Recently, for reasons Ten Things related, I’ve been delving into Hillman Comics’ old Air Fighters stories, especially The Valkyrie, Skywolf and their lead feature, Airboy.  The story of a lad named Davy, whose special airplane flaps its bat wings to fly, allowing our boy to fight evil N@zis, fifth columnists and the embodiment of Death Itself, for some reason, you can’t help but love it.  Heck, I remember when I first learned about the character during Eclipse Comics’ boom period of the 1980s, grabbing onto the idea of a teenage pilot freedom fighter sight unseen.  To this day, I haven’t read all of that Eclipse run and virtually nothing of the Golden Age stuff, but I still consider Airboy to be one of my pet characters, leading to today’s love-at-first-sight query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) does not wish to finish James Robinson’s recent revival of Airboy,  asks: What concepts, shows or characters did you immediately buy into, sight unseen?


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  1. Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. Before I had even seen an episode (or even a YouTube clip of a transformation sequence), I was already extremely intrigued by a Kamen Rider series that was supposed to have a heavy video game motif.

    I went in with high expectations, and I was surprised that it actually surpassed them.

    I’m currently having a similar thing with Lupinranger vs Patranger. I have yet to see a single episode (the series just started last month and all my info comes from articles and wikis), but I’m already fairly intrigued and trying to get my hands on the transformation device toy.

  2. The X-wing books and comics. Way before b-canon became Legends, the X-wing book came out. IMO, one of the best Star Wars series out there.

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