This week, I stumbled across a pretty amazing comic-book find: WCW S.L.A.M. Force, a Marvel joint from around the turn of the century.  The issue features the adventures of a group of ragtag heroes (the Marvel oeuvre in a nutshell) with the gimmick being that those very X-Manny types are celebrity cameos from World Championship Wrestling’s upper echelon: Sting, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, Kevin Nash, Goldberg and another character that I’m still not able to talk about without a profound sadness.  It was apparently a pack-in with S.L.A.M. Force toys, and it’s…  It’s pretty awful, you guys.  But, if nothing else, it got me to thinking about the celebrity cameo and the licensed superhero adaptation, leading to today’s as-seen-on-TV query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is still grateful to have dodged the ‘Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunters’ bullet by not yet being part of the MSP team when it was reviewed, asking: What’s your favorite celebrity cameo or celebrity-adapted pop culture experience?

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  1. February 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    Minoru Suzuki as himself in One Piece episode. He even does voice acting. When the wrestling match between Chopper Man and Usodabada began, Suzuki and Shorts commentated on it. He spoke with Shorts during the fight, and both suspected something amiss. After figuring out that Usodabada was blackmailing Chopper Man, he volunteered to tag in for the caped crusader. I love how that little furry animal tags him in saying “Kaze Ni Nare” (Become the wind) which is a name of his entrance theme and one of the best wrestling themes of all time.

  2. February 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm — Reply

    I kinda liked the appearance of Doctor Who actors meeting or somehow otherwise involved with a story about The Doctor from an in-universe perspective over the course of Doctor Who other media history. For example, a comic from a couple years back had the Eleventh Doctor somehow end up in our world, bumping into Matt Smith at a comic convention, mentions that he once saved the life of Peter Davison and telling Smith that Peter Capaldi would be a great choice to play the next Doctor. There was also an audio play where The Doctor helped someone who later ran to tell “Billy” what had happened, with Billy being a young William Hartnell many years before he ever played The Doctor.

    It is just so ridiculously cheesy and silly that it works for me.

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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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