With the modern superhero debuting nearly 8 decades ago, there are bound to be certain characters who share names.  But what about entire teams of them?  Welcome to Ten Things!

Whooshman-Bicarbonate Films, in conjunction with ‘An Amateur Comics Historian’, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and also Hawkeye, Presents:

*NOT* THE AVENGERS!

10) IRON MAN (but not Tony Stark)


Dating all the way back to 1939, Quality Comics’ mechanical hero straddles the line between superhero adventure and silly gag strip.  The euphoniously named Bozo The Iron Man initially played second banana to a two-fisted adventurer named Hugh Hazzard, who would occasionally ride inside the ‘bot’s shell like a suit of armor, presaging Tony Stark’s adventures a quarter-century later.  Though nominally part of DC Comics’ acquisition of the Quality characters, Bozo has made only one cameo in an issue of ‘Starman’ since his heyday…

The Author

Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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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