So, there are a lot of costume elements in fiction that can be amazing: The long coat.  Killer boots.  An amazing cape, with or without scallops at the bottom to make you a bat.  But for my money, there’s nothing better than an excellent helmet, like the ones Iron Man used to have before they redesigned him to look like a metal orangutan.  Still, with all the cool helmets in the world, the burning question of which helmet is the best helmet is still up in the air, leading to today’s Doctor-Fate-is-in-the-top-five query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also make a strong case for Jay Garrick’s winged WWI doughboy helmet, especially now that I’ve seen it in live-action, asking: Which fictional headgear is the best helmet of them all?

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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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9 Comments

  1. March 12, 2017 at 11:50 am — Reply

    I’m not sure if it is technically his helmet or his actual head, but my answer is one that I usually give for a lot of questions: Dr. Bong. Who can’t love a literal bell as a helmet? BTW, metal orangutan might be the phrase of the day.

  2. March 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Star Wars has some good ones, like Vader, Boba Fett and Stormtroopers. Some contenders from comics definitely include Dr Fate and Judge Dredd. I guess Vader wins for mainstream fame.

  3. March 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    I always liked Peacemaker’s helmet, although some compare it to a toilet.

  4. Kirby
    March 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    Dr. Fate’s makes the costume.
    Big Barda’s is a close second for Kirby goodness.

  5. March 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Probably biased as I’m working to join the Mandalorian Mercenaries Costume Club, but Mandalorian helmets. Doesn’t hurt that both the “Legends” EU and new canon alike have shown that they are more than just protective helmets, they also have technical assets to utilize (such as image enhancers, infrared and night vision, etc.).

    Otherwise, I have to go with the helmet of Sokichi Banba/Big One from J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai because he makes a rainbow motif look tough and formidable.

  6. March 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    Sandman / Sleep / Morpheus is cool and unique.
    Also Whirlwind, the Avengers bad guy, ha!

  7. Daniel Langsdale
    March 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm — Reply

    Quite clearly the best must be Elmer Fudd/Siegfried’s Magic Helmet in What’s Opera, Doc? because it allowed him to finally kill the wabbit.

  8. Rome
    March 14, 2017 at 7:13 am — Reply

    Nova! Nova clearly has the best helmet with a cool star on the front… and I liked when it became sentient and talked to him post Annihilation.

  9. March 14, 2017 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    Have to love the Doughboy helmet on The Flash!!

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