3) THE TWO-GUN KID


Matt Hawk (aka Matt Liebowitz) is the second Two-Gun Kid in Marvel Comics history.  In his first adventure, he takes on the identity of The Two-Gun Kid, referencing dime novel adventures about the original Kid, who starred in the first 59 issues of the book.  Later, Hawk himself became the hero of dime novels referenced by modern heroes before time-traveling into the future to meet The Avengers.  That makes him a cowboy hero from a dime novel within a comic inspired by a character from a dime novel within his comic…  Extra meta!

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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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