5) SHASTA


If you want a soder pop and you only have 25 cents, you’re gonna get yourself a Shasta.  At least you were gonna when I was a kid in the wilds of Beloit, Kansas.  In addition to being affordable, Shasta came in a remarkable array of flavors, including Black Cherry, Grapefruit and Raspberry Creme, making it the canned soft drink equivalent of Dum Dum lollipops to a pre-teen fat kid like me.  As for Shasta, The Living Mountain, he was created by Grant Morrison as a parody of grim and gritty 90s comics and belonged to a team called Doom Force, led by an older version of teen Doom Patrol member Dorothy Skinner.  Set in an almost certainly apocryphal future, their one full adventure included a “Someone DIES!” tease on the cover and a full issue of hints that it would be Shasta.

It totally was Shasta…

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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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