In parsing the feedback from ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, one thing that keeps catching my attention are the people who are impressed by how well Tom Holland passes for a real teenage kid, reminding me that the general public may not recall that Spider-Man started out as a kid hero.  A genius, sure, an awkward teenage kid turning into a man, but a child nonetheless.  In fact, Lee & Ditko’s take on Mr. Parker is one of the most noteworthy times that the kid hero was her or her own entity, rather than a sidekick or novelty act, leading to today’s prepubescent query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds Bubbles cloying and Buttercups poseury, but has great respect for Blossom’s balancing act of leader, big sis and finger-painting prodigy, asking: Which kid hero would you be every bit as happy to be saved by as any grown-up?


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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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