, chop it up and reassemble it in a completely different story from the original are actually pretty good. Like Transformers starting life as a couple of different franchises with very different concepts (the vehicles were driven/piloted rather than being sentient), or Power Rangers (MMPR is one of the few adaptations I actually prefer over the original Super Sentai source material).

    To be fair, most are pretty bad, but every once in a while you get a gem.

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