5) THE BROWN HORNET

The favorite cartoon of Fat Albert and his junkyard gang, The Brown Hornet’s adventures took him across the galaxy to fight the worst villains imaginable.  Of course, thanks to his hero immunity, no matter the cliffhanger, no matter the terrible danger, The Brown Hornet would miraculously escape unharmed, making fun of superhero and serial adventure tropes.  It’s a shame that those stories are tied to such a problematic creator…

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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.

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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Good list! When I saw the topic, the Brown Hornet was the first thing to pop into my mind.

    One fun also-ran that just popped into my head:

    Captain Avenger – the character played by John Ritter’s character in the 1980 film Hero At Large. The story is about an actor playing a hero who stops a robbery in real life while wearing his hero costume, and all the things that fall out from that.

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