A lot of people my age have fond memories of the sublime goofiness that was Electric Company Spider-Man (“Where are ya goin’ toooo, Spiiider-Maaan!  Nobody knows who you aaaarre!”)  Battling weirdo villains like The Wall, speaking in words balloons throwing big ropes made out of net that are supposed to be his webs…  It’s all pretty awesome, in an absurdly memorable way.  As a fan of weirdo off-brand hero appearances, it ranks right up there with ‘The Super Dictionary’ and Supaidaman in terms of camp/fun factor, leading to today’s spandex-covered query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also finds great joy in the Superfriends version of Batman, who can’t throw a punch or a Batarang thanks to network Standards and Practices, asking: What’s your favorite weird, out-of-continuity appearance of your favorite characters, ala Electric Company Spider-Man?

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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!

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  1. February 8, 2018 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Well, since I consider all Hostess Fruit Pie ads to be canon, I will go with Luke, C3PO, and R2 on The Muppet Show.

  2. February 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    I’m a big fan of all kinds of goggles and visors in super hero costumes, so I’ll go with Eradicator Superman. Also like how his cape was attached to from the chest symbol.

  3. February 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    Since Takuya Yamashiro is part of the canon of the Marvel Multiverse thanks to Spider-Verse, I can’t pick the Toei live-action Spider-Man with his giant robot Leopardon.

    So my choices are the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials.

  4. Daniel Langsdale
    February 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    Neil Patrick Harris in the Harold & Kumar movies. Was he really NPH? Was he Barney Stinson? Was he some other weird amalgamation? Don’t matter now, he dead.

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