I can’t tell you guys how happy I was to hear that Black Lightning would be getting his shot in the DC TV Universe over guys like Hawkman, Nightwing or, perish forbid, Hal Jordan.  As a fan of the character since the earliest days of ‘Batman And The Outsiders’, Jefferson Pierce is one of The Other Guys of the DCU: Characters who get to be part of ensembles but seldom get solo series, and when they do they’re usually short-lived, no matter the critical acclaim.  It’s a stratum of comics that also includes the likes of The Spectre, The Black Knight and Monica Rambeau, all of whom should be higher profile than they are, leading to today’s under-represented query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) might even put Batgirl in that company as well, especially given the endless restarts and new women under the pointy-eared cowl, asking: Which characters who fall into the category of ‘The Other Guys’ most deserves their place in the sun?


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  1. Ninja Captor, a Tokusatsu series made by Toei from the early days of Sentai that was originally considered the second series of the franchise, but by the 10th anniversary was no longer included (alongside Gorenger and J.A.K.Q., which were eventually brought back into the overall Super Sentai umbrella in 1995). We’re seeing a LOT of old shows incorporated in the various series lately, including the revival of Metal Heroes and the inclusion of other series characters (such as Kikaider, Zubat, Inazuman and others) in both Kamen Rider movies and the big crossover Super Hero Taisen series, so I REALLY would love to see Ninja Captor get some love.

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