One of the great parts of Major Spoilers for me is being exposed to all the cool people. ‘ Not only do I get the Faithful Spoilerites as innernets friends, I sometimes get to interact with the creators of my favorite things.  Just recently, I had a discussion  with Kurt Busiek, the writer behind ‘Astro City,’ ‘The Autumnlands’, and ‘Marvels’.  He also wrote a lot of other stuff, and I always remember him as the writer of ‘The Liberty Project’, a formative comic of my 80s youth.  I have a similar problem with George RR Martin, who wrote some sword and sorcery thing, but whom I will always remember as the mind behind ‘Wild Cards, leading to today’s patronymic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has the same problem with the poet William Zabka, asking: What creator well-known for one property or role do you always remember for their OTHER stuff?


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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. If it’s not limited to comics, then I would say that my favorite Scorsese picture is “After Hours.” It’s one that is hardly ever mentioned. In books, I would have said Dirk Gently, but the character has been trotted out too many times in too many TV shows that I don’t like but other people do. Ministry’s first album “With Sympathy” is hated even but it’s creator, but I think it’s pretty swell.

  2. More of a pop culture (or even British pop culture) thing is anything to do with Rowan Atkinson. I remember and love him for his witty dialogue in BlackAdder…but the general populace know him for his bumbling slapstick comedy as Mr Bean. This makes me sad.

    On a similar note, I always see Hugh Laurie in his role from BlackAdder as a silly bumbling good natured fool. Very weird that most people know him as the opposite on House.

  3. McFarlane seems to be action figure company now, but I remember him from Spider-Man. Those were the first actual U.S. issues I ever picked up as a kid.

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