Having a thirteen-year-old child, I find myself entertained by the evolution of teen slang, listening to Widget and her pals deeming things “lit” and “dope” where my generation would have said “rad” or “neo-maxi zoom dweebie.”  Lately, she and her cohorts have been using “fire emoji”, spoken out loud to convey that real events or items would cause them to respond on Instaspacetwit with such graphics.  Being a nerd, it always makes me think of The Human Torch, android hero of years past, who kickstarted what would eventually become the Marvel Universe (and was one of the very few Golden Age Atlas guys who weren’t clear knockoffs, leading to today’s fiery query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also has a soft spot for Bonita Juarez of The Rangers, the sometime Avenger known as Firebird and La Esperita, asking: What fictional pyrokinetic most makes you want to use the fire emoji?


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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.


  1. I’ve talked about this a lot, Secret Wars is my first in depth experience of Marvel. In that story, Captain America orders Human Torch to use his nova blast against invincible looking Ultron which damages him enough to disable him. It was one of the stand out moments of the story to me, Cap ducking behind his shield, telling Johnny to do it, despite himself being in the blast radius.

    • Agreed. For all the hatred that gets heaped on that series, Shooter made sure to give nearly everybody their big hero moment, from the Wasp to the Human Torch to the Molecule Man. It was really impressive stuff…

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